2023 Research and Study

  • Reports of research groups
  • publication date:2024/03/21

3.15 The 4th Workshop on “The Role of Japan’s Diplomacy in the Middle East/Eurasia”

The fourth 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.


1. Outline of the Fourth Workshop

Date & Time: at 14:00 – 16:00 on Friday March 15, 2024

Venue: at a meeting room at Japan National Press Club (JNPC)

Titles and Speakers:

The 1st presentation

The Middle East/Eurasia and “The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)” in “major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics” (Emi Mifune, Professor at the Faculty of Law, Komazawa University)

The 2nd presentation

From Hardline to Softened Foreign Policy: Türkiye’s Search in the Restructuring of the Regional Order (Mayu Kaneko, Secretary General/Senior Research Fellow, MEIJ)

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

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

*Additionally, an observer from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan participated in the event.


Main contents:

- Dr. Emi Mifune explained China’s “major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics,” its connectivity strategies, and how China positions the Middle East/Eurasia within its vision.

- Ms. Mayu Kaneko explained Türkiye’s foreign policy, including its strategy of connectivity, as it moves from a hardline foreign policy to a softening policy.


*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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