2023 Research and Study

  • Reports of research groups
  • publication date:2023/12/22

12.20 The 3rd Workshop on “The Role of Japan’s Diplomacy in the Middle East/Eurasia”

The third workshop of the project “The Role of Japan’s Diplomacy in the Middle East/Eurasia: Understanding the Reality of Great Power-led Connectivity Strategies and Regional Order Restructuring in an Era of Competition among Nations” was held as outlined below. After the workshop, a special session was held to exchange views with Dr. Seyed Ali Alavi of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK, who was on a visit to Japan.


1. Outline of the Third Workshop

Date & Time: at 13:30 – 15:30 on Wednesday December 20, 2023

Venue: Middle East Institute of Japan (MEIJ) *For online users, hybrid modality was applied

Titles and Speakers:

The 1st presentation

India’s Approach to the Middle East/Eurasia: Focusing on Initiatives for the International North-South Transport Corridor (Ryohei Kasai, Gifu Women’s University)

The 2nd presentation

Diversification of Iran’s Diplomacy and its Connectivity Strategy: Chabahar Port Development as a Case Study (Kenta Aoki, Executive Research Fellow, MEIJ)

Participants: Ryohei Kasai, Mizuki Chuman (ROTOBO), Hisae Nakanishi (Doshisha University), Masaki Mizobuchi (Hiroshima University), Emi Mifune (Komazawa University)

MEIJ: Kiyoshi Asako (Vice President), Mayu Kaneko (Secretary General/Senior Research Fellow), Kenichiro Takao (Executive Research Fellow), Kenta Aoki, Masahide Takahashi (Senior Research Fellow, Online), Yuta Hagiwara (Research Fellow)

*Additionally, 18 persons participated in the event from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.


Main contents:

- Mr. Ryohei Kasai explained India’s approach to neighboring countries and its relationship with Central Asia and the Middle East, as well as the relationship between the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) and the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC).

- Mr. Kenta Aoki explained the background of Iran’s attempts at diversification of diplomacy and Iran’s connectivity strategies using the Chahbahar Port development as a case study. The meaning of the Chahbahar Port development and INSTC for Japan was also discussed.



2. Outline of the Special Session

Date & Time: 2023年12月20日(水)15:30~16:30

Venue: Middle East Institute of Japan (MEIJ) *For online users, hybrid modality was applied

Title: Iran and the International North-South Transport Corridor in the Turmoil of Eurasian Security Landscape

Speaker: Dr. Seyed Ali Alavi, Lecturer in Middle Eastern and Iranian Studies, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)



*The results of this project will be published from time to time on the website of MEIJ, in various media and events of MEIJ, at symposiums, and in the final report.


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