Bio: Nikolay MURASHKIN is a Sessional Lecturer at the School of Political Sciences and International Studies, University of Queensland and a Visiting Fellow at Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University. His current research interests include Japan’s changing economic statecraft, the politics of connectivity infrastructure and finance in the Indo-Pacific and Eurasia, and Japan’s relations with Australia, China, and Russia. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge with a dissertation focusing on contemporary Japanese foreign policy in Central Asia and its involvement in various New Silk Road projects. He has been a Japan Foundation Fellow at Waseda University, Tokyo. Prior to his academic career, Nikolay completed a Master’s degree at Sciences Po Paris, subsequently working as an analyst in a London-based bank on commodity finance transactions in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Nikolay has published book chapters and research articles in a number of peer-reviewed journals, such as Australian Journal of International Affairs, Asian Journal of Social Sciences, New Zealand Journal of East Asian Studies etc. He was the winner of the 1st prize of the Japan Foundation and the Association of Japanologists for the best academic paper on Japanese politics by a junior scholar in 2013. Nikolay is currently completing a monograph on Japanese policies in the New Silk Road region.