Eric Y. Shibuya, Ph.D.

  Professor of Strategic Studies 
Command and Staff College

Contact Information

Phone: (703) 784-6865
Areas of Interest: Political Violence, Postconflict Demobilization, Oceania, Southeast Asia


Ph.D. Political Science, Colorado State University
M.A. Political Science, University of Oklahoma
B.A. Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa


Dr. Eric Shibuya is Professor of Strategic Studies, Command and Staff College, Quantico, Virginia. He joined Marine Corps University in February 2007, serving as Security Studies Department Head from 2016-2019. He was previously at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu from 2000-2006, where among other duties he served as Program Director for the Junior Executive Course (now known as the Asia-Pacific Orientation Course) and cofounded the Comprehensive Security Responses to Terrorism Course. Dr. Shibuya has traveled extensively through Asia and the Pacific, and also has been part of Transnational Security Education teams in Kenya and Kosovo. He has been adjunct faculty for the Center for Civil-Military Relations, Center for Asymmetric Warfare, Joint Special Operations University, and American University.


He has been an invited speaker to the US Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute, the Center for Asian Democracy at the University of Louisville, the University of Louisville’s Strategic Broadening Seminar, and Special Operations Command, Pacific, among other areas. He has been interviewed on radio in Australia and Micronesia and on Australia’s Dateline TV.


Dr. Shibuya holds degrees from the University of Hawaii, University of Oklahoma, and Colorado State University. He is a 1999 Fulbright Fellow and was based in the Department of International Relations, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, the Australian National University; Canberra.


He is the author of Demobilizing Irregular Forces (2012), co-editor of Security in Oceania in the 21st Century, (with Jim Rolfe), Honolulu: Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, 2003. Other notable publications include “The Kyoto Protocol from Formulation to Ratification: Japan’s Role in International Climate Negotiations,” in Norms, Interests, and Power in Japanese Foreign Policy (Yoichiro Sato and Kimie Hara, Editors), New York: Palgrave, 2008, “Pacific Engaged, or Washed Away? Implications of Australia’s New Activism in Oceania,” Global Change, Peace and Security 18:2 (June 2006): 71-81


Selected Publications

“Anticipating and Understanding the Rebalance: Exercise Nine Innings, USMC
Command and Staff College,” (with LtCol Micheal Russ) MCU Journal (Spring 2017: 9-20).


“The Rebalance as Retcon,” (with Benjamin H. Jensen) in Origins and Evolution of the US Rebalance Toward Asia (Hugo Meijer, editor), New York: Palgrave Macmillan, July 2015.


Still Missing in the Rebalance? The United States and the Pacific Island Countries,” in Regionalism, Security and Cooperation in Oceania (Rouben Azizian and Carleton Cramer, editors), Honolulu: Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, June 2015.




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