Postdoctoral Researcher
Spoken languages
English, Japanese, Russian
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Eastern Europe and Russia



Kazushige is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the CCDP and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Russian International Affairs Council in Moscow. 

Kazushige received a Doctorate of Philosophy in International Relations from the Graduate Institute in 2018 and has previously studied at Tohoku University in Japan, the University of California at Davis/ UC Washington D.C. Center, and Russian Foreign Ministry's Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

Prior to joining the CCDP in 2014, Kazushige has worked for the International Rescue Committee in Washington, D.C., Columbia University's Institute for The Study of Human Rights in New York, the Mitsubishi Research Institute's Strategic Consulting Division in Tokyo, and the Russian International Affairs Council in Moscow.

Kazushige specializes in Eurasian politics and Russian foreign policy and has given a series of lectures at universities and expert talks on radio programs.



Reviewed Articles

  • 2019. The normative limits of functional cooperation: the case of the European Union and Eurasian Economic Union. East European Politics 35(2): 1-16.

  • 2019. More is Less? An Institutional Realist Perspective on Competitive Regional Governance in Eurasia. The Study of Global Governance 5: 45-65.

  • 2016. Whose Global Governance? Explaining the Evolution of Russia’s Approach to Global Governance, 1945-2016. Rising Power Quarterly 2(1): 183-209.

  • 2016. Why the West is Not Ready for a Liberal Democratic Russia. The National Interest, 4 May 2016.

  • 2013. The ILO Global Labor Regime and Extractive Industry Regulations –A Rationalist Perspective on Global Corporate Governance. Bologna Center Journal of International Affairs 16(3): 119-130. Bologna: Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

  • 2012. Global Politics and Humanitarian Action. Annual Review of The Economic Society, Additional Volume, No.72, 1-76. Sendai: Tohoku University Graduate School of Economics and Management.

Book Chapters and Other Articles

  • 2019. Geopolitics of Regional Orders: The EU, the Eurasian Economic Union, and Eurasian Security Governance. In Kalinichenko, P.A., Korneeva, O.V.,  and Leonova, A.S., (eds.). (2019). Европейский союз и Россия в глобальном контексте: внутренние и внешние вызовы [The European Union and Russia in the Global Context: Internal and External Challenges]. Moscow: Prospekt, 22-34. 

  • 2018. Doumei no shuuen to hirakareta yurasia no seiki: kakudai chiiki no shiten kara miru nihon no heiwagaikouseisaku no tenbou [The end of the alliance order in an open Eurasian century: Maco-regional prospects for Japan’s peace policy]. Honjo International Scholarship Foundation 20th Anniversary Memorial Papers, pp.65-71.

  • 2017. Competing Regional Orders in the Shared Neighbourhood: The EU, Russia, and the Norm Contestation in the Post-Soviet Space. Ghent Russia Colloquium Selected Papers.

Policy Reports 

  • 2018. (with Vladimir Nelidov). Russia-Japan Cooperation in Eurasia. RIAC Working Paper No.43. Moscow: Russian International Affairs Council. 

  • 2018. Keep Calm and Carry On? A Japanese Perspective on A Post-Liberal World. RIAC Analytics, 14 September 2018. Moscow: Russian International Affairs Council.

  • 2017. Whose Liberal International Order? The Remaking of Eurasia and the Shifting Balance of International Ideas. Valdai Paper No.77. Moscow: Valdai Discussion Club.

  • 2017. (with Wennmann, A., Ganson, B., Luiz, J., M’cleod, H., Seymour, C., van Brabant, K.). Business Environment Reform Facility: Study on the Operational Experience of Business Environment Reform Programming in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States. London: U.K. Department for International Development.

  • 2016. Pax Integrationem? Exploring Institutional Responses to Regional Security Challenges. UNU-CRIS Working Paper W-2016/5. United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies: Brussels, Belgium.

  • 2015. (with Oliver Jütersonke). Employment and decent work in fragile settings. Geneva: Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding and the International Labor Organization.

Op-Eds and Interviews

  • 2019. South Korea and Japan: An Alliance Without Friendship.  Valdai Expert Opinions, 2 December 2019. 

  • 2019. Democratic conflicts: Japan, South Korea, and the Alignment of Distrust. Valdai Expert Opinions, 27 August 2019. 

  • 2019. The struggle for legitimacy in post-Soviet Eurasia. An interview by the Graduate Institute Geneva, 26 August 2019. 

  • 2015. (with Manuel A.J. Teehankee). The AIIB’s Launch Sets the Stage for Supply-Side Competition in Development Finance. RIAC Analysis, 14 July 2015. Russian International Affairs Council: Moscow, Russia.

  • 2015. The Japanese Vision on State and Order. RIAC Analysis, 8 July 2015. /RIAC. (trans.). Государство и порядок по-японски. Аналитика, 9 июля 2015. Russian International Affairs Council: Moscow, Russia.

  • 2015. Peace-Broker or Peace-Breaker? The Future of Japanese Military Power. RIAC Analysis, 27 April 2015. /RIAC. (trans.). Гарант мира или угроза безопасности? Будущее японских вооруженных сил. Аналитика, 27 апреля 2015. Russian International Affairs Council: Moscow, Russia.

  • 2014. The Weakest Link in the Western Sanction Chain. Russian-Japanese Solidarity during the Ukrainian Crisis. RIAC Analysis, 6 August 2014. /RIAC (trans.). Слабое звено в цепи западных санкций. Российско-японская солидарность в свете украинского кризиса. Аналитика, 6 августа 2014. Russian International Affairs Council: Moscow, Russia.

  • 2015. The Failure of Democracy and the Coming Silver Age in Japan. Politiikasta (ISSN 2323-7090), 11 March 2015.

  • 2010. A Promise of The World. SYNERGY. No. 147, p.31. Special Edition of Discourse on the Millennium Development Goals. Tokyo: Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation.