Aurelia George Mulgan is Professor of Politics in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy, where she has taught extensively on Japanese politics and Northeast Asian security issues, and published on many aspects of Japanese politics, foreign and defense policies. Her awards include a Japan Foundation Fellowship for the study of US-Japan relations, an Advanced Research Fellowship at Harvard University’s Program on US-Japan Relations and an Abe Fellowship for work on Japan and international peacekeeping. She has held visiting research or teaching positions at the Research Institute for Peace and Security in Tokyo, the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies at the University of Oxford, Nanzan University, the University of Tsukuba and the Australian National University. In 1990 she received the J.G. Crawford Award at the ANU for outstanding work in Japanese political economy, in 2001 the Ohira Memorial Prize for her book on Japanese agricultural politics, and in 2010 the Toshiba Prize for the best article published in the British Association of Japanese Studies journal Japan Forum. Her books include Japan’s Failed Revolution: Koizumi and the Politics of Economic Reform (ANU Press 2002), Ozawa Ichiro and Japanese Politics: Old Versus New (Routledge 2014) and The Political Economy of Japanese Trade Policy (Palgrave Macmillan 2015) co-edited with Masayoshi Honma. Her articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Washington Quarterly, Government and Opposition, The Pacific Review, Journal of Japanese Studies and other such journals.
The project will examine the current and future state of international peacekeeping, including the possible extension of the UN's role into collective security operations requiring the use of force. It will evaluate the nature of the demand for Japan to expand its contribution to international peacekeeping in tandem with the UN's engagement in more complex and ambitious international peacemaking and peace-enforcement activities. It will assess the likely Japanese response in the light of cross-cutting domestic, regional and international pressures, and draw a number of conclusions about the implications of this response for Japan's foreign policy, its global role and its relations with the United States.