Associate Professor of International Relations
  International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan

Areas of Expertise
African Union, Civil Wars and Intrastate Conflict, Diplomacy, Ethics and Leadership, Genocide, Global Governance, Human Rights, Human Security, Humanitarian Affairs, International Affairs, International Criminal Court, International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Law, International Organizations, Peace and Security, Peacebuilding, Peacekeeping, Post-conflict reconstruction and development, Refugees and Displacement, Secretaries-General, United Nations, United Nations Reform

Region of Focus
East Asia and the Pacific, Europe, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa

I am an Associate Professor of International Relations (with tenure) at the Department of Politics and International Studies, International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, Japan, specializing in international organization, African politics, and the UN.

I am also the Deputy-Director of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), Tokyo Office; the Deputy Secretary-General of the Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan (GPAJ); the Secretary/Treasurer of the International Studies Association Asia-Pacific (ISA-AP); and a Senior Adviser to the Center for Advanced Studies on South Asia (CASSA) in Kathmandu, Nepal.

I was educated at the Universities of Trento (Italy), Auckland (New Zealand), Wales/Aberystwyth (UK), and Oxford (UK), and I hold two doctoral degrees, one in International Law and the other in International Relations.

Before joining ICU, I was an Associate Professor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) at the Asian University for Women (AUW), a US-style liberal arts institution with a support foundation in Cambridge, Massachussets, and a campus in Chittagong, Bangladesh, that promotes gender equality and draws students from across Asia and the Middle East.

I was also a visiting researcher at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po) in Paris, France, and at Temple University Japan (TUJ) in Tokyo, Japan; an officer at the Icelandic Human Rights Centre in Reykjavik, Iceland; and briefly an Associate with the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA.

I teach and publish in the areas of international politics, international law, global institutions (especially the UN) and human rights. I have written several academic articles and three single-authored monographs, most recently ‘Dangerous Diplomacy’, which was published in 2017 by Oxford University Press and which won the Chadwick Alger Prize by the International Studies Association (ISA) as the best book on international organization and multilateralism for 2018, as well as the Friends of ACUNS (Academic Council of the United Nations System) Biennial Award as the best book on the United Nations for 2016-18.

A cosmopolitan by vocation, I am fluent in English, Italian, and French, and reasonably fluent in Spanish. I am also a life-long enthusiast of history and archaeology, and I am a passionate collector of ancient art.

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Recent Publications 
Herman T. Salton, ‘Dangerous Diplomacy: Bureaucracy, Power Politics, and the Role of the UN Secretariat in Rwanda’ (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), 320pp. For more info, see

Recent ACUNS Activity
Deputy Director, ACUNS Tokyo Liaison Office, 2018-current
Winner, Friends of ACUNS Biennial Book Award, 2017-2019
Winner, ACUNS Dissertation Award, 2011
Updated December 2019