Tosh Minohara is Professor of International Relations and Security Studies at the Graduate School of Law and Politics at Kobe University, where he holds a joint appointment with the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies. He received his B.A. in International Relations from University of California, Davis, and his Ph.D. in Political Science and Diplomatic History from Kobe University. He is the Founder and Chairman of the nonprofit organization, Research Institute of Indo-Pacific Affairs (RIIPA) as well as the Senior Advisor to the consulting firm KREAB. In the past, he has held various visiting appointments with universities such as Harvard University, University of Iowa (Noguchi Distinguished Fellow), University of Oxford, Leiden University, Stockholm University, Kuwait University, Seoul National University, Inha University (ROK), National Taipei University, Academia Sinica (Taiwan), and most recently, Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM-Yoshida Shigeru Chair). His core academic interests deal with the diplomatic, political, and security dimensions of the US-Japan relationship. He has published many monographs, edited volumes, and articles. He is the recipient of both the Shimizu Hiroshi Prize and the Japan Research Award.