Yoshihide Soeya is professor of political science and international relations at the Faculty of Law of Keio University. His areas of interest are politics and security in East Asia, and Japanese diplomacy and its external relations in the region. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1987, majoring in world politics.
The proposed project, titled "Indochina in the U.S.-Japan ASEAN Triangle: Implications for U.S.-Japan Relations in the Post-Cold War Era," is a policy oriented research, which purports to explore ways for the United States and Japan to jointly promote a stable order and institutions in the Post-Cold War Asia-Pacific. For this purpose, it will examine (1) the pivotal role of Indochina in transforming regional orders, (2) changing patterns of Japan's balancing act between "compliance" with the U.S. leadership and "autonomous" diplomacy toward Indochina and ASEAN, and (3) American, Japanese and ASEAN countries' policies toward Indochina in the Post-Cold War Era, and their implications for U.S.-Japan relations and an emerging new order in the region. To collect data, the proposed research will rely on extensive field work; and, methodologically, it will attempt to develop a comprehensive and organic framework in which to integrate and analyze the above three sets of issues.