3 Andrew Capistrano
Mr Andrew Capistrano

Mr Andrew Capistrano

PhD Student

Department of International History

Key Expertise
East Asia, Security, Institutions, Political Economy, Game Theory

About me

I originally hail from San Francisco, California. After receiving a BA in history from UC Berkeley, I moved to Tokyo to study the Japanese language and stayed for five years. In Japan I earned an MA in political science from Waseda University, served as a lecturer for the student seminar series at the US Embassy's American Center Japan, and worked as a researcher for the Asia Pacific Initiative (formerly RJIF, a Tokyo-based think tank), on projects related to the US-Japan alliance.


Far Eastern Questions: Britain, the Washington system, and international cooperation in China, 1921-1922

Expertise Details

International history: East Asia; 19th-20th centuries; international relations: security; institutions; political economy; game theory


• “Japan’s Changing Defense Posture and Security Relations in East Asia” (co-authored with Shuhei Kurizaki). The Korean Journal of International Studies 14:1 (2016), 77-104.

Conference papers

• “The Japan Factor in US-China Relations.” Presented at the Symposium on Sino-American Relations in the Next Administration, Nanjing University, Jiangsu, China, 14 November 2016.

• “Japan’s Changing Defense Posture and the Security Dilemma in East Asia” (with Shuhei Kurizaki). Presented at the 2016 Annual Meetings of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, 2 September 2016. (Panel: “Japan’s Security Challenges in a Changing World.”)

Awards and honours

• Japanese studies studentship, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (2017-18).

• Azusa Ono Memorial Scholarship for international students, Waseda University (2014-15).