Tobias Harris

Senior Fellow



Tobias Harris

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Tobias Harris is senior fellow at American Progress, where he oversees the National Security and International Policy team’s work on Asia. From 2013 to 2021, he was a political risk analyst covering Japan and the Korean Peninsula at Teneo Intelligence, as well as a research fellow for economy, trade, and business at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA from 2014 to 2020. He is also the author of The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan, the first English-language biography of Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. Prior to joining Teneo Intelligence, Harris worked for a Japanese legislator, authored the blog Observing Japan, and conducted graduate research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo. He holds an master’s degree in international relations from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor’s degree in politics and history from Brandeis University.


How Shinzo Abe Changed Japan In the News

How Shinzo Abe Changed Japan

Following the assassination of Shinzo Abe, Tobias Harris writes on the life and career of the former Japanese prime minister.

Tobias Harris

The Small Pacifist Party That Could Shape Japan’s Future In the News

The Small Pacifist Party That Could Shape Japan’s Future

Tobias Harris and Levi McLaughlin analyze Japan’s Komeito Party, the small pacifist party and junior member of Japan’s ruling coalition, which will play a critical role in the country’s China and defense policies.

Tobias Harris, Levi McLaughlin

Prospects for Diplomacy With North Korea Report

Prospects for Diplomacy With North Korea

Given political considerations in the United States and South Korea, a diplomatic approach with North Korea is likely unsustainable in the long term.

Tobias Harris, Abigail Bard, Haneul Lee