Fuji Bank Senior Univeristy Lecturer and a fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge
Dr. John Swenson-Wright is the Fuji Bank Senior University Lecturer in Modern Japanese Studies and an official fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. A graduate of Christ Church, Oxford University and the the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, in Washington, DC, he has a D.Phil. in International Relations from St. Antony’s College, Oxford. His early research focused on early Cold War US-Japan foreign and security relations and was published as ‘Unequal Allies? United States Security and Alliance Policy Towards Japan, 1945-1960’ by Stanford University Press in March 2005. He has also published an edited translation of the memoir of Wakaizumi Kei, entitled ‘The Best Course Available. A Personal Account of the Secret U.S.-Japan Okinawa Reversion Negotiations’ (University of Hawaii Press, 2002). He writes and comments regularly on the international relations of East Asia.
His current interest focuses on contemporary political and security interests in Northeast Asia, with particular reference to Japan and the Korean peninsula. In addition to his work at Cambridge, he is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, where he convenes a research and discussion group on contemporary Korea. The group’s latest project is a European-US-South Korean collaborative project exploring the practical options for promoting human security on the Korean peninsula.