Sahashi Ryo

Associate Professor of International Relations, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo

Ryo Sahashi is an associate professor of international relations at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo. Dr. Sahashi specialises in international politics in East Asia. He serves as a research fellow at the Japan Center for International Exchange and has been a visiting associate professor at Walter H. Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center, Stanford University. He received his B.A. from International Christian University and his Ph.D. from the Graduate Schools for Law and Politics at the University of Tokyo.

Yoshihide Suga gestures as he is elected as new head of the ruling party at the Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) leadership election paving the way for him to replace Shinzō Abe, in Tokyo, 14 September 2020. (Kyodo via REUTERS)

Japan's foreign policy under Yoshihide Suga: Countering chaos with pragmatism

Former Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has been confirmed as Japan’s incoming prime minister, following a vote in parliament today. What would his foreign policy priorities be as prime minister?
US President Donald Trump (L) and US Vice President Mike Pence return to the Oval Office after a press conference on the coronavirus at the White House in Washington, DC, April 27, 2020. (Mandel Ngan/AFP)

Covid-19: A leaderless age is fast approaching

Like scales falling from their eyes, the international community is seeing how a dearth of global leadership has left countries flailing for themselves since the onset of the pandemic. Who or what will step forward and take up the leadership mantle? Not the US, and not China either.
China and the US have reached a "phase one" trade deal. Will it be enough to end the trade war? (Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS)

Low-hanging fruit: The “phase one” trade deal

By all accounts, the “phase one” deal concluded between the US and China is a small one. Will this token gesture be enough to change US-China relations drastically in 2020? Prof Sahashi Ryo gives his take from Japan.