Masafumi Iida

Head, America, Europe, and Russia Division, Regional Studies Department, National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS)

Professor Iida has focused his research primarily on China’s foreign and security policies and, in particular, implications of China’s maritime advancement for the security in the Indo-Pacific region. While working for the NIDS, he completed a term as a Visiting Scholar with the Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford University in 2011 and with the China Maritime Studies Institute at the U.S. Naval War College in 2014. He holds a B.A. in Policy Management and M.A. in Media and Governance from Keio University, in addition to M.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University.

President-elect Joe Biden is briefed by expert members of his national security and foreign policy agency review teams at the Queen Theater on 28 December 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Mark Makela/AFP)

Japanese academic: Biden must not underestimate China's maritime ambitions

With US President-elect Joe Biden all but ready to be installed in the White House in January, Japanese academic Masafumi Iida explores how the new administration might shape the US's relations with East Asia, especially in terms of the US's military presence in the Indo-Pacific region. He argues that it is necessary for the US to learn from the failures of the Obama administration in underestimating the prowess and ambitions of China.