Yasuhiro Matsuda is Professor of International Politics at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo. He received his Ph.D. in law from the Graduate School of Law at Keio University in Tokyo. He spent sixteen years in the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) at the Japan Defense Agency (later, Ministry of Defense), as an assistant and a senior research fellow. Subsequently, he moved to the Institute of Oriental Culture (later, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia) of the University of Tokyo in 2008. His research focuses on the political and diplomatic history of Asia, politics and foreign relations in the PRC and Taiwan, Cross-Strait relations, and Japan’s foreign and security policies. He was a member of the Council on Security and Defense Capability in the New Era, a group which advised the Prime Minister in 2010. He was the winner of the seventh Yasuhiro Nakasone Award of Excellence in 2011. He has published numerous books and articles in Japanese, English, and Chinese.