Dr James Johnson

Postdoctoral Honorary Visiting Fellow

Email: jj210@leicester.ac.uk

Twitter: @James_SJohnson

Website: http://www.jamesjohnsonphd.com

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.My latest projects focus on three interrelated multidisciplinary themes: (1) ‘New’ security challenges posed by emerging technologies - especially artificial intelligence; (2) developing theoretical frameworks to conceptualize shifting great and rising power dynamics in world politics and; (3) US policy responses to rising powers in a multipolar world order. My latest book project is titled "The AI Revolution & the Future of Warfare: Great Power Competition & Strategic Stability".

Publications

 

Book

Journal articles

Book chapters

  • ‘The Incumbent Unipole and its Allies: Multipolar Challenges to U.S. Dominance in Artificial Intelligence’, in Benjamin Zala (ed), Interrogating a Multipolar Order: The Use of Multipolar Narratives in National Contexts (Forthcoming, 2019).
  • ‘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

  • ‘AI and Strategic Stability: Implications for nuclear security, deterrence, and escalation in future warfare’.
  • ‘AI and Non-nuclear Challenges to Strategic Stability: Complex and dangerous escalation dynamics in future warfare’.
  • ‘Divergent Sino-US Thinking on AI, Strategic Stability, & Future Warfare: Implications for nuclear security’

Selected professional publications

Research

My research combines a regional focus on the Asia-Pacific with a thematic focus on emerging technologies and future warfare. My latest projects focus on three interrelated themes: (1) ‘New’ security challenges posed by emerging technologies - especially artificial intelligence; (2) developing theoretical frameworks to conceptualize shifting great and rising power dynamics in world politics and; (3) U.S. policy responses to rising powers in a multipolar world order.

Supervision

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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