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Dr Alessio Patalano

Senior Lecturer in War Studies

Alessio2015Department of War Studies
Room K6.45
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS
Phone: 020 7848 2397
Office hours: 

Term 1: Mondays 12.00-13.00 and Tuesday 11.00-12.00 or by appointment (inlc. Skype/FaceTime)

Terms 2&3 : By appointment  (inlc. Skype/FaceTime)



I am Senior Lecturer in War Studies in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and specialise in Japanese naval history and strategy and contemporary maritime issues in East Asia. I am the Director of the Asian Security & Warfare Research Group and Research Associate at the King’s China Institute. I hold degrees from the University of Naples (BA) and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (DEA). Since 2006, I have been Visiting Lecturer in Naval Strategy and East Asian Security at the Italian Naval War College (ISMM), Venice. In Japan, I have been a Visiting Scholar at Aoyama Gakuin University and at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), both in Tokyo, and am currently Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, Temple University Japan.

I was nominated for the Excellence of Teaching Award, King’s College London, for two consecutive times during the academic years 2009-10, and 2010-11.

Research Interests

My areas of interests include:

  • Japanese Defence and Military Policy
  • Japanese Naval and Military History
  • Sea power and Maritime Strategy
  • Security Issues in East Asia
  • War Memory and Representation of Imperial Traditions in Post-war Japan
  • Italian Post-war Naval History

Please visit the Research Portal or download this document: Alessio Patalano Publications


I currently  teach the following modules:

  • (BA) Aspects of Naval History
  • (MA) East Asian Security
  • East Asian Security: Approaches and Interpretations
  • Seapower & National Strategy in East Asia
  • (PhD) Research Design & Project Management
PhD Supervison

Currently I have a full supervision load and am unable take on new doctoral research students.

Expertise and Public Engagement

My research focuses on the role of sea power in the evolution of security in Northeast Asia across the 20th century. I am in the process of completing a major study of the impact of the Imperial Japanese Navy on the post-war navy’s strategic thinking and doctrine and how, in turn, this process of re-examination of the past shaped Japanese defence policy in the post-war era. In relation to Japan, my research is expanding to include the influence of interwar operations in China on the development of Japanese strategy before the Pacific War. In regard to wider security issues in East Asia, I am preparing two studies, one jointly with Prof Andrew Lambert, investigating the impact of sea power on international politics in the 20th Century and beyond, with specific reference to Northeast Asia in the Post-Cold War Period.

Since 2004, I have received 13 grants for research and conference projects, including an AHRC Postgraduate Award (2005-07), a JSPS Post-Doctoral Scholarship (2009), a Japan Foundation Cultural Exchange Grant (2009)

Public Engagement

In May 2009, I organised the international Japan-UK conference: Seizing the Trident Drawing the Sword: Anglo-Japanese Military Relations from the Alliance to an Interdependent World. The conference was part of the UK-Japan 150 celebrations. An edited volume of the papers of the conference, titled Maritime Strategy and National Security in Japan and Britain: From the Alliance to Post-9/11 was published in 2012 by Global Oriental/Brill.

I regularly act as consultant/advisor on contemporary security issues and military history of Japan and East Asia for radio and newspapers, including Radio Monocle 24 and the Asahi Shimbun.

Since 2006, I have been interacting with institution for military education in Japan and Italy and have developed programmes of advanced training in English language at staff officers level.

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