Tetsuo Kotani is a professor of global studies at Meikai University and a senior fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA). His research focus is Japan’s foreign/security policy, the US-Japan alliance, and international relations and maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region. He won the 2003 Japanese Defence Minister Prize. He has published numerous articles both in English and Japanese, and his recent English publications include “Crisis Management in the East China Sea” (SIPRI Policy Brief, 2015) and “China’s Military and Paramilitary Activities in the East China Sea: Implications for the U.S-Japan Alliance” (National Bureau of Asian Research, 2020). He received a master’s degree from Doshisha University.