Dr Alex Bristow
Deputy Director – Defence, Strategy and National Security
ExpertiseForeign and security policy; the Indo-Pacific region and strategy, especially relating to China and Japan; international human rights
Alex Bristow is Deputy Director of ASPI's Defence, Strategy and National Security program.
Alex spent the last decade working in the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). This included postings to Beijing, covering human rights, and Canberra, covering Indo-Pacific policy. He has worked in national security and strategy roles in London, including at the Cabinet Office. Outside government, Alex has worked for a range of consultancies, think tanks and political offices across the UK, Japan and United States.
Alex’s D.Phil from Oxford University applied two-level game theory to the US-Japan security alliance, especially summit diplomacy, the handling of Okinawa, and declassified agreements about nuclear weapons. He was Jane Eliza Procter Fellow at Princeton University. He researched at Tokyo University with support from the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
Alex has language skills in Mandarin and Japanese.