Research Fellows

Research Fellow

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Afghanistan, Iran, intelligence analysis

Professional Experiences

Research Fellow, Middle East Institute of Japan, Tokyo, Japan (Jul 2019 - Today)
Lecturer, Global Collaboration Center, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, Japan (Apr 2015 - Jun 2019)
Second Secretary, The Embassy of Japan in Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan (Dec 2011 - Jun 2013)
Analyst, Second Division, Intelligence Analysis Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Tokyo, Japan (Jun 2013 - Mar 2015)
DIAG Coordinator, National Area Based Development Program (NABDP, UNDP), Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan (Jul 2009 - Dec 2011)


M.A. in Peace Studies, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, Bradford, United Kingdom (Oct 2004 - Dec 2005)
B.A. in Sociology, Faculty of Literature, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan (Apr 1997 - Mar 2001)


"The Collapse of the Afghan Government: Implications for the Indo-Pacific," Indo-Pacific Perspectives, December 2021, pp.31-35.
"Pakistan–Afghanistan–Iran Triangularity and the Quad Plus: Countering China’s Growing Influence," Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs, Vol.3, No.5, Special Issue, December 2020, pp.285-300.
"Taliban's Political and Military Policies: Challenges for Substantializing Islamic Governance," Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol.1(538), May 2020, pp.64-77.
"Infrastructure Development and Regional order in 'Free and Open Indo-Pacific': Comparative Analysis on Chabahar and Gwadar," Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (Middle East Trend 2019), March 2020, pp.964-985.
"Basic Facts for Understanding Iran," Diplomacy, Vol.59, Jan 2020, pp.30-33.
"2019 Iran Petrol Protests and the Repercussions: Factors, Characteristics, and Widening Economic Gap," Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol.2(537), Jan 2020, pp.76-89.
"Chabahar: The Fault-line in India-Japan Infrastructure Cooperation," Jagannath P. Panda eds., Scaling India-Japan Cooperation in Indo-Pacific and Beyond 2025: Corridors, Connectivity and Contours, KW Publishers, December 2019, pp.264-283.
"Afghan Local Police and Statebuilding," Hybrid Statebuilding: Bridging Liberal Internationalizm and Local Ownership, Nakanishiya Shuppan, Feb 2019.
"The Peace Process in Afghanistan after the Withdrawal of U.S. Troops," Diplomacy, Vol.54, Mar 2019, pp.76-81.
"2018 Wolesi Jirga Election in Afghanistan and the Prospects for the Political Process," Report on Afghan Affairs, JETRO Institute of Developing Economics, Mar 2019, pp.9-13.
"The Development of Chabahar Port and the Regional Order Building in the "Indo-Pacific"," The Journal of International Security, Vol.46(3), Dec 2018, pp.94-112.
"Democratization and Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in Afghanistan," Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol.2 (533), Sep 2018, pp.100-115.
"Obama's Policy toward Afghanistan: Military and Peace Strategy toward Taliban and Way Forward," Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol.2(527), Sep 2016, pp.28-39.
"Peace Talks between Taliban and the Afghan Government: Repercussions of Mullah Omar's Death," Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol.2(524), Sep 2015, pp.95-106.
And many others.

"Developments in Iran-China Relations and Future Outlook," Middle East Analysis Report, October 20, 2020.
"Iran’s Hardline Posture Regarding the Iran Nuclear Deal —The context and other aspects, with a focus on domestic factors– ," Middle East Analysis Report, August 23, 2019.