Tadashi Iwami





Research Keywords

International Relations, International Politics, Japan’s Foreign and Security Policy, Security Studies, Asian Studies, Oceania Studies, New Zealand, Indo-Pacific


PhD in Politics, University of Otago, New Zealand
MA in Political Science, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
BA (Honours) in Political Science, University of Canterbury, New Zealand


I have been interested in uncovering the change and continuity of Japan’s foreign and security policies in the field of international relations. One of my recent research interests has been the development of the bilateral security linkage between Japan and New Zealand in the Indo-Pacific region. I have recently published an article on the strategic partnership between them, but I am working on the rationale behind their relationship, and common strategies in the South Pacific region where the presence of China is growing fast in a broader context.

In my classes, my role as a lecturer is to facilitate an open and safe learning environment for students to become thoughtful, ethical and ambitious leaders who will build a better future for their inclusive communities. I encourage students to be proactive in participating in class discussions, developing critical thinking, and eventually becoming these leaders.

Classes Taught on MJSP

Academic Skills: Presentation
Readings for Japanese Studies: Current Affairs in Japan

Selected Publications


  • Iwami, T. (2020). Japan’s Human Security and Peacebuilding in the Twenty-First Century. In P. E. Lam & P. Jain (Eds.), Japan’s Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century: Continuity and Change (pp. 199–217). Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Iwami, T. (2018). Peacebuilding in Japan’s Foreign Policy. In M. M. McCarthy (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Japanese Foreign Policy (pp. 216–231). Routledge.

Journal articles