2023 Research and Study

Project Title:

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


From April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2026


While the influence of the United States is declining, Russia, India, and China are expanding their influence in the Middle East/Eurasia, which extends from Asia, including the Middle East, to Europe, and competition among nations is becoming increasingly fierce. Based on this understanding of the situation, this project aims to elucidate the reality of great power-led connectivity strategies and regional order restructuring in the Middle East/Eurasia through research on the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) and regional-led diplomacy in the Middle East, and to propose a role for Japan in the region as it works to formulate a rules-based order.


[Project Manager] Akitaka Saiki (President, Middle East Institute of Japan (MEIJ))

[Deputy Project Manager] Kiyoshi Asako (Vice President, MEIJ)

[Unit Chief] Kenta Aoki (Executive Research Fellow, MEIJ)

[Member] Ryohei Kasai (Visiting Associate Professor, Center for South Asian Studies, Gifu Women's University/Director, Japan-India Association)

[Member] Mizuki Chuman (Research Fellow, Japan Association for Trade with Russia & NIS (ROTOBO)

[Member] Hisae Nakanishi (Professor, Graduate School of Global Studies, Doshisha University)

[Member] Masaki Mizobuchi (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Hiroshima University)

[Member] Emi Mifune (Professor, Faculty of Law, Komazawa University)

[Member] Mayu Kaneko (Secretary General and Senior Research Fellow, MEIJ)

[Member] Kenichiro Takao (Executive Research Fellow, MEIJ)

[Member] Masahide Takahashi (Senior Research Fellow, MEIJ)