Dr Alessio Patalano
Department of War Studies
Room K7.11, South Range
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS
Phone: 020 7848 2397
Thursdays 12.00-13.00 or by appointment.
Areas of Interest
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
Dr Patalano Lecturer in War Studies at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and specialises in Japanese naval history and strategy and contemporary maritime issues in East Asia. He is the Director of the Asian Security & Warfare Research Group and Research Associate at the King’s China Institute. He holds degrees from the University of Naples (BA) and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (DEA). Since 2006, he has been Visiting Lecturer in Naval Strategy and East Asian Security at the Italian Naval War College (ISMM), Venice. In Japan, Dr Patalano has been a Visiting Scholar at Aoyama Gakuin University and at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), both in Tokyo, and currently is Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, Temple University Japan.
Dr Patalano 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.
He is currently involved in teaching 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
Dr Patalano’s research focuses on the role of sea power in the evolution of security in Northeast Asia across the 20th century. He is 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.
He is currently involved in new research projects investigating two main areas. In relation to Japan, Dr Patalano’s research is expanding to include the influence of interwar operations in China on the development of Japanese strategy before the Pacific War. Concurrently, he is organising an international conference to investigate the military experience of Japan in the March 2011 earthquake/tsunami disaster relief operations.
In regard to wider security issues in East Asia, he is 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, Dr Patalano has 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)
In May 2009, he 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 is being published in 2012 by Global Oriental/Brill.
Dr Patalano regularly acts 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, he has been interacting with institution for military education in Japan and Italy and developed programmes of advanced training in English language at staff officers level.
Dr Patalano has a full supervision load and he is currently unable take on new doctoral research students in 2011-2012.
Please see Alessio Patalano Publications