Dr. WILLIAMS Bradley Rowland

Visiting address
Phone: +852 34427374

Author IDs

Willing to take PhD students: yes


BA (Asian Studies) Griffith; MA (Political Science) 成蹊大学 (Tokyo); PhD Monash


  • Contemporary International Politics of the Asia-Pacific
  • State & Development in Northeast Asia
  • International Relations of Northeast Asia

Research Interests/Areas

Discipline: International Relations; Comparative Politics

  • International Relations of the Asia-Pacific
  • Comparative Asian Politics
  • Japanese Politics

Current/Recent Research Projects

  • Japanese Intelligence
  • Japan’s Territorial Disputes
  • Sino-Japanese relations


Brad Williams was educated in Australia and Japan and taught in Australia and Singapore before taking up his current position. Brad’s research concentrates on East Asian international relations and comparative politics, with a particular focus on Japan. Much of his work to date has examined the various roles of subnational governments as international actors and their impact on foreign policy. Brad’s first book explored subnational government diplomacy in the context of Japan-Russia relations. Subsequent studies of subnational governments have expanded the analytical focus to include military bases in Okinawa and Japan’s relations with Taiwan and China. Brad has also published on a diverse range of issues in Japanese politics and foreign policy such as arms procurement, civil society, humanitarian assistance, human security, North Korean abductions, nuclear proliferation, and secrecy laws. He is currently working on a project about Japan’s evolving foreign intelligence system. Brad has also published a number English translations of Japanese books and appears regularly in the local and international media.