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 Takes Soft-Power Push to U.S. Campus

    January 26, 2015

    Wall Street Journal (subscription required) Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences In the Japanese government’s new budget, one small item stands out: a $5 million grant to Columbia University in New York to fund a position for a professor of Japanese politics and foreign policy… Expert quote: “There is a lot that modern Japan […]

  • Abe Faces Balancing Act on Japanese Hostages

    January 22, 2015

    Wall Street Journal (subscription required) Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences As the clock ticked down Thursday ahead of the extremist group Islamic State’s deadline for executing two Japanese hostages, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe found himself with limited options… Expert quote: “The Japanese government is well aware that giving in to hostage takers creates […]

  • $200M ransom demand a sign of ISIS’ financial desperation, say experts

    January 20, 2015

    FoxNews.com Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences The Islamic State’s staggering $200 million demand for two Japanese hostages may reveal the terrorist group’s desperation to maintain control of its sprawling caliphate, especially amid falling black market oil revenues from seized wells and pipelines, terrorism experts said… Expert quote: “Japan officially does not admit it […]

  • Breaking Down the New Xenophobic Movement in Germany

    January 9, 2015

    Pacific Standard Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences Thousands of Germans are now backing an anti-immigration movement. What was the straw that broke the quintessentially tolerant country’s back?… Expert quote: “Germany has done relatively well economically. But to think that the Germans’ economic machine is essentially this invincible economic juggernaut is a big mistake. […]

  • China and Japan Reach Accord on Disputed Islands: Let’s Agree to Disagree

    November 7, 2014

    New York Times (subscription required) Thomas Berger, College of Arts & Sciences Signaling a potential thaw in their long-frozen relations, China and Japan announced Friday that they had effectively agreed to disagree over the sovereignty of disputed islands in the East China Sea and to gradually resume diplomatic and security discussions… Expert quote: “The overwhelming majority of Japanese, especially […]

  • 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 […]

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