Robert Attwell is a research affiliate at the Centre for Chinese Studies. He is currently doing an MSc in East Asian International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. To complete his studies in Scotland, he was awarded a Chevening Scholarship by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Robert is particularly interested in the way history shapes the international relations of East Asia and how issues from Japan’s colonial expansion continue to dominate that nation’s relations with its neighbours. Before pursuing graduate studies in Edinburgh, Robert lived in Kyoto, Japan for two years as an Assistant English Teacher on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program. Before that, he was a research assistant at the CCS and worked on the “South African relations with China and Taiwan: Economic realism and the “One-China” doctrine” report. In addition to English, Robert knows intermediate Japanese, a smattering of Mandarin and is currently learning Korean.