2023 Research and Study

  • Reports of research groups
  • publication date:2024/06/07

5.24 The 5th Workshop on “The Role of Japan’s Diplomacy in the Middle East/Eurasia”

The fifth 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 Fifth Workshop

Date & Time: at 14:00 – 16:00 on Friday May 24, 2024

Venue: at Middle East Institute of Japan (MEIJ)

Titles and Speakers:

The 1st presentation

Geopolitical Transformation of the Middle East and U.S. Involvement (Masaki Mizobuchi, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Law, Meijigakuin University)

The 2nd presentation

Saudi’s View on Regional Order Today (Kenichiro Takao, Executive Research Fellow, MEIJ)

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

MEIJ: Kenichiro Takao, Masahide Takahashi (Senior Research Fellow, online), Kenta Aoki (Executive Research Fellow)


Main contents:

- Dr. Masaki Mizobuchi explained geopolitical characteristics of the Middle East, the background of the high frequency of conflicts in the Middle East, and the competition over the Middle East between the U.S. and other major powers.

- Dr. Kenichiro Takao explained the transition of Saudi diplomacy focusing the past decade, based on the change of view on regional order.

- Members discussed how to proceed the project, including contents of mid-term and final reports.



*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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