Academic Profile

Kei Koga is Assistant Professor at the Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University (NTU). His research focuses on International Security, International Institutions, and East Asian/Indo-Pacific security, including the transformation of U.S.-bilateral security networks and ASEAN–led institutions. Previously, he was visiting fellow at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in 2017; a Japan-U.S. Partnership Fellow at the Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS), Tokyo, in 2012-2014; Postdoctoral Fellow in the International Studies Program, The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, in 2012-2013; a Vasey Fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS in 2009–2010; and RSIS-MacArthur visiting associate fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), NTU in 2010. He has published on topics that include East Asian security, U.S. and Japanese foreign policies, the U.S.-Japan alliance, and ASEAN. His recent publication includes a book "Reinventing Regional Security Institutions in Asia and Africa" (Routledge 2017); "Japan's ‘Indo-Pacific’ question: countering China or shaping a new regional order?" (International Affairs, 2020)' “Japan’s “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” Strategy: Tokyo’s Tactical Hedging and the Implications for ASEAN” (Contemporary Southeast Asia, 2019); "The Concept of “Hedging” Revisited: The Case of Japan's Foreign Policy Strategy in East Asia's Power Shift" (International Studies Review (ISA), 2018); and "ASEAN’s Evolving Institutional Strategy: Managing Great Power Politics in South China Sea Disputes" (Chinese Journal of International Politics, 2018). His current book project is "Managing Great Power Politics: ASEAN, Institutional Strategy, and South China Sea." He received his Ph.D. in International Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
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Asst Prof Kei Koga
Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences

IR theory
International institutions
Institutional change
International Security
East Asian regional security
Comparative regionalism
US-Japan Relations
  • Kei Koga. (2021). Wedge Strategy, Japan-ASEAN Cooperation, and the Making of EAS: Implications for Indo-Pacific Institutionalization. In John Ciorciari and Kiyoteru Tsutsui, The Courteous Power: Japan and Southeast Asia in the Indo-Pacific Era. Michigan: University of Michigan Press [forthcoming].

  • Kei Koga. (2021). Countering EIDs and COVID-19: Development of ASEAN’s Institutional Arrangements and International Cooperation. In Anoma van der Veere, ed., Understanding the Limitations and Future of Transnational Migrant Labor and Global Health Governance in Asia. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press [forthcoming].

  • Kei Koga. (2021). Japan’s Strategic Vision on Indo-Pacific Institutions: Quad, Quad-Plus, and ASEAN Centrality,” in Jagannath Panda, ed., India-Japan-ASEAN Triangularity Between Alignment and Alliance. London: Routledge [forthcoming].

  • Kei Koga. (2021). ASPAC or ASEAN? Institutional Evolution and Survival in Contemporary Maritime Asia. In Shigeru Akita, Hong Liu, and Shiro Momoki, eds., Changing Dynamics and Mechanisms of Maritime Asia in Comparative Perspectives. London: Palgrave Macmillan [forthcoming].

  • Kei Koga. (2021). Singapore’s Distinctive “Quasi-Bases”: Regional Security Environment, National Discourse, and Path-Dependence. In Shinji Kawana and Minori Takahashi (eds.) Exploring Base Politics: How Host Countries Shape the Network of U.S. Overseas Bases. Oxon and New York: Routledge.

  • Kei Koga. (2020).「日本の東アジア地域秩序構想──冷戦後における継続と変化」佐橋亮編『冷戦後の東アジア秩序-秩序形成をめぐる各国の構想』東京 [Tokyo]:勁草書房[Keiso Shobo].

  • Kei Koga. (2020). The Evolution of Japan’s “Misplacement”: From Meiji Restoration to the Post-Cold War. Cambridge Review of International Affairs 33(4): 572-587.

  • Wali Aslam,Leslie Wehner, Kei Koga, Janis van der Westhuizen, Cameron Thies, and Feliciano de Sa Guimarães. (2020). Misplaced States and the Politics of Regional Identity: Towards a Theoretical Framework. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 33(4) : 505-526.

  • Kei Koga. (2020). Path Dependence, Resilience, and the Gradual Transformation of Regional Architectures in Asia [Review of the book Path Dependence, Resilience, and the Gradual Transformation of Regional Architectures in Asia] Asia Policy, 15 (1), 135-139.

  • Kei Koga. (2020). Japan’s “Indo-Pacific” question: countering China or shaping a new regional order?. International Affairs, 96(1), 49-73.

  • Kei Koga. (2020). The Burden of the Past: Problems of Historical Perception in Japan-Korea Relations [Review of the book The Burden of the Past: Problems of Historical Perception in Japan-Korea Relations] International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Online.