Tsuyoshi Kawasaki

Political Science

Areas of interest

Research and Supervision Fields:


-Japanese Foreign Affairs and Politics
-International Relations of the Indo-Pacific
-Canada-Asia Relations

Teaching Streams

-Diplomacy, Defence and Development


  • LLB, Doshisha University
  • MA, University of Toronto
  • PhD, Princeton University


I am a professor of international politics. My teaching covers international relations theory, international relations of the Asia-Pacific region and Japanese politics.

While my primary research focus is on Japan’s relations with other countries, I have broader interests in the Asia-Pacific region and trans-Pacific relations, including Canada-Asia relations. I also study “grand strategy”—the government’s holistic plan to use defense, economic and cultural policies as a set.

A bilingual and bicultural scholar, I conduct my professional activities both in Canada and in Japan: I publish in English and Japanese; I give professional talks in Canada and Japan; and I collaborate with Canadian and Japanese scholars, policymakers, media and think-tanks.

Recent Publications

2021. "Hedging against China: Formulating Canada's New Strategy in the Era of Power Politics." Canadian Foreign Policy Journal. DOI: 10.1080/11926422.2021.1901755 (2 April 2021).

2019. "Canada as a Peninsula State: Conceptualizing the Emerging Geopolitical Landscape in the 21st Century." International Journal 74(3): 345-362.

2019. Daisenryakuron: Kokusai chitsujo wo meguru tatakai to Nihon (On Grand Strategy: The Struggle over International Order and Japan) (Tokyo: Keiso Shobo).

2019. “Japan’s Grand Strategy: In Defense of the Liberal Western Pacific Order,” Ken Coates et al., eds., Japan’s Future and a New Meiji Transformation: International Reflections (London: Routledge).

2016. “Where Does Canada Fit in the US-China Strategic Competition across the Pacific?” International Journal 71 (2): 214-230.

2015. Shakaikagaku to shiteno Nihon gaiko kenkyu: Riron to rekishi no togo wo mezashite (Social Scientific Research on Japanese Foreign Policy: Toward the Unity of Theory and History) (Kyoto: Minerva Shobo).

2012. “The Rising Sun Was No Jackal: Japanese Grand Strategy, the Tripartite Pact, and Alliance Formation Theory,” in Jeffrey W. Taliaferro et al., eds., The Challenge of Grand Strategy: The Great Power and the Broken Balance between the World Wars (New York: Cambridge University Press).


Future courses may be subject to change.