Diplomatic Roundtable

What is The “Diplomatic Roundtable”?

 The “Diplomatic Roundtable” is organized, 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 JFIR members. The meeting is conducted, in principle, in English. 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

Mar.15 LIAN DeguiExecutive Director, The Trilateral Cooperation Studies Center of Shanghai International Studies University
Feb.14 James SCHOFFA US View on Maintaining Security in Asia and Managing Trump's Foreign Policy Contradictions
Jan.18 Kent E. CALDERAsia in Washington, January, 2019

Nov.7 KIM Jae-shinHow Should We Consider the Current Japan-Korea Relations
Oct.25 JIA JinjingDirector of the Macro Research Department at Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China
Sep.11 Tan Sri Rastam Mohd IsaChairman and Chief Executive, the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia
July.12 JIN Chang SooDirector, Japan Center of the Sejong Institute
June.12 Joachim von AMSBERGProfessor, George Washington University
May.29 Mike MOCHIZUKIProfessor, George Washington University
Apr.18 Mireya SolísCo-Director / Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution
Mar.30 MOON Chung-inSpecial Advisor to the ROK President for Unification, Foreign and Security Affairs
Mar.26 Mira RAPP-HOOPER"Senior Research Scholar in Law, Yale Law School"
Jan.29 Peter DRYSDALEEmeritus Professor, The Australian National University

Nov.30 Najib EL-KhashRepresentative, Risala Media
Nov.6 Ioan Mircea PASCUVice-President, European Parliament
Sep.21 Thomas MAHNKENPresident, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
Jul.10 QIN YaqingPresident, China Foreign Affairs University
RONG YingVice President, China Institute of International Studies
Jun.21 KOH Young ChoulResearch Professor, Takushoku University
May.19 Bilahari KAUSIKANAmbassador at Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore
Apr.6 David GOLDFISCHERAssociate Professor, University of Denver
Mar.10 Giovanni GANELLIDeputy Head of Office, IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Feb.22 JIN YongmingDirector, Center for Oceans Strategy Studies of China, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
Jan.30 Reinhard DRIFTEProfessor Emeritus, University of Newcastle

Nov.16 Karel LANNOOCEO, the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
Oct.13 Stephen KRASNERSenior Fellow, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
Sep.1 Glen S. FUKUSHIMASenior Fellow, Center for American Progress
July.26 Scott SNYDERSenior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
June.30 Robert ORR, GovernorPacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
May.20 Ioan Mircea PASCUVice-President, European Parliament
Apr. 28 LI Shin-HuiProfessor, College of International Affairs, National Chengchi University
Apr. 21 Evi FITRIANIHead, International Relations Department, Universitas Indonesia
Mar. 8 Michael AUSLINDirector of Japan Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Feb. 1 LYU XiaoqingPresident, China Society of Sino-Japanese Relations History

Dec. 8 Mohd ABDULLAHDean, Ghazali Shafei Graduate School of Government, University Utara Malaysia
Nov. 13 Thomas GOMARTDirector, French Institute of International Relations (IFRI)
Nov. 4 LI XiaoVice Dean, Economic School of Jilin University
Oct. 9 Muhamad Chatib BASRIformer Minister of Finance of Indonesia
Sep. 30 Paul SRACICProfessor and Chair, Department of Politics and International Relations, Youngstown State University
Jul. 14 Ioan Mircea PASCUVice-President, European Parliament
Jun. 23 Vasile SECARESChairman of the Board, Romanian Banking Institute / Chairman of the Board, EXIM Bank of Romania
May. 21 Richard BUSHDirector, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, Brookings Institution
Apr. 17 HENG Yee KuangAssociate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
Mar. 16 JIN Chang SooDirector, Japan Center of the Sejong Institute
Jan. 13 T. V. PAULProfessor, McGill University


Dec. 19 John MEARSHEIMERProfessor, the University of Chicago
Nov. 25 Fraser CAMERONDirector, EU-Asia Centre
Oct. 9 KANG In-Dukformer Minister of Unification of the Republic of Korea
Oct. 3 George PAPUASHVILIPresident of the Constitutional Court of Georgia / former Minister of Justice of Georgia
Sep.9 Ihor KHARCHENKOAmbassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Japan
Jul. 11 Bates GILLCEO, United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney/ former Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
Jun. 20 YANG BojiangDeputy Director, Institute of Japanese Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Jun. 17 Lamberto ZANNIERSecretary General, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
May. 22 Edward N. LUTTWAKSenior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Apr. 16 Gerald CURTISBurgess Professor, Columbia University
Mar. 12 Linas LINKEVICIUSMinister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
Feb. 6 Bilahari KAUSIKANFormer Permanent Secretary / Ambassador at Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore
Jun. 10 Glen S. FUKUSHIMASenior Fellow, Center For American Progress


Dec. 11 LEE Won DeogProfessor / Director, the Institute of Japanese Studies, Kookmin University
Nov.14 Dmitri V. TRENINDirector, Carnegie Moscow Center
Sep.18 Hisham EL-ZIMAITYH.E. Ambassador of Egypt to Japan
Jul.26 Willem THORBECKESenior Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry
Jun.27 Bradley H. ROBERTSformer Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy
Jun.5 David M. MALONERector of the United Nations University and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
Apr. 23 Ssu-Tsun SHENRepresentative, Taipei Economy & Culture Representative Office
Feb.19 Ioan Mircea PASCUvice-Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of European Parliament


Dec.14 JI ZhiyeVice President, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations
Dec.6 Rajagopala CHIDAMBARAMThe Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India
Nov.16 Victor TVIRCUNSecretary General, the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC)
Nov.6 Thomas U. BERGERAssociate Professor, Boston University
Oct. 24 Edward N. LUTTWAKSenior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Sep. 13   Rust M. DEMINGFormer principal deputy assistant secretary of state
July 23 Hans Dietmar SCHWEISGUTAmbassador of the European Union to Japan
Jun. 7 CHOI Byung-ilPresident and CEO, Korea Economic Research Institute
May. 24 Kenneth QUINONESformer North Korea Affairs Officer, the US Department of State
Apr. 24 Nissim BEN-SHITRITAmbassador of Israel to Japan
Mar. 27 Housam DARWISHEHResearch Fellow, Middle Eastern Studies Group, Area Studies Center, Institute of Developing Economies, JETRO
Feb.17 LI Gangzhe, ProfessorHokuriku University


Nov. 10 Mark PHILLIPSHead of the Land Operations and Capabilities Programme, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
Oct. 13 CHENG YonghuaAmbassador of China to Japan
Oct. 5 Ashwani KUMARMinister of State for Planning; Science & Technology; Earth Sciences of India
Sep. 22 David ABRAHAMInternational Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Sep. 16 Dennis SHOWALTERProfessor, The Colorado College
July 5 John WONGProfessorial Fellow, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore
Jun. 21 David HOLLEYVisiting Professor, Waseda University
May 18 UETA TakakoProfessor, International Christian University
Feb. 21 Doru Romulus COSTEAthe State Secretary for Global Affairs of Romania
Feb. 8 Mikhail Mikhailovich BelyAmbassador of Russia to Japan
Jan. 28 KIM Beng PharDirector of Strategy/Research, Foreign Policy Study Group


Dec. 1 Rizal SUKMAExecutive Director at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies
Nov. 22 David WarrenAmbassador, British Embassy to Japan
Oct. 15 Julius CaesarParreñas Advisor for International Affairs, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
July. 7 JIN Chang SooDirector of the Sejong Institute Japan Center
Jun. 29 Farkhod SABIROVHead of the Department of International Relations, Institute of Forecasting and Macroeconomic Research, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan
May. 27 Nikolaos TSAMADOSAmbassador of Greece to Japan
Apr. 28 Murray MCLEANAmbassador of Australia to Japan
Mar. 25 Simon TAYChairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
Jan. 25 Ioan Mircea PASCUMember of the European Parliament (EP), Vice-Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of EP


Nov. 19 Elaine BUNNSenior Fellow at National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies
Oct. 29 CUI TiankaiAmbassador of China to Japan
Oct. 2 Edward N. LUTTWAKSenior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Aug. 27 Thomas J. PEMPELProfessor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
July. 22 Jonathan T. FRIEDAmbassador of Canada to Japan
Jun. 12 FENG Chi-Tai (John)Representative, Taipei Economy & Culture Representative Office
May. 22 David WARRENBritish Ambassador to Japan
Apr. 10 James FOSTERformer Director for Korean Affairs of U.S. State Department
Mar. 9 Michael MESERVEMinister 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 KosukeJournalist
Jan. 28 Haron AMINAmbassador of Afghanistan to Japan


Nov. 19 Mykola KULINICHAmbassador of Ukraine to Japan
Oct. 3 Jonathan EYALDirector of International Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI)
Sep. 17 Walid Mahmoud ABDELNASSERAmbassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Japan
Jul. 9 Rentsendoo JIGJIDAmbassador of Mongolia to Japan
Jun. 19 Ivane MATCHAVARIANIAmbassador of Georgia to Japan
May. 30 Jolyon HOWORTHVisiting Professor, Yale University
Mar. 4 Faisal Hassan TRADAmbassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Japan
Feb. 26 Eneko LANDABURUDirector-General for External Relations of European Commission
Jan. 10 TAN Chin TiongAmbassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Singapore to Japan


Nov. 26 Stephan SAKALIANAdvisor for Multilateral Affairs in ASIA ICRC
Nov. 15 Mohsen TALAEIAmbassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Japan
Jul. 24 CUI LiruPresident of China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations
Jul. 4 Forancois GODEMENTPresident of Asia Centre, Centre Etudes Asie, France
Apr. 26 MATSUMOTO HiroshiManaging Director, Japan Actions for Relief Center
Apr. 17 CHOO Kyu-hoKorean Ambassador for East Asian Regional Cooperation
Mar. 20 Eugeniusz SMOLARPresident of the Center for International Relations of Poland
Feb. 26 Hugh RICHARDSONAmbassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Japan