Dr James Johnson

Postdoctoral Honorary Visiting Fellow in the School of History, Politics & International Relations

Personal details

  • BA (Bristol)
  • MA (Leeds)
  • PhD (Leicester)

I joined the School as a Postdoctoral Honorary Visiting Fellow in July 2017. Prior to joining the School, I worked in the financial sector for two decades, the majority of which was spent in East Asia. I recently completed my PhD at Leicester, which applied the ‘Security Dilemma’ IR theoretical lens to examine Sino-American security relations during the Obama Presidency. My research and teaching interests relate closely to the themes I explored in my thesis, which integrate IR and security & strategic studies sub-fields with a broader multi-disciplinary focus. These themes are developed and expanded in my forthcoming book in Palgrave Macmillan’s ‘International Security Challenges’ series.



Journal articles

Book chapters

  • ‘China’s Nuclear Modernisation: The Evolution of Chinese Nuclear Doctrine, Strategic Ambiguities and Implications for Sino-U.S. Relations’, in M Kouhi-Esfahani (eds), Nuclear politics in Asia (Routledge, 2018) co-authored with Dr. Andrew Futter.

Latest research projects

  • 'A.I. technologies and the future digitized battlefield: New challenges for strategic stability and deterrence'.
  • 'Cyber-nuclear and cross-domain security threats: Implications for nuclear policy, strategic stability and arms control’ - with Dr. Andrew Futter.
  • ‘Sino-US technology-driven security dilemma dynamics in the Asia-Pacific: Implications for regional crisis stability and steps to mitigate these risks’.
  • ‘Future conflict and the militarization of the cyber domain (and related technologies): New security risks, concepts, and norms of conduct and laws’.

Selected professional publications


My research combines a regional focus on the Asia-Pacific with a thematic focus on Emerging Technologies & Future Warfare; ‘Rising Powers’; East Asia Security; Nuclear Politics, and International Security more broadly defined. My latest projects focus on three interrelated themes: (1) China foreign policy; (2) developing theoretical frameworks to analyze security issues arising in the ‘Asian Century’; and (3) ‘New’ security challenges posed by emerging technologies - cyberspace, A.I., robotics, autonomous systems and quantum communications.


I am interested in supervising projects in the broad areas of Security & Strategic Studies, U.S.-China Relations; Rising Powers; Nuclear Strategy; Chinese Foreign Policy; and East Asian Security.

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