Currently, twice-yearly presentations at the NATO Defense College in Rome, which commenced in 2011, have continued in 2018. Similarly, annual presentations at the Baltic Defence College in Tartu, which commenced in 2017, have continued in 2018. An invited discussant on Indian Ocean security took place at the Foreign Office in July 2017. A range of articles and book chapters continued to appear throughout 2015-2018 on the rise of China, the rise of India, China-India relations, Japan-NATO relation, and on Indo-Pacific geopolitics. Regular guest columnist materials continue to appear at China World, China-India Brief , Strategic Vision (Taiwan Centre for Security Studies) and the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC).
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, the NATO Defense College in Rome, and US agencies in Washington.
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.