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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  • Japan’s Tough Choices As North Korean Missiles Fly

    September 18, 2017

    WBUR Thomas Berger With North Korean missiles zooming overhead, how does Japan prepare, defend and respond? Japan’s tough challenges, military and diplomatic… View full article

  • Easing A Flashpoint for War in the East China Sea

    August 8, 2017

    Defense One quoting Thomas Berger, Pardee School of Global Studies/ College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “A war between the United States and China, should one occur, is less likely to start like World War II, with a belligerent invading other sovereign nations, and more likely like World War I, when a regional incident involving […]

  • Statues, Monuments Connected to Slavery Are Removed

    May 5, 2017

    Voice of America Thomas Berger, Pardee School of Global Studies/ College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “U.S. President Donald Trump, in an interview with the Washington Examiner this week, wondered, “Why was there a Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?” Expert quote: “For a long time, he said […]

  • South Korea bristles at Japan’s honors for the dead on WWII anniversary

    August 16, 2016

    Christian Science Monitor Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences Relations between Japan and South Korea simmered Monday on the 71st anniversary of the end of World War II… Expert quote: “Abe finds ways of signaling to his domestic audience … and nobody has any doubts where he stands.”  View full article

  • 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 […]

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