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Paulo Mateus António Uache


NAME: Paulo Mateus António
FILIATION: Mateus António Uache and Angelina Agostinho
BIRTHDAY: 9th May 1976
NATURALNESS: Inhassoro - Inhambane

ADRESS: Instituto Superior de Relações Internacionais, Bairro Zimpeto, Q88. Rua Grande Maputo, Maputo, Mozambique

CONTACTS: E-mail: mobile: +258826956660


PhD in International Politics
Master of Arts in Diplomatic Studies
Bachelor (Honours) in International Relations and Diplomacy


  • 1983-1984 - (1st and 2nd levels) Primary Instruction, at the elementary school of Nkondedzi, Tete.
  • 1986-1989 - (2nd to 5th levels) Primary Instruction, at the elementary school 3rd Congress, Tete.
  • 1990-1991 - (6th and 7th levels) Primary Instruction of the 2nd Degree, Secondary School, Tete;
  • 1992-1995 - (8th and 10th levels) Secondary Instruction, at the Secondary School, Tete.
  • 1996-1997 - (11st and 12nd levels) at Cristo Rei Seminar, Matola
  • 1998 - Preparation to university level, Cristo Rei Seminar, Matola;

Marie Anchordoguy


Marie Anchordoguy is a professor in the Jackson School of International Studies and specializes in the political economy of Japan. She currently holds the George Long Endowed Professorship. She received her undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research is focused primarily on the key institutions and policies of Japan’s capitalist system. Her first book was Computers, Inc.: Japan’s Challenge to IBM (Harvard University Press, 1989), which looked at Japan’s state and corporate efforts to build a computer hardware industry. Her next book, Reprogramming Japan: The High Tech Crisis Under Communitarian Capitalism (Cornell University Press, 2005) analyzed why Japan was slow to change its capitalist institutions even when there were clear economic reasons to do so.

Lloyd G. Adu Amoah


Dr. Lloyd Amoah is the Director of the Centre for Asian Studies (CAS), a research centre under the College of Humanities, University of Ghana. He teaches at the Department of Political Science at the same university and is considered one of Ghana's pre-eminent and globally recognized Asian Studies scholars.

Ahmedou Ould Abdallah


1969 / 1984: Minister of Commerce and Transportation ; Ambassador to the United States in Washington DC; to the Benelux States and the European Union in Brussels, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

1985 / 1996: United Nations as Director at Headquarters, New York and Special Representative to the Secretary General (SRSG) in conflict affected Burundi 1993 / 95.

1996 / 2002, World Bank as the manager of the Think Tank Global Coalition for Africa chaired by Robert Mc Namara in Washington DC.

2002 / 2011 Back to the United Nations as the Special Representative of the Secretary General to West Africa and later to Somalia. Then back to the Headquarters for Special missions.

2015 member of the UN Secretary General Advisory Group of Experts on the Review of Peace Building Architecture. In 2019, leader of the Secretary General Team to review the UN Office for the Central Africa Region (UNOCA).

2022 member of the Advisory Board MedOr Foudation, Italy

Founding member of Transparency International and is member of its Consultative Council. He also is member of a number of Advisory Boards of profits and non-profits organizations.

Published two books on his UN experience on conflict management: la Diplomatie Pyromane in 1996, Calmann Levy France; "Burundi on the Brink in 2000, US Institute of Peace and recently his Mémoires: ‘’Plutôt mourir que faillir " Ed Descartes et Cie, Paris 2017 translated in Arabic 2020.


Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, Mauritanie
Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur, France
Officier de l’Ordre du Lion, Sénégal
Officier de l’Ordre Léopold II, Belgium
Knight Golden Lion Order of the House of Nassau, Luxemburg.


Habib Badawi


Habib Badawi is a scholar in Japanese studies since 2005. His M.A. thesis and Ph.D. dissertation covered the modern history of Japan (Meiji-tennō - Taishō-tennō - Shōwa tennō). He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Lebanese University and a freelance researcher in international relations. He received the "Academic Excellence Award in the Arab World” for the category of “Academic Personality of the Year 2018" for his role in introducing the "Japanese studies" to the Arab world as a stand-alone academic field of "Human Sciences."

Books in Arabic

  • The Political History of Japan between the Two World Wars تـاريـخ اليـابـان السـياسـي بـين الحـربـين العـالمـيتـين
  • Japanese Constitution Comparative Study, 1889 vs. 1947 الدستور الياباني: دراسة مقارنة
  • Japan and Soft Power Diplomacy اليابان ودبلوماسية القوة الناعمة

Articles in Arabic

  • Japan's Proactive Pacifism Strategy إستراتيجية "السلمية الاستباقية" اليابانية
  • How Japan contained Covid-19 Pandemic? لماذا نجحت اليابان في احتواء جائحة كوفيد-19؟
  • The Role of the Military Establishment in Confronting Coronavirous ... Japan as a model دور المؤسسة العسكرية في مواجهة كورونا.. اليابان نموذجا
  • How the Japanese Society Revived In spite of the American Occupation? كيف نهض المجتمع الياباني من كبوة الاحتلال الغربي؟
  • UAE Success in Containing Corobavirous نجاح الإمارات في احتواء جائحة كورونا

Articles in English

  • Japanese and Arabic Relations: Academically, Politically and Historically.
  • The Role of Indian Muslims in Introducing Islam to Japan.
  • From Modernization to Militarism: Japan between the Two World Wars.

Jay L Batongbacal


Jay L Batongbacal is a lawyer from the Philippines with the degrees of Master of Marine Management and Doctor in the Science of Law, both from Dalhousie University in Canada, supported by the Marine Scholarship Program of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and as an inaugural Scholar of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. From 1991 to 1996 he served as Head of the Secretariat of the Government Negotiating Panel with the Military Rebels and then Executive Director of the National Amnesty Commission. Since 1997, he has done diverse work in maritime affairs, including community based fisheries management, coastal resource management, marine environment protection, maritime boundaries, high seas fishing, offshore energy, seafaring, and shipping. He was legal advisor to the Philippine delegation that successfully pursued the Philippines’ claim to a continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles in the Benham Rise Region before the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. He is also among the List of Experts on Marine Scientific Research for purposes of Special Arbitration under Annex VIII of the UNCLOS. He completed post-doctoral research on the US maritime security policy and the South China Sea disputes under the auspices of the US-ASEAN Fulbright Initiative Visiting Scholar Program. He most recently assisted the Philippines in securing the International Maritime Organization’s designation of the Tubbataha Reef Natural Park in the Sulu Sea as a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area. He is regularly consulted for his independent views on maritime policy issues by government officials, diplomatic personnel, the press, and members of the academe. Presently, he is an Associate Professor and serves as an Associate Dean for Research & Development at the University of the Philippines College of Law, and is concurrently Director of the Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea of the U.P. Law Center.

Dashdorj Bayarkhuu


Dashdorj Bayarkhuu (born May 4, 1956) is a Mongolian research professor, columnist & writer and former Ambassador of Mongolia to Egypt. Prior to his nomination to the ambassadorial position, Bayarkhuu worked in media, defense, diplomatic and educational sectors. After his tenure as Ambassador in Cairo, Bayarkhuu returned to academic field as a Visiting Professor of International Politics and Contracted Researcher.

During his tenure in Egypt, he also acted as Concurrent Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to State of Kuwait in 2009, First Concurrent Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2009–2014, Concurrent Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Islamic Republic of Iran in 2012–2015 and was responsible of serving at 14 countries in Middle East. He summarized incidents of Arab Spring that took place in the Middle East and published two books, the first ever publication about Arabian history in Mongolian.

After returning from Cairo, he was invited as guest professor to many institutes and schools where he delivered presentations about diplomatic studies and Arabian spring. In 2013–2014, he worked as Chief Editor of Britannica's Edition on the Foreign Policy of Mongolia at NEPKO Publishing in Ulaanbaatar. He is the author and biographer of the book “Jambyn Batmunkh”.

Steve Beimel


Steve Beimel is a Californian who has been involved with the Japanese culture since the early 1970’s. He is the founder of JapanCraft21 (, a volunteer organization dedicated to identifying viable but vulnerable traditional Japanese crafts and assisting in their revitalization. In addition to sponsoring annual craft revitalization contests, JC21 helped establish and currently funds Shinmachiya Juku, a free-of-charge school in Kyoto which teaches disappearing traditional building skills to young carpenters, plasterers and gardeners. Steve recently retired from U.S.-based Esprit Travel and Tours, a Japan culture-focused tour company that he founded in 1992 ( He lives in the Kyoto foothills with his wife of 39 years, Ritsuko, an ikebana instructor.

Oscar Brekell


Born in Sweden in 1985, Oscar Brekell developed an interest in Japanese tea during high school, something that grew into a passion that later led him to relocate to Japan. In 2010, he studied at Gifu University and in 2013 he came back to Japan for a job at a Japanese company. He became a cerVfied Japanese Tea Instructor in 2014, completed an internship at The Tea Research Center in Shizuoka. and has also been working for Japan Tea Export Council. In 2018 he set up his own business, and is now involved in tea educaVon projects overseas and arranges tea events and seminars in Japan. He is the first non-Japanese to receive a cerVficate for making hand-made Sencha, and in 2016 he was awarded the CHAllenge prize by the World Green Tea AssociaVon. Lately he also appears frequently on Japanese radio and television, and is gegng increasingly known for encouraging the Japanese to rediscovering the joy of drinking green tea while also making it more accessible to a non-Japanese audience as well. With the focus on single estate high quality Japanese leaf tea, Oscar Brekell started his own tea brand, SENCHAISM, in 2018. His books, a total of six, have been published in Japanese, English and French.

Agnieszka Bieńczyk-Missala


Agnieszka Bieńczyk-Missala is a full professor DSc in Political Sciences, researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies of the University of Warsaw. Vice-Director for Academic Research and International Cooperation at the Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw (2008–2012). Chief specialist and analyst at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (2006–2008). Manager of the project entitled “Zapobieganie masowym naruszeniom praw człowieka” (Prevention of mass human rights violations) funded by the National Science Centre (2013–2017). Contributor to the joint activities within NOHA, i.e. Network on Humanitarian Action and many other national and international scientific projects. Holder of the Jan Karski Educational Foundation Scholarship at the Georgetown Leadership Seminar in 2016. Author of numerous scientific publications and papers presented at scientific conferences.

Christian Bueger


Prof. Dr. Christian Bueger is a professor of international relations at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, honorary professor at the University of Seychelles and one of the directors of the SafeSeas network for maritime security. As one of the leading global experts on maritime security, he is currently leading a research group on Ocean Infrastructures. The research group investigates critical maritime infrastructures, such as subsea data cables or shipping. He has published over 150 articles on maritime security, ocean governance and international politics and is the author of the forthcoming book Understanding Maritime Security (with Tim Edmunds). Further information is available at

Pauline Baudu


Pauline Baudu works on the convergence of climate change, geopolitics and security, with a particular interest in the intersection between climate change and strategic considerations, including great-power cooperation and competition. She is a nonresident Research Fellow with the Center for Climate and Security of the Council on Strategic Risks (Washington D.C.) and a member of the Canadian Network for Strategic Analysis.

Khamis Bol


Khamis Bol is a Local Coordinator and Coach with UNITAR coordinating training programs in South Sudan. He holds two master's of International Communication and Journalism from the Communication University of China in Beijing and another master's in International Peace and Coexistence from Hiroshima University in Japan. He has about a decade in the field of media as a practitioner and academic in South Sudan. He is a lecturer at the University of Juba School of Journalism Media and Communication Studies (SJMCS), and he also works as a Technical Assistant in the Office of the Undersecretary in the National Ministry of Health.


Fraser Cameron


Dr. Fraser Cameron (19 March 1947) is a former European Commission advisor and well known policy analyst and commentator on EU and international affairs.

He is Director of the EU-Asia Centre, an Adjunct Professor at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and Senior Advisor to the European Policy Centre (EPC). He is an advisor to the BBC and to the UK government’s Higher Education Panel on Europe.

Dr Cameron was educated at the Universities of St Andrews (MA) and Cambridge (PhD). He was a Research Fellow at the University of Hamburg (1973-74) and a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Kent (1974-75).

From 1975 89, he was a member of the British Diplomatic Service serving mainly in Germany, and covering economic, political and press affairs. He joined the European Commission in 1990, as an advisor in external relations, and was closely involved in a range of policies including the common foreign and security policy (CFSP), enlargement, transatlantic relations, the Balkans, Asia and global governance. He was Political Counsellor in the EU delegation in Washington DC from 1999-2001.

Dr Cameron has lectured widely to business, academic and media audiences around the world. He has been a visiting professor at several universities and is the author of several books and articles on the EU and external relations.


  • An Introduction to European Foreign Policy, The Future of Europe and US Foreign Policy after the Cold War (published by Routledge).

Adolfo A. L. Carranco


Adolfo Alberto Laborde Carranco is a doctor of Political and Social Sciences, orientation in International Relations, from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He also carried out his doctoral Studies in International Cooperation at Kobe University, Japan and earned a Masters in International Economic Relations at the University of Colima, Mexico. He is currently on the faculty of Economics and International Relations with the Universidad Anahuac, Mexico, and is the Minister representing the Ministry of Economy of Mexico in Japan.

Benoit Hardy-Chartrand


Benoit Hardy-Chartrand is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Canada’s premier international affairs think tank. Benoit joined the Global Security & Politics Program in April 2014. In this role, he is providing research for CIGI’s work on Asia-Pacific security. Prior to joining CIGI, Benoit was an associate researcher at the Raoul-Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies and a junior fellow at United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo, in addition to conducting research at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS). He was also a researcher at UNU’s Institute for Sustainability and Peace and the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association. Benoit has a B.A. in Political Science from Université de Montréal, and a Master of Arts in International Relations from Université du Québec à Montréal. He also studied international relations at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Benoit’s research focuses on East Asian geopolitical and security issues. His work has appeared in numerous publications, and he appears frequently in Canadian and foreign media.

Youssef Cherif


Youssef Cherif is a Tunis-based political analyst, head of the Columbia Global Centers|Tunis and member of several working groups with think tanks such as Carnegie, ISPI, etc. He was previously the Al-Maidan Libya Project manager at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) and an expert affiliated to the Tunisian Institute for Strategic Studies (ITES). He regularly comments and writes on North African affairs for international media outlets including CNN, Al Jazeera English, BBC, France 24, etc., and think-tanks such as the Atlantic Council, DGAP, IEMed, etc.

Kavi Chongkittavorn


Elena Atanassova-Cornelis


Dr. Elena Atanassova-Cornelis is Lecturer in East Asian Politics at the Université Catholique de Louvain and the University of Antwerp, both in Belgium.

Her research interests and expertise include the foreign and security policies of Japan and China in East Asia, US regional strategy in East Asia, cross-Taiwan Strait relations, and regional security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. Recent articles have been published in Pacific Focus: Inha Journal of International Studies, East

Brian Lee Crowley


Managing Director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI), Canada’s only truly national public policy think tank based in Ottawa. He came to the role from the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS), where he was founding president.

From 2006-08 Crowley was the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist with the federal Department of Finance. He has also headed the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC), and has taught politics, economics and philosophy at various universities in Canada and Europe.

Crowley has published numerous books, and is a frequent commentator on political and economic issues across all media. He holds degrees from McGill and the London School of Economics, including a doctorate in political economy from the latter.

Recent Books

  • The Canadian Century: Moving out of America's shadow (co-authored with Jason Clemens and Neils Veldhuis), 2010
  • Fearful Symmetry: The fall and rise of Canada's founding values, 2009

Vannarith Chheang


Dr. Vannarith Chheang is serving as President of the Asian Vision Institute (AVI), Chairman of the Advisory Council of the National Assembly of Cambodia, Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Strategic Advisor to the ASEAN Economic Club, and Founder and Chairman of Angkor Social Innovation Park (ASIP). Prior to assuming these positions, he was Lecturer of Asia Pacific Studies at the University of Leeds (UK), Southeast Asia Consultant at the Nippon Foundation (Japan), visiting fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, and Executive Director of the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (Cambodia). He has over 13 years of professional experience in geopolitical risk analysis, public policy analysis, policy communication, stakeholder engagement and partnership building, leadership training, and social innovation

Brahma Chellaney


Professor Emeritus at the Center for Policy Research
Brahma Chellaney is a geostrategist, scholar, author and commentator. He brings a rigorous and interdisciplinary lens to global strategic issues, including natural-resource geopolitics. He is presently Professor of Strategic Studies at the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi; a Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow of the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin; and an affiliate with the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College London. He has served as a member of the Policy Advisory Group headed by the foreign minister of India. Before that, he was an adviser to India’s National Security Council, serving as convener of the External Security Group of the National Security Advisory Board.

As a specialist on international strategic issues, he has held appointments at Harvard University, the Brookings Institution, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and the Australian National University.

Serey Chea


Dr. Serey Chea is the Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Cambodia. She is passionate about financial inclusion and women’s economic empowerment. Achievements under her leadership include the establishment of Credit Bureau Cambodia in 2012 that propelled Cambodia's Ease of Access to Finance to number 7 worldwide in 2017 by the World Bank, the introduction of Bakong, a national backbone payment system using DLT allowing interoperability amongst all financial service providers making financial services more accessible and affordable, and the introduction of financial literacy into the general education program. Serey holds a PhD in economics and is a member of the Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Zack Cooper


Zack Cooper is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies US strategy in Asia, including alliance dynamics and US-China competition. He also teaches at Princeton University and cohosts the Net Assessment podcast for War on the Rocks. Dr. Cooper is currently writing a book that explains how militaries change during power shifts.

Before joining AEI, Dr. Cooper was the senior fellow for Asian security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He previously worked as codirector of the Alliance for Securing Democracy and senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and research fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He also served as assistant to the deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism at the National Security Council and as a special assistant to the principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy at the Department of Defense.

Scarlett Cornelissen


Scarlett Cornelissen is a professor in Political Science and director of the Stellenbosch University Japan Centre. She conducts research on Africa’s international political economy and the continent’s relations with Asia. A focus is on Japan’s diplomacy and economic role in Africa. She is a recipient of the 2021 Japan Foreign Minister’s Commendation for ‘outstanding achievement in international fields’ and promoting mutual understanding between Japan and South Africa. She held the Katherine Hampson Bessel Fellowship at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is also a fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) and a former Leibniz Professor of Leipzig University.

Nicholas Chung


Nicholas Chung is a news editor at Free Malaysia Today (FMT), an independent, bi-lingual news portal in Malaysia. While he keeps a keen eye on political developments in Malaysia and globally, he is passionate about the day-to-day stories of regular people that may usually be missed by most.

Kavi Chongkittavorn


Mr. Kavi Chongkittavorn was former executive editor of Bangkok-based, The Nation and editor-in-chief and executive director of Myanmar Times. He has been a journalist for four decades covering Thai and regional politics. He began his career as a reporter at the Nation in 1983 and became the paper’s foreign news editor in 1986. Then, he was asked to explore Indochina—first as Bureau Chief in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (1988-1990) and later on in Hanoi, Vietnam (1990-1992). After a year in Oxford University as Reuter Fellow in 1994, he then join the Asean Secretariat as Special Assistant to the Secretary General of ASEAN in Jakarta in 1995 before returning to journalism. He was name the Human Rights J 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by Amnesty International. He was awarded ASEAN Award in 2010 for his report, comments and analysis on ASEAN by Association of Thailand-ASEAN. From 1999-2000, he was President of Thai Journalists Association. rom 2000-2001, he went to Harvard University as Nieman FHe served as a member of jury and its chair of Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize organized by UNESCO from 2001-2008. He was Asia Studies Fellow at East West Center in Washington from April to June 2018. Currently, he is a senior fellow at Chulalongkorn University’s Institute of Security and International Studies and a columnist of Bangkok Post, Thailand.


James Der Derian


James Der Derian is Michael Hintze Chair of International Security Studies and Director of the Centre for International Security Studies. HIs research and teaching interests are in international security, information technology, international theory, and documentary film.

He is author most recently of Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Network (Routledge, 2nd ed., 2009) and Critical Practices in International Theory (Routledge, 2009), and co-editor with Costas Constantinou of Sustainable Diplomacies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). He has produced three film documentaries with Udris Film, Virtual Y2K, After 9/11, and most recently, Human Terrain, which won the Audience Award at the 2009 Festival dei Popoli in Florence and has been an official selection at numerous international film festivals. His most recent documentary, Project Z: The Final Global Event (co-produced with Phillip Gara), premiered at the 2012 DOK Leipzig Film Festival.

He is also author of On Diplomacy: A Genealogy of Western Estrangement and Antidiplomacy: Spies, Terror, Speed, and War; editor of International Theory: Critical Investigations and The Virilio Reader; and co-editor with Michael Shapiro of International/Intertextual Relations: Postmodern Readings of World Politics. His articles on international relations have appeared in the Review of International Studies, International Studies Quarterly, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, International Affairs, Brown Journal of World Affairs, Harvard International Review, Millennium, Alternatives, Cultural Values, and Samtiden. His articles on war, technology, and the media have appeared in the New York Times, Nation, Washington Quarterly, Global Agenda, and Wired.

Der Derian recieved a Joint First Class Honours in Political Science and History at McGill University and M.Phil. and D.Phil. in international relations at Oxford Univeristy where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

June Teufel Dreyer


JUNE TEUFEL DREYER is Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, where she teaches courses on China, U.S. defense policy, and international relations. She has also lectured to, and taught a course for, National Security Agency analysts.

Formerly senior Far East specialist at the Library of Congress, she has also served as Asia policy advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations and as commissioner of the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission established by the U.S. Congress. Dr Dreyer's most recent book is China's Political System: Modernization and Tradition, ninth edition. A partially-completed manuscript on Sino-Japanese relations is under contract from Oxford University Press.

Published Works <Recent Publications>

Books (sole authored)
  • China's Political System: Modernization and Tradition.
  • 9st edition: Paragon House (US rights) Macmillan (world rights), 2015 (in press)
Books (edited)
  • Contemporary Tibet: Politics, Development, and Society in a Disputed Region. M.E. Sharpe Armonk, N.Y., 2006 (with Barry Sautman). Author of one chapter, "Economic
  • Development in Tibet Under the People's Republic of China," and co-author, with Barry Sautman, of introductory chapter, "The Tibet Question in Contemporary Perspective."
Chapters and Journal Articles
  • "The PLA in 2014: Military Advances Presage More Confrontation," Oxford Analytica, January 2014.
  • "China and the Ukraine," Foreign Policy Research Institute e-note, March 2014.
  • "A New Cold War?" Oxford Analytica, April 2014.
  • "Trouble in Fishing Waters," Foreign Policy Research Institute e-note, May 2014.

Guibourg Delamotte


Dr. Guibourg Delamotte is Associate Professor (maître de conférences) of Political science at the French Institute of Oriental Studies (Inalco)’s Japanese studies department where she teaches international relations and Japanese politics. She also lectures at Sciences Po Paris. She is Research Fellow at Inalco’s CEJ, Adjunct Research Fellow at CRCAO, Asia Centre, Sciences Po’s CERI and Temple University Japan’s ICAS. From May to July 2010 she was NIDS Fellow at the National Institute of Defense Studies (Tokyo), and invited by the JIIA in April 2006. She is a Science Po (Paris) and University of Oxford (M. Jur) graduate.


Enkhtsag ENEREL
Энхцагийн Энэрэл

Mongolian journalist (Монголын сэтгүүлч.)

Work experience

  • From September 2017 : Journalist and host of “Junction” political and social talk show, NTV
  • From April 2016 : Host of “Liberal women” program, NTV
  • 2007 – 2017 : Head of the Political and International News Department, “Daily News” newspaper
  • 1999 – July 2017 : Reporter, “Daily News” newspaper
  • 1998 – 1999 : Reporter, “Ardyn Erkh” newspaperReporter


  • Doctoral course student, University of Humanities
  • 2004 – 2006 : Master of Journalism, University of Humanities
  • 1995 – 1999 : Bachelor’s degree, University of Humanities
  • 1985 – 1995 : Secondary school

Participated in a language training and leadership program in USA and Australia

Ажилласан байдал

  • 2017 оны есдүгээр сараас “NTV” телевизийн улс төр, нийгмийн ярилцлагын “Огтлолцол” нэвтрүүлгийн сэтгүүлч, хөтлөгч.
  • 2016 оны дөрөвдүгээр сараас “NTV” телевизийн “Чөлөөт эмэгтэйчүүд” нэвтрүүлгийн хөтлөгч.
  • 2007 – 2017 оны долдугаар сар хүртэл “Өдрийн сонин”-ын Улс төр, гадаад мэдээллийн албаны дарга
  • 1999 – 2017 хүртэл “Өдрийн сонин”-д сурвалжлагч
  • 1998 – 1999 : онд Төрийн хэвлэл “Ардын эрх” сонины сурвалжлагч


  • ХИС-д сэтгүүлзүйн докторант
  • 2004 – 2006 : онд ХИС-д сэтгүүлзүйн магистр
  • 1995 – 1999 : онд ХИС-д сэтгүүлч, орчуулагч
  • 1985 – 1995 : онд арван жилийн сургууль

Мөн АНУ, Австрали улсад хэлний сургалт, манлайллын хөтөлбөрт хамрагдаж байв.

Åsa Ekström


Åsa Ekström is a Swedish manga artist and creator of the manga essay series, Nordic Girl Åsa Discovers the Mysteries of Japan (Hokuo josi Osa ga mitsuketa Nihon no fushigi).
After being inspired by Japanese anime in her home country, she came to Japan where she has lived and worked for the last ten years.
She joins us to talk about her artistic influences, how she entered the world of manga artists, and the changes she has seen taking place in Japan since her arrival.

Antoni Estevadeordal


Antoni Estevadeordal has held several senior executive positions at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in a career of more than 25 years in Washington D.C. Most recently he was the IDB Representative in Europe, based in Brussels. Previously, he was Head of the IDB Migration Initiative and Manager of the IDB Integration and Trade Sector. In these capacities, he oversaw the IDB relationship with all European stakeholders, including relations with the European Institutions (EC, EIB). Under his leadership the IDB mobilized in 2019 US$ 1 billion for innovative blended-finance projects to respond to the migration crisis in LAC. For more than a decade he was responsible for IDB support to the trade and integration agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), managing a lending portfolio in more than 20 countries and coordinating IDB’s technical assistance, research agenda, capacity building, as well as several public-private policy dialogues and inter-institutional partnerships (ADB, AfDB, APEC, EC, EIB, IMF, OECD, UN, WB, WCO, WEF, WTO) on trade and integration issues. He has global expertise in international development and development finance; trade and investment policies; trade facilitation and investment promotion; logistic and transportation corridors; competitiveness and private-sector development; regional integration and cooperation; migration policy; regional and global public goods, among others.

He is a non-resident Senior Research Fellow and affiliated Faculty at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI) at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain) and has affiliations with the Georgetown Americas Institute and the Emerging Markets Institute (Cornell University). He had teaching appointments at University of Barcelona, University Pompeu Fabra, Harvard University and Tsinghua University (Schwarzman College). He has published widely in major journals such as American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Review of International Economics, Review of World Economics, Journal of Economic Integration, World Economy. He has co-authored and co-edited several books such as 21st Century Cooperation: Regional Public Goods, Global Governance, and Sustainable Development (Routledge), The Sovereign Remedy: Trade Agreements in a Globalizing World (Oxford), Regional Rules in the Global Trading System (Cambridge), Bridging Trade Agreements in the Americas (IDB), The Emergence of China: Opportunities and Challenges for Latin America (Harvard), The Origin of Goods: Rules of Origin in Preferential Trade Agreements (Oxford), Regional Public Goods: From Theory to Practice (IDB-ADB), Integrating the Americas: FTAA and Beyond (Harvard). He has been a Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution and member of the WEF Global Council Agenda on the Future of Logistics. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Harvard University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Barcelona. He is a Spanish citizen and US Permanent Resident.

Simcha Eichenstein


Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein was elected on November 6, 2018, to represent New York’s 48th Assembly District, which includes the neighborhoods of Borough Park and Midwood in Brooklyn.

Before his election, Simcha served on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s legislative affairs team in Albany, and as part of the mayor’s senior Intergovernmental staff at City Hall. During this time, Simcha played a crucial role advocating for budgetary and legislative priorities vital to the City of New York in Albany, and was instrumental in helping craft and pass many pieces of legislation in the state legislature. Simcha’s City Hall portfolio included the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Department for the Aging (DFTA), Department of Homeless Services (DHS), Human Resources Administration (HRA), NYC Health and Hospitals, Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), Department of Transportation (DOT), Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), and ThriveNYC, the nation’s most comprehensive approach to mental health.

Before joining the mayor’s team, Simcha served for four years as a senior aide to New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, where his responsibilities included working on intergovernmental affairs and a deep involvement with communities across New York State. Simcha is proud to have worked with many non-profit organizations and community groups in helping New Yorkers identify and reclaim funds owed through the state’s unclaimed funds program. Simcha previously served as the political affairs director at a public relations firm, as a special assistant in the New York State legislature, and as a member of Brooklyn’s Community Board 12.

Simcha is a graduate of New York’s yeshiva system and a lifelong resident of Borough Park. Simcha and his wife, Pearl, are the proud parents of four children.



Nicholas Fang

Executive director,Singapore Institute of International Affairs


Nicholas Fang is the director for security and global affairs at Singapore oldest independent think tank, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He visited Japan in 2018 at the invitation of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to meet with experts and officials across a range of focus areas, to better understand the country, culture and its policies.

Nicholas Fang graduated from Oxford University with a Masters in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
He joined Singapore’s oldest think tank, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, in 2010. He is currently executive director of the institute, which was ranked top local think tank, and among the best in Asia and the Pacific in the past five years.

Nicholas started his working life as a journalist, and spent nine years at Singapore’s national daily newspaper, The Straits Times. There he reported on financial and sports news, and also wrote lifestyle columns and special reports on a diverse range of topics, rising to the post of Senior Correspondent.

He then spent two years as business desk editor at national broadcaster Mediacorp’s regional news channel - Channel NewsAsia. During this time, he oversaw local and business news coverage, and also presented various key bulletins, including the 2009 Singapore Budget Special. He was most recently deputy chief editor of Singapore news at Mediacorp.

He was appointed Nominated Member of Parliament in February 2012, and served a two-and-a-half-year term where he focused on issues pertaining to international affairs, media, defense and security, and sports. He currently sits on the boards of Singapore humanitarian non-government organisation Mercy Relief, and non-profit social innovation organisation Social Innovation Park. He is also a member of the advisory committee of the national youth volunteerism institution Youth Corps Singapore. He also chairs the MINDEF expert panel for strategic communications

A former national athlete, Nicholas has represented Singapore in fencing and triathlon. He hosted the International Olympic Committee meeting in Singapore in 2005, and was Team Singapore’s Chef de Mission at the 2015 South-east Asian Games hosted in Singapore. He founded Black Dot Pte Ltd, a strategic consultancy that offers public relations, media, sponsorship and marketing consultancy services focusing on the sports sector to help develop the sporting industry and talents in Singapore and the region.

Robert Feldman


Dr. Feldman is a Senior Advisor to the Research Department at Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities, where he has been an economist there since 1998. He has served on many government committees in both the US and Japan, and was a commentator on the Japan’s premier nightly business news program for 20 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Leonídio Paulo Ferreira

Present Posts

Diário de Notícias: Deputy Director, Deputy Editor in Chief

Past Posts

  • 1992-2001 : Diário de Notícias: Journalist of International Politics
  • 2001-2002 : Diário de Notícias: Deputy Editor of International Politics Desk
  • 2002-2007 : Deputy Head of News
  • 2007-2010 : Diário de Notícias: Head of News
  • 2010-2014 : Diário de Notícias: Deputy Director, Deputy Editor in Chief
  • 2014-2016 : Diário de Notícias: Head of News for the Weekend Edition
  • 2016- : Diário de Notícias: Deputy Director, Deputy Editor in Chief


1999-2007 : Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal: Journalism department teacher

Charles Freeman


Charles Freeman, senior vice president for Asia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has been helping companies navigate complex markets in the Asia-Pacific for 25 years. His career included senior stints in government, business, law, and academia, giving him a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities in the world’s most dynamic region.

Polina Furmanova


Polina Furmanova is a student of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Japanese language and literature department, researching linguistics and Japanese literature. 2019-2020 studied in Kyoto University as MEXT scholar (Japanese Studies Student)

Adam Fulford


Adam Fulford was born in rural England and came to Japan in 1981. He has been working as a language consultant in Japan since 1981, offering behind-the-scenes support for Eigo de Shaberanaito, Eigo de Asobo, Super Presentation and many other NHK programs. These days, he and his staff work on a number of shows broadcast in English on NHK WORLD-JAPAN, the international service of NHK.

Adam also works as a presentation coach, supporting the efforts of the Japan National Tourism Organization to have more venues in Japan selected as hosts for international conferences.

Married with three children, all of whom have chosen Japanese citizenship, Adam is committed to pursuing a bright future for Japan. For the past decade he has been active as a cross-cultural consultant who places a special emphasis on the value of regional Japan. He has served as a community consultant in Nakatsugawa (Iide-machi, Yamagata) and in Ousemachi (Koriyama-shi, Fukushima). His aim in the Japanese countryside is to support efforts to identify the best next steps to take amid challenging demographic circumstances. To this end, he explores various forms of engagement that make it easier for each community to achieve its own goals.

Adam leads an activity called The Walkshop, which draws the attention of participants to the value of traditional East Asian culture. The Walkshop is an opportunity to reflect on who we are, how we got here, and where we want to be in the future.

Adam firmly believes that traditional values combined with a modern mindset can offer any community, ranging from the smallest village or company to the largest metropolis or megacorporation, a robust framework for cultivating happiness, sustainability, and resilience in an increasingly unpredictable world.

Richard Fontaine


Richard Fontaine is the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He served as President of CNAS from 2012-19 and as Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow from 2009-12. Prior to CNAS, he was foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain and worked at the State Department, the National Security Council, and on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Mr. Fontaine served as foreign policy advisor to the McCain 2008 presidential campaign and subsequently as the minority deputy staff director on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Prior to that, he served as Associate Director for Near Eastern Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC) from 2003-04. He also worked on Southeast Asian issues in the NSC’s Asian Affairs directorate.

At the State Department, Mr. Fontaine worked in the office of Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and in the department’s South Asia bureau. Mr. Fontaine began his foreign policy career as a staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, focusing on the Middle East and South Asia. He also spent a year teaching English in Japan.

Mr. Fontaine currently serves as Executive Director of the Trilateral Commission and has been an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

A native of New Orleans, Mr. Fontaine graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in International Relations from Tulane University. He also holds a M.A. in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, and he attended Oxford University. He lives in Virginia with his wife and their four children.

Pierre Fregonese


Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, Pierre-William Fregonese is Associate Professor of International Relations at Kobe University. Specialist in the soft power of popular cultures, he is the author of several books about comparative cultural diplomacy, manga and video games.




Tamrat Gebregiorgis


Managing editor of Independent News & Media Plc, publisher and distributor of the English business weekly “Fortune”.

A regular contributor to an international index on corruption, transparency and government accountability released annually by Global Integrity, a Washington D.C. based non-profit organization. His contribution is on the “Reporter’s Note”; a section where selected journalists work on a researched and fully documented investigative stories exposing corruption and lack of accountability of governments in their respective country of presence.



Ulises Granados obtained his BA on International Relations (Honors) at the National University UNAM in Mexico, MA in Asian and Africa Studies, field China, at El Colegio de Mexico, and PhD in History at the University of Tokyo. Having worked as full-time professor at the University of Tokyo, he is currently Associate Professor and Coordinator of Asian Studies Program at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico ITAM in Mexico City. He has extensively written for academic journals and media in Mexico and abroad.


Frederic Grare


  • Oct. 2015 - Present : Carnegie Europe, non-resident Senior Associate
  • Aug. 2012 - Oct.2015 : Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington D.C. Senior Associate and Director of the South Asia program
  • Oct. 2008 - Aug. 2012 : Directorate for Strategic Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Paris Head of the Asia division
Consultancies for

Directorate of Strategic Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Paris
International Crisis Group, Brussels
World Economic Forum, Geneva
Centre for Analysis and Forecasting, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Paris
Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Bern
United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva


ABC News, BBC World, CNN International, RFE, CBC Newsworld, ABC Australia, Deutsche Welle, BBC, VOA, Reuters TV, Globo International, Dawn TV, CTV News, KCBS radio, BECTN Russian State TV & Radio, Radio New Zealand, NPR, CTV (Canada), CNBC,WBBR Bloomberg Radio, Al Jazeera, Radio Free Asia, France 24, France Inter.


  • Books and reports

Reforming the Intelligence Agencies in Pakistan’s Transitional Democracy, Washington DC, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2009.
Rethinking Western Strategies Toward Pakistan: An Action Agenda for the United States and Europe, Washington D.C., Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2007.
India, China, Russia: intricacies of an Asian triangle, with Gilles Boquérat (eds), New Delhi, India Research Press, 2003.
Beyond the Rhetoric: The Economics of India’s Look East Policy, with A. Mattoo (eds), New Delhi, Manohar, 2003.
Pakistan and the Afghan conflict, 1979-1985 : at the turn of the Cold War, Karachi, Oxford University Press, 2003. (translated and augmented from : Le Pakistan face au conflit afghan, Paris, l’Harmattan, 1997)

  • Articles and book chapters

India-Pakistan Relations: Does Modi Matter?, The Washington Quarterly, Winter 2015. Civil Military Relations in Afghanistan: The French Experience, in William Maley and Susan Schmeidl, Reconstructing Afghanistan: Civil-Military Relations, Experiences in Comparative Perspectives, London, Routledge, 2015
After Modi’s Big Win: Can India and Pakistan Enhance Relations, The National Interest, August 11, 2014
Beyond the Great Game: Towards a National Political Process in Afghanistan Post 2014 (with William Maley and Amitabh Mattoo), Chanakya Papers, The Australia-India Institute, May 2014.
Situation Report: Pakistan, Tony Blair Faith Foundation, April 9, 2014.
The India-Australia Strategic Relationship: Defining Realistic Expectations, The Carnegie Papers, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, March 2014.
Afghanistan Post 2014: Scenarios and Consequences, German-Marshall Fund of the United States, Foundation for Strategic Research (Paris), February 4, 2014.
The Year of the Voter in South Asia, (with Milan Vaishnav), Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, December 16, 2013.
Pakistan’s Elections and Foreign Policy, International Affairs, Vol. 89, Number 4, July 2013.
Balochistan: The State versus the Nation, The Carnegie Papers, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, April 2013.

Chris Green MP – Member of Parliament for Bolton West


Chris was born in Northern Ireland and settled in Liverpool when his father left the army. He moved to Manchester to work in the Mass Spectrometry industry which he worked in for nearly twenty years before being elected as the Member of Parliament for Bolton West in May 2015.

Chris has previously been elected on to the Science and Technology Select Committee and served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Department for Transport. He is currently Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Medical Research, an area of focus that he intends to use to promote the innovative industry, securing high-tech jobs in Britain and the North West.

With the Northern Powerhouse and Devolution to Greater Manchester, Chris’ priorities are to ensure that Bolton West receives a fair share of the investment, prosperity and jobs growth. Ensuring that our economy is rebalanced between the North and South and between industrial and service sectors.

Julie Gilson


Dr Julie Gilson is Reader in Asian Studies at the University of Birmingham (UK). She has researched and published widely on Japanese foreign policy, EU-Japan relations, Asia-Europe relations, Asian regionalism, civil society in Asia and climate change in Asia. Recent publications include her 2020 book on EU-Japan Relations and the Crisis of Multilateralism (Routledge) and ‘From Kyoto to Glasgow: Is Japan a Climate Leader?’ The Pacific Review (2021).

Richard Gowan


Richard oversees Crisis Group’s advocacy work at the United Nations, liaising with diplomats and UN officials in New York.

Richard was previously a Consulting Analyst with ICG in 2016 and 2017. He has worked with the European Council on Foreign Relations, New York University Center on International Cooperation and the Foreign Policy Centre (London). He has taught at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and Stanford in New York. He has also worked as a consultant for the organisations including UN Department of Political Affairs, the UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on International Migration, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Rasmussen Global, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Global Affairs Canada. From 2013 to 2019, he wrote a weekly column (“Diplomatic Fallout”) for World Politics Review.


Shihoko Goto


Shihoko Goto is the Director for Geoeconomics and Indo-Pacific Enterprise and Deputy Director for the Asia Program at the Wilson Center. Her research focuses on the economics and politics of Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea, as well as U.S. policy in Northeast Asia. A seasoned journalist and analyst, she has reported from Tokyo and Washington for Dow Jones and UPI on the global economy, international trade, and Asian markets. A columnist for The Diplomat magazine and contributing editor to The Globalist, she was previously a donor country relations officer for the World Bank and has been awarded fellowships from the East-West Center and the Knight Foundation, among others.

Sherri Goodman


Sherri Goodman is a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program and Polar Institute, and Secretary General of the International Military Council on Climate & Security. She is credited with educating a generation of U.S. military and government officials about the nexus between climate change and national security, using her famous coinage, “threat multiplier,” to fundamentally reshape the national discourse on the topic. Sherri serves as Vice Chair of the Secretary of State's International Security Advisory Board and on the EXIM Bank's Council on Climate. A former first Deputy Undersecretary of Defense (Environmental Security) and staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Goodman has founded, led, or advised nearly a dozen research organizations on environmental and energy matters, national security, and public policy.

Nadejda Petrova Gadjeva, Ph.D.


Nadejda Gadjeva has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies at the Akita International University in Japan, a 1-year course in Political Studies at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Rennes (Sciences Po Rennes) in France, and Master’s and Ph.D. programs in International Relations at the Ritsumeikan University in Japan. She is currently a Visiting Researcher at the Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. Her research includes Japan-Europe relations with a focus on public and cultural diplomacy as well as Japanese cultural policies.

Nadejda Gadjeva is the author of the books “Japanese Public Diplomacy in European Countries: The Japan Foundation in Bulgaria and France” and “Japanese Digital Cultural Promotion: Online Experience of Kyoto”.

Rufa Cagoco‐Guiam


Rufa Cagoco‐Guiam has retired from Philippine government service as Full Professor III, Sociology Department, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, of the Mindanao State University – General Santos City, since December 2016. She is a professionally trained cultural anthropologist, both at the Silliman University (MA Anthropology) and at the University of Hawaii (non-degree) for her advanced studies in the same field. Since her retirement, Prof Guiam has been engaged in various social development consulting with several offices and agencies in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. She has written and published numerous articles and chapters in books, largely focused on the following topics: child soldiers in Central and Western Mindanao, gender and armed conflict, peace and development communities, illegal drug trade and intersections with political violence in Muslim Mindanao; and lately on climate fragility risks in the Bangsamoro. She is a Senior Asian Public Intellectual (API) Fellow of the Nippon Foundation (2008-2009) and an Executive Education grantee of the Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 2009. She used to be a Visiting Research Fellow/Scholar at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University (2006-2007) and at the Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan in 2018.

In between her consulting work, she writes a weekly opinion piece for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, in the Kris-crossing Mindanao column (she has been writing for PDI since 2018 until the present). Last May, 2023, she started writing for a provincial weekly tabloid, the Bohol Chronicle, in her column, Prism.


Ruth Beatrice Henig

Full Name (Full Title)

Ruth Beatrice Henig (The Baroness Henig CBE)


Bedford College, London (BA history 1965);
Lancaster University (PhD history 1978)


  • 1968-2002 : Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, Lancaster University
  • 1995-1997 : Head of History Department, Lancaster University
  • 1997-2000 : Dean of Arts and Humanities, Lancaster University
  • 1981-2005 : County Councillor, Lancashire County Council
  • 2004- : Member of House of Lords (2012 - External Affairs Committee)


Bridge, fell-walking, gardening, wine

Countries of interest

Japan, China, Malaysia, Thailand

Carin Holroyd


Carin Holroyd is Professor Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. She has published on political economy in East Asia, aspects of Japan's international trade and commercial relations with Canada, and national innovation policies in Japan.

Her books include Government, International Trade and Laissez Faire Capitalism: Canada, Australia and New Zealand’s Relations with Japan (McGill Queens) and co-authored with Ken Coates, Japan and the Internet (Palgrave-McMillan), Innovation Nation: Science and Technology in 21st Century Japan (Palgrave-McMillan), Digital Media in East Asia: National Innovation and the Transformation of a Region (Cambria Press) and The Global Digital Economy (Cambria Press). Her most recent book is Green Japan: Environmental Technologies, Innovation Policy and the Pursuit of Green Growth (University of Toronto Press).

Jeffrey W. Hornung


Jeffrey W. Hornung is a Senior Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation and an adjunct professor in the Asian Studies Program at Georgetown University. He specializes in Japanese security and foreign policies, East Asian security issues, and U.S. foreign and defense policies in the Indo-Pacific region, including its alliances.

Linus Hagström


Linus Hagström is Professor of Political Science (since 2015) and Deputy Head of the Department of Political Science and Law (since 2022). Hagström’s research revolves around identity, power and international security, including the role of discourse, narrative and discipline. Empirically, he is focused on East Asian international politics, but also does research on great power politics and security policy involving Sweden. Hagström has published one monograph and more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has edited several special issues and volumes.

Adulaya Hoontrakul


Adulaya Kim Hoontrakul graduated with a BA in History of Art and Archaeology with Music from SOAS London and an MA in Asian Art Histories from Goldsmith’s London in partnership with LA SALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. She is currently a PhD student at GEIDAI Tokyo.

Adulaya is curator historian. She has curated numerous exhibitions, highlights include Vasan Sitthiket’s retrospective show “I Am You” (2018), Spectrosynthesis II “Exposure of Tolerance” (2019) and Damrong Wong Uparaj’s posthumous “A Retrospective of Versatility and Discipline” (2021). Essay publications include Global Arts Journal Volume 3 (2022), True Reader in Blind Area (2021) and BACC Art Journal (2020).

She is currently the Director of the BACC (Bangkok Art and Culture Centre) and an arts advisor to SEAMEO SPAFA.

Richard Harrison


Professor Harrison began studying Japanese in the early 1980’s just as Japan was beginning to exert more and more influence throughout the world, through its economic and technological growth. My first contact with Japan was through two TV series, one entitled ‘Shogun’ which depicted relations between Japan and the West during the isolationist Edo period, and a documentary entitled ‘Being Japanese’ which looked at the post-war economic growth of Japan. He was fascinated by the mix of old and new, but it was the language that grabbed his imagination from the outset.

After completing a degree in Japanese and Linguistics at the University of Sheffield in the UK, which included a one year stay at Osaka University of Foreign Studies, he began teaching Japanese as a foreign language at university level in the UK and then in Melbourne Australia. In 1998 he moved back to Japan to teach in Osaka and Nagoya before taking up his current position at Kobe University.

Hoang Thi Ha


Hoang Thi Ha is Senior Fellow and Co-coordinator of the Regional Strategic and Political Studies Programme at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. Before the current position, she was Lead Researcher (Political-Security) at the ASEAN Studies Centre of ISEAS. Her research interests include major powers’ engagement with Southeast Asia, ASEAN political-security issues, the South China Sea disputes, and Vietnam’s foreign policy. Ms Hoang joined the ASEAN Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam in 2004. She then moved on to work at the ASEAN Secretariat for nine years, with her last post being Assistant Director, Head of the Political Cooperation Division. Ms. Hoang holds an MA in International Relations from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.


Yuko Iida


Member of the Japan Professional Photographers Society. She has been covering manuallabor and craftwork in her travels around Japan and overseas for 25 years. Her lifework has been to photograph indigenous natural surroundings and the culture connected to it in the islands of Oceania and the Pacific Rim, Asia and Europe. She is the author of Fiji no Maho(The Magic of Fiji) (Chihaya-shobo), and has held numerous exhibitions.


Dhruva Jaishankar


Dhruva Jaishankar is Executive Director of the Observer Research Foundation in Washington DC. He was previously a fellow at Brookings India and the German Marshall Fund, and is a non-resident fellow with the Lowy Institute in Australia. Mr. Jaishankar is a regular contributor to the international and Indian media, and presently writes a monthly column for the Hindustan Times.

Tedo Japaridze (PhD),
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary


Place/date of birth: Tbilisi, September 18, 1946

Positions of Responsibility

2018 – Currently: Vice-Chairman, International Relations, “Anaklia Development Consortium” (ACD)

2016 – 2018: Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister of Georgia

2012-2016: Member of Parliament and Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Georgia, Kutaisi

2011: Co-President of the Energy Security Centre, Azerbaijan, Baku

2008-2011: Alternate Director General, International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS), Greece, Athens

2006-2008: Secretary General, the Black Sea Economic Cooperation organization (BSEC), Turkey, Istanbul

2006-2007: Woodrow Wilson Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, USA, Washington

2005-2006: President, US-Caucasus Institute, Tbilisi, Georgia

2003-2004: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgia

2002-2003: National Security Advisor to the President, Secretary of the National Security Council, Tbilisi, Georgia

1994-2002: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to USA, Canada and Mexico, USA, Washington

1992-1994: Advisor to the President on foreign policy and national security issues. Tbilisi, Georgia

1992: First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgia

1991: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgia; Head of Department of Political Analysis and Foresight, MFA

1989-1990: First Deputy Chairman of UNESCO Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Georgia


1977 to 1989: PhD, Senior Researcher, Institute of USA and Canada Studies, the USSR Research Academy of Sciences, Moscow

1974 -1977: MA, USSR Scientific Academy, Institute of USA and Canada, Moscow

1972-1974: Tbilisi State University laboratory of Foreign Languages, Tbilisi

1968-1972: Tbilisi State University, Faculty in Roman-Germanic Languages and Literature, Tbilisi
Languages: English, Russian, Spanish

Mr. Ranil Jayawardena, M.P.


Ranil Jayawardena was first elected the Member of Parliament for North East Hampshire in May 2015 and re-elected in June 2017 – with the strongest Conservative majority in the country both times. He was previously a local Councillor, serving as Deputy Leader of The Borough of Basingstoke and Deane until his election to Parliament.

After his election in 2015, Ranil was quickly elected by fellow MPs to the Home Affairs Committee and, following the decision of the British people to leave the European Union, he was elected to the International Trade Committee too, where his continued focus is getting the best deal for British consumers and making the case for free trade.

Following the 2017 election, given the importance of trade to the future prosperity of our Kingdom, he only sought re-election to the International Trade Committee. Additionally, he was appointed as one of the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys and to the House of Commons’ Procedure Committee. Closer to home, Ranil serves as Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight also.

Ranil attended local schools in Hampshire, before the London School of Economics and, more recently, the Royal College of Defence Studies. His commercial experience involved working for one of Britain’s biggest financial institutions—Lloyds Banking Group plc—in the City of London. In his spare time, Ranil likes watching cricket, tennis and rugby. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Fellow of the RSA. He lives in Bramley, in the north of his constituency, with his wife Alison and two little daughters—Daisy and Violet.

Keith Jackson


Keith Jackson (PhD, MBA, MA, CIPD, CMI, EMCC) is currently a Professor of Management and Professional Development at Kwansei Gakuin University’s Institute of Business and Accounting. Also in Japan, he is a Visiting Researcher at Kobe University and, in the UK, a Tutor and Researcher at the Centre for Financial & Management Studies, SOAS University of London ? an institution to which he has been affiliated for thirty years. His current research focuses on mentoring for mid-career professionals in Japan.

As a consultant, Keith is a Country Expert for the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation in Brussels and a Member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council.

Frank Jannuzi


Frank Jannuzi joined the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation as President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2014. He previously served as Deputy Executive Director (Advocacy, Policy and Research) at Amnesty International, USA. There he shaped and promoted legislation and policies to advance universal human rights, protect individuals and communities at risk, and free prisoners of conscience.

From 1997-2012 Mr. Jannuzi was Policy Director, East Asian and Pacific Affairs, for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he advised Committee Chairmen Joseph Biden and John Kerry on a range of security, political, economic, and human rights issues pertaining to U.S. relations with East Asia. During his tenure with the Foreign Relations Committee, he also was a Hitachi Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations from 2006-2007, serving as a visiting lecturer at Keio University and a visiting scholar at the Institute of International Policy Studies in Tokyo. Early in his career, he served for nine years as an analyst in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research.

Mr. Jannuzi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and Master in Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He has traveled throughout Asia and has written extensively on East Asia policy issues, including U.S. relations with Japan, China, and North Korea. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, Dr. Jennifer Martin, and their two daughters Zoe and Camille.

Justin Jesty


Justin Jesty researches the relationship between art and social movements in postwar Japan. His book Art and Engagement in Early Postwar Japan (Cornell University Press 2018) was awarded the 2019 ASAP Book Prize by the Association for the Study of Arts of the Present. He is currently researching contemporary socially engaged art. In 2017 he edited a two-part special issue on the topic in FIELD: A Journal of Socially-Engaged Art Criticism. He has also published several articles on postwar social documentary. All articles are available for download at


Heng Yee Kuang


Dr. Heng graduated with a B.Sc. (First Class Honours) and PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the United Kingdom, where he studied on a British Government research scholarship. He then moved on to hold faculty positions as Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Political Science at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (2004-2007) and Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in International Relations at the University of St Andrews, United Kingdom (2007-2011), where he was also Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV). Dr. Heng's research interests include security risks in the age of globalization; Singapore's experience of managing global risks as a global city; 'soft' power strategies in the Asia-Pacific, especially Japan and Singapore; Great Power Politics especially Japanese security and defence policies; strategic studies and the evolution of strategic cultures.

Formerly a Visiting Scholar at Waseda University (2010) in Japan, he has been invited to speak, amongst others, at King's College London, Chatham House and Ditchley Park in Britain; New York University in the US; the Vancouver conference of the NATO Defence College; the National Defence University in Helsinki, Finland; the Danish Institute for Military Studies in Copenhagen; the Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College and the Singapore Armed Forces Joint Intelligence School in Singapore. Dr. Heng also has extensive research interests in Japan, having given talks at the University of Tokyo; Waseda University; Aoyama Gakuin University; the National Defence Academy in Yokosuka; the Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Centre; the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Staff College; and the National Institute for Defence Studies. Dr. Heng contributed advice on risk case development for the World Economic Forum's Global Risks 2013 report, served on the Royal Irish Academy's Committee for the Study of International Affairs (2005-2007) and was an elected Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London, UK (2012).

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Seitek Kachkynbaev


Seitek Kachkynbaev is a lecturer in Department of International and Comparative Politics of American University of Central Asia, CEO of Bishkek Business Club.


Gemma King


Gemma King is a Research and Program Associate at the Perth USAsia Centre, where her work focuses on Australia’s geopolitical relationships throughout the Indo-Pacific. Gemma’s research interests include the Australia-Japan relationship, emerging economies in Southeast Asia, the US-Australia alliance, and the Quad. Her analysis has been published in Nikkei Asia, The Australian Outlook, and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s The Strategist.

Gemma leads a number of Perth USAsia Centre programs, including the annual Japan Symposium, a public diplomacy initiative of the Japanese Government. She also coordinates the Centre’s Indo-Pacific Fellows program and contributes heavily to student outreach and engagement through intern training and mentorship.

Gemma holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations & Indonesian Studies from The University of Western Australia. She is currently enrolled in a Master of International Relations at The Australian National University. Gemma speaks Bahasa Indonesia and has previously undergone student exchange in Bali, where she taught English at schools and orphanages on the island.

Alexander Klimburg


Dr. Alexander Klimburg is writer and adviser on international cyber policy. He has served as the Head of the Center for Cybersecurity at the World Economic Forum and before that as director of the Cyber Policy and Resilience Program at the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, where he led the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace. He is also affiliated with the Center of Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC as well as the Institute of Advanced Studies in Vienna Austria. Previously he held fellowships at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center and the Atlantic Council.

Dr. Klimburg has researched and advised on numerous policy topics within the wider field of international cybersecurity since 2007. He has given testimony to parliaments and advised a number of governments and international organizations on national cybersecurity strategies; international norms of behavior in cyberspace and cyber conflict, including war, cybercrime, and cyber espionage; critical infrastructure protection; and internet governance. He has participated in international and intergovernmental discussions, inter alia, within the United Nations, European Union, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and G20. He has been a member of various national, international, NATO, and EU policy and working groups as well as advisory boards, and is the founder of the longest-running track 1.5/ track 2 cyber diplomatic discussion format. He is author and editor of numerous books, research papers, and commentaries and has often been featured in the international media, including the BBC, The Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. His book, The Darkening Web: The War for Cyberspace, was published by Penguin Press in 2017 and called "a prescient and important book" in the New York Review of Books.

Marilyn Kawakami


Marilyn is an experienced consultant, having worked in public relations and public policy in Japan and the UK. She has engaged with governments and private companies to strengthen their communications and media relations outreach.

Marilyn holds a master’s degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS, University of London, where she focused on diplomatic theory and practice, international relations, international law, and development studies. She speaks English, Japanese, Spanish, and French.

Kamonphorn Kanchana


Kamonphorn Kanchana is a Lecturer in International Relations at the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. Her research focuses on energy security and policies for energy transition. Graduated with a doctorate in Energy Science from Kyoto University, she was a recipient of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) Scholarships.

Shahab Enam Khan


Shahab Enam Khan is currently serving as a tenured Professor position (on leave) at the Department of International Relations, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. The university is a leading public university, governed under the Jahangirnagar University Act 1973 and the Chancellorship of the President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. In addition, he holds the position of Executive Director and CEO at the Bangladesh Center for Indo-Pacific Affairs (BCIPA. He has served as a Fulbright Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware, USA, for the academic session of 2022-2023.

His expertise focuses on Foreign Affairs, Defense, Intelligence, Geostrategy, and Security, i.e., terrorism and extremism, drugs and narcotics, Refugee Crisis and Migration, and Energy. His regional focus includes Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Maldives, India, China, and the US. He supervises doctoral research on Myanmar, security policy, countering violent extremism, and maritime affairs. In addition, he offers courses on International Relations Theories, Strategic Studies, International Political Economy, and International Migration.

Vanessa Abou-Khalil


Vanessa graduated from Saint Joseph University, Lebanon with a Bachelor’s Degree in Lebanese Law. She was the recipient of the government-funded Monbukagakusho (MEXT) scholarship from 2016 to 2021, and completed her master and doctoral’s degrees in political science at Kobe University, Japan. Her areas of expertise include policy-making processes within the Japanese government, Japan-US relations, and Japan-Middle East relations. She has also taught undergraduate level classes on contemporary Japanese politics at Kobe University and is a member of the Research Institute for Indo-Pacific Affairs (RIIPA). She is bilingual in Arabic and French and fluent in English.




  • Chief executive of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) since 2000, one of the leading independent European think tanks. Published some books and numerous articles in newspapers, specialised magazines and journals on general European public policy, and specific financial regulation and supervision matters. Latest book ‘The Great Financial Plumbing, From Northern Rock to Banking Union’, Rowman and Littlefield, 2015
  • Regular speaker in hearings for national and international institutions (EU Commission, European Parliament and related), at international conferences and in briefings for executives;
  • Rapporteur for many CEPS task forces, chaired by senior European officials and business leaders (with Helmut Schlesinger, Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, Jose-Maria Roldan, Thomas Huertas)
  • Directs the European Capital Markets Institute (ECMI) and the European Credit Research Institute (ECRI), both operated by CEPS
  • Independent director of BME (Bolsas y Mercados Espanoles), the listed company that manages the Spanish securities markets (since 2006); Member of the Euribor Steering Committee, European Money Markets Institute (EMMI) (2013 – present); Non-executive director of Lannoo Uitgeverij Group
  • Karel Lannoo holds a baccalaureate in philosophy (1984) and an MA in modern history (1985) from the University of Leuven, Belgium and obtained a postgraduate in European studies (Centre d’Etudes européennes, CEE) from the University of Nancy, France (1986). Before joining CEPS, he worked for STUC (students’ cultural centre), did a stage in the EU Commission (spokesmen service), was employed by an Italian agro-food company (Ferruzzi) and a professional association, and was also active as free-lance journalist

Patrick Leblond


Associate Professor
Public and International Affairs
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Ottawa

Research Description

Global Economic Governance
International and Comparative Political Economy
International Finance
International Trade
North American and European Economic Integration
Business-Government Relations


Owing to his training and experience in business, economics and international relations, Patrick Leblond's expertise concerns questions relating to global economic governance and international and comparative political economy, more specifically those that deal with international finance, international economic integration as well as business-government relations. His regional expertise focuses on Europe and North America. Before joining the University of Ottawa in 2008, Patrick was assistant professor of international business at HEC Montréal and director of the Réseau économie internationale (REI) at the Centre d'études et de recherches internationales de l'Université de Montréal (CERIUM). He was also visiting scholar at the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP). Before embarking on his academic career, Patrick worked in accounting and auditing for Ernst & Young (he holds the title of Chartered Accountant) as well as in corporate finance and strategy consulting for Arthur Andersen & Co. and SECOR Consulting.

Luis Vicente León


Luis Vicente León is an economist and alumnus of UCAB- Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas, Venezuela. He obtained his Master´s Degree in Engineering Management from Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas. Mr. León has completed several specializations such as: Industrial Analysis, Escuela de Organización Industrial Madrid (Madrid, Spain, 1994); Industrial Economy, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (1995); Management of Marketing Communications and Consumer Behaviour, Manchester Business School (Manchester, England, 2000); and International Commerce and Special Zones from the Ministry of Commerce of Taiwan.

He is currently a professor of politics (Analysis of Political Environments) at Venezuela’s IESA-Institute for Superior Education in Administration; and professor of Industrial Economy at the UCAB-Andrés Bello Catholic University. Since 1994 he is acting president of Datanalisis and Co-director of Tendencias Digitales. He was president of CAVEDIV (Caracas). He gives international conferences for several companies and institutions. Mr. León is also a member of the board of directors for the following organizations: Corporación Grupo Químico, Gold´s Gym; Tendencias Digitales. He is also member of the Founding Council of UCAB-Andrés Bello Catholic University.

Teimuraz Lezhava


Teimuraz Lezhava is the Ambassador of Georgia to Japan.
He has worked at the Embassy of Georgia to Japan Chargé d'Affaires and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Counselor in the past. In 2017, he also established an LLC for Delivery services. In addition, Teimuraz worked at Kikkoman Corporation, Department of Metropolitan Sales and Marketing, Department of Foreign Sales and Marketing and he also worked as Sales and Marketing Advisor in multiple Georgian and Japanese companies.
Having educational experience in Georgia, Japan, USA and Canada, Teimuraz has developed a high sense of cross-cultural understanding. He graduated from Waseda University, School of International Liberal Arts in September 2011.

Joseph Chinyong Liow


Joseph Chinyong Liow is a dean of Tan Kah Kee Chair Professor of Comparative and International Politics, and a Research Adviser of College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.

Christopher K. Lamont


Christopher Lamont is Associate Professor of International Relations at Tokyo International University and Visiting Researcher at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST) at the University of Tokyo. He has published widely on transitional justice and human rights and within the Middle East and North Africa region has conducted fieldwork in Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, and Iraq. He also held an assistant professorship at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands, a postdoctoral fellow at the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, and was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Zagreb in Croatia.

Alexander Lanoszka


Alexander Lanoszka is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Waterloo. He studies alliance politics, theories of war, and European security. His first book Atomic Assurance: The Alliance Politics of Nuclear Proliferation (Cornell University Press, 2018) examines the conditions under which states that receive formal security commitments begin, and sometimes stop, seeking their own nuclear weapons. His second book Military Alliances in the Twenty-First Century (Polity, 2022) offers a holistic overview of how alliances operate from their conception to their eventual demise. He has also co-written policy monographs on Baltic regional security and Taiwan’s defence posture as well as co-edited a volume on NATO's enhanced Forward Presence.

David Leheny


David Leheny earned his PhD in Government from Cornell University, and served as assistant and associate professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and as the Henry Wendt III ’55 Professor of East Asian Studies at Princeton University. He is currently Professor in the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University. His research deals broadly with culture, narrative, and Japanese politics. Among his recent publications are his book Empire of Hope: The Sentimental Politics of Japanese Decline (Cornell University Press, 2018) and his articles “Precarity’s Pirate: The Fictive Afterlives of Idemitsu Sazo” in Journal of Asian Studies (2022) and "Meiji at 150: A Global Moment for Japan Studies, an Ambivalent Moment in Japan” (with Robert Heller, Journal of Japanese Studies, 2023).

Phillip Y. Lipscy


Phillip Y. Lipscy is professor of political science at the University of Toronto, where he is also Chair in Japanese Politics and Global Affairs and the Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Japan at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. He is also professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo. His research addresses substantive topics such as international cooperation, international organizations, the politics of energy and climate change, international relations of East Asia, and the politics of financial crises. He has also published extensively on Japanese politics and foreign policy. Before arriving at the University of Toronto, Lipscy was assistant professor of political science at Stanford University. Lipscy obtained his Ph.D. in political science at Harvard University. He received his M.A. in international policy studies and B.A. in economics and political science at Stanford University. He is also affiliated with the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University, Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and the U.S.-Japan Council.

Ahmed Abdel-Latif


Ambassador Ahmed Abdel-Latif is the Director-General of the Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacebuilding and Peacekeeping (CCCPA) since October 2020. He is also the Executive Director of the Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development. Since February 2023, he is the co-Chair of the African Union Network of Think Tanks for Peace (NeTT4Peace)

A career diplomat since 1997, he has a long standing experience in multilateral affairs with a focus on global issues.

At the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he served at the Departments of International Cooperation for Development, United Nations Affairs and International Economic Relations. From 2000 to 2004, he was posted to the Permanent Mission of Egypt to the United Nations (UN) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. He also worked at the Office of the Spokesperson of the Prime Minister from 2005 to 2006.

On secondment from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he held senior positions in intergovernmental organizations and think tanks. Prior to joining the Cairo Center, he was the Permanent Observer of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to the United Nations and Chief of the Agency’s New York Office. He joined the Agency in November 2015 serving as Special Assistant, Policy and Programme, Office of the Director General and then as the Chief of the Office of the Director General from 2017 to 2019. He was also Senior Programme Manager for Innovation, Technology and Intellectual Property at the Geneva-based International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) from 2007 to 2015.

He was a research fellow in the Sustainability Science Programme at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2012. In 2014-15, he was the representative of Research and Independent Non-governmental Organizations (RINGOs) to the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He has also lectured on international relations at the Institut de Droit des Affaires International (IDAI), a branch of the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, at the Law Department of Cairo University.

Ambassador Abdel-Latif holds a master’s degree in public international law (LLM) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), a bachelor’s degree in political science from the American University in Cairo (AUC), the diplôme from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and the diploma from the Egyptian Institute of Diplomatic Studies (IDS).

Published Works

  • The Cambridge Handbook of Public-Private Partnerships, Intellectual Property Governance, and Sustainable Development (2018, edited with M. Chon and P. Roffe)
  • Protecting Traditional Knowledge: The WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (2017, edited with D. Robinson and P. Roffe).


Lam Peng Er


LAM Peng Er is a Principal Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. He obtained his PhD at Columbia University. His articles have appeared in Pacific Affairs, Asian Survey, Asian Affairs, Japan Forum, and Government and Opposition: An International Journal of Comparative Politics. Dr Lam’s books include the single-authored monograph, Japan’s Peace Building Diplomacy in Asia: Searching for an Active Political Role (Routledge, 2009) and Green Politics in Japan (Routledge, 1999), as well as edited and co-edited volumes, South Korea’s New Southern Policy: A Middle Power’s International Relations with Southeast Asia and India (Routledge 2023), Contemporary Korea-Southeast Asian Relations: Bilateral and Multilateral (Routledge, 2022), Japan’s Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century: Continuity and Change (Lexington Books, 2020), China-Japan Relations in the 21st Century: Antagonism Despite Interdependency (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), Japan’s Relations with Southeast Asia: The Fukuda Doctrine and Beyond (Routledge, 2013), and Japan’s Relations with China: Facing a Rising Power (Routledge, 2006). He is an executive editor of the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (a journal of the Japan Association of International Relations published by Oxford University Press), East Asian Policy: An International Quarterly (East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore) and Asian Journal of Peacebuilding (a journal of the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University). Lam is Singapore country coordinator for NEAT (Network of East Asian Think Tanks) and NACT (Network of ASEAN China Think Tanks). He is also heading the Korea Centre at the East Asian Institute.

Najmina Latif


Najmina has worked at Brunei Darussalam Central Bank since 2011 and currently leads a team of financial analysts that focus on the areas of anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing. She has a wide range of experience in this field, ranging from acting as liaison for law enforcement agencies and providing tactical assistance, conducting a National Risk Assessment on Money Laundering, managing the procurement and maintenance of the integrated financial intelligence system as well as conducting supervisory examinations of financial institutions. She is also a member of the Secretariat to the National Anti-Money Laundering and Combatting the Financing of Terrorism Committee (NAMLC).

Outside the office, Najmina has been the President of the Brunei Association of Japan Alumni (BAJA) since 2018 to present day. As a former Government of Japan, MEXT Scholar, she leads BAJA in initiatives supporting the activities of the Embassy of Japan in Brunei which includes participating in the annual Japanese Language and Culture Week (JLCW) hosted by the Embassy of Japan.


Dr. Marek Madej


Dr. Madej is Deputy Director of Faculty of Political Science and International Affairs, University of Warsaw. He also has professional experiences as Expert on international security and foreign policy in the Chancellery of the President of Poland (2012-2013) and Research Fellow in Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) (2006-2010). His research interests are NATO and other European security institutions (in part. EU/CSDP), contemporary armed conflicts, terrorism and other asymmetric threats. Authored several reports and analyses, and also appears on media commenting on international security issues.

Mitchell T. Maki, Ph.D.


Mitchell T. Maki, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized leader in the Japanese American community and one of the leading scholars of the Japanese American redress movement. He is the lead author of the award-winning book, Achieving the Impossible Dream: How Japanese Americans Obtained Redress, a detailed case study of the passage of the 1988 Civil Liberties Act. He has served on the Board of Governors and Scholarly Advisory Councils of the Japanese American National Museum and Go For Broke National Education Center. He is a sought-after presenter on issues ranging from the Japanese American Redress movement to contemporary community issues.

Dr. Claude Meyer


Sciences Po, Paris

Present functions

  • Senior Adviser, Center for Asian Studies, IFRI
  • Associate Professor, Sciences Po, Paris
  • Senior Research Fellow, G.E.M. Sciences Po (linked to the Brookings Institution)
  • Member of the Scientific Committee, Europe-Asia Program, Sciences Po

Research and professorship abroad

  • Visiting Professor at Keio University, Tokyo (2008 and 2010)
  • Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, New York (2005) and at Chinese University, Hong Kong (2006 and 2007)

Main research areas

  • Economic, political and strategic relations between Japan , China and India
  • Japanese and Chinese finance, financial integration of Asia

Recent Academic Work (Books)

  • La Chine, banquier du monde, Fayard, 2014 (translations under way, nominated for the Turgot Prize in Economics to be awarded in March 2015 by the French Finance Minister)
  • Chine ou Japon : quel leader pour l’Asie ? (China or Japan : which leader for Asia ?), Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, février 2010 (Chinese, Japanese and English translations herebelow)
  • 金融危機後のアジア――リーダーになるのは、中国か日本か ? (Which leader for Asia after the financial crisis, China or Japan ?), Tokyo, Jiji Press Publications, October 2010
  • 谁是亚洲领袖:中国还是日本?Shui shi ya zhou ling xiu: zhong guo hai shi ri ben? (Which leader for Asia, China or Japan ?), Beijing, SSAP, January 2011
  • China or Japan : which will lead Asia ?, London, Hurst and Co. & New York, Columbia Universithy Press (forthcoming 2011)
  • « The Rivalry China-Japan » in Franck Baldwin (ed.), The Possible Futures for Japan, New York University Press, forthcoming 2015

Recent Academic Work (Articles and op-eds)

  • « L'empire du Milieu, première puissance économique mondiale... Vraiment ? », Le Monde, 31 janvier 2015
  • « La Chine, banquier du monde », Etudes, novembre 2014
  • « La Chine, puissance financière mondiale ? » Politique internationale, printemps 2014
  • « La Chine, superpuissance financière ? », Le Monde chinois, Editions Choiseul, printemps 2014
  • « Dongfeng-PSA: un accord gagnant-gagnant ? », Le Monde, 20 février 2014
  • « Japon : la cure de jouvence d'Abe ») in N° spécial Alternatives Internationales/CERI, Hors-série n°14, « Quel monde en 2014 ? », janvier 2014

Helmut Michelis


Editor for security affairs, political news edition, “Rheinische Post” daily Newspaper, Duesseldorf (Germany)

Work Exp-erience

  • Political and local editor of “Westdeutsche Zeitung” daily newspaper, Duesseldorf,Krefeld, Moenchengladbach (1976 - 1996)
  • Editor-in-chief “Pfaelzischer Merkur”, Zweibruecken (1997 – 1999)
  • Managing editor local issues Lower-Rhine-Area, “Rheinische Post” (1999 – 2006)


  • “German Contingent SFOR in Bosnia” (1997).
  • Glück ab” – 40 Jahre Luftlandebrigade Saarland“ (1998).
  • “Adler und Schwert” (Eagle and Sword), History of Division Special Operations(2008) ... etc.


  • The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany,honour-crosses of German Bundeswehr (gold and silver medal) paratrooper-badge, NATO-Mission-Medal, Medal of Honour from the Town of Moenchengladbach, several military badges etc.

Suharso Monoarfa


-Ph.D candidate on Politic & Economy, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia
-Faculty of Planology ITB, Bandung (1978)
-Academy of Geology & Mining, Bandung (1973)


Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) United Indonesia Cabinet II (2009 - 2011)
Legislative: Member of the House of Representative from the United Development Party (PPP) (2004 - 2009)

William Moran


Mr. William Moran is Tokyo-based partner with the law firm of White & Case, advising clients on international trade and regulatory matters. Mr. Moran has advised clients in matters before various US government agencies and courts, including the US Department of Commerce, the US International Trade Commission, the US Department of Treasury, the US Department of Transportation, the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Court of International Trade. He is a member of various professional associations, including the Daini Tokyo Bar Association, Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Virginia State Bar Association, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

Wycliffe Muga


Weekend Editor/Columnist of The Star Publications, Nairobi, Kenya.

Mr. Muga is currently the Weekend Editor, as well as a columnist for The Star (Kenyan newspaper); he has been a regular contributor for the past ten years of a “Letter from Africa” for the BBC World Service (Business Daily); and is also a specialist ‘long-form’ writer and interviewer for The East African Flyer (East African regional magazine) under the title Contributing Editor (Science and Technology).

Previously he was a columnist of the monthly magazines, Nairobi-based Diplomat East Africa magazine, and Daily Nation newspaper, and the London-based African Business magazine.

Among the awards he has won is the Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards 2011; and he has also been a finalist for this award several times both in print for magazine and newspaper articles and for his work with the BBC World Service.

In addition, he is also a previous winner (2004/5) of the Peter Jenkins Awards for East African Conservation Journalism.

In 2006, he was listed by the Financial Times in its ‘World’s most influential media commentators’ feature as Kenya’s most influential newspaper columnist.

In the same year, 2006, he was admitted as a Fellow of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to study science journalism at MIT and Harvard University.

Other fellowships include being a Media Fellow of the Property and Environment Research Centre (PERC)

- in Bozeman,Montana, and a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers (ILCW)

Dr. Alexey Muraviev


Dr. Muraviev is Head of the Department of Social Sciences and Security Studies at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. He is a Coordinator of the International   Relations and National Security programs and the founder and Director of the Strategic Flashlight forum on national security and strategy at Curtin.

Alexey is a multi award-winning strategic affairs analyst and a Senior Lecturer in National Security and International Relations at Curtin. He has published widely on matters of national and international security.

In 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, the Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts has nominated Dr Muraviev as an “expert of international standing”.

He advises members of state and federal government on foreign policy and national security matters and is frequently interviewed by state, national and international media. Alexey is a regular international and strategic affairs commentator on Sky News Australia.

Geoffrey Miller


Geoffrey Miller is a geopolitical analyst with the Democracy Project, an initiative hosted by the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Geoffrey writes regularly on New Zealand foreign policy and related geopolitical issues and has lived in Germany and the Middle East and is a learner of Arabic and Russian. He is also currently working on a PhD on New Zealand’s relations with the Gulf states.

Aurelia George Mulgan


Professor Aurelia George Mulgan was a Monbusho Scholar at Osaka University of Foreign Studies and Tokyo University, and later completed a PhD at Australian National University (ANU) in Japanese politics. Prior to joining the University of New South Wales, she was a Research Fellow at the ANU’s Australia-Japan Research Centre. She was awarded the ANU’s J.G. Crawford Award for outstanding work on Japanese political economy, an Ohira Memorial Prize for her book on Japanese agricultural politics, and the Toshiba Prize for the best article published in the British Association of Japanese Studies journal Japan Forum. She has held visiting research or teaching positions at the Research Institute for Peace and Security in Tokyo, the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies at the University of Oxford, Nanzan University and the University of Tsukuba. She was awarded a Japan Foundation Fellowship for the study of US-Japan relations, an Advanced Research Fellowship at Harvard University's Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, and an Abe Fellowship for work on Japan and international peacekeeping.


Uktam Nasirov


Head of Project, Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
Holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration from University of Westminster.
Main research areas – international relations, globalization, regional security.
Participated in the work of international conferences, seminars and other events organized by authoritative research institutions of Tajikistan, Russia, China, Great Britain, France and the United States.

Jorge Navarrete


Jorge Navarrete has been a sake brewer at Matsui Sake Brewery in Kyoto City since 2019. He is also a certified Sake Sommelier. Prior to pursuing his passion for sake, he spent 30 years as an Investment Banker at various firms.

Danial bin Norjidi

Senior reporter of Borneo Bulletin (Brunei)

website (Borneo Bulletin)


  • Covered the Asean Summits in Cambodia in 2012, as well as both summits in Brunei (2013)
  • Selected as the Borneo Bulletin’s energy reporter, taking on the responsibilities of all energy-related news as well as supplements and features
  • Worked closely with the Energy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office, dealing personally with the Minister
  • Also worked closely with Brunei Shell Petroleum, covering a wide variety of their local endeavours, including green debates, award and scholarship presentations, the BSJV vendor forum and more
  • Sent by Shell to Qatar to visit their assets, primarily their Pearl GTL site
  • Went to BSP’s Ampa 9 asset to write features on their people there, with a particular focus on how they go about their duties during Ramadhan.
  • Sent by Brunei Shell Petroleum to cover the Shell Innovation Summit in Kuala Lumpur
  • Covered the Delhi Dialogue between Asean and India in New Delhi
  • Provided news coverage of CommunicAsia 2014 in Singapore on the invitation of AITI
  • Handled news coverage for the Corporate Social Responsibility Forum in Manila, Philippines

Goral Nadiia


Goral Nadiia is a Japanese language & culture lecturer from Lviv Polytechnic National University (Ukraine), Visiting Professor at Kobe Gakuin University (Japan) with the degree of Master in Linguistics.
After Lviv Ivan Franko National University graduation in June 2011, she was awarded Japanese Government Scholarship and continued her Japanese language studies as an exchange student in Yamaguchi University at the Faculty of Education.
In June 2013 she gained her Master’s degree in Linguistics at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Faculty of Linguistics, Oriental languages Department and became Japanese language &culture lecturer in Lviv Polytechnic National University, Ukraine. In September 2015 she participated in “2015-2016 Japan Foundation Long term Japanese language teachers training program” and successfully completed it.
In October 2016 she got a position of Japanese Language teacher at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, where she worked until December 2019. In 2021 published her translation into Ukrainian of the book “Nihon-Ukuraina kouryuu-shi 1915-1937” (“History of Japanese-Ukrainian relationships 1915-1937”), written by Okabe Yoshihiko.
2022 -member of editors group of Japanese translation of Ukrainian folktale “Kotygoroshko”, which Embassy of Ukraine in Japan presented as e-hon to Japanese kindergartens.
In September 2022 she started to give special course on Ukrainian studies in Kobe Gakuin University in Japan.

Stephen Nagy


Dr. Stephen Nagy received his PhD in International Relation/Studies from Waseda University in 2008. His main affiliation is as a senior associate professor at the International Christian University, Tokyo. He is also a fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI); a visiting fellow with the Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA); a senior fellow at the MacDonald Laurier Institute (MLI); and a senior fellow with the East Asia Security Centre (EASC). He also serves as the Director of Policy Studies for the Yokosuka Council of Asia Pacific Studies (YCAPS) spearheading their Indo-Pacific Policy Dialogue series.

He is currently working on middle power approaches to great power competition in the Indo-Pacific and how Chinese scholars/ policy makers understand Japanese and U.S. foreign policy. His latest publications include: Nagy, S.R. 2022. “Middle-Power Alignment in the Free and Open Indo-Pacific: Securing Agency through Neo-Middle-Power Diplomacy,” Asia Policy. Asia Policy 17.3; Nagy, S.R. 2022. “Economic Headwinds and a Chance of Slower Growth: What the forecast holds for the Belt Road Initiative,” MacDonald Laurier Institute.; Nagy, S. R. 2021. 7 “Sino-Japanese Reactive Diplomacy as seen through the Interplay of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Vision (FOIP).” China Report: 1–15.; Nagy, S. R. 2020. “Quad-Plus? Carving out Canada’s Middle Power Role.” Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs. Special Issue. Quad Plus: Form versus Substance, vol. 3, no. 5: 179–195.


David Ono


David Ono is an award-winning news anchor at Los Angeles-based ABC7 Eyewitness News and journalist. He has also produced documentaries and programs about social issues and Asian American history, etc.

David has witnessed history worldwide, covering Hurricane Katrina, Haiti's earthquake and Japan's tsunami. He traveled across Europe and Asia chronicling brave acts of the Nisei soldier from World War II. He attended the Royal Wedding in London, tracked drug runners through Central America and reported from Paris on a terrorist plot to bring down the Eiffel Tower.

Ono was invited by US President Barack Obama to the White House for an exclusive interview. And he witnessed white smoke at the Vatican twice - in 2005 for the selection of Pope Benedict the 16th and 2013 for the selection of Pope Francis.

David grew up in Texas and is a graduate of the University of North Texas.


MBE – Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (2012) for services to Journalism and the Anglican Church.

Background: Missionary family from Northern Province. Grew sweet potatoes to pay for four years of secondary education. Missed going to university for failing Math exam. Math – decimal and fraction - was introduced in Grades 4 and 5 of primary school which I missed while fighting for my life in hospital. After leaving high school, I entered Public Service in 1972 as Trainee Government Information Officer.

1973: Attended Australian School of Pacific Administration, Sydney, Australia. After a short course back in PNG at the University of Papua New Guinea, I was admitted to do undergraduate studies. But tragedy struck again when my parents retired. It forced me to give up university education by continuing to work to support two sibling sisters to receive secondary education.

1976: Attended International Training Institute, Sydney, Australia and spent six months working with mainstream media in Australia.

1979: Appointed Deputy Director Government Information.

1982: Information function abolished. Left Public Service in protest despite being offered Director of State Protocol position in the prime minister’s Department.

Before coming to the Post Courier in 1997, I worked with OK Tedi Mining company, Credit Union, Second Secretary Ministry of Culture & Tourism, National Capital District Commission (Municipal Authority – Port Moresby), First Secretary, Ministry of Works & Supply, Opposition Leader’s office , Second Secretary, Ministry of Provincial Affairs & Local Level Government. Ran unsuccessfully for parliament.

Career highlights

  • Represented PNG at the 15th Plenary Session of the South Pacific Commission, Noumea, New Caledonia, 1978
  • Member of PNG delegation, First State Visit to Singapore, 1978.
  • Leader of PNG delegation, culture and trade promotion to Europe 1978
  • Represented PNG at Rehabilitation International conference, Macau 1981
  • Represented Pacific, WHO Mental Health Encounter for Journalists to South Asia, 2000
  • Australian International Media Visitor of the Year, 2005.
  • Member of world journalist team touring Taiwan, 2018.


Features, books and magazines. Attached to special projects, Digital & Supplements. Job title: Specialist Writer

Andrew L. Oros


Andrew L. Oros is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. His latest research project, initiated as a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, examines how demographic change – such as shrinking populations, aging societies, and gender imbalances – have and will affect the security environment in the Indo-Pacific region and, in particular, the network of US alliances and partnerships in the region. He conducted research for his last book, Japan’s Security Renaissance (Columbia University Press, 2017), as an invited research fellow at Japan’s National Institute of Defense Studies and as a Japan Foundation Abe fellow at Keio University in Tokyo and Peking University in Beijing. He also is the author of two other books and numerous articles and book chapters on issues related to East Asian security and Japanese politics. He serves as an executive editor of the scholarly journal Asian Security, is a member of the US-Japan Network for the Future (Japan/Mansfield Foundations), and is part of the Mansfield-Luce Asia Scholars Network. He earned his Ph.D in political science at Columbia University, an M.Sc from the London School of Economics as a British government Marshall scholar, and a B.A. from the University of Southern California.


Dr. Michael Paul


  • Since 2007 Senior Fellow, SWP
  • Since 1996 Project Director, Armed Forces Dialogue
  • 1995 – 2007 Head of Research Secretariat, SWP
  • 1990 – 1994 Chief of Staff, Bavarian Parliament
  • 1988 Adjunct Research Fellow, CSIA, Harvard University
  • 1986–1990 Research Fellow, SWP Ebenhausen

Areas of Expertise

Afghanistan, China, Indo-Pacific, Russian Federation, Ukraine, United States, Arms control, Defence and security policy / Armed forces, Maritime security, Nato

Xavier Pasco


Directeur de la Fondation pour la recherche stratégique depuis le 4 octobre 2016, Xavier Pasco y coordonne les recherches concernant Espace, haute technologie et sécurité. Il est plus particulièrement chargé du suivi des affaires spatiales américaines civiles et militaires et de la stratégie internationale des États-Unis dans les domaines de l’espace (civil et militaire) de haute technologie.

Il est également chargé d’études sur les futurs programmes nationaux et européens dans le domaine spatial, aussi bien dans le domaine civil que dans le domaine de la défense et de la sécurité. A ce titre, il est l’auteur de nombreux rapports d’étude sur les activités spatiales civiles et militaires effectués pour le compte des organismes publics nationaux et européens. Xavier Pasco a été membre de nombreux groupes de travail de niveau ministériel et interministériel. Il vient également d’être rapporteur pour le rapport « Une ambition spatiale pour l’Europe » publié par le Centre d’analyse stratégique).

Il a participé à plusieurs projets liés à « l’action préparatoire à de la recherche de sécurité » lancée par la Commission Européenne en 2004, et dans le cadre des 6ème et 7ème Programme Cadre de recherche et développement européen (2007-2013). Dans ce cadre, il a coordonné pour la période 2010-2011 l’activité européenne de recherche transverse « Conditions for Space Policy and Related Action Plan Consolidation in Europe » soutenue par l’Agence Exécutive de recherche de l’Union Européenne.

Il a également coordonné des travaux européens sur la politique des données applicable au futur système européen de surveillance de l’espace dans le cadre d’une étude réalisée pour l’Agence Spatiale Européenne (ASE). Il a également coordonné (2011-2012) l’étude sur le futur segment sol européen pour l’observation de la terre à des fins de défense et de sécurité au profit de l’Agence européenne de défense (AED).

Expérience professionnelle

Xavier Pasco est Maître de Recherche à la Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (depuis 1994).

Il a été Maître de conférences à l’Institut d’Etudes politiques de Paris et professeur associé en science politique à l’Université de Marne-la-Vallée.

Il a également été chargé de recherche au CREST-Ecole Polytechnique entre 1989 et 1994.

Autres activités permanentes

Xavier Pasco est Associate Research Fellow au Space Policy Institute à l’Université George Washington (Washington D.C., États-Unis) depuis 1994.

il est rédacteur en chef pour l’Europe de la revue trimestrielle internationale « Space Policy » (Elsevier Science).

Il est expert au Conseil économique et social européen et membre de l’Académie Internationale d’Astronautique.


Xavier Pasco est docteur en science politique, (Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne).


Xavier Pasco est l’auteur de plusieurs ouvrages dont l’un publié en 1997 sur la politique spatiale américaine (La politique spatiale des États-Unis, 1958-1997, Technologie, Intérêt national et débat public, Paris, L’Harmattan, 300 p., 1997) et de nombreuses publications sur ces différents thèmes. En particulier, il a publié A European Approach to Space Security à l’American Academy of Arts and Science (Cambridge, Ma) et a été le co-auteur en 2011 (en collaboration avec F. Heisbourg) de, Espace Militaire, l’Europe entre en coopération et souveraineté, Editions Choiseul, Paris. Il a également collaboré à la réédition de « L'espace, nouveau territoire, Atlas des satellites et des politiques spatiales » (sous la direction de Fernand Verger), Paris, Éditions Belin, 2002 dont une version mise à jour a été publiée chez Cambridge University Press : « The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Space » en 2003.

Reetta Purontakane


Before joining the Finnish Embassy in Tokyo as a Counsellor for Press and Culture in October 2020, Reetta Purontakanen worked at the Finnish Foreign Ministy’s Communications Department in Helsinki. There she was first the communications officer looking after Western Europe and subsequently the whole of Asia.

In 2011-2014 she served in EULEX Kosovo in Pristina as a Reporting Officer and a Programme Manager.

She has also previously worked as the Head of Press and Public Affairs at the British Embassy in Helsinki, in Parliamentary affairs in Westminster, London, and as a trainer for the Finnish Crisis Management Centre. She has participated in several OSCE election monitoring missions in places such as Bosnia, Georgia and Ukraine.

Reetta was born in Hämeenlinna, Finland, in 1978 and she holds a Master’s Degree in War Studies from King’s College London and a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom.

Fabio Parasecoli


Fabio Parasecoli is Professor of Food Studies in the Nutrition and Food Studies Department at New York University. His research explores the cultural politics of food, particularly in media, design, and heritage. Recent books include Feasting Our Eyes: Food, Film, and Cultural Citizenship in the US (2016, co-authored with Laura Lindenfeld), Knowing Where It Comes From: Labeling Traditional Foods to Compete in a Global Market (2017), Food (2019), and Global Brooklyn: Designing Food Experiences in World Cities (2021, coedited with Mateusz Halawa) and Gastronativism: Food, Identity, Politics (2022).

Piret Pernik


Piret Pernik is a Researcher at the Strategy Branch of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre for Excellence (CCDCOE). Her main research interests are cybersecurity strategies and policies, cyber defence and military cyber forces, as well as cybersecurity and national security implications of emerging and disruptive technologies (EDT), including artificial intelligence and machine learning, and cybersecurity of next generation mobile networks. She has authored and co-authored numerous reports and policy analysis on these topics, including book chapters, articles in academic journals, and research reports. She edited a volume of papers entitled “Cyberspace Strategic Outlook 2030: Horizon Scanning and Analysis” (2022), and co-edited a volume entitled “Cyber Threats and NATO 2030: Horizon Scanning and Analysis” (2020). Prior to joining the CCDCOE in 2019, Piret Pernik was a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Security and Defence (ICDS), Estonia’s largest think-tank focused on security and defence matters. She has also worked as a Researcher at the Estonian Academy of Social Sciences. Between 2003-2013 she served as a public servant in the Estonian Ministry of Defence and as an adviser of the National Defence Committee of the Parliament of Estonia. She has Master’s degrees on Social Theory, and International Relations and European Studies.

Marianne Péron- Doise


Marianne is associated Research Fellow at the French Institute for International and Strategic Relations (IRIS). She was research fellow at the Institute for Strategic Research at Military School (IRSEM) from 2015 to 2022. Her research interests include Indo Pacific geopolitical issues with a specific expertise on security and defense policies in Northeast Asia (Japan-Korean Peninsula), global maritime security topics as emerging naval forces and key maritime theatres.

She was visiting Research Fellow at the Japan Institute for International Affairs and the National Institute for Defense studies (Tokyo). She also teaches classes in Maritime Security at Sciences-po Paris and the Lille Catholic University. She is Advisor for the EU maritime project CRIMARIO from 2015.

Marianne Peron-Doise has held various senior positions on security issues in Asia-Pacific within the French Ministry of Defence, notably Head of the Asia-Pacific Department, Delegation for Strategic Affairs from 2007 to 2011. She was Political Adviser at the Allied Maritime Command in Northwood, UK, from 2012-2015.

Latest publications

  • « War in Ukraine : strategic dilemmas in the Indo-Pacific », Strategic Brief IRSEM n° 33, March 2022. Strategic Brief no. 33 - 2022 - War in Ukraine: Strategic Dilemmas in the Indo-Pacific (
  • The European Union’s conceptualization of Maritime security, (with Christian Wirth), 4 March 2022, AMTI update. The European Union's Conceptualization of Maritime Security | Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (
  • “What policy for France in the Indo-Pacific region after the AUKUS” in Marine and Ocean: Indo Pacific, the new deal”, December 2021. MO273_Extraits-FR.pdf (
  • Japan and the hardening of US Strategic Initiatives in the Indo-Pacific, Strategic Brief IRSEM 26, November 2021. sb-26-pe-ron-doise.pdf (
  • “The Biden administration and the Strategic stability of the Korean peninsula” in Asia Trends : KOREA, Fall 2021 Asia Centre Paris
  • “AUKUS and Submarines : the fallout for France” ( With Valerie Niquet), The Diplomat, September 2021. AUKUS and Submarines: The Fallout for France – The Diplomat

Gregory B. Poling


Gregory B. Poling directs the Southeast Asia Program and Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he is also a senior fellow. He is a leading expert on the South China Sea disputes and conducts research on U.S. alliances and partnerships, democratization and governance in Southeast Asia, and maritime security across the Indo-Pacific. He is the author of the recently published On Dangerous Ground: America’s Century in the South China Sea, along with various works on U.S. relations with Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Southeast Asia at large. His writings have been featured in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Wall Street Journal, and the Naval War College Review, among others. Mr. Poling received an MA in international affairs from American University and a BA in history and philosophy from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Céline Pajon


Céline Pajon is Head of Japan Research, at the Center for Asian Studies, French Institute of International Relations (Ifri), Paris. Céline is also a Senior Researcher with the Japan Chair at Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) and an International Research Fellow with the Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) in Tokyo. Her area of expertise is Japan’s foreign and defense policy, as well as geostrategic dynamics of the Indo-Pacific area, including the position of France and Europe in the region, and their policies vis à vis the Pacific Islands. She tweets @CelinePajon

Harsh V Pant


Dr. Harsh V. Pant is Vice President – Studies and Foreign Policy at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. He is a Professor of International Relations with King's India Institute at King’s College London. He is also the Director (Honorary) of the Delhi School of Transnational Affairs at Delhi University.

Professor Pant has been a Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore; a Visiting Professor at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi; a Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania; a Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Peace and Security Studies, McGill University; a Non-Resident Fellow with the Wadhwani Chair in US-India Policy Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC; and an Emerging Leaders Fellow at the Australia-India Institute, University of Melbourne.

Professor Pant's current research is focused on Asian security issues. His most recent books include India and Global Governance: A Rising Power and Its Discontents (Routledge), Politics and Geopolitics: Decoding India’s Neighbourhood Challenge (Rupa), America and the Indo-Pacific: Trump and Beyond (Routledge), New Directions in India’s Foreign Policy: Theory and Praxis (Cambridge University Press), India’s Nuclear Policy (Oxford University Press), The US Pivot and Indian Foreign Policy (Palgrave Macmillan), Handbook of Indian Defence Policy (Routledge), and India’s Afghan Muddle (HarperCollins).

Professor Pant writes regularly for various Indian and international media outlets including the Japan Times, the Wall Street Journal, the National (UAE), the Hindustan Times, and the Telegraph.

Kitti Prasirtsuk


Kitti is Professor of international relations at Thammasat University and an advisory committee for the International Studies Center (ISC) at the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and used to serve as a strategic committee at the Thai Ministry of Defence (2014-19). His work experiences include Vice Rector for International Affairs (2018-2021) and Director at the Institute of East Studies (2013-2018) at the university.

Earning an M.A. from Keio University (Japan) and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, Kitti has a wide range of publications, including those on U.S. – Thailand security alliance, Japan-Southeast Asia relations, ASEAN, Australia – ASEAN relations, maritime security, and Thai politics. He has recently been selected as a CPD-SIF Southeast Asia Fellow at the Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California.

Kitti was a visiting professor at UC Berkeley, teaching “International Relations in Southeast Asia,” and gave lectures at various universities, such as ANU, Munich, Peking, Waseda, and Yonsei. He is regularly invited to speak, including at Columbia University, Nikkei Forum, Beijing Forum, Jeju Forum, the Korea National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA), and ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute.


T.V. Ramachandran


T.V. Ramachandran, a.k.a. “TV”, is one of the forerunners of digital network and mobile communications in India with 50-year-long experience. TV currently heads India’s Broadband India Forum and provides consultancy in ICT fields as an independent consultant.
TV was the very first CEO of one of the earliest cellular ventures in India, Sterling Cellular (predecessor of Vodafone India), and led the establishment and successful launch of the largest Indian cellular network of the time.
TV also functioned as the first Director-General of the Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) and championed the voice of the Indian mobile industry from a professional point of view. After COAI, TV joined Vodafone India and played a critical role as Resident Director of Regulatory Affairs and Government Relations, setting up one of the most effective regulatory teams in the industry in India.
TV regularly publishes articles and commentaries in India’s leading newspapers and professional journals on telecom and infrastructure. TV’s views render substantive impacts on government policies as well, and he was invited to sit on the High Level Government Forum for 5G Development by 2020 in India in recognition of his efforts.

Åsa Malmström Rognes


Dr. Åsa Malmström Rognes,Research Fellow
Department of Economic History,Uppsala University.

Research interests:

East Asian economic development
Family business
Financial systems

Current research projects:

Family Business Groups in Southeast Asia

Dane Rowlands


Professor Dane Rowlands is the Director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. His research interests focus on international finance and financial institutions, international economics, development finance, migration, and peacekeeping. His most recent book (with Graham Bird) is titled The International Monetary Fund: Distinguishing Reality from Rhetoric. He is currently working on projects examining the growth effects of IMF programs, and charitable donations to natural disasters. He teaches courses on the economics of conflict, international financial policy and institutions, and quantitative methods.

Noel Rijkers


Noëlle Rijkers is the waka-okami (proprietress-to-be) of Utsukushigahara Onsen Shoho in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan.
After a one-year high school exchange program in Japan, she continued her study of Japanese language and culture at Leiden University where she got a bachelor's degree of Japanese Studies and a master’s degree of Asian Studies with a focus on sociology.
After graduating, she lived in London for a while before moving to Japan in 2017 to work for the ALPICO Group in Nagano Prefecture.
In 2021, she transferred to Shoho, one of ALPICO’s hotels, where she became the waka-okami in April.

Jean-Marc Rocher


Jean-Marc Rocher is a US-born resident of Japan with an extensive background in corporate and public communications. After receiving an AB in Modern History from Harvard College, he began working in Tokyo as a brand research consultant for Interbrand, before later working with advertising and marketing giant Dentsu. He is now a senior consultant in public affairs, advising government agencies in Japan on international communications at the national and metropolitan level.


Supuck Saengkrajang


Supuck Saengkrajang joined Dailynews, second largest Thai newspaper in Thailand, since March 2014 as an International News correspondent. She covers global issues in general, with special interest on some areas such as security, development, international affairs, environmental issues, human rights, humanitarian situations, etc.

Karim Ben Said


Stephen Saideman


Professor Stephen M. Saideman is the Paterson Chair in International Affairs at Carleton University. His research interests focus on the causes and consequences of intervention into intra-state conflicts. His latest book, Adapting in the Dust: Learning Lessons from Canada’s War in Afghanistan, comes out in early 2016. His current research focus is on the role of legislatures in democratic civil-military relations. He teaches courses on Contemporary International Security, Civil-Military Relations and US Foreign and Defence Policy.

Jon Schweitzer


Jon Schweitzer is the National Director of Public Affairs for AJC. He previously worked at the Chicago Regional Office of AJC, October 2009-January 2014, as Assistant Director for Communications, handling international relations and government relations, and for a period in 2013 was Acting Director. Before that he served as Deputy Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. Jon attended Loyola University Chicago where he graduated with a degree in Advertising, Public Relations, and Political Science.

Mohammed Abdul-Jabbar Shabout


Director General of Iraqi Media Network


Mohammed Abdul-Jabbar Shabout was in the political opposition in Saddam’s Regime, he had to leave Iraq in 1976 to Kuwait, he stayed there for 8 years then he finnaly reached Britain after travelling to Syria and Lebanon.
After Saddam’s fall, he returned to Iraq, formed the Democratic Islamic Trend, and ran the elections, he didn’t win a seat and again he left Iraq to Kuwait in 2006.


  • Establishing the Islamic Successor Newspaper (opposition newspaper) in 1985.
  • Establishing the Conference Newspaper (opposition newspapers) in London.
  • Establishing Islam and Democracy Magazine in Iraq.
  • Establishing the Weekly Magazine in Lebanon and Iraq.
  • Editor in Chief of Al-Sabah Newspaper.


  • Soceity, Islam and Democracy, Future of Democracy in Iraq, Islamic Civilized Project, Renewing Islamic Thinking and Integration of Human


Walter Sim


Walter Sim joined The Straits Times in 2012 fresh out of Nanyang Technological University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in communication studies. While he majored in journalism, he had also briefly flirted with the idea of becoming an ad man instead. He has done an internship with lifestyle magazine I-S in 2009 (the publication is now known as S-G), as well as with business news wire Reuters in 2011. At The Straits Times, he first cut his teeth on the crime desk, covering everything from lurid sex-for-corruption trials and murders to the Little India riot in 2013.
He has been Tokyo correspondent for the last few years, covering both domestic and international news, most recently the Ukraine issue.

Luis Simón


Dr. Luis Simón joined the IES in October 2010. He is also a co-founder and senior editor of the online magazine European Geostrategy. Since February 2012, Luis has been providing advise on strategic affairs to the Office of the Spanish Minister of Defense. Between September 2012 and April 2013 he has been a Visiting Fellow at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (Columbia University).

At the IES, Luis is a member of the 'Foreign and Security Policy' research cluster. He leads a Masters course on 'European Foreign Policy' and coordinates the University of Southern California (USC) Brussels Program 'Contemporary Issues in European Security'.

Current research projects include the evolution of U.S. force posture and defense strategy and its impact upon transatlantic relations; changing geostrategic dynamics in Asia and their implications for Europe. Other research interests include NATO, the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy and the security and defence policies of Britain, France and Germany.

Luis holds a PhD from Royal Holloway College (University of London) and a Masters degree from the Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University (2012-2013), the Royal United Services Institute (2009-2010), the EU Institute for Security Studies (2009), the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR), Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Johns Hopkins University (2008), the European Policy Centre (2008) and the Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique (2008).

In 2008/09 Luis Simón was a fellow of the European Foreign and Security Policy Studies Program of the VolkswagenStiftung, Germany, the Compagnia di San Paolo, Turin and the Rijksbanken Jubilaeumsfond, Stockholm.


  • Geopolitical Change, Grand Strategy and European Security: The EU-NATO Conundrum in Perspective (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Peer-reviewed articles.

  • “Back to Basics and Out of Area: Towards a Multipurpose NATO”, RUSI Journal , Vol. 159 No. 3 (June/July 2014), pp. 14-19.
  • (with Daniel Fiott) “Europe After the U.S. Pivot”, Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs, Vol. 58, No. 3 (Summer 2014), pp. 411-428.
  • “Reaching Beyond the Indo-Pacific”, Comparative Strategy, Vol. 32, No. 4 (2013), 331-353.
  • "Setting the Tone: The 2013 French Defence White Paper and the Future of European Defence", RUSI Journal 158:4 (2013), 38-44.
  • “The Spider in Europe’s Web? French Grand Strategy from Iraq to Libya”, Geopolitics 18:2(2013), 403-434.

William Sposato


William Sposato is a journalist active in Japan for more than 20 years. With a career including Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and CBS News, he is currently a contributor to Foreign Policy magazine and co-author of "Collision Course: Carlos Ghosn and the Culture Wars That Upended an Auto Empire," published by Harvard Business Press in June 2021.

Ian Storey


Dr Ian Storey is a Senior Fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore. Prior to ISEAS, he held academic positions at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, Hawaii, and Deakin University, Australia. He received his PhD from the City University of Hong Kong, his Master’s degree from the International University of Japan, and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Hull, England.

Oliver Stuenkel


Oliver Stuenkel is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in São Paulo, where he coordinates the São Paulo branch of the School of History and Social Science and the executive program in International Relations. He is also a non-resident Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin and a columnist for EL PAÍS and Americas Quarterly.

Rieko Suzuki


Rieko graduated with a BA from Japan Women’s University and Diploma and MSc, International Relations from London School of Economics and Political Science. She entered Dentsu Institute for Human Studies in 1987 and during her time there, she received the top award for her prominent research and contributions by the president of the Institute.

Rieko has written a few books including “Why Japanese Women Do Not Have Babies” and a number of articles for Japanese magazines. She was given the “New Opinion leaders” award by the Yomiuri Newspaper in 1997. She has also participated in various interviews by the foreign presses and appeared on TV as a commentator on the Japanese social phenomenon. She has also served as a member of several committees of Japanese government.

Recently, Rieko has played a leading role in forming a Japanese parliament members group for combating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Under her direction, SPJ remains committed to the achievement of the SDGs. Outside SPJ, she currently serves as board member for Millennium Promise Alliance and Uniting to Combat NTDs, as well as a Trustee at the Japan Women’s University.

Nicolas Soergel


Nicolas is an expert in Japanese authentic food and craft products. He works with Japanese traditional companies and designers of products with a Japan flair and promote their high-quality products to a foreign customer base inside and outside of Japan. Specialties: Japanese craft, Japanese food, e-commerce, cross border sales

Dahlia Simangan


Dr. Dahlia Simangan is Associate Professor at Hiroshima University and one of the core members of the university’s Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability. Prior to that, she was a Kanagawa University Japan Society for the Promotion of Science postdoctoral fellow for research in Japan (nominated by the United Nations University–Centre for Policy Research in Tokyo). She holds a PhD in International, Political, and Strategic Studies, with a focus on International Relations, from the Australian National University. Her research interests in peace and conflict include topics on post-conflict peacebuilding, the relationship between peace and sustainability, and international relations in the Anthropocene.

Jonas Gomes da Silva


Associate Professor Level III. Mission: share knowledge, leaving a positive legacy for people and mother earth. Professor (19y), researcher (22y), columnist (11y), and volunteer (27y) on areas related to Japanese TQM, Strategic Planning, Social Innovation, and Sustainability. Basically, identify and disseminate good management practices related to the mentioned areas, as well as developed models, methodologies, and tools to: a) identify the best management practices; b) measure companies performance; c) create a system of Key Performance Indicators; d) develop participatory strategic planning; e) develop participatory diagnostic and projects; f) solve problems; g) promote continuous improvement ( 継 続 的 改 善 Renzokuteki Kaizen). Until May 2022, 15465 hours of teaching and guidance, 328 articles published in newspapers, 35 in scientific journals and a book published, as well as 750 trees planted and 5000 people benefited from three projects implemented in Manaus. To access articles, book, teaching materials, projects, indicators, certificates and other information, please visit

Katsura Sunshine


Katsura Sunshine was born in Toronto Canada and holds Slovenian citizenship as well as Canadian.

In 2008 he became the 15th apprentice to the great Rakugo Master Katsura Bunshi VI, from whom he received the name Katsura Sunshine.

Sunshine was the first ever Western Rakugo-ka in the Kamigata tradition (Osaka / Kyoto) and only the second in Japanese history, after his predecessor Kairakute Burakku a hundred years before.

Sunshine has toured over 5 continents performing in 3 languages (Japanese, English and French).

He has been performing on Broadway at the New World Stages theatre complex, and in London's West End.

Sunshine was appointed Cultural Ambassador for Canada and Japan, and Friendship Ambassador for Slovenia and Japan. He was MC and host for the opening reception of the G-20 Summit in Osaka in 2019.

Sunshine divides his time between Tokyo, New York, and London.

Sheila Smith


Sheila A. Smith is John E. Merow senior fellow for Asia-Pacific studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). An expert on Japanese politics and foreign policy, she is the author of Japan Rearmed: The Politics of Military Power, Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China (released in Japanese as 日中 親愛なる宿敵: 変容する日本政治と対中政策), and Japan's New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance. She is also the author of the CFR interactive guide Constitutional Change in Japan. Smith is a regular contributor to the CFR blog Asia Unbound and a frequent contributor to major media outlets in the United States and Asia.

Smith joined CFR from the East-West Center in 2007, where she directed a multinational research team in a cross-national study of the domestic politics of the U.S. military presence in Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines. She was a visiting scholar at Keio University in 2007-08, where she researched Japan’s foreign policy towards China, supported by the Abe Fellowship. Smith has been a visiting researcher at two leading Japanese foreign and security policy think tanks, the Japan Institute of International Affairs and the Research Institute for Peace and Security, and at the University of Tokyo and the University of the Ryukyus.

Smith is chair of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the U.S. advisors to the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON), a binational advisory panel of government officials and private-sector members. She teaches as an adjunct professor at the Asian studies department of Georgetown University and serves on the board of its Journal of Asian Affairs. She also serves on the advisory committee for the U.S.-Japan Network for the Future program of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation.

Smith earned her MA and PhD from the political science department at Columbia University.

Jeremy K. Sharpe


Jeremy Sharpe is an arbitrator, legal adviser, Member of the Board of the United Nations Register of Damage Caused by the Construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (UNRoD), and Lecturer in Law and Senior Fellow at the International Claims and Reparations Project at Columbia Law School.

He previously was a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s international arbitration and public international law practices in London and Paris; a legal adviser at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague; and an attorney in the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser, where he served as Chief of Investment Arbitration, Legal Adviser to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and attorney-adviser in the Office of African and Near Eastern Affairs and the Office of International Claims and Investment Disputes. He writes and lectures on international law and dispute resolution and is an editor of the ICSID Review—Foreign Investment Law Journal. He received his J.D. from NYU Law School and LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

Latest publications

James L. Schoff


James L. Schoff became senior director of the “US-Japan NEXT Alliance Initiative” at Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA in 2021, following nine years as senior fellow and director of the Japan Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His research and writings focus on the nexus of traditional and economic security, as technological and geopolitical change challenge the US-Japan alliance. Prior to Carnegie, Schoff served as senior adviser for East Asia policy at the US Office of the Secretary of Defense, contributing to strategic planning and policy development for relations with Japan and the Republic of Korea. He also worked in Japan as Business Manager for a large construction and project management firm, Schal Bovis, and he was the Director of Asia-Pacific Studies at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis for seven years. Overall, Schoff’s career spans more than thirty years working in the fields of business, education, government, and the non-profit sector, all related to Japan, East Asia, and the US-Japan alliance. Some of his publications include “China and the New Role for Economic Security in the US-Japan Alliance” (Sasakawa Peace Foundation, April 2022), “US-Japan Technology Policy Coordination: Balancing Technonationalism with a Globalized World” (Carnegie, 2020), and Uncommon Alliance for the Common Good: The United States and Japan after the Cold War(Carnegie, 2017).


Andrzej Talaga


He is a Director for Strategy of Warsaw Enterprise Institute, a think tank of the Entrepreneurs and Employers Association (ZPP). He appears on radio, TV, printed press, and electronic media outlets on numeral occasions commenting on issues of defence, security, international and national politics.
He authored several articles, analyses, reports and memorandums in the fields of defence, security and foreign policy. He provides his expertise advising defence companies – including Polish branches of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and Lockheed Martin Corporation. Responsibilities: government relations, external communication.

Neera Tanden


The President of the Center for American Progress. Glen S. Fukushima is a Senior Fellow at the Center. Brian Harding is the Director for East and Southeast Asia for the National Security and International Policy team at the Center.

Sandra Tarte


SANDRA TARTE is Associate Professor and Head of the School of Government, Development and International Affairs, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of the South Pacific. SANDRA specializes in the international politics of the Pacific islands region. Her publications include Japan’s Aid Diplomacy and the Pacific Islands (1998) and the New Pacific Diplomacy (2015), co-edited with Greg Fry. She has consulted for the South Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency, the South Pacific Regional Environment Program, the International Development Centre, Tokyo, and Greenpeace Pacific. Sandra grew up in Fiji and studied at the University of Tokyo, Australian National University and University of Melbourne.


Books and Monographs
  • 2015 The New Pacific Diplomacy (co-editor with Greg Fry), Australian National University Press, Canberra.
  • 2015 ‘No Ordinary Election: The Fiji General Election of 2014’, (co-editor with Vijay Naidu), Journal of Pacific Studies, Vol.35, No.2.Special Issue, University of the South Pacific.
Articles in Refereed Journals and Publications
  • 2017 ‘The Changing Paradigm of Pacific Regional Politics’, The Roundtable: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, Vol.106, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1080/00358533.2017.1296709.
  • 2014 ‘Regionalism and Changing Regional Order in the Pacific Islands’, Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, Vol.1, No.2, pp.312-324.
Chapters in Books
  • 2015 ‘A New Pacific Regional Voice? The Pacific Islands Development Forum’, The New Pacific Diplomacy, Greg Fry and Sandra Tarte (Eds), ANU Press, Canberra, pp. 79-88.
  • 2010 ‘Fiji islands: Security Challenges and Defense Policy issues’, Asia Pacific Countries Security Outlook and Implications for the Defense Sector, National Institute for Defense Studies Joint Research Series No.5, Tokyo, pp.67-84.
  • 2010 ‘Fiji’s Look North Strategy and the Role of China’, in Terence Wesley-Smith and Edgar A. Porter (Eds), China in Oceania: Reshaping the Pacific?, Berghahn Books. NY, pp.118-132.

Ross Thomson Member of Parliament for Aberdeen South


Ross Thomson is an Aberdonian born and raised. He was educated at Balmedie Primary School, Bridge of Don Academy and graduated in 2009 from the University of Aberdeen a First Class MA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations.

Ross worked in retail and finance until in 2012 when he was elected to represent the Hazlehead/ Ashley/ Queen’s Cross ward on Aberdeen City Council. During Ross' time as a councillor, he led the way on delivering the Third Don Crossing, thereby taking forward a plan for over 2,000 new affordable homes. He also helped to strengthen Aberdeen’s links with Japan and lobbied to improve broadband across Aberdeen.

In June 2013 Ross was chosen as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate in the Aberdeen Donside by-election. He used this opportunity to campaign for improved infrastructure and a fairer share of funding for the City of Aberdeen. He consequently went on to stand in the 2015 General Election in Aberdeen South and in the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary elections in Aberdeen South and North Kincardine where he achieved a 19.4% swing and was elected to the Scottish Parliament via the regional list.

During Ross' time at the Scottish Parliament, he was selected to serve on the Education and Skills Committee and as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party’s spokesman on Higher Education, Further Education, Science and Technology. Ross became a spokesman for the Vote Leave campaign in the 2016 EU Referendum as one of the few pro-Brexit Members of the Scottish Parliament.

On 8th June 2017, Ross became the Member of Parliament for Aberdeen South, beating the incumbent Callum McCaig, with 18,746 votes (42.1%) which was a 19.3% swing and a majority of 4,752. Since his election as MP for Aberdeen South Ross has been elected to the Scottish Affairs Select Committee, is a member of the Knife Crime APPG and the Oil and Gas APPG. Ross has championed animal welfare campaigns such as banning electric dog shock collars, reforming pet theft legislation and Lucy’s Law.

Dmitri V. Trenin, Ph.D.


Dmitri V. Trenin, Ph.D., is Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center (since 2008) and a Senior Associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Before joining Carnegie in 1994 he served in the Soviet and Russian army. Col. Trenin’s postings included Iraq (with the military assistance group, 1975-76), Germany (liaison with the Western powers in Berlin, 1978-83), and Switzerland (INF and START talks, 1985-91). For several years, Trenin taught area studies at the Defense University in Moscow from which he graduated in 1977. He was also a senior fellow at NATO Defense College (1993) and, upon retirement from the military, a visiting professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (1993-1994). From 1994-1997, Trenin was also a senior research fellow at the Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences.

At Carnegie, Dmitri Trenin chairs the Foreign and Security Policy Program. Trenin is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London; of the Russian International Affairs Council; and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Military Science. He serves on the International Advisory Board of the Finnish Institute for International Affairs and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Moscow School of Political Studies. A frequent commentator for the world news media, from The New York Times to The Moscow Times to Beijing’s Global Times, he serves on the editorial boards of The Washington Quarterly, International Politics, Pro et Contra, Insight Turkey and Baltic Course.

Published Works

He is the author of several books, including Unconditional Peace: 21st Century Euro-Atlantic as a Security Community (Russian, 2013): Post-Imperium: A Eurasian Story (English,2011; Russian and Japanese editions, 2012); Solo Voyage (essays on Russia’s foreign policy, 2009), Getting Russia Right (English, 2007), Central Asia. The Views from Washington, Moscow and Beijing (English, 2007, co-authored); Integration and Indentity. Russia as a New West (Russian, 2006); Gestrandete Weltmacht (German, 2005); Russia’s Restless Frontier. The Chechnya Factor in Post-Soviet Russia (English, co-authored, 2004), The End of Eurasia: Russia on the Border Between Geopolitics and Globalization (English, two printings, 2002 and 2001), A Strategy for Stable Peace. Toward a Euro-Atlantic Security Community (English, co-authored, 2002), Russia’s China Problem (English and Russian, 1998), Baltic Chance: The Baltic States, Russia and the West in the Emerging Greater Europe (English and Russian, 1997).

Among the books Trenin edited are The Russian Military. Power and Policy (English, 2004), Ambivalent Neighbors: The NATO and EU Enlargement and the Price of Membership (English, 2003); Russia and the Main Security Institutions in Europe: Entering the 21st Century (Russian, 2000); Kosovo: International Aspects (Russian, 1999); Commonwealth and Security in Eurasia (English and Russian, 1998).

Kevin C. Taylor


Kevin C. Taylor is Director of Religious Studies and an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Memphis. He specializes in Japanese Buddhism, Asian philosophy, environmental ethics, data ethics. He has written on mottainai as a Japanese philosophy of waste for The Conversation, and was interview on the Philosopher’s Zone on this topic. His current research focuses on applied ethics in the works of Zen Master Hakuin Ekaku.


Márton Ugrósdy


Mr. Ugrósdy is the director of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade in Budapest, Hungary, where he covers topics including transatlantic issues, NATO, US policy in Central Europe, energy security, and UK domestic and foreign policy. In addition to regularly appearing in the national media to provide expert analysis on US affairs, US foreign policy, and UK-EU relations, he also participates in international conferences, such as GLOBSEC 2015, GMF Voice of the Flank, CEPA Forum 2017, Halifax International Security Forum 2017 and others.

He has also served as the editor-in-chief of Kitekintő.hu, and was a HAESF fellow for the Center for Strategic & International Studies New European Democracies Project.

Mr. Ugrósdy has a PhD in political science from Corvinus University of Budapest, and has previously earned degrees at Eötvös Loránd University and Mathias Corvinus University.


Lluc López i Vidal


Lluc López i Vidal is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Open University of Catalonia (UOC) and Director of the Master’s in International Affairs and Diplomacy UNITAR-UOC.

Expert on Japanese Foreign Policy, he holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and European Integration and a master’s degree in International and Intercultural Studies from Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He was also a visiting scholar at Keio University and Kobe University in Japan.

Sakshi Verma


Sakshi's professional background includes experience at the Japan Foundation, New Delhi, where she effectively promoted the foundation's activities through social media and media relations. Additionally, she has collaborated with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) to enhance the public relations efforts of academic institutions such as Ritsumeikan University and The University of Tokyo in India. She is a proficient communicator in both English and Hindi, being her native language. Moreover, she possesses fluency in Japanese and Bengali, enabling her to engage effectively in diverse linguistic contexts. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Delhi, complemented by an MBA specializing in Marketing and Management, with a focus on Japanese Management, from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Japan.


Mikael Weissmann


Dr. Mikael Weissmann is an Associate Professor (docent) at the Swedish Defence University and a Senior Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. He is a member of CSCAP-EU and the European Think-tank Network on China (ETNC).

Previously he has been working at, among others, the Swedish Defence Research Agency, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and Copenhagen-, Uppsala- and Stockholm University.

He has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Warwick (UK) and Peking-, Renmin-, and China Foreign Affairs University (China).

Weissmann received his PhD in Peace and Development Research from the University of Gothenburg (2009) and he is a docent in War Studies at the Swedish Defence University (2016). He also holds a M.Soc.Sci. in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University (2003), and a BA in International Relations and Economics from the University of Queensland, Australia (2000).

Weissmann’s most recent publications include Sanctions and North Korea (Washington Quarterly), a special issue on China’s Maritime Embroilments (Asian Survey), the South China Sea (Asian Survey & Asian Perspective), Sino-Russian Relations (FOI), the Belt and Road Initative (ETNC & UI), Chinese Foreign Policy (JCIR), Global Shadow Wars (Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict), military tactical thinking (KKrVA Proceedings & Journal) and a monograph on the East Asian Peace (Palgrave).

Besides the Swedish Defence University, Weissmann has been teaching at Stockholm-, Uppsala-, Gothenburg- and Södertörn University and at Renmin-, Peking- and China Foreign Affairs University in China.

Richard Wilson


Dr. Richard L. Wilson is a Professor Emeritus at International Christian University, specializing in Japanese Art History and Archaeology. He currently serves as board member for the Association for Archaeology and Heritage Tourism.

Prof. dr. Rob de Wijk (Robert de Wijk)


Rob de Wijk is the founder and non-executive director of the Hague Center for Strategic Studies. He studied Contemporary History and International Relations in Groningen, and wrote his PhD dissertation on NATO’s “Flexibility in Response” strategy at the Political Science Department of Leiden University. Mr. De Wijk started his career in 1977 as a freelance journalist and later became lecturer in International Relations at Leiden University’s Political Science Department. He also worked at the Ministry of Defense, where he was instrumental in the restructuring of the Dutch armed forces in the early nineties. Other positions he held, include director of the Clingendael Security and Conflict Programme and Professor in the field of International Relations at the Royal Netherlands Military Academy. Currently, he is not only the director of HCSS, but also Professor of International Relations at Leiden University, chairman of the National Security Think Tank (Denktank Nationale Veiligheid) and columnist of the national daily Trouw.

Jeffrey Wilson


Dr Jeffrey Wilson is the Research Director at the Perth USAsia Centre. He provides leadership and strategic direction in developing the Centre’s research program across its publications, policy and dialogue activities.

Dr Wilson specialises in the regional economic integration of the Indo-Pacific. He has particular expertise in the politics of trade agreements, regional economic institutions, and Australia’s economic ties with Asia. He has been featured in local and international media outlets, contributed to a range of track two dialogues between Australia and key regional partners, and supported policy development through consultancy, publication and advisory work.

A political scientist by training, Dr Wilson’s research has been recognised as a recipient of the University of Sydney Medal (2006) and the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence in Research Award (Murdoch, 2015). He was the inaugural winner of the Australian Institute of International Affairs’ Boyer Prize (2012) for his work on the politics of China-Australia mining investment. He holds a Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences (Honours) from the University of Sydney, and a PhD in International Relations from the Australian National University.


Murat Yetkin


Yetkin began his career as a journalist and writer in 1981 and after working in a number of news and professional magazines joined the BBC World Service operation in Ankara in 1987. After working for a number of international news organizations, including Deutsche Welle and AFP, he joined the domestic press as the diplomacy and defence editor of what was then the Turkish Daily News in 1992.

Yetkin subsequently joined the founding team of Turkey’s first round-the-clock news channel, NTV in 1996, established its Ankara office and assumed its political Editor and Ankara Bureau Chief position also producing and anchoring a weekly foreign policy show. He returned to print journalism in 2000 as the Ankara Bureau Chief of daily Sabah and then in 2001 as Ankara Bureau Chief of daily Radikal, where he also wrote regular columns on current affairs, mainly addressing politics, diplomacy, security, and the economy. Yetkin frequently appears on leading Turkish news channels, to comment on current affairs, political, diplomatic and security matters. He worked as the Editor-in-Chief and the chief columnist of Hürriyet Daily News between May 2011 and October 2018 to work as independent writer and consultant on foreign policy and political/strategic analysis and forecast.

Yetkin is the author of six published books on Turkey’s international relations: “Active Policy in the Ring of Fire: Turkey in the Triangle of the Balkans, the Caucasus and the Middle East” (1992); "Turkey in the Waiting Room of the European Union” (2002); "The Motion: The True Story of the Iraq Crisis” (2004); “The Book of Intrigues for the Curious" (2017); “The Book of Spies for the Curious” (2108) and the “Kurdish Trap – Öcalan from Damascus to Imrali” (2019), all in Turkish.

A graduate of the mechanical engineering department at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Yetkin is an Eisenhower Fellow and a member of the Georgetown University Leadership Seminar Group.

Born in 1959, he is married with one daughter.