David Arase

David Arase

Resident Professor of International Politics


  • East Asia
  • Japan
  • Globalization
  • International Relations

Background and Education

Before joining the Hopkins-Nanjing Center faculty, Dr. Arase was a professor of politics at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., teaching international relations and East Asian affairs with a focus on Japanese politics and foreign policy. He is a graduate of Cornell University (BA liberal arts, 1977), the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (MA, international relations, 1982), and the University of California at Berkeley (PhD, political science, 1989). He has had a Japan Foundation dissertation fellowship and an Abe Foundation research fellowship, and has been a US State Department-sponsored touring speaker in South Korea and China.

Research and Publications:
Dr. Arase authored the book Buying power: the political economy of Japan's foreign aid (1995), edited other two books, and co-edited The US-Japan alliance: balancing soft and hard power in East Asia (hardback 2009, paperback 2011), which won the 2011 Ohira Memorial Foundation Special Prize for work advancing the general idea of a Pacific Basin Community. He has visited at the Japan Institute of International Affairs, Institute for Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore) and the Institute of East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley, and has taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London and the University of Tsukuba in Japan

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