Peter Berton

Expert in Asia Pacific geopolitics and international negotiation behavior

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
School of International Relations
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences


  • Japanese politics and foreign policy
  • Chinese foreign policy
  • Russian foreign policy
  • U.S.-Japan relations
  • U.S.-China relations
  • Russian relations with China, Japan and Korea
  • Japanese, Chinese and Russian negotiating behavior
  • Japanese socio-cultural and psychological characteristics
  • culture and international negotiation
  • the Kurile Islands territorial dispute between Japan and Russia
  • territorial and maritime disputes in Eastern Asia
  • Japanese Communist Party
  • international Communism
  • comparative Communism
  • geopolitics in the 20th and 21st centuries

Additional Information

  • Author of Russo-Japanese Relations, 1905-1917: From Enemies to Allies (2011), Japan on the Psychologist’s Couch (2002), The Psychology of Japan’s Foreign Relations (1999), Japan In the Asia-Pacific Balance of Power (2001), Japanese Communist Party and Its Transformations (2000), The Japanese-Russian Territorial Dilemma (1993), The Secret Russo-Japanese Alliance of 1916 (1988) and The Russo-Japanese Boundary (1967), as well as numerous articles on the international relations of the Pacific Rim
  • Co-author of Contemporary China (1967), The Russian Impact on Japan (1981) and The Fateful Choice: Japan’s Advance into Southeast Asia, 1939-1941 (1980)
  • Co-editor of International Negotiation: Actors, Structure/Process, Values (1999)
  • Contributor to the Guide to International Relations and Diplomacy (2002)


  • Russian
  • Japanese
  • German
  • French