About (日本語/中文)

Welcome to my personal research website.

My primary fields of academic inquiry are international relations and security studies—with a particular focus on contemporary security affairs in the Asia-Pacific region. My main substantive interests include the foreign relations of Japan and China; U.S. Asia-Pacific strategy; the U.S.-Japan alliance, and the rise of China and its impact on its region and the world. Current specific lines of research include:

  • the influence of norms and socialization mechanisms on the military trajectories of rising powers
  • the puzzling origins and longevity of Japan’s ruling LDP-Komeito coalition
  • the roles of Japan’s Cabinet Legislation Bureau and Supreme Court in security policy formulation
  • the Sino-Japanese competition over contested territory in the East China Sea and Japan’s and China’s institutional and policy responses
  • the form and function of Japan’s new national security council
  • a critique of key theoretical debates concerning China’s rise and U.S.-China relations
  • China’s perceptions of and responses to the U.S.-Japan alliance
  • the continuing evolution of Japan’s postwar security policy profile

My scholarship is published in International SecurityJournal of Contemporary China, Journal of Strategic Studies, Security Studies, The 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 articles 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). For my undergraduate teaching while at Princeton, I was awarded the Woodrow Wilson School Undergraduate Preceptor Award.

Since 2014, I am Assistant Professor of East Asian International Relations in the EALC Department of Indiana University’s new School of Global and International Studies. I am also an Associate-in-Research at Harvard University’s Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and its Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. 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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