John Nilsson-Wright is senior research fellow for northeast Asia with the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House, senior university lecturer in Japanese Politics and International Relations at Cambridge University and an official fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge.
He was head of the Chatham House Asia Programme from March 2014 until October 2016.
He has a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from Christ Church, Oxford; an MA in International Relations and East Asian Studies from SAIS, Johns Hopkins; and a DPhil in International Relations from St Antony’s, Oxford.
He comments regularly for the global media on the international relations of East Asia, with particular reference to Japan and the Korean peninsula.
He has been a visiting fellow at Tohoku University, Yonsei University and Seoul National University, a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Agenda Council (GAC) on Korea and is a director of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group.
He has testified on East Asian affairs to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, is a member of the editorial board of Global Asia and is a founding member of the European Japan Advanced Research Network (EJARN).
Areas of expertise
- Northeast Asian Security, defence policy and nuclear weapons
- North Korean foreign policy and domestic politics
- South Korean foreign policy and domestic politics
- Japanese politics, foreign policy and regional relations
|2016 -||Senior Research Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House|
|2014-16||Head, Asia Programme, Chatham House|
|1997 -||Fuji Bank University Senior Lecturer in Modern Japanese Studies, East Asia Institute, University of Cambridge|
|1997 - 1996||Lecturer in Modern Japanese Studies, East Asia Institute, University of Cambridge|
- Creative Minilateralism in a Changing Asia: Opportunities for Security Convergence and Cooperation Between Australia, India and Japan Research paper 28 July 2017
- The Critical Transition: China’s Priorities for 2021 Research paper 2 February 2017
- Brexit and its Consequences: Anglo-Japanese Relations in a Post-EU Referendum World Research paper 3 October 2016
- The Asia-Pacific Power Balance: Beyond the US–China Narrative Research paper 27 September 2015
- Japan’s Abe Administration: Steering a Course between Pragmatism and Extremism Research paper 14 September 2015
- The Role of the Nation-State in Addressing Global Challenges: Japan–UK Perspectives Conference Report 17 March 2015
- Is Japan Truly 'Back'? Prospects for a More Proactive Security Policy Chatham House Briefing 1 June 2013
- New faces, old tensions The World Today 8 February 2013
- Japan: Heavy History The World Today 1 April 2011
- Korea: A Glimmer Of Hope The World Today 1 February 2011
- North Korea and a School Scandal Heap Pressure on Japan's Prime Minister 15 March 2018
- North Korea's Tight Line Between Deterrence and Escalation 30 November 2017
- In North Korea Standoff, What Does Kim Jong-un Really Want? 14 August 2017
- North Korea Missile Test Exposes How Trump Has Overplayed His Hand 05 July 2017
- Big Tests Ahead for South Korea's New Leader Moon Jae-in 11 May 2017
- Trump Shakes Up 2017 for China and Japan 17 January 2017
- Populism Comes to South Korea 20 December 2016
- Fallout from North Korea's Latest Nuclear Claim 07 January 2016
- After the Birthday Party, Business as Usual in North Korea 14 October 2015
- What Lies Behind North Korea's Nuclear Claims 21 May 2015
- North Korea's intercontinental nuclear threat is real. The US has to act I News 10 March 2017 00:00
- Park Geun-hye: How identity politics fuelled South Korean scandal BBC News 10 March 2017 00:00
- What Japan's military shift means BBC News 2 July 2014 00:00
- Navigating Historical Tensions: Pragmatic Leadership, Empathy, and the United States Factor in Japan-South Korea Relations The ASAN Forum, April 2016
- The Politics and International Relations of Modern Korea Editor, Routledge, 2016
- Korea and East Asia: The Stony Road to Collective Security Editor with Ruediger Frank, Brill, 2013
- Inter-Korean relations and the challenge of North-east Asian regional security in Andrew T. H. Tan, ed. East and South-East Asia International Relations and Security Perspectives, Routledge, 2013
- What Upper House Victory Means for Shinzo Abe BBC News, July 2013
- China Talks Tough Over North Korea The Guardian, February 2013
- The limits to 'normalcy' : Japanese-Korean post-Cold War interactions, in Japan as a Normal Nation, edited by Yoshihide Soeya, Masayuki Tadokoro, and David A. Welch, University of Toronto Press, 2011
- Sasakawa Ryouichi: Unravelling an Enigma in Ryoichi Sasakawa and Ken Hijino (trans), Sugamo Diary, London: Hurst/Columbia, 2010
- Assassination, Abduction and Normalization: Historical Mythologies and Misreprentation in Post-war South Korea-Japan Relations in Rudiger Frank, James Hoare, Patrick Kollner and Susan Pares, eds. Korea Yearbook 2008, Leiden: Brill, 2009
- The Lucky Dragon Incident: a Failure of Crisis Management in Makoto Iokibe, Caroline Rose, Tomaru Junko, and John Weste, eds., Japanese Diplomacy in the 1950s, London: Routledge, 2008