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Dr Giulio Pugliese

Lecturer in War Studies 


The Department of War Studies

King's College London

Strand WC2R 2LS


Phone number: +44-(0)207 848 7584) 

Office hours:  Monday 11.30 am to 12.30 pm (please send an e-mail to confirm).

Twitter account: @Pugliesasia webpage:



I specialise in the politics, both domestic and international, of the Asia-Pacific with a focus on Japan, China and the United States. I have presented at a variety of venues, and published articles and contributing chapters concerning academic, policy-oriented and commercial themes in Italy, the U.S. and Japan.

I earned a Laurea (B.A.) in Political Science and East Asian Studies at the University of Naples, "L'Orientale" (cum laude), an M.A. in International Economics and International Relations (concentrating on East Asian Studies) at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, graduating with Honors and passing the final exam with Distinction. I have completed my Ph.D. work at the University of Cambridge after extensive fieldwork in Tokyo, where I was based at the National Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) under the mentorship of Prof. Kitaoka Shinichi. Prior to my appointment at King's College London I worked as an Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at Heidelberg University's Institute of Chinese Studies. I am a regular contributor to and member of the editorial board of Asia Maior, Italy's leading academic publication on current Asian affairs.

I have worked in Japan for about four years – as an intern at Kyodo News, as a “foreign civil servant” in Azuchi and Ōmihachiman City Hall, with the JET Programme, and at the Mitsubishi Research Institute writing on arms export regulations for a study commissioned by Japan's Ministry of Economics Trade and Industry (METI). I also worked as a freelance translator from Japanese to English for academic and policy publications.

Research Interests
  • The international politics of the Asia-Pacific
  • Great Power politics and the role of personality in foreign policymaking
  • International politics and economics of North East Asia
  • International Relations Theory.

My personal experiences, together with my formal tertiary education, have given me a multidisciplinary approach that weds traditional social science methodologies with the broader concerns of area studies specialists and historians.

  • 2009a - "The Resurgence of Nationalism in China and Japan: A Comparative Analysis." Orientalia Parthenopea, Vol.X, Naples: Orientalia Editrice: 209-222.
  • 2009b - "The U.S.-Japan-China Strategic Triangle: Ripe for Cooperation?" in The 2009 Yearbook on U.S.-Japan Relations, The Edwin Reischauer Centre for East Asian Studies, Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, Washington, DC. Autumn 2009
  • ---- Above article translated into Japanese: "米国・日本・中国の戦略的互恵関係協力にたる成熟度は?" in 2009nen no Nichi-Bei kankei – Reishawā sentā, Jonzu Hopukinzu daigaku kōtō kokusai mondai kenkyūjo, Tōkyō, 2009: 11-19. 
  • 2014 - "Giappone: il ritorno di Abe" [Japan: Abe's Comeback] in Asia Maior 2013: Il drago cinese e l'aquila americana sullo scacchiere asiatico (The Chinese Dragon and the U.S. Eagle on the Asian Chessboard), edited by Michelguglielmo Torri and Nicola Mocci, Bologna: Emil di Odoya: 409-444.
  • 2015a - “Japan 2014: Between a China Question and a China Obsession” in Michelguglielmo Torri and Nicola Mocci eds., Asia Maior, Vol. 25/2014, Bologna: Emil di Odoya: 43-97.
  • 2015b - "The China Challenge, Abe Shinzo's Realism and the Limits of Japanese Nationalism," The SAIS Review of International Affairs, Vol. 35, No. 2, Summer-Fall: 45-55.
  • 2016a - "Japan 2015: Confronting East Asia's Geopolitical Game of Go" in Michelguglielmo Torri and Nicola Mocci eds.,Asia Maior, Vol. 26/2015, Roma: Viella, 2016: 93-132. 
  • 2016b - "Kantei Diplomacy? Japan's Hybrid Leadership in Foreign and Security Policy," The Pacific Review, (Published online 1 July)
  • 2016c - (with Aurelio Insisa) Sino-Japanese Power Politics: the Senkaku/Diaoyu standoff and beyond, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (expected December)
  • 2017 (with Aurelio Insisa) Sino-Japanese Power Politics: Might, Money and Minds, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Other Publications

  • 2012 - "日本は軸足をおくべきは、米国?中国?" [What ought to be Japan's Pivot? The U.S. or China?] -Ronald Dore, Giulio Pugliese, and Ezra Vogel, 中央公論, Chūō Kōron Shinsha, Tōkyō, 128(6): 82-92 [written in Japanese].
  • 2013 - “The Indonesian tiger in the 21st Century: gateway to South-East Asia amidst Sino-American competition” written for Bank of Italy head of Tokyo delegation, September.
  • 2014 - 平成25年度 安全保障貿易管理対策事業(安全保障貿易管理影響実態調査)報告書 [Report on Security Export Controls Measures], Mitsubishi Research Institute, March 2014 (responsible for compiling chapters on arms trade regulations in the U.S.A. and in the UK).
  • 2015 - "Being Both Bambi and Godzilla - The Japan-China Communication Standoff and Japan’s Soft Power", June.


  • Japan and East Asian Security
  • War and Strategy in East Asia (co-convenor)
Expertise & Public Engagement

 I regularly comment on the international politics and economics of the Asia-Pacific for a variety of media outlets including Bloomberg News, Al Jazeera, Chūō Kōron,, Il Sole 24Ore, Il Foglio, Radio24. My comments were also featured in major Japanese and Chinese media (Nikkei Asian Review the Japan Times, People's Daily Online, Apple Daily and Phoenix).

I am open to collaborative projects with government departments, NGOs, international organizations, the private sector, and other academic institutions. 

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