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 in the Indo-Pacific region. 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); “Japan’s “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” Strategy: Tokyo’s Tactical Hedging and the Implications for ASEAN” (Contemporary Southeast Asia, 2019); "The Concept of “Hedging” Revisited: The Case of Japan's Foreign Policy Strategy in East Asia's Power Shift" (International Studies Review (ISA), 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). Evolution of Japan’s “Misplacement”: From Meiji Restoration to the Post-Cold War. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, (Accepted).
  • Wali Aslam,Leslie Wehner, Kei Koga, Janis van der Westhuizen, Cameron Thies, and Feliciano de Sa Guimarães. (2020). Misplaced States and the Politics of Regional Identity: Towards a Theoretical Framework. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, (Accepted).
  • Kei Koga. (2020). Path Dependence, Resilience, and the Gradual Transformation of Regional Architectures in Asia [Review of the book Path Dependence, Resilience, and the Gradual Transformation of Regional Architectures in Asia] Asia Policy, 15 (1), 135-139.
  • Kei Koga. (2020). Japan’s “Indo-Pacific” question: countering China or shaping a new regional order?. International Affairs, 96(1), 49-73.
  • Kei Koga. (2020). The Burden of the Past: Problems of Historical Perception in Japan-Korea Relations [Review of the book The Burden of the Past: Problems of Historical Perception in Japan-Korea Relations] International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Online.

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