Wrenn Yennie Lindgren

Wrenn Yennie Lindgren

Associate Research Fellow

Wrenn Yennie Lindgren is a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and a Associate Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI). She specializes in the politics and foreign policy of Japan, international relations in East Asia, East Asian states’ interests in the Arctic, and traditional and non-traditional security issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

Yennie Lindgren holds a PhD in International Relations from Stockholm University and master's degrees in International Policy Studies (Monterey Institute of International Studies, U.S.) and Asia and Middle East Studies (University of Oslo). She was a Japan Foundation Fellow at Meiji University from 2018-2019 and visiting fellow at Waseda University`s Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (GSAPS) in Tokyo. Yennie Lindgren has previously held research positions at the Centre for Asian Security Studies at the Norwegian Institute of Defense Studies (IFS), United Nations University - Tokyo, the U.S Embassy - Tokyo and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, CA.

Areas of expertise

East Asia, foreign policy analysis, security policy, Japan, diplomacy, identity, the Arctic

Selected publications

• 2021.“WIN-WIN! with ODA-man: Legitimizing Development Assistance Policy in Japan,” The Pacific Review 34(4): 633-663.

• 2020. “Japan and Arctic Security” in Routledge Handbook of Arctic Security (ed. Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Horatio Sam-Aggrey and Marc Lanteigne): 324-336.

• 2019. “The Relationship Between Narratives and Security Practices: Pushing the Boundaries of Military Instruments in Japan”, Asian Perspective 43(2): 323-348. (with Petter Y. Lindgren)

• 2019. “Improving Future Oceans: Governance of Global Goods in an Age of Global Shifts”, T20-Japan. (with Ulf Sverdrup, Elana Wilson Rowe, Alf Håkon Hoel, Hideki Shiroyama and Michelle Voyer).

• 2018. “Like Grandfather, Like Grandson: Kinship as a legitimating force in Japan’s International Relations,” in Kristin M. Haugevik and Iver B. Neumann (Eds.) Kinship in International Relations (London: Routledge): 174-191.

• 2018. “New Dynamics in Japan-Russia Energy Relations 2011-2017,” Journal of Eurasian Studies 9(2): 152-162.

• 2018. “The Duty of Care for Citizens Abroad: Security and Responsibility in the In Amenas and Fukushima Crises,” The Hague Journal of Diplomacy 13(1): 188-210. (with Nina Græger)

• 2018. China and Nordic Diplomacy, Routledge, 136 pages. (with co-editors Bjørnar Sverdrup-Thygeson, and Marc Lanteigne)

• 2017. “Identity Politics and the East China Sea: China as Japan’s ‘Other’”, Asian Politics & Policy 9(3), 378-401. (with Petter Y. Lindgren)


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