National Executive Director, Australian Institute of International Affairs

Dr Bryce Wakefield has lived, worked and researched in the United States, Japan, Europe, and New Zealand. Earlier, he was the associate responsible for East Asian programs at the Wilson Center in Washington DC and later held a permanent position at Leiden University, where he focused on Asian Studies and International Relations. He trained as a political scientist with particular expertise in International Relations and the international affairs of East Asia. Bryce’s academic publications to date focus on the Indo-Pacific as a strategic concept and constitutional issues and defence policy in Japan.

He is fluent in Japanese and German and has given talks in Japanese, including for parliamentarians at the National Diet. He has also written on New Zealand’s politics and foreign policy and has been called to the Australian Senate Foreign Affairs and Defence References Select Committee to give expert testimony.