Thomas Berger

Associate Professor of International Relations, BU Pardee School of Global Studies

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BA, Columbia College; PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Thomas Berger joined the Department of International Relations in 2001. Previously, he taught for seven years at the Johns Hopkins Department of Political Science in Baltimore. He is the author ofWar, Guilt and World Politics After World War II,  Cultures of Antimilitarism: National Security in Germany and Japan and is co-editor of Japan in International Politics: Beyond the… Read more

Thomas Berger joined the Department of International Relations in 2001. Previously, he taught for seven years at the Johns Hopkins Department of Political Science in Baltimore. He is the author ofWar, Guilt and World Politics After World War II,  Cultures of Antimilitarism: National Security in Germany and Japan and is co-editor of Japan in International Politics: Beyond the Reactive State.His articles and essays have appeared in numerous edited volumes and journals, includingInternational SecurityReview of International StudiesGerman Politics and World Affairs Quarterly.

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  • U.S. says imagery appears to show China missile

    February 26, 2016

    The Comment Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Although not one of the six governments with territorial claims in the South China Sea, the USA says it has a national interest in the region’s stability and freedom of navigation and overflight in and above what are some of the […]

  • China foreign minister downplays missile deployment reports

    February 17, 2016

    Associated Press Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday sought to downplay reports that China had positioned anti-aircraft missiles on a disputed South China Sea island, accusing the media of hyping the issue and saying more attention should be paid to what he called […]

  • ‘Mein Kampf’ on sale in Germany

    January 9, 2016

    BBC World News Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies View video of expert Thomas Berger

  • Expert’s View on South China Sea

    December 1, 2015

    NHK World News Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies View video of expert Thomas Berger

  • Austria struggles to come to grips with Nazi past

    November 5, 2015

    ABC Online: Australian Broadcasting Company Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Austria’s relationship with the Nazis was complex. Adolf Hitler was Austrian, yet Austria was also the first country invaded by the Germans in 1938. So was Austria complicit in the crimes of Nazi Germany or a victim of […]

  • Japan’s Improbable Military Resurgence

    October 30, 2015

    Huffington Post Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies In 2004, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a case for Japan to restore its military capabilities, writing in his book, Determination to Protect This Country, that “if Japanese don’t shed blood, we cannot have an equal relationship with America.”… Expert […]

  • Japan’s Improbable Military Resurgence

    September 19, 2015

    The Diplomat Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies In 2004, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a case for Japan to restore its military capabilities, writing in his book, Determination to Protect This Country, that “if Japanese don’t shed blood, we cannot have an equal relationship with America.”… Expert quote: “Japan’s […]

  • Crimes, denials and redemption: how countries deal with war guilt

    September 4, 2015

    ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Company) “Rear Vision” Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Seventy years after the end of WWII in Europe and the Pacific, stories of German and Japanese atrocities still resonate in the minds of those who suffered… Expert quote: ‘In the German context, the student […]

  • When Should Nations Apologize?

    August 15, 2015

    NPR “Here & Now” Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Today, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe marked the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender ending World War II… Listen to audio of expert Thomas Berger

  • Shinzo Abe Echoes Japan’s Past World War II Apologies but Adds None

    August 15, 2015

    New York Times (subscription required) Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies Using the carefully chosen words that govern reckonings with Japan’s militarist past, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated his country’s official remorse for the catastrophe of World War II on Friday, the eve of the 70th anniversary of the […]

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