NATO Defense College: twice-yearly presentations since 2011 to now on China, India, Japan and the Indo-Pacific. NATO Defense College Foundation (NDCF): analyst since 2018 on the Indo-Pacific.
Responsible for the “UK in the Indo-Pacific” section of the Henry Jackson Society Report launch at the Houses of Parliament in April 2019. Annual Presentations on China and on the Indo-Pacific took place at the Baltic Defence College in Tartu in 2017 and 2018. An invited discussant on Indian Ocean security at the Foreign Office took place in July 2017, as well as invite-only round tables at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in 2017 and 2018.
As a successful lecturer in international relations at Brunel University, from where I retired in 2015, there was particular focus on teaching and research on Asia-Pacific international relations as well as the rise of China and the rise of India in a Western-dominated international system undergoing change. Such teaching and prolific research incorporated the way in which perceptions and images (IR constructivism) play a key role in inter-state relations, alongside traditional geopolitics, critical geopolitics and structural power processes.
Such interests also led to presentations at the Ministry of Defence in the UK, the European Parliament in Brussels, US agencies in Washington, and since 2011 ongoingly at the NATO Defense College in Rome
East-West themes had initially been pursued by me at Brunel University in its Religious Studies programme with particular regard to Buddhism and to Inter-faith issues; and in its History programme with regard to India, China, and East-West encounters. This progression from religious studies through history to international relations reflected Akira Iriye’s sense of “international relations as intercultural relations“. It came out of my earlier overlaying of a B.A in International Relations (School of African & Asian Studies) gained at Sussex, with an M.A in Religious Studies gained at Lancaster, and a Ph.D on East-West encounters in Afghanistan gained at Lancaster.
Consequently from 1984-2000 a swathe of Buddhism-related and inter-faith encounters articles appeared, while from 2001-present various articles on the theme of “Orientalism” (i.e. Western perceptions of “the East”) have continued to appear.