John Hemmings

Adjunct Fellow (Non-resident), Japan Chair
Associated Programs: Japan Chair

John Hemmings is an adjunct fellow with the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and director of the Asia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Centre, a transatlantic think tank based in London. He regularly briefs with a number of (UK) government departments on matters pertaining to Asia, including the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Defence, the Department of International Trade, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Previously, Dr. Hemmings was a research assistant at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in Whitehall from 2007 to 2011. During that time, he worked on northeast Asian security affairs, including the U.S.-Japan alliance, Chinese military developments, and North Korea. In late 2011, he carried out a research project in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, for the Asia Foundation. Over the course of his career, he held a number of honorary positions, including stints as the UK secretariat of the 2013 and 2015 conferences of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group, and as an EU committee member of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP). He has also held a number of visiting fellowships, including the Handa fellowship at Pacific Forum CSIS in 2012 and a visiting scholarship at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. Dr. Hemmings writes regularly for the Telegraph, the National Interest, and the Lowy Interpreter and makes regular appearances on the BBC, Al Jazeera, and Channel 4. His academic work has been published in peer-review journals, including the International Affairs, RUSI Journal, CSIS Pacific Forum Issues & Insights, Harvard Asia Quarterly, and International Politics Review. Dr. Hemmings has lived in Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, North Africa, and India.

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Email: jhemmings [at]