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)
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.