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

Aug. 26 Cameron NOBLE First Secretary Political, Australian Embassy, Tokyo
May.21 ZHANG Linfeng Vice President, ZTE Japan
Mar.17 Douglas H. PAAL Nonresident Scholar, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Feb.17 LAM Peng Er Principal Research Fellow, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore

Dec.21 Stephen R. NAGY Senior Associate Professor, International Christian University
Nov.27 CHEN Ching-Chang Associate Professor, Ryukoku University
Nov.19 Nicholas SZECHENYI Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Japan Chair; Asia Program Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Sep.11 ZHAO Hongwei Professor, Hosei University
Feb.12 Michael CHASE Senior Political Scientist, RAND Cooperation

Dec.9 Jeffrey WILSON Research Director, Perth US Asia Centre
Nov.15 RA Jong Yil Chair Professor, National Defense University / Distinguished Professor, Gachon University
Oct.18 Dmitry V.Streltsov Head of the Afro-Asian Department and Professor of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University)
Sep.9 Thomas GRAHAM Managing Director, the Kissinger Associates
Jul.18 PARK Cheol-Hee Professor, Seoul National University
Jun.27 John WEST Executive Director, Asian Century Institute
May.21 Sanjay Kumar VERMA Ambassador of India to Japan
May.13 CHOE Wongi Professor, and Head, Center for ASEAN-India Studies, Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security Korea National Diplomatic Academy
Apl.8 John HANCOCK Counsellor, Policy Development, World Trade Organization
Mar.15 LIAN Degui Executive Director, The Trilateral Cooperation Studies Center of Shanghai International Studies University
Feb.14 James SCHOFF A US View on Maintaining Security in Asia and Managing Trump's Foreign Policy Contradictions
Jan.18 Kent E. CALDER Asia in Washington, January, 2019

Nov.7 KIM Jae-shin How Should We Consider the Current Japan-Korea Relations
Oct.25 JIA Jinjing Director of the Macro Research Department at Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China
Sep.11 Tan Sri Rastam Mohd Isa Chairman and Chief Executive, the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia
July.12 JIN Chang Soo Director, Japan Center of the Sejong Institute
June.12 Joachim von AMSBERG Professor, George Washington University
May.29 Mike MOCHIZUKI Professor, George Washington University
Apr.18 Mireya Solís Co-Director / Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution
Mar.30 MOON Chung-in Special 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 DRYSDALE Emeritus Professor, The Australian National University

Nov.30 Najib EL-Khash Representative, Risala Media
Nov.6 Ioan Mircea PASCU Vice-President, European Parliament
Sep.21 Thomas MAHNKEN President, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
Jul.10 QIN Yaqing President, China Foreign Affairs University
RONG Ying Vice President, China Institute of International Studies
Jun.21 KOH Young Choul Research Professor, Takushoku University
May.19 Bilahari KAUSIKAN Ambassador at Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore
Apr.6 David GOLDFISCHER Associate Professor, University of Denver
Mar.10 Giovanni GANELLI Deputy Head of Office, IMF Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
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