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東京大学公共政策大学院 | GraSPP / Graduate School of Public Policy | The university of Tokyo

HENG, Yee Kuang

教授 / Professor HENG, Yee KuangHENG, Yee Kuang

Graduate School of Public Policy
HENG, Yee Kuang/HENG, Yee Kuang

Courses in AY 2024

  • 5112195 Field Seminar in International Relations
  • 5112270 Security Studies
  • 5122135 New Dimensions of Security in the Risk Age
  • 5170001 Research Design Seminar
  • 5170002 Project Seminar
  • 5171103 Science and Technology Policy: Politics(New Dimensions of Security in the Risk Age)
  • 5175001 International Security: Politics(Security Studies)
  • 5175002 International Security: Politics(New Dimensions of Security in the Risk Age)

Education & Employment

Professor (International Security), Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Visiting Researcher and Senior Academic Visitor, Centre for Study of Existential Risk, Cambridge University, UK
Associate, LSE IDEAS, London, UK
Specially Appointed Guest Professor, Faculty of Business and Commerce, Keio University, Tokyo
Expert Affiliate, Lloyds Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk
Guest Lecturer, United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan
Adjunct Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
Associate Professor of International Relations Assistant Dean (Research) 2012-2014, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy National University of Singapore
Visiting Scholar, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Lecturer in International Relations, School of International Relations University of St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom
concurrent appointment as Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, St Andrews, Scotland, UK
Lecturer in Political Science, Department of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin, Ireland
Committee for the Study of International Affairs, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, Ireland
Graduate Teaching Assistant Department of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
• PhD International Relations (awarded without revisions)
• Funded by UK Overseas Research Scholars Award (ORSA) Scheme & LSE Research Studentship
• Dissertation title: ‘War as Risk Management’ (Examiners: Christopher Coker; Michael Clarke; Colin McInnes)
London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
• BSc. International Relations and History (First Class Honours)
Intern, Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies, London, UK
Intern, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, UK

Research Fields

International Security; Strategic Studies; Existential Risks and Futures Ecosystems

UK-Japan defence and security cooperation; British foreign and defence policy in the Indo-Pacific; British military power
Japan's Self-Defense Forces and joint exercises with European partners in the Indo-Pacific (esp UK, France, Netherlands, EU)
Transformation of Warfare and Strategic Studies (especially UK and US use of force)
Risk and Security Studies (esp Existential Risks and Futures Ecosystems in the UK and Singapore)
Japan-ASEAN and Japan-UAE relations

Research Grants Awarded (Principal Investigator or Consortium partner)

European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme; British Academy; Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland; Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation; Irish Higher Education Authority; Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences; National University of Singapore Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Research Fellowship ; National University of Singapore Humanities and Social Sciences Special Fund ; National University of Singapore Humanities and Social Sciences Events Fund ; Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Thematic Research Collaboration Fund; Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Editorial Board Member (Contemporary Security Policy 2020-, Asian Journal of Comparative Politics 2016-, Irish Studies in International Affairs 2005-2007)

Major Publications

1. Managing Global Risks in an Urban age: Singapore and the making of a Global City, ‘Rethinking Asia and International Relations’ Series, London: Routledge, 2016

2. Asia-Pacific Nations in International Peace Support and Stability Missions, ‘Asia Today’ series, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014 (co-edited with Chiyuki Aoi)

3. War as Risk Management: Strategy and Conflict in an age of Globalised Risks,
‘Contemporary Security Studies’ series, London: Routledge, 2006

4. Risk, Global Governance and Security: the other war on terror,
‘Global Security’ series, London: Routledge, 2009 (first-author, with Ken McDonagh)

Academic Journal Articles (Peer-reviewed)

1. “Evaluating Japan’s Defense Cooperation Agreements and their transformative potential: upgrading strategic partnerships with Australia and the United Kingdom", International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, (co-authored with Nanae Baldauff), Accepted and Forthcoming

2. “Japan in the Gulf: Hedging between Washington and Tehran”?, International Spectator , Vol. 57 No. 4, 2022, pp.20-34

3. “Japan’s significance for the United Kingdom’s shaping ambitions in the Indo-Pacific”, East Asian Policy, Vol. 13 No. 4, 2022, pp.43-57

4. “UK-Japan military exercises and mutual strategic reassurance”, Defence Studies, Vol. 21 Issue 3, 2021, pp.334-355

5. “Regional Communicative Dynamics and International Relations in the Asia-Pacific”, Asian Perspective, Vol. 45 No. 3, Summer 2021, pp.479-501 (Co-editor of Special Section on Strategic Communications, with Chiyuki Aoi)

6. “The sustainability turn in UAE-Japan relations”, Contemporary Arab Affairs, Vol 13 No. 4, Dec 2020, pp.89-109

7. “Enhancing Europe’s global power in Asia 2030”, Global Policy, Vol. 11 Issue 1, February 2020, pp.159-163

8. “Japan’s Health Diplomacy: Projecting Soft Power in the Era of Global Health” (co-authored with Hisashi Kato and Timothy Mackey), Global Health Governance, Vol. IX No. 1 and 2, 2019

9. "The continuing resonance of the war as risk management perspective for understanding military interventions", Contemporary Security Policy, Special Forum on Governing Risks in International Security, Vol. 39 Issue 4, 2018, pp.544-558

10. ‘Three Faces of Japan’s Soft Power’, Asian International Studies Review, Vol. 18 No. 1, 2017

11. ‘Turning on the taps: Singapore’s new branding as a global hydrohub’ (with Joo Yu Min), International Development Planning Review, Vol. 39 Issue 2, 2017

12. 'Shaping Norms for Health Governance in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)' (with M Nodzenski, T Pang & KH Phua), Global Health Governance, Vol. X No. 2, Fall 2016

13. ‘Can small states be more than price-takers?’(with Syed Adha), Global Governance, Vol. 21 No. 3, July-September 2015, pp.435-454

14. ‘Managing Risk, the State and Political Economy in Historical Perspective’ (with Ken McDonagh), International Politics, Vol. 52 No. 4, July 2015, pp.408-425

15. ‘Smart Power and Japan’s Self-Defence Forces’, Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 38 No. 3, 2015, pp.282-308

16. ‘Beyond kawaii pop culture: Japan’s normative soft power as a global trouble-shooter’, The Pacific Review, Vol. 27 No. 2, May 2014, pp.169-192

17. ‘The Bundeswehr and the Kunduz Air Strike 4 September 2009: Germany’s Post-Heroic moment?’ (with Constantin Schuessler), European Security, Vol. 22 No. 3, 2013, pp.355-375

18. ‘A global city in an age of global risks: Singapore’s evolving discourse on vulnerability’, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Vol. 35 No. 4, Dec 2013, pp.432-452

19. ‘Confessions of a small state: Singapore’s evolving approach to international peace operations’, Journal of International Peacekeeping, Vol. 16 Issue 1-2, February 2012, pp.119-151

20. ‘What did New Labour ever do for us? Evaluating Tony Blair’s imprint on British
strategic culture’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Vol. 14 No. 4, Nov 2012, pp.556-575

21. ‘After the ‘War on Terror’: Regulatory States, Risk Bureaucracies and the Risk-based Governance of Terror’ (with Ken McDonagh), International Relations, Vol. 25 No. 3, September 2011, pp.313-329

22. ‘Ghosts in the machine: Is IR eternally haunted by the spectre of old concepts?’
International Politics, Vol. 47 No. 5, September 2010, pp.535-556

23. ‘Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the softest of them all? Evaluating Japanese and
Chinese strategies in the ‘soft’ power competition era’, International Relations of the
Asia-Pacific, Vol. 10 No. 2, May 2010, pp.275-306

24. ‘The other war on terror revealed: Global governmentality and the Financial Action
Task Force’s campaign against terrorist financing’, Review of International Studies,
Vol. 34 No. 3, July 2008 (with Ken McDonagh), pp.553-573

25. ‘The Return of Net Assessment’, Survival, Vol. 49 No. 4, Winter 2007-08, pp.135-

26. ‘Old wine in new bottles? Reconfiguring Net Assessment as a framework of 21st
century security analysis’, Contemporary Security Policy, Vol. 28 No. 3, December 2007, pp.423-443

27. ‘Lost in translation? Why Japan and traditional Great Power rivalry remain key to
East Asian international politics’, Irish Studies in International Affairs, Vol. 18, October 2007, pp.45-59

28. The transformation of war debate: through the looking glass of Ulrich Beck’s World
Risk Society’, International Relations, Vol. 20 No.1, March 2006, pp.69-91

29. ‘Unravelling the ‘war’ on terrorism: A ‘risk-management’ exercise in ‘war’
clothing?’, Security Dialogue, Vol. 33, No.2 , June 2002, pp.227-242

Book Chapters

1. “The Climate Change-Conflict Nexus and risk assessment architectures in the United Kingdom and Singapore”, in Kiichi Fujiwara, Chiharu Takenaka, Nazia Hussain, Kazuyo Hanai (eds), Does climate change destabilize society? The dynamics of international politics on water resources, Nippon Hyoron sha (Japanese), 2022

2. “Japan’s Role in Gulf Security” in Li-Chen Sim and Jonathan Fulton (eds), Asian Perceptions of Gulf Security, Routledge 2022

3. “Japan’s Self-Defence Forces and military evolution in the regional and domestic context” in Nicole Jenne and Alan Chong (eds), Asian Military Evolutions, Bristol University Press, 2023

4. ‘Japan as security-provider in Asia’, in Peace and Stability in Asia, German-Southeast Asian Centre of Excellence for Public Policy and Good Governance, Thammasat University, forthcoming 2023

5. “Total Defense: Civil Society in Singapore and the Struggle Against Global Terrorism” in Khathaya Um and Chiharu Takenaka (eds) Globalisation and Civil Society in East Asian Space, Routledge, 2022

6. “Small States” in The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies, Oxford University Press, August 2020

7. 'Security Risks' in The Encyclopedia of Risk Research, Society for Risk Analysis Japan, Maruzen Publishing (in Japanese), 2019

8. “The Asia Pacific region and international peace support: Limits of institutionalization’ (with Chiyuki Aoi) in Takashi Inoguchi (ed), The Sage Handbook of Asian Foreign Policy Vol.2, SAGE Publications, 2019

9. `Terrorism and counter-terrorism in Japan` (with Chiyuki Aoi) in Michael Boyle (ed), Non-Western responses to Terrorism, Manchester University Press, 2019

10. ‘Constraints and Opportunities in the US Defence Posture in Asia’ in Andrew Tan (ed), Handbook of the United States in Asia, Edward Elgar, UK, 2018, pp.324-342

11. ‘“Smart Power” and Japan’s trouble-shooting approach to South-east Asia”, in Mary McCarthy (ed) The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Foreign Policy, Routledge, 2018, pp.202-216

12. 'CHINESE AND JAPANESE “SOFT POWER” PROJECTION: A TANGLED WEB OF CULTURE, GEO-STRATEGIC COMPETITION AND NAVAL POWER' in Lam Peng Er (ed) China-Japan Relations in the 21th Century, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017

13. ‘Singapore’s perceptions of long-term strategic and economic trends in South-east Asia’, in David Denoon (eds), The US, China and the future of south-east Asia, New York University Press, 2017

14. ‘Assessing the Sino-US Power Balance,’ in Andrew Tan (ed) Handbook of US- China Relations, Edward Elgar, 2016

15. 'NATO and Regional Approaches to Asia-Pacific Security: The Singapore perspective' in Alex Moens and Brooke Windsor (eds),
NATO and Asia-Pacific, NATO Defence College and Simon Fraser University, 2016

16. ‘The Financial Action Task Force’, (co-authored with Ken McDonagh), in James Sperling (ed), Handbook of Security Governance, Edward Elgar, 2014

17. ‘ASEAN and the South China Sea disputes’ in Huang Jing (eds), The South China Sea: Central to Asia-Pacific Peace and Security, Palgrave, 2014

18. ‘Japan’s anti-piracy mission off Somalia and the dynamics of Great Power intervention’, in Emma Leonard (eds) Globalizing Somalia: Multilateral, International and Transnational Repercussions of Conflict, Bloomsbury Press: New York and London, 2013

19. ‘The New Security Concept: The role of the military in Chinese foreign policy’, in Emilian Kavalski (ed), The Ashgate Research Companion to Chinese Foreign Policy, Ashgate: 2012

20. ‘Risk, Reflexive Rationality and the implications for decision-making’, in Heidi
Kurkinnen, Decision-Making in Crisis and War, Helsinki: Finnish National Defence University, 2010, pp.19-32

21. ‘The Iraq crisis: intelligence-driven or risk-driven?’ in Eunan O’Halpin, Robert
Armstrong and Jane Ohlmeyer(eds), Intelligence, International Power and Statecraft, Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2006, pp. 222-34

22. ‘Unravelling the war on terrorism’, in Alan O’Day (editor), The War on
Terrorism, Ashgate, December 2004, pp.67-83

Reviews, Articles for Specialist Journals, Op-ed Pieces and Media etc:

1. “Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific Vision: Advancing Defence Engagement and Maritime Partnerships with the Gulf countries”, AGDA Insights, Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy, United Arab Emirates, August 2023

2. ‘Japan’s energy security woes”, East Asia Forum, Australian National University, 26 July 2023

3. “Report: Building a Science-Policy Interface for tackling the Global Governance of Catastrophic and Existential Risks”, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Cambridge University, UK, 20 Feb 2023 (co-authored with Clarissa Rios Rojas et al)

4. “Japan’s joint military exercises in Asia: whither the Republic of Korea?”, Korea On Point, by the Sejong Institute, Sep 30 2022

5. “Shaping the Indo-Pacific? Japan and Europeanisation”, LSE IDEAS Strategic Updates, London, UK November 2021

6. "Enabling NATO's engagement with partners in the Asia-Pacific", NATO Association of Canada, December 2020

7. "Britain returns East of Suez, via Japan?", The Straits Times, 2 February 2021

8. リスクと未来の社会(Risk and Future Society) in Future Exploration 2050 (Mirai Tankyu 2050), Nikkei Book Publishing, 2021 (Japanese)

9. "Japan and ASEAN: Partners for uncertain times", The Straits Times, 25 January 2019 (with Jonathan McClory)

10. ‘Japan’s hard and soft power in southeast Asia’, RSIS Commentaries, 27 December 2017 (reprinted in Eurasia Review; New Straits Times (Malaysia)

11. Invited book review: ‘China and Japan as Charm Rivals’, in International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Vol. 15 No. 2, 2015, p.400-402

12. Invited review: ‘Competitive Strategies for the 21st Century’, in RUSI Journal, Vol. 158 No. 4, August/Sep 2013, p.89

13. Invited review: International Relations and States of Exception, in Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Vol. 23 No. 4, Dec 2010, pp.625-626

14. Invited review: War in an Age of Risk, RUSI Journal, Vol. 154 No. 3, July 2009, pp.82-83

15. ‘Book review: Client State’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, Vol.37 No. 3, 2009, pp.814-815

16. ‘Invited review: Risk Society at War’, Journal of Risk Research, Vol. 11 No. 5, 2008, pp.689-691

17. ‘Invited Response to J. Owen Herzog’, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Vol. 20 No. 2, June 2007, pp.350-351

18. ‘Okinawa remains stumbling block for Abe’, TODAY, 24 December 2014

19. ‘Live’ interview with Channel News Asia on the Japan elections, 14 December 2014

20. ‘Tackling Japan’s security challenges ‘ (with William Choong), The Straits Times,07 February 2015

21. ‘Japan: troublemaker or troubleshooter’, The Straits Times, 25 March 2014

22. ‘Europe not quite the paradigm of peace’, The Straits Times, 22 Oct 2013

23. ‘Stars aligning for Japan in south-east Asia?’, The Straits Times, 12 June 2013

24. ‘Protecting Japan’s beautiful seas’, The Straits Times, 04 January 2013,

25. ‘Asia and the US elections: foreign policy challenges’, invited contribution to Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), UK, special online feature on ‘The US elections: what the rest of the world thinks’,, 23 October 2012

26. ‘Power that speaks softly’, Interview and profile featured in ‘Chatroom’ section, The Straits Times, 08 September 2012

27. ‘Wobbly British finally strike gold’, The Straits Times, 08 August 2012

28. ‘Britain goes all out to charm Asia’, The Straits Times (Singapore), 30 April 2012

29. ‘Rajaratnam’s global city vision vindicated 40 years on’, The Straits Times (Singapore), 06 February 2012

30. ‘Japan circles the aerial wagons', The Straits Times (Singapore), 11 November 2011

31. ‘Water: Once an albatross, now a source of soft power’, The Straits Times (Singapore), 30 August 2011

32. ‘Best not to push Japan into a corner’, The Straits Times (Singapore), 21 December 2010

33. ‘The Japanese art of adapting to crisis’, The Straits Times, (Singapore), 19 October 2010

34. ‘Singapore’s unique identity sets it apart from China’, The Straits Times (Singapore), 05 September 2010

35. ‘Soft Power: Singapore has what it takes’, The Straits Times (Singapore), 03 July 2010

36. ‘Humanitarianism, military and security issues: NGOs, depleted uranium and the ICC’, Royal United Services Institute Newsbriefs, Vol. 21, Issue 4, April 2001