David Envall

Research Fellow


BA (Hons) (Melb), MA (Hitotsu), PhD (Melb)

Contact details
+61 2 6125 0190
Room: 2.21
Building: Hedley Bull Building

David is a research fellow in the Department of International Relations. He is also the editor of the Policy Background Paper series, which is part of the ANU-MacArthur Asia Security Initiative (ANU-MASI) Project In addition to having worked as a copy editor and corporate editor/writer, he has formerly held appointments teaching Japanese foreign relations at Tokyo International University and politics at La Trobe University. He has been a visiting researcher at Hitotsubashi and Waseda Universities, Japan, and has been the book reviews editor for the Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies since 2001.

David’s research interests include Japan: political leadership, foreign policy, and post-war security politics; Asia Pacific: regional security architecture, Sino-Korean-Japanese relations, Japan-India relations; Foreign Policy Analysis: domestic politics and foreign policy, political leadership and diplomacy.

Watch and listen to David’s discussion about his recent work on Japan’s foreign policy.


David teaches an undergraduate course, Japan’s Security Dilemma INTR2018.

Career highlights

Research Fellow, ANU Research School of Asia & the Pacific, 2011-present; Postdoctoral Fellow, ANU-MacArthur Asia Security Initiative 2009–11; ANU Research School of Asia & the Pacific Travel Grant 2011; East Asia Forum Emerging Scholar Finalist, 2010; Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Research Grant, La Trobe University, 2007 & 2009; Director of the Japan Defense Agency Prize (First Prize) for the Fifth (2000) Japan Defense Agency and Defense Research Center Foundation Essay Competition; Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Research Scholarship, 2000-04; Lionel Phillips Japanese Scholarship, 1998.

Strategic partnerships: Helping or hindering security?

Strategic partnerships: Helping or hindering security?

Strategic partnerships are becoming central to the management of international security in the Asia-Pacific region.

The morning after: Australia, Japan, and the submarine deal that wasn't

The morning after: Australia, Japan, and the submarine deal that wasn't

Barely had the visiting Japanese submarine, JS Hakuryu, departed Sydney Harbour on 26 April than Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced to the media that Australia’s future submarines

Friends and neighbours

A new publication discusses strengthening the Australia-Japan-US security relationship.


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