Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Troubled Waters: East Asia's Contemporary Territorial Disputes Symposium

Tue, September 3, 2013
Troubled Waters: East Asia's Contemporary Territorial Disputes Symposium


















Thomas Christensen, PhD

Thomas J. Christensen is William P. Boswell Professor of World Politics of Peace and War at Princeton University. He is the author of many publications on China and East Asian international relations, including Useful Adversaries: Grand Strategy, Domestic Mobilization, and Sino-American Conflict, 1947-1958 (Princeton University Press, 1996), and Worse Than a Monolith: Alliance Politics and Coercive Diplomacy in Asia (Princeton University Press, 2011).  From 2006 to 2008, Dr. Christensen served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific affairs with responsibility for relations with China, Taiwan and Mongolia.






 Kevin Doak, PhD:  

Kevin M. Doak, professor and Nippon Foundation Endowed Chair at Georgetown University’s Department of East Asian Languages and Culture, is a specialist on nationalism and democratic thought and culture in modern Japan. He is the author of The Dreams of Difference: The Japan Romantic School and the Crisis of Modernity (University of California Press, 1994) and The History of Nationalism in Modern Japan: Placing the People (Brill, 2007), and the editor of Xavier’s Legacies: Catholicism in Modern Japanese Culture (University of British Columbia Press, 2012).  A co-editor of The Journal of Japanese Studies, Dr. Doak is working on the impact of Catholic intellectuals on modern Japanese culture, particularly Tanaka Kōtarō's theory of Global Law as a critique of international law.Alexis Dudden, PhD: Professor of History, University of Connecticut, and visiting fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies




 Alexis Dudden, PhD:

Alexis Dudden is professor of history at the University of Connecticut and is currently on leave at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. Dr. Dudden’s work focuses on Northeast Asia’s modern history through the legacies of the Japanese empire. Her major publications include Japan’s Colonization of Korea: Discourse and Power (University of Hawaii Press, 2005), and Troubled Apologies Among Japan, Korea, and the United States (Columbia University Press, 2008). Her current project, Islands, Empire, Nation: A History of Modern Japan, analyzes Japan’s contemporary territorial disputes through the changing meaning of islands broadly defined.






 Sheila Smith, PhD:  

Sheila A. Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, is an expert on Japanese politics and foreign policy and the U.S.-Japan security alliance. In addition to contributing regularly to major newspapers in the U.S. and East Asia and to the blog, “Asia Unbound,” she has published numerous scholarly works, including Shifting Terrain: The Domestic Politics of the U.S. Military in East Asia (East-West Center, 2006), and Local Voices, National Issues: Local Initiative in Japanese Policymaking (University of Michigan Press, 2000). Dr. Smith’s current book project on Sino-Japanese relations is forthcoming from Columbia University Press.






Jeremi Suri, PhD:

Jeremi Suri is the inaugural Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and a Professor in the Department of History at The University of Texas at Austin and at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He is the author of four books, including the widely acclaimed biography of one of America’s most distinguished diplomats, Henry Kissinger and the American Century (Harvard University Press, 2007). Professor Suri blogs on foreign policy and contemporary politics at






 William Inboden, PhD:

William Inboden is Assistant Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Executive Director of the William P. Clements Jr. Center on History, Strategy and Statecraft at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously he served as Senior Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council at the White House. Inboden also worked at the Department of State as a Member of the Policy Planning Staff and a Special Advisor in the Office of International Religious Freedom, and has worked as a staff member in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. 
 He is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy magazine, and his commentary has appeared in numerous outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, and BBC. He is the author of Religion and American Foreign Policy, 1945-1960: The Soul of Containment (Cambridge University Press).




William P. Clements Jr. Center on History, Strategy and Statecraft
Center for East Asian Studies:
            - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Professorship for Japanese Studies
            - POSCO Korea Studies Endowment
Department of Government:
            - James R. Roach Endowed Fund in American Foreign Relations
The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law


For more information, please contact Dr. Patricia Maclachlan 

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