Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Kei Koga

Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences

Asst Prof Kei Koga

Kei Koga is Assistant Professor at the Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University (NTU). His research focuses on IR theory, International Security, International Institutions, and East Asian security, including transformation of U.S.-bilateral security networks and ASEAN–led institutions. Previously, he was visiting fellow at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in 2017; a Japan-U.S. Partnership Fellow at the Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS), Tokyo, in 2012-2014; Postdoctoral Fellow in the International Studies Program, The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, in 2012-2013; a Vasey Fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS in 2009–2010; and RSIS-MacArthur visiting associate fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), NTU in 2010. He has published on topics that include East Asian security, U.S. and Japanese foreign policies, the U.S.-Japan alliance, and ASEAN. His recent publication includes a book "Reinventing Regional Security Institutions in Asia and Africa" (Routledge 2017); "The Concept of “Hedging” Revisited: The Case of Japan's Foreign Policy Strategy in East Asia's Power Shift" (International Studies Review (ISA), 2017); "Japan’s strategic interests in the South China Sea: beyond the horizon?" (Australian Journal of International Affairs 72(1), 2018); and "ASEAN’s Evolving Institutional Strategy: Managing Great Power Politics in South China Sea Disputes" (Chinese Journal of International Politics, 2018). His current book project is "Managing Great Power Politics: ASEAN, Institutional Strategy, and South China Sea." He received his Ph.D. in International Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Research Interests
IR theory
International institutions
Institutional change
International Security
East Asian regional security
Comparative regionalism
US-Japan Relations
Current Projects
  • Comparative Security Regionalism In Asia: Institutional Creation Of Regional Security Complex
  • Dynamics of Institutional Transformation in Power Shift: Regional Security Organizations in the Developing World
  • Security Cooperation through Joint Military Exercises in the Asia Pacific Region' Effectiveness, Meanings, and Implications of Regionalism
  • Security Policy under Strategic Uncertainty: Behavior of Secondary Powers in the age of the East Asian Power Shifts
Selected Publications
  • Kei Koga. (2020). Japan’s “Indo-Pacific” question: countering China or shaping a new regional order?. International Affairs, (Accepted).
  • Kei Koga.(2019). Japan and Southeast Asia in the Indo-Pacific. In Kyle Springer(Ed), Implementing the Indo-Pacific: Japan’s region building initiatives(24-37). Perth: Perth USAsia Centre.
  • Kei Koga. (2019). Japan’s “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” Strategy: Tokyo’s Tactical Hedging and the Implications for ASEAN. Contemporary Southeast Asia, 41(2), 286-313.
  • Kei Koga.(2019). Japan-Southeast Asia Relations: The Emerging Indo-Pacific Era. In Carl Baker and Brad Glosserman(Ed), Comparative Connections(125-133). Honolulu: Pacific Forum.
  • Kei Koga and Zul Hazmi bin Nordin. (2019). Institutional collapse and shifting balance of ontological security: role of Malaysia's dual identity in the decay of ASPAC in the 1960s and 1970s. The Pacific Review, On-line, [DOI] 10.1080/09512748.2019.1596971.

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