Mie Oba

Professor, Tokyo University of Science

Dr. Mie Oba is a professor at the Tokyo University of Science. She obtained her M.A and Ph.D in Advanced Social and International Studies from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tokyo. Her major is International Relations and the politics in East Asia and Asia-Pacific. She specialises in the development of regionalism in this region as well as theories of regional integration and regionalism. She has written several articles and books, including “Further development of Asian regionalism: institutional hedging in an uncertain era”, in the Journal of Contemporary East Asian Studies, 2019.  She received The 21st Ohira Masayoshi Memorial Prize by the Ohira Masayoshi Memorial Foundation (2005), the 6th Okita Commemorative Award for Policy Research by the National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA)(2005), and the 11th Nakasone Yasuhiro Incentive Award (2015) .

Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) pose for a group photo during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Retreat in Nha Trang on January 17, 2020. ASEAN has to find a way to navigate the US-China trade war. (Nhac Nguyen/AFP)

ASEAN 2020: How to swim in the choppy waters of the US-China conflict

Mie Oba, Professor, Tokyo University of Science, suggests that rather than just being the grass that suffers when elephants fight, ASEAN’s approach and response to moves by the US and China will determine its future.