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“Unambivalent Alignment: Japan’s China Strategy, the U.S. Alliance, and the ‘Hedging’ Fallacy.” International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (Forthcoming; 2019). Advance PDF now available from publisher at link above.
“Electoral Incentives, Policy Compromise, and Coalition Durability: Japan’s LDP-Komeito Government in a Mixed Electoral System.” Japanese Journal of Political Science 20, no. 1. (2019): 53-73. [with Ko Maeda]
“China’s Maritime Gray Zone Operations in the East China Sea and Japan’s Response.” in Andrew S. Erickson and Ryan D. Martinson, eds. China’s Maritime Gray Zone Operations (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2019): 207-231.
“Japan and the Liberal International Order: A Survey Experiment” in Yoichi Funabashi and G. John Ikenberry, eds., The Crisis of Liberal Internationalism: Japan and the World Order (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, Expected 2019) ) [with Kenneth Mori McElwain]
“Proactive Stabilizer: Japan’s Role in the Asia-Pacific Security Order” in Yoichi Funabashi and G. John Ikenberry, eds., The Crisis of Liberal Internationalism: Japan and the World Order (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, Expected 2019)
“Japan’s National Security Council: Policy Coordination and Political Power.” Japanese Studies 38, no. 2 (2018): 253-279.
“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)