European Institute for Asian Studies
Edward Danks

Edward Danks

Programme Coordinator

Edward Danks initially graduated from Sussex University in 2014 with a Bachelors degree in International Relations with International Development. Following graduation, he moved to Kagoshima, Japan to participate in the JET Programme for two years, an experience that helped orient his interests further towards the study of East Asia. Edward returned to the UK in 2016 to study for a MSc in East Asian Relations at the University of Edinburgh. Throughout his time in Edinburgh, his work focused primarily around the issues of Japan’s political-economy and the Abe Administration’s security agenda, also touching on subjects ranging from China’s transformative impact upon the global economy to the East Asian arms trade. Edward’s Masters thesis brought together his two primary research interests, analysing the relationship between the Abe Administration’s agenda of military normalisation and Japan’s political economy. This work entitled ‘In Search of a ‘War Dividend’?: To What Extent are Moves to Remilitarise by the Abe Administration Driven by Economic Factors?’ sought to offer an alternative to the realist and constructivist literature dominating discussion around Japan’s fast-changing security policy.

Throughout his time spent with EIAS, Edward hopes to examine further the political-economic implications of Abe’s security agenda whilst also working to better understand the fast changing relationship between Japan and the EU.

Contact Edward at edward.danks@eias.org



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