Adam Liff

Adam Liff

Assistant Professor of East Asian International Relations
Adjunct Faculty in Political Science


Adam P. Liff is an Assistant Professor of East Asian International Relations at IU’s School of Global and International Studies (EALC Dept), and adjunct faculty in Political Science. In addition to his affiliation with CAGS, at SGIS he directs the “East Asia and the World” speaker series and is a senior associate at the China Policy Research Institute. Liff’s research and teaching focus on international relations of East Asia—with a particular emphasis on contemporary security affairs; the foreign relations of Japan and China; U.S. policy toward the Asia-Pacific (esp. U.S. security alliances); the continuing evolution of Japan’s postwar security policy profile; and the rise of China and its impact on its region and the world. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Politics from Princeton University, and a B.A. from Stanford University.

Recent Publications


“Correspondence: Looking for Asia’s Security Dilemma.”
International Security 40, no. 2 (2015): 181-204. [response with G. John Ikenberry, pp. 195-204]

“Japan’s Defense Policy: Abe the Evolutionary.”
The Washington Quarterly 38, no. 2 (2015): 79-99.

“POINT OF VIEW/ Japan-China Crisis Management--the Urgent Need for Air-Sea Contact Mechanism.”
AJW by The Asahi Shimbun, July 9, 2015. [with Andrew S. Erickson]

“Crowding the Waters: The Need for Crisis Management in the East China Sea.”
Foreign Affairs, March 23, 2015. [with Andrew S. Erickson]

“China’s Military Spending Swells Again Despite Domestic Headwinds.”
ChinaRealTime (The Wall Street Journal), March 5, 2015. [with Andrew S. Erickson]


“Racing Toward Tragedy?: China’s Rise, Military Competition in the Asia-Pacific, and the Security Dilemma.”
International Security 39, no. 2 (2014): 52-91. [with G. John Ikenberry]

“Calm in the East China Sea?: What to Make of Shinzo Abe and Xi Jinping’s Recent Meeting.”
The National Interest, November 12, 2014.

“Principles without Consensus: Setting the Record Straight on the 2014 Sino-Japanese ‘Agreement to Improve Bilateral Relations.’”
Working Paper. November 8, 2014.

“Not-So-Empty Talk: The Danger of China’s ‘New Type of Great-Power Relations’ Slogan.”
Foreign Affairs, October 9, 2014.

Watch This Space: ‘Collective Self-defense,’ Constitutional Reinterpretation, and Japan’s Security Policy
PacNet [No. 48]. Honolulu, HI: Pacific Forum CSIS, June 26, 2014.

“Japan’s Article 9 Challenge.”
The National Interest, June 27, 2014.