Journal Articles, Chapters, and Reports

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Japan’s National Security Council: Policy Coordination and Political Power.” Japanese Studies. (Forthcoming)

China’s Maritime Gray Zone Operations in the East China Sea and Japan’s Response.” in Ryan D. Martinson and Andrew S. Erickson, eds. China’s Maritime Gray Zone Operations (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, Forthcoming)

The Myth of LDP Dominance under Abe: Komeito, Coalition Politics, and Why it Matters for Japan’s Security Policy,” in Expert Voices on Japan: Security, Economic, Social and Foreign Policy Recommendations (Washington, D.C.: Mansfield Foundation, 2018): 79-91.

Japan’s Security Policy in the ‘Abe Era’: Radical Transformation or Evolutionary Shift?Texas National Security Review 1, no. 3 (2018): 8-34.

China and the U.S. Alliance System.” The China Quarterly no. 233 (2018): 137-165

Policy by Other Means: ‘Collective Self-Defense’ and the Politics of Japan’s Postwar Constitutional (Re-)Interpretations.” Asia Policy no. 24 (2017): 139-172.

From Management Crisis to Crisis Management? Japan’s Post-2012 Institutional Reforms and Sino-Japanese Crisis (In)Stability.” Journal of Strategic Studies 40, no. 5 (2017): 604-638. [with Andrew S. Erickson]

Whither the Balancers? The Case for a Methodological Reset.” Security Studies 25, no. 3 (2016): 420-459.

Installing a Safety on the ‘Loaded Gun’? China’s Institutional Reforms, National Security Commission and Sino-Japanese Crisis (In)Stability.” Journal of Contemporary China 25, no. 98 (2016): 197-215 [with Andrew S. Erickson]

Balancing China: Moving Beyond the Containment Fallacy.” ASAN Forum 4, no. 5 (2016).

Looking for Asia’s Security Dilemma.” International Security 40, no.2 (2015): 181-204 [Correspondence; response with G. John Ikenberry, pp. 195-204].

Japan’s Defense Policy: Abe the Evolutionary.” The Washington Quarterly 38, no. 2 (2015): 79-99.

Racing Toward Tragedy?: China’s Rise, Military Competition in the Asia-Pacific, and the Security Dilemma.” International Security 39, no. 2 (2014): 52-91. [with G. John Ikenberry]

The Budget This Time: Taking the Measure of China’s Defense Spending.” ASAN Forum 2, no. 2 (2014). [with Andrew S. Erickson]

Demystifying China’s Defence Spending: Less Mysterious in the Aggregate.” The China Quarterly 216 (2013): 805-830. [with Andrew S. Erickson]

The Proliferation of Cyberwarfare Capabilities and Interstate War, Redux: Liff Responds to Junio.” Journal of Strategic Studies 36, no. 1 (2013): 134-138.

Cyberwar: A New ‘Absolute Weapon’? The Proliferation of Cyberwarfare Capabilities and Interstate War.” Journal of Strategic Studies 35, no. 3 (2012): 401–428.

“East Asia and its Evolving Security Architecture.” In Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World,” edited by Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson, and Pamela Aall, 415-436. Washington, D.C: United States Institute of Peace Press, 2011. [with Hitoshi Tanaka]

“Japan Debates its Security Options: The U.S. Air Force in a Dynamic Security Landscape.” Santa Monica, Calif: RAND Corporation, 2010. [with Eric Heginbotham, Ely Ratner, and Richard Samuels] Draft report; not for distribution

“Task Force Report: U.S.-China Relations: A Roadmap for the Future [工作小组报告:中美关系为了未来的路线图].” Issues & Insights [ 09, No. 16]. Honolulu, HI: Pacific Forum CSIS, August 2009. [with Andrew S. Erickson, Wei He, Chaoyi Chen, Scott E. Hartley, Jiun Bang, and Aki Mori]

  • Served as Task Force Chair, Project Director, and Chinese Translator

“Japan’s Foreign Policy and East Asian Regionalism.” In Northeast Asia Security Architecture Project, 1–12. New York: Council on Foreign Relations, 2009. [with Hitoshi Tanaka]

“The Strategic Rationale for East Asia Community Building,” In East Asia at a Crossroads, edited by Jusuf Wanandi and Tadashi Yamamoto, 90-104. Tokyo: Japan Center for International Exchange, 2008. [with Hitoshi Tanaka]

“The Return to ‘Normalcy’? The 2004 National Defense Program Guidelines and Japan’s Defense Policy” (Senior Honors Thesis at Stanford University, 2005)

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