Shintaro Hamanaka is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Developing Economics of Japan (IDE-JETRO). He joined IDE-JETRO in 2016. Between 2018 and 2020, he was on sabbatical from IDE-JETRO and held a resident fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. Prior to this, he worked for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for 8 years, where he was responsible for providing technical assistance and conducting research on regional economic integration and cooperation. Between 2006 and 2008, he was involved in the Doha Round of service trade negotiations at the Japanese Mission to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. He started his career at the Bank of Japan, where he was involved in policymaking on regional financial cooperation in Asia in the wake of the Asian financial crisis. His research interests include international political economy, global governance, geo-economics, regionalism, and economic integration. He has authored several books and numerous journal articles in the field of international relations, political science, international trade and economics, and international economic law. He has been involved in international projects organized by various agencies, including ADBI, ASEAN, the Asia Foundation, ERIA, OECD, UNCTAD, UNESCAP, WCO, and WTO, among others.
Current research projects
He is currently interested in the following research topics and willing to embark on joint research projects around those topics.
- Regionalism and regional cooperation, especially membership, accession, and exclusion.
- International rulemaking, especially procedures of rulemaking and politics between rule setters and rule followers.
- Domestic systems and international cooperation, especially the impact of domestic legal systems on states’ attitudes toward international cooperation.
- Geo-politics and geo-economics, especially how regional political and economic order is shaped; the interaction between geo-politics and geo-economics.
- International relations within Asia, especially how international relations in Asia differ from those in the West.
- Shift of hegemonic power from the US to China and a possible China-dominated world order.