Dr. Soeya is professor at the Faculty of Law of Keio University and the director of the Institute of East Asian Studies. He also currently serves on the boards of directors of the Japan Association of International Studies and the International Council of the Asia Society in New York. He previously served on the Council on Security and Defense Capabilities in the New Era (Prime Minister’s Office), the Council on Defense Facilities, and was a faculty fellow of the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (2000-2004). His book, titled Japan’s Middle-Power Diplomacy (2005) was translated into Korean in 2006. Most recently, Dr. Soeya contributed a chapter to and co-edited, with Masayuki Tadokoro and David Welch, Japan as a ‘Normal Country’ ?: A Country in Search of its Place in the World. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1987, majoring in world politics.