Michito Tsuruoka

Michito Tsuruoka

Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University

Dr Michito Tsuruoka is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University. He is concurrently a Senior Fellow at The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research. Prior to joining Keio in 2017, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), where he was seconded to the Ministry of Defense as a Deputy Director of the International Policy Division, Bureau of Defense Policy, after which he spent one year as a Visiting Fellow at Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), London. Prior to joining NIDS, he was a Resident Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Brussels, and served as an Adviser for NATO at the Embassy of Japan in Belgium. Dr Tsuruoka studied politics and international relations at Keio University, Tokyo, and Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. and received a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London. His areas of expertise include international security, contemporary European politics, nuclear policy and Japan’s foreign, security and defence policy.

China and Asia should take note of relations between the US and Europe. (iStock)

Why Asia needs to worry about transatlantic tensions

"If an American president tells Asians that 'we will not help Europe, but are certainly committed to defending Asia', could that be credible?" asks Associate professor Michito Tsuruoka from Keio University. He says that in view of a rising China, transatlantic relations have more impact on strategic imperatives in Asia than one might think.