Lionel Fatton

Lionel Fatton, Ph.D.


PhD (Sciences Po, CERI, Paris)

Assistant Professor, Research Methods, Security Studies, Asian Area Studies



Lionel Fatton is Assistant Professor of International Relations and Outreach Coordinator to UN and NGOs at Webster University Geneva. He is also Research Collaborator at the Research Institute for the History of Global Arms Transfer, Meiji University, Tokyo. His research interests include international and security dynamics in East and Southeast Asia, China-Japan-US relations, Japan’s security policy, civil-military relations and Neoclassical realism. He holds a PhD in Political Science, specialization International Relations, from Sciences Po Paris and two MA in International Relations from Waseda University in Tokyo and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. 


Fatton, L.P. (2023) Japan’s Rush to the Pacific War: The Institutional Roots of Overbalancing (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan), 313pp. 

Fatton, L.P., Foppiani, O. (2019) Japan's Awakening: Moving toward an Autonomous Security Policy (Bern and New York: Peter Lang), 375pp. Winner of the Otto Hieronymi Prize 2019 and finalist at the Asian Studies Book Fair,11th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 11), Leiden, July 2019. 


Fatton, L.P. (2022). Vers une nouvelle ère de militarisation (et d’instabilité ?) en Indo-Pacifique. Le Rubicon, July 2022. 

Fatton, L.P. (2020). New Japanese Strike Weapons Could Spark an Asian Arms Race. The National Interest, September 2020. 

Fatton, L.P. (2020). Japan’s Space Program: Shifting Away from ‘Non-Offensive’ Purposes?Asie.Visions, Institut français de relations internationales (Ifri), July 2020. 

Fatton, L.P. (2020). Is Japan entering the new space race?East Asia Forum, Feb. 2020. 

Fatton L.P. (2019). All eyes on Washington. Policy Forum, October 2019. 

Fatton L.P. (2019). Japan’s awakening to a multipolar world. East Asia Forum, June 2019. 

Fatton L.P. (2019). A new spear in Asia: why is Japan moving toward autonomous defense?International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Vol. 19, Issue 2, pp. 297-325. 

Fatton L.P. (2018). ‘Japan is back’: Autonomy and balancing amidst an unstable China–U.S.–Japan triangle. Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Vol. 5, Issue 2, pp. 264-78. 

Fatton L.P. (2018). ‘Japan is Back’: but which Japan?Policy Forum, May 2018. 

Fatton L.P. (2017). A US-China Entente Cordiale to Relieve the North Korean Headache. IPI Global Observatory, September 2017. 

Fatton L.P. (2017). Institutional Dynamics, Civil-Military Relations and Japan’s 1936 Withdrawal from the Washington System. The Journal of the Research Institute for the History of Global Arms Transfer, No. 4, pp. 25-39. 

Fatton L.P. (2017). Could China’s Diplomatic Proposal Break the North Korean Deadlock?IPI Global Observatory, June 2017. 

Fatton L.P. (2017). Stabilising East Asia by striking Syria. Policy Forum, April 2017. 

Editorial/peer reviewing activities 

Member of the Advisory Board, “Conflict Barometer,” Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research, University of Heidelberg. 

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