Sebastian Maslow

Sebastian Maslow is Project Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University. Before joining Kobe University, he taught Japanese contemporary politics and East Asian security at the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Sebastian’s research interests cover Japan-North Korea relations, and contemporary Japan’s security and defense policies. Sponsored by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, he is currently conducting a two-year project comparing Japan and Germany’s changing arms export policies.

A long-time resident of Japan, Sebastian has commented on Japanese and East Asian security affairs for various media outlets, including The Japan Times, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, and The Wall Street Journal. His recent works include ‘A Blueprint for a Strong Japan? Abe Shinzo and Japan’s Evolving Security System’ which appeared in Asian Survey (September 2015), and his co-edited volume Risk State: Japan’s Foreign Policy in an Age of Uncertainty published by Routledge (2015).