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.

US President Joe Biden convening the virtual Summit for Democracy at the White House, in Washington, US, 9 December 2021. (Leah Millis/Reuters)

Japanese academic: Summit for Democracy showed weakness of Biden’s diplomacy

Japanese academic Sahashi Ryo notes that the US-led Summit for Democracy met with a lukewarm response in Asia because it smacked of the US trying to impose its ideas on other nations. Not only that, given the Biden administration’s poor listening skills, their talk of valuing partnerships with allied countries rings hollow.
US President Joe Biden speaks to reporters before boarding Air Force One to depart Capital Region International Airport in Lansing, Michigan, US, 5 October 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Japanese academic: US moving away from ASEAN centrality to defend its regional interests

With AUKUS and the Quad, Japanese academic Sahashi Ryo argues that the US is seeking to distance itself from the region’s ASEAN-centric mechanisms, despite assurances to the contrary. While both the US and China are working hard to make their presence felt in the region, Ryo says someone is acting out of undue haste and probably needs more time to figure out how to create its desired world order under mounting competition.
A protester takes a moment while speaking to the crowd as they march through Hollywood during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis Police custody, in Los Angeles, California, June 2, 2020. - Anti-racism protests have put several US cities under curfew to suppress rioting, following the death of George Floyd in police custody. (Kyle Grillot/AFP)

Japanese academic: If US diplomacy lacks a strong base, how can it demonstrate true leadership?

Japanese academic Sahashi Ryo notes that with Biden taking office, the US needs to look at the changing needs of diplomacy and rebuild international relationships, and figure out how to negotiate its ties with China.
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 Shinzo 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.