Richard Samuels is a renowned expert for international relations, not only as an academic, but also in practice: He worked as Advisor for the U.S. government and taught at top-universities such as Yale and Princeton. Moreover, Samuels is Director of the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology as well as chairman of the Japan-US Friendship Commission. As an Einstein Visiting Fellow, Samuels conducts research about Japan's role in East Asia's security policy at the Graduate School of East Asian Studies.
"After decades of accepting U.S. supremacy in Asia as the foundation of its foreign and security policies, finding the right distance between the U.S. and China is the most important strategic choice facing Japan today. 'Getting it just right' with these two powers requires military and economic readjustments. The Japan-U.S. alliance is still the bedrock of Tokyo's grand strategy, but it was designed for a bipolar world that many Japanese strategists understand has passed. A rising China and a United States in relative decline are today at least equals in Japan's strategic calculus. My research in Berlin - based upon field work in Japan - will explore the shifting dynamics of East Asian security and its impact on Japan's evolving national security strategy, particularly the evolution of Tokyo's intelligence capabilities."