Foreign Affairs and National Security

Objective of our research on “foreign affairs and national security”

On the one hand, globalization may bring about significant economic development to countries, regions and people of the world; on the other hand, it may also cause instability and uncertainty as well as cultural friction among countries. Since the world is returning to a highly uncertain era out of “intuition, coincidence and misjudgment,” Japan must also be prepared to accept changes in the national security environment. We must perceive not only international relations, but also a wide range of risks including economic imbalance, natural disasters and pandemic diseases. CIGS will make proposals to improve Japan’s ability to plan and implement its policies of foreign affairs and national security, as well as help obtain deep understanding at all levels of Japanese society on the issues of foreign affairs and national security.

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International politics and foreign affairs, national security, assessment and analyses of the long-term strategic trend in East Asia, dissemination of Japan’s views and information to other countries and international networking

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Project Leader Research Director Kiyoyuki SEGUCHI
Research Objective

The Biden administration, which was just inaugurated, has shifted its diplomatic stance to that of reviving its leadership in international society and emphasizing cooperation with the allied nations including Japan. However, the administration has almost entirely inherited the tough stance of the former administration on China. Japan’s important issue is how Japan should maintain its autonomous and independent diplomatic stance for CPTPP, Japan-China diplomacy, and others, while keeping a balance between the United States and China. Given the above, we will consider, from multi-faceted perspectives, political, diplomatic, national security and economic policies to be adopted by Japan.

Project Leader Research Director Kunihiko MIYAKE
Project Member(s) Senior Research Fellow Ken JIMBO ・ Senior Research Fellow Yuki TATSUMI ・ Senior Research Fellow Kohtaro ITO ・ Senior Research Fellow Tomoaki HONDA ・ Research Fellow Amane YAMAZAKI
Research Objective

What has been called for in recent years where the U.S.-led liberal international order is increasingly fluctuating, is an effort to study changes in the world as a whole. As a think tank, we will deepen our research to resolve a variety of issues in the international community independently from what is currently recognized, while maintaining our policy-oriented attitude.

Project Leader Senior Research Fellow Kohtaro ITO
Project Member(s) Research Director Kunihiko MIYAKE
Research Objective

We will comprehensively analyze and assess changes in the long-term trend of the relationship between major powers in East Asia, especially in regards to the confrontation and competition between the United States and China. Moreover, we will explore how international relations in East Asia can be stabilized.

Project Leader Research Director Kunihiko MIYAKE
Project Member(s) Senior Research Fellow Ken JIMBO ・ Senior Research Fellow Yuki TATSUMI ・ Senior Research Fellow Kohtaro ITO ・ Senior Research Fellow Tomoaki HONDA ・ Research Fellow Amane YAMAZAKI
Research Objective

Amid growing tensions between nations in recent years, the need for expert groups to disseminate information on Japan's views and information to other countries is increasing. In this project, we will endeavor to develop the basis of our study networks with counterparts in other countries.

Project Leader Senior Research Fellow Ken JIMBO
Project Member(s) Research Director Kunihiko MIYAKE ・ Senior Research Fellow Yuki TATSUMI ・ Senior Research Fellow Tomoaki HONDA ・ Research Fellow Amane YAMAZAKI
Research Objective

One measure to improve Japan's policy-making and policy-implementing capabilities is to think things through with policy simulation. In this project, we will publicize, enlighten and study policy simulation methodology and undertake simulation-based policy studies.

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