Ben Self

Takahashi Fellow in Japanese Studies, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University

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Research & Writing

Book
Japan’s Nuclear Option: Security, Politics, and Policy in the 21st Century

Edited by Jeffrey W. Thompson and Benjamin Self Will Japan-the only victim of atomic attack-decide to “go nuclear?” Despite deep-seated anti-nuclear sentiment among the Japanese public, the prospect of a nuclear-armed North Korea has inflamed speculati…

Book
The Dragon’s Shadow: The Rise of China and Japan’s New Nationalism

The era of Friendship Diplomacy between Japan and China began in aftermath of Tokyo’s defeat in World War II and both countries’ economic prostration. The Friendship Trope flourished so long as Japan maintained a penitent and conciliatory policy toward…

Report
An Alliance for Engagement: Building Cooperation in Security Relations with China

This is the culmination of a two-year project launched by The Henry L. Stimson Center to explore means to ameliorate security relations between Japan and China. A team of American and Japanese security specialists and a group of senior advisors were as…

Report
Investigating Confidence-Building Measures in the Asia-Pacific Region

Ranjeet K. Singh, ed. May 1999. This report explores how China and Japan might better employ confidence-building measures (CBMs) as part of their security policies, and suggests ways that CBMs can be used to help resolve disputes in the South China Sea…

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