About (日本語/中文)

Welcome to my personal research website.

I am Assistant Professor of East Asian International Relations in Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies (EALC), and Director of its 21st Century Japan Politics and Society Initiative (21JPSI). Beyond IU, I am also an Adjunct Fellow with the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), as well as an Associate-in-Research at Harvard University’s Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and its Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. In September 2018, I will take up an affiliation with the Brookings Institution as a Nonresident Senior Fellow.

I research and teach on international relations and security studies—with a particular focus on contemporary security affairs in the Asia-Pacific region. My primary topical interests are the politics and foreign relations of Japan and China; the U.S.-Japan alliance; U.S. Asia-Pacific strategy; and the rise of China and its impact on East Asia and the world. Current specific lines of research include:

  • the continuing evolution of Japan’s defense posture and the U.S.-Japan alliance
  • the competition between China and Japan over contested territory in the East China Sea and their respective institutional and policy responses
  • judicial review in Japan; in particular the relationship between Japan’s Cabinet Legislation Bureau and its Supreme Court
  • the puzzling durability and policy significance of Japan’s ruling LDP-Komeito coalition
  • a critique of key theoretical debates concerning China’s rise and U.S.-China relations
  • the evolution of U.S. Asia-Pacific strategy post-Cold War
  • the military trajectory of Meiji Japan
  • the influence of norms and socialization mechanisms on the military trajectories of rising powers

My scholarship is published or forthcoming in Asia PolicyInternational SecurityJournal of Contemporary ChinaJapanese StudiesJournal of Strategic Studies, Security Studies, Texas National Security ReviewThe China Quarterly, and The Washington Quarterly, and has been cited widely in global media, including in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Reuters, Associated Press, Bloomberg, Financial Times, Tokyo Shimbun and The Economist. Other recent publications include several book chapters in edited volumes and shorter analytical pieces published in Foreign AffairsForeign Policy, the Asahi ShimbunAsan ForumThe National InterestThe Diplomat, PacNet, and Asia-Pacific Bulletin.

I hold a Ph.D. and M.A. in Politics from Princeton University, and a B.A. from Stanford University (with Distinctionwith Honors; and Phi Beta Kappa).

My past academic research affiliations include the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Social SciencePeking University’s School of International Studies, the Stanford Center at PKU, and the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Law and Politics.

More information about my background, publications, fellowships, awards and honors, previous professional experience, etc. is available on my English-language CV (see link above).

Thank you for visiting my website.

Adam P. Liff

Bloomington, Indiana (USA)


現在、インディアナ大学世界と国際関係学院(SGIS: School of Global and International Studies)助教。また、ハーバード大学ライシャワー日本研究所客員研究員(アソシエイト・イン・リサーチ)もハーバード大学フェアバンク中国研究センター客員研究員(アソシエイト・イン・リサーチ)も兼務。



日本語(日本語能力試験1級)と中国語(中国語能力試験(HSK) 7級)が堪能。




【アメリカ】プリンストン大学公共政策大学院 (Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs) プリンストン・ハーバード中国・国際関係研究プログラム (Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program) にてポスドク・フェロー、ハーバード大学ケネディ・スクールベルファ・センター国際安全保障プログラム研究員、バージニア大学ミラー・センターナショナル・フェロー、ランド研究所サマー・アソシエイト。


アダム・リッフ(Adam P. Liff)


助理教授, 印第安纳大学世界与国际关系学院






黎雅澹(Adam P. Liff)

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