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Satoru Nagao

Visiting Fellow

Dr. Satoru Nagao is Visiting Fellow at Hudson Institute. His research area is US-Japan-India security cooperation. Dr. Nagao was awarded his PhD by Gakushuin University in 2011 for his thesis titled “India’s Military Strategy”, the first such research thesis on this topic in Japan. Gakushuin University is a premier institute from which members of the Japanese Imperial Family have also graduated.


He is also Research Fellow at Institute for Future Engineering (strategy, defense policy), Visiting Research Fellow at Research Institute for Oriental Cultures in Gakushuin University, Research Fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies, Associate at Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies, Research Fellow at Security and Strategy Research Institute for Japan, Senior Fellow at Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka, Senior Research Fellow of Indian Military Review.


He was Visiting Scholar at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, in Washington D.C. Furthermore, he was Research Fellow at The Tokyo Foundation and the Ocean Policy Research Foundation in Tokyo, was a post-doctoral fellow at the Research Institute for Oriental Cultures at Gakushuin University, and was teaching at Gakushuin University, Aoyama-Gakuin University and Komazawa University as Lecturer. He was also Security Analyst at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), a First Lieutenant of the Japan Ground Self Defense Forces (Japanese Army).


Dr. Nagao has authored numerous books and articles on security issues, and he also writes for a column “Age of Japan-India ‘Alliance’ ” at Nikkei Business, the journal of one of Japan’s leading newspapers.

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Strategies for the Indo-Pacific: Perceptions of the U.S. and Like-Minded Countries

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Countering China in the Indo-Pacific

Europe's Expanding Role in the Indo-Pacific

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Patrick Cronin and Satoru Nagao were quoted in Thanh Nien about China’s attempts at regional dominance in the South China Sea.

Satoru Nagao was mentioned in Thanh Nien about the U.S. calling for UN opposition to China in the South China Sea.

Satoru Nagao was quoted in Thanh Nien about nuclear risks in the South China Sea.

Satoru Nagao was quoted in Sankei Shinbun about China’s recent displays of military power.

Satoru Nagao was quoted in Thanh Nien about China’s presence in the South China Sea.

Satoru Nagao was quoted in Thanh Nien about U.S. moves to deter China’s actions in the South China Sea.

Satoru Nagao was quoted in Thanh Nien about Chinese military presence in the South China Sea.

Satoru Nagao was quoted in Thanh Nien about China’s air development program.

Satoru Nagao was quoted in Thanh Nien about Chinese actions in the South China Sea.

Satoru Nagao was quoted in Thanh Nien about military threats in the South China Sea.

Satoru Nagao was quoted in Thanh Nien about Chinese military presence in the South China Sea.

Satoru Nagao was quoted in Tuoi Tre about organized military exercises in the South China Sea.

Satoru Nagao was quoted in Thanh Nien about China’s movements in the South China Sea.

Saturo Nagao was quoted in Thanh Nien about Chinese military presence in the South China Sea.

Satoru Nagao was mentioned in Thanh Nien about Chinese carrier presence in the Pacific.

Satoru Nagao was quoted in Thanh Nien about the need for a coordinated effort against China’s presence in the South China Sea.

Satoru Nagao was quoted in Thanh Nien about naval tensions and challenges in the South China Sea.

Satoru Nagao was quoted in Thanh Nien about military tension in the Taiwan Strait.

Satoru Nagao was mentioned in Thanh Nien about movement of Chinese destroyers in the South China Sea.

Satoru Nagao was quoted Thanh Nien about strategic competition between the US and China in the South China Sea.

Satoru Nagao was quoted in Thanh Nien about Chinese military presence in the South China Sea.

Satoru Nagao was mentioned in Thanh Nien about aircraft carrier power around the South China Sea.

Satoru Nagao was quoted in Thanh Nien about defense in the South China Sea during the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.

Satoru Nagao was quoted in Thanh Nien about the importance of focus on national security during the coronavirus pandemic.

Satoru Nagao was quoted in Thanh Nien about China’s destabilizing presence in the South China Sea.

Satoru Nagao was quoted in Thanh Nien about U.S. presence in the Indo-Pacific.

Satoru Nagao was mentioned in Global Taiwan Brief_ about Sino-Japanese relations and their impact on Taiwan.

Satoru Nagao was mentioned in Thanh Nien_ about his recent report on China in the Indo-Pacific.

Satoru Nagao and Liselotte Odgaard were mentioned in Thanh Nien

Satoru Nagao is quoted in Business Standard on why he supports Prime Minister Modi’s decision to fortify Kashmir before the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan.

Satoru Nagao is quoted in Vietnam’s Tuoi Tre on why it’s necessary to prevent China from taking advantage of Code of Conduct.

Satoru Nagao is quoted in Ceylon Today on how Sri Lanka should choose a closer partnership with the US-India-Japan-Australia alliance over economic reliance on China

Satoru Nagao is quoted in Ceylon Today on Japan, Sri Lanka, and India’s growing diplomatic relations to counter China’s maritime expansion

Satoru Nagao is quoted by the Daily Mirror on China’s efforts to take advantage of power vacuums left by Western powers.

Satoru Nagao is quoted in the Asahi Shimbun on the broader goals of VP Pence’s China speech

Satoru Nagao quoted by Thanh Nien on Japan-Vietnam relations

Satoru Nagao interviewed by The Citizen on countering Chinese threats