Japan’s Foreign Policy Dilemmas: The Domestic Context

September 1, 2015

Brian Woodall is a professor in Georgia Tech’s Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, whose faculty he joined in 1994.  He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, and has held full-time faculty positions at the University of California at Irvine and at Harvard University as well as visiting appointments at the University of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Tohoku University.  During summer 2016 he held the position of Adjunct Professor in Tokyo Tech’s Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering.  His research focuses on issues of comparative political economy, comparative politics, and international relations with an emphasis on Japan, South Korea, and China.


Dr. Woodall is the author of Growing Democracy in Japan: The Parliamentary Cabinet System Since 1868 (University Press of Kentucky), Japan Under Construction: Corruption, Politics, and Public Works(University of California Press), and Japan’s Changing World Role (Japan Society), and co-editor of and contributor to Elections in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan Under the Single Non-Transferable Vote (University Michigan Press).  In addition, he has authored numerous articles and book chapters, served as Chair of the Southern Japan Seminar, and serves on the editorial boards of Routledge Studies on Comparative Asian Politics and several academic journals.  He served for many years on the Board of Corporate Advisors to the Who’s Who in Asian American Communities Foundation.  He has been interviewed on CNN, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the Asahi Shimbun, and other media outlets.  His current research projects examine issues related to Japanese and East Asian energy security and environmental policies, and the conditions for policy innovation in energy, transportation, and sustainability policies in radically different cities of the world.


He is presently completing two studies.  One explores the effects of an emergence of an expanded number of “veto players” in the nuclear policy realm of South Korea  – which possesses the requisite technological capability and is beset with a perpetual security dilemma – and yet not acquired nuclear weaponry.  The other study surveys the process of democratization in East Asia, with a comparative focus on the Japanese, South Korean, and Taiwanese cases.  Dr. Woodall has received funding support from the Fulbright Commission (U.S. Japan Educational Commission), Coca-Cola Foundation, U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission, the Abe Fellowship Program of the Social Science Research Council, the University of California Pacific Rim Research Program, and the Japan Foundation.  His teaching includes graduate and undergraduate courses in comparative politics, East Asia, Japanese politics and political economy, and U.S.-Japan relations.


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      Brian Woodall Speaks at Luncheon


ACIR Luncheon Guest


      ACIR Luncheon with Brian Woodall


ACIR Luncheon with Brian Woodall


ACIR Members and Guest


Bob Kennedy Greeting Jesse Spikes


Bob Kennedy Introduces Speaker Brian Woodall


Brian Thacker and Brian Woodall


Bob Thacker Commenting on Presentation


Brian Woodall and Steve Bethea


Brian Woodall, Steve Bethea and Steven Tai


Charles Handschin and Roger Scovil


Elizabeth Munson and Olivia Czusingathering-for-the-acir-luncheon

Gathering for the ACIR Luncheon


  India Consul General Nagash Singh and Tony Cuzzucoli


Japanese Consul General Commenting on Presentation


Jesse Spikes Questions Brian Woodall Presentation


Joe Bankoff


Kip Kirpatrick and Angela Cassidyluncheon-guests

Luncheon Guest


Margaret Kaiser, Tahashi Shinozuka, Elizabeth Munson and Steven Tai


Mary Vidarte, Anne Skae and Brian Woodall


Mary Vidarte, Jerry Godsey, Brian Woodall and Anne Godsey


Olga Shturmina-Welch and Cynthia Rennolds


Sara Gainor and Michael Marshall


Takashi Shinozuka and Betty Davis


Tomoko Ohyama and Carol Riggs


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