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Dr Michito Tsuruoka

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Associate Professor at Keio University, based at the Faculty of Policy Management, Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC)

Dr Michito Tsuruoka is an Associate Professor at Keio University, based at the Faculty of Policy Management, Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC). Prior to joining Keio University in April 2017, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Ministry of Defense from 2009. He is concurrently a Research Fellow (non-resident) at The Tokyo Foundation. During his tenure at NIDS, Dr Tsuruoka was seconded to the Ministry of Defense as a Deputy Director of the International Policy Division, Bureau of Defense Policy (2012-2013), where he was in charge of multilateral security and defence cooperation in Asia, mainly the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) and ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and spent one year as a Visiting Fellow at Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), London (2013-2014). Prior to joining NIDS, he was a Resident Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Brussels (2009) and served as an Adviser for NATO at the Embassy of Japan in Belgium (2005-2008).
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 European security, NATO, European integration, European foreign policy (particularly Europe-Japan/Asia relations), nuclear policy and Japan’s foreign, security and defence policy.