Warren is a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford’s Oriental Institute, reading in modern Japanese intellectual history. His dissertation examines how political satire and laughter was utilized as a form of expression during the late Edo and early Meiji eras by Japanese and British commentators, to interpret and critique the meanings of modernization.

Warren is also active in the space of thought leadership and policy related to public diplomacy and cultural exchange. Formerly, as the executive research assistant and speechwriter to Yoichi Funabashi at the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, he oversaw the publication of “Galapagos Cool – Eleven Fields In Which Japan Can Matter More” (Toyo Keizai, 2017). He also served as a projects officer of education at the British Council in Tokyo.

At CRS, Warren will explore the relationship between soft power and global rule-making, with a focus on Japan’s public diplomacy.

Warren completed a B.A. in Liberal Arts at International Christian University, and received his Master’s degree from the University of Oxford’s Nissan Institute of Modern Japanese Studies. He is Co-Founder and President of the Oxford Alumni Club of Japan, the largest Oxford-only alumni group in Japan.

His publications include, “Japan House: Tokyo’s New Public Diplomacy Push,” The Diplomat (22 July 2017), and “Seeking an Independent Voice: Japanese Think Tanks,” Global Asia (Vol.10 No.1, Spring).