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 Divided Education Strategy

    October 12, 2014

    New York Times (subscription required) Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences Japan’s simultaneous embrace of nationalism and cosmopolitanism is generating ambiguous signals from its education policy makers… Expert quote: “There is an obvious contradiction between Japan’s rightward shift on education policy and its strivings to internationalize.” View full article

  • US-German spying row getting worse

    July 10, 2014

    The Hill Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences Relations between the United States and Germany sank to new depths on Wednesday as accusations emerged that a second German might have been slipping secrets to Washington. The charge rubbed salt into wounds first opened by revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) had eavesdropped on […]

  • Japan eases limits on military

    July 2, 2014

    Arise America  Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences View video expert of Thomas Berger (segment begins at approximately 15:55)

  • Japan Talks of Extending Security Umbrella to Southeast Asia — WSJ Blog

    May 31, 2014

    Wall Street Journal (subscription required) Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences As Southeast Asia scrambles to cope with China’s assertiveness in maritime disputes, Japanese leaders are offering themselves to the region as a strategic counterweight to Beijing… Expert quote: “Prime Minister Abe is seizing the day, taking advantage of the huge opportunities that China […]

  • Japan needs military options

    May 7, 2014

    Boston Globe (subscription required) Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences Naomi Takasu thinks her country’s constitution deserves the Nobel Peace Prize… Expert quote: “There is real fear about whether the US will step up to the plate if Japan is threatened by China. Japanese feel they have their backs against the wall; they see […]

  • Did Japanese lawmakers intend to provoke Obama by honoring war criminals?

    April 23, 2014

    GlobalPost Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences Years after the Obama administration announced a “deliberate and strategic decision” to pivot to Asia, the US president is trying to revive the foreign policy initiative with a trip to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines… Expert quote: “The main reason for these visits to the […]

  • Japan Stands by Apology to Its Wartime Sex Slaves

    March 15, 2014

    New York Times Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences Moving to defuse a heated diplomatic dispute over World War II-era history, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday that his government would not revise a landmark 1993 apology to women forced to work in Japanese military brothels… Expert quote: “Seoul continues to harbor the […]

  • POV: Obama’s Asian Pivot in Peril?

    March 11, 2014

    BU Today By Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences The American-Japanese security relationship has been the cornerstone of US strategy in East Asia for more than half a century. The Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia,” a multipronged effort to keep the United States active in Asian affairs, depends on keeping that relationship strong. Yet […]

  • Abe Shinzo, Yasukuni and the Recurring Tragedy of Japanese Nationalism

    January 20, 2014

    History News Network By Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences It has been an iron law of Japanese politics that whenever Japan moves to strengthen its defense and security establishment, there has been simultaneous pressure on facing up to Japan’s wartime history… View full article

  • U.S. B-52 bombers buzz China’s expanded airspace as dispute with Japan escalates

    November 27, 2013

    Washington Times Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences In an escalating standoff reminiscent of the Cold War, China on Tuesday denounced a flight by two U.S. B-52 bombers over a contested chain of islands in the East China Sea without first alerting Beijing — just days after China unilaterally announced an expanded air-defense zone around the […]

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