Masaki Mizobuchi is an Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy in the Belfer Center's International Security Program. He received his Ph.D. in Area Studies from Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, in 2012. His Ph.D. dissertation analyzed U.S. grand strategy in the Middle East and the reactions of the so-called "Resistance Axis"―namely, Iran, Syria, and Hizbullah in Lebanon―toward it and explored the dynamics of power politics in the Middle East during 2001–2009. He is currently revising his dissertation for publication. His research interests include geopolitics and international politics in the Middle East, political and security affairs in Syria and Lebanon, U.S. policy in the Middle East, political Islam, and theories of war and peace. He has published several articles on those subjects. Previously, Dr. Mizobuchi served as a Research Fellow of the Japan Forum on International Relations (JFIR) in 2011 and as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)/Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in 2012–2013.
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