Diplomatic Roundtable

What is Diplomatic Roundtable?

The "Diplomatic Roundtable" is organized monthly, taking advantage of an occasion of a visit to Japan of a person prominent in various fields of activities abroad, for the purpose of providing an occasion for the visiting speaker to meet and exchange views with his or her counterparts in the “Roundtable.” English is, in principle, the language used in the "Roundtable" and no translation is provided. The "Diplomatic Roundtable" is held under the co-sponsorship of JFIR with its sister organizations, the "Global Forum of Japan," and the "Council on East Asian Community."

List of Speakers

Feb.22 JIN Yongming, Director, Center for Oceans Strategy Studies of China, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
Jan.30 Reinhard DRIFTE, Professor Emeritus, University of Newcastle

Nov.16 Karel LANNOO, CEO, the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
Oct.13 Stephen KRASNER, Senior Fellow, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
Sep.1 Glen S. FUKUSHIMA, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
July.26 Scott SNYDER, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
June.30 Robert ORR, Governor, Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
May.20 Ioan Mircea PASCU, Vice-President, European Parliament
Apr. 28 LI Shin-Hui, Professor, College of International Affairs, National Chengchi University
Apr. 21 Evi FITRIANI, Head, International Relations Department, Universitas Indonesia
Mar. 8 Michael AUSLIN, Director of Japan Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Feb. 1 LYU Xiaoqing, President, China Society of Sino-Japanese Relations History

Dec. 8 Mohd ABDULLAH, Dean, Ghazali Shafei Graduate School of Government, University Utara Malaysia
Nov. 13 Thomas GOMART, Director, French Institute of International Relations (IFRI)
Nov. 4 LI Xiao, Vice Dean, Economic School of Jilin University
Oct. 9 Muhamad Chatib BASRI, former Minister of Finance of Indonesia
Sep. 30 Paul SRACIC, Professor and Chair, Department of Politics and International Relations, Youngstown State University
Jul. 14 Ioan Mircea PASCU, Vice-President, European Parliament
Jun. 23 Vasile SECARES, Chairman of the Board, Romanian Banking Institute / Chairman of the Board, EXIM Bank of Romania
May. 21 Richard BUSH, Director, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, Brookings Institution
Apr. 17 HENG Yee Kuang, Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
Mar. 16 JIN Chang Soo, Director, Japan Center of the Sejong Institute
Jan. 13 T. V. PAUL, Professor, McGill University


Dec. 19 John MEARSHEIMER, Professor, the University of Chicago
Nov. 25 Fraser CAMERON, Director, EU-Asia Centre
Oct. 9 KANG In-Duk, former Minister of Unification of the Republic of Korea
Oct. 3 George PAPUASHVILI, President of the Constitutional Court of Georgia / former Minister of Justice of Georgia
Sep.9 Ihor KHARCHENKO, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Japan
Jul. 11 Bates GILL, CEO, United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney/ former Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
Jun. 20 YANG Bojiang, Deputy Director, Institute of Japanese Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Jun. 17 Lamberto ZANNIER, Secretary General, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
May. 22 Edward N. LUTTWAK, Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Apr. 16 Gerald CURTIS, Burgess Professor, Columbia University
Mar. 12 Linas LINKEVICIUS, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
Feb. 6 Bilahari KAUSIKAN, Former Permanent Secretary / Ambassador at Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore
Jun. 10 Glen S. FUKUSHIMA, Senior Fellow, Center For American Progress


Dec. 11 LEE Won Deog, Professor / Director, the Institute of Japanese Studies, Kookmin University
Nov.14 Dmitri V. TRENIN, Director, Carnegie Moscow Center
Sep.18 Hisham EL-ZIMAITY, H.E. Ambassador of Egypt to Japan
Jul.26 Willem THORBECKE, Senior Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry
Jun.27 Bradley H. ROBERTS, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy
Jun.5 David M. MALONE, Rector of the United Nations University and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
Apr. 23 Ssu-Tsun SHEN, Representative, Taipei Economy & Culture Representative Office
Feb.19 Ioan Mircea PASCU, vice-Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of European Parliament


Dec.14 JI Zhiye, Vice President, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations
Dec.6 Rajagopala CHIDAMBARAM, The Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India
Nov.16 Victor TVIRCUN, Secretary General, the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC)
Nov.6 Thomas U. BERGER, Associate Professor, Boston University
Oct. 24 Edward N. LUTTWAK Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Sep. 13   Rust M. DEMING, Former principal deputy assistant secretary of state
July 23 Hans Dietmar SCHWEISGUT, Ambassador of the European Union to Japan
Jun. 7 CHOI Byung-il, President and CEO, Korea Economic Research Institute
May. 24 Kenneth QUINONES, former North Korea Affairs Officer, the US Department of State
Apr. 24 Nissim BEN-SHITRIT, Ambassador of Israel to Japan
Mar. 27 Housam DARWISHEH, Research Fellow, Middle Eastern Studies Group, Area Studies Center, Institute of Developing Economies, JETRO
Feb.17 LI Gangzhe, Professor, Hokuriku University


Nov. 10 Mark PHILLIPS, Head of the Land Operations and Capabilities Programme, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
Oct. 13 CHENG Yonghua, Ambassador of China to Japan
Oct. 5 Ashwani KUMAR, Minister of State for Planning; Science & Technology; Earth Sciences of India
Sep. 22 David ABRAHAM, International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Sep. 16 Dennis SHOWALTER, Professor, The Colorado College
July 5 John WONG, Professorial Fellow, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore
Jun. 21 David HOLLEY, Visiting Professor, Waseda University
May 18 UETA Takako, Professor, International Christian University
Feb. 21 Doru Romulus COSTEA, the State Secretary for Global Affairs of Romania
Feb. 8 Mikhail Mikhailovich Bely, Ambassador of Russia to Japan
Jan. 28 KIM Beng Phar, Director of Strategy/Research, Foreign Policy Study Group


Dec. 1 Rizal SUKMA, Executive Director at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies
Nov. 22 David Warren, Ambassador, British Embassy to Japan
Oct. 15 Julius Caesar, Parreñas Advisor for International Affairs, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
July. 7 JIN Chang Soo, Director of the Sejong Institute Japan Center
Jun. 29 Farkhod SABIROV, Head of the Department of International Relations, Institute of Forecasting and Macroeconomic Research, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan
May. 27 Nikolaos TSAMADOS, Ambassador of Greece to Japan
Apr. 28 Murray MCLEAN, Ambassador of Australia to Japan
Mar. 25 Simon TAY, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
Jan. 25 Ioan Mircea PASCU, Member of the European Parliament (EP), Vice-Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of EP


Nov. 19 Elaine BUNN, Senior Fellow at National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies
Oct. 29 CUI Tiankai, Ambassador of China to Japan
Oct. 2 Edward N. LUTTWAK, Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Aug. 27 Thomas J. PEMPEL, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
July. 22 Jonathan T. FRIED, Ambassador of Canada to Japan
Jun. 12 FENG Chi-Tai (John), Representative, Taipei Economy & Culture Representative Office
May. 22 David WARREN, British Ambassador to Japan
Apr. 10 James FOSTER, former Director for Korean Affairs of U.S. State Department
Mar. 9 Michael MESERVE, Minister Counselor for Political Affairs of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo
Feb. 17 Efraim HALEVY, Director of the Center for Strategic and Policy Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (former Director of Mossad)
Feb. 4 TSUNEOKA Kosuke, Journalist
Jan. 28 Haron AMIN, Ambassador of Afghanistan to Japan


Nov. 19 Mykola KULINICH, Ambassador of Ukraine to Japan
Oct. 3 Jonathan EYAL, Director of International Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI)
Sep. 17 Walid Mahmoud ABDELNASSER, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Japan
Jul. 9 Rentsendoo JIGJID, Ambassador of Mongolia to Japan
Jun. 19 Ivane MATCHAVARIANI, Ambassador of Georgia to Japan
May. 30 Jolyon HOWORTH, Visiting Professor, Yale University
Mar. 4 Faisal Hassan TRAD, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Japan
Feb. 26 Eneko LANDABURU, Director-General for External Relations of European Commission
Jan. 10 TAN Chin Tiong, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Singapore to Japan


Nov. 26 Stephan SAKALIAN, Advisor for Multilateral Affairs in ASIA ICRC
Nov. 15 Mohsen TALAEI, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Japan
Jul. 24 CUI Liru, President of China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations
Jul. 4 Forancois GODEMENT, President of Asia Centre, Centre Etudes Asie, France
Apr. 26 MATSUMOTO Hiroshi, Managing Director, Japan Actions for Relief Center
Apr. 17 CHOO Kyu-ho, Korean Ambassador for East Asian Regional Cooperation
Mar. 20 Eugeniusz SMOLAR, President of the Center for International Relations of Poland
Feb. 26 Hugh RICHARDSON, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Japan