Position Member, Board of Trustees; Vice President; Director, Global Leadership Development Program; Professor
Degree Ph.D. (International Relations), Johns Hopkins University
Specialty Strategic Studies; Japanese Defense and Foreign Policy; Security Issues on the Korean Peninsula
Current Research Interests Military Strategies in the Pacific in the 1980s
  • Professional Career
Senior Research Fellow, Second Research Office, Research Department
National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS)
Japan Ministry of Defense (MOD)
July 2004-March 2007

Assistant Counsellor (National Security and Crisis Management), Cabinet Secretariat
April 2001-June 2006

Deputy Director
Office of Strategic Studies, Defense Policy Bureau, Bureau of Defense Policy, JDA
January 2000-November 2000
Research Fellow, Third Research Office, Second Research Department, NIDS
April 1990-April 2001

Japan Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars



Global Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


  • Selected publications
Lessons of the Cold War in the Pacific: U.S. Maritime Strategy, Crisis Prevention, and Japan’s Role (Woodrow Wilson Center, 2016) (co-authored with Peter M. Swartz and David F. Winkler).
“Strategic cooperation key to Japan’s peaceful future,” East Asia Forum, May 29, 2015.
“Changing Security Relationship between Japan and South Korea: Frictions and Hopes,” Asia-Pacific Review, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2014, pp. 19-32.
“Japan’s Response to Nuclear North Korea,” in Gilbert Rozman, ed., Asia at A Tipping Point: Korea, the Rise of China, and the Impact of Leadership Transitions (Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies) (Korea Economic Institute, 2012).
North Korea’s Military-Diplomatic Campaigns, 1966-2008 (London: Routledge, 2009)

“Kim Jong Un, Uranium, and the Artillery Barrage: How to Think Strategically about North Korea?”
Korea Platform, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)


“Signing a Peace Agreement: Issues for Consideration,” International Journal of Korean Unification Studies, vol. 19, no. 1 (2010), pp. 29-63.


“Robust Engagement,” The American Interest, vol. 5, no. 3 (January/February 2010), pp. 86-89.


“The ‘Basic Defense Force Concept’ as Strategy,” in Williamson Murray and Tomoyuki Ishizu, eds.,Conflicting Currents: Japan and the United States in the Pacific (Praeger Security International) (Praeger, 2009), pp. 133-142.


“Playing the Same Game: North Korea’s Coercive Attempt at U.S. Reconciliation,” The Washington Quarterly, vol. 32, no. 3 (October 2009), pp. 139-152


“The Future of North Korean Strategy,” The Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, vol. 21, no. 1 (March 2009), pp. 103-121.


“Japan’s Response to 9-11,” in Han Sung-Joo, ed., Coping With 9-11: Asian Perspectives on Global and Regional Order (Tokyo: Japan Center for International Exchange, 2003).


“Changing Faces of Japanese Defense Policy: Past and Future,” Global Economic Review, vol. 31, no. 4 (2002), pp. 91-100.


“Alliances After Peace in Korea,” Survival, vol. 41, no. 3 (Autumn 1999), pp. 68-83.

  • Social contributions
Articles and views published in Asahi Shimbun, Bloomberg News, Dong-A Ilbo, The Economist, Mainichi Shimbun, Reuters, Tokyo Shimbun, Yomiuri Shimbun, and others.
Appeared on NHK World, NHK, BS11, Asahi Newstar as well as other foreign
  • Media Expertise

Narushige Michishita welcomes media inquiries on the following subjects:


・Security and Foreign Policy Issues

・Japanese Defense Policy

・Security Issues on the Asia-Pacific region



  • Contact

E-mail: michi

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