Koichiro Tanaka

Graduate School of Media and Governance
Faculty of Policy ManagementProfessor
Short BiographyProfessional career
 Special Assistant, Embassy of Japan in Iran
 Senior Research Fellow, Japanese Institute of Middle Eastern Economies
 Visiting Fellow, Middle East Research Institute of Japan
 Research Expert, Second Analysis Division, Bureau of International Intelligence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
 Deputy Director, Second Middle East Division, Bureau of Middle East and Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
 Political Affairs Officer, United Nations Special Mission to Afghanistan (UNSMA)
 Senior Analyst, International Development Center of Japan (IDCJ)
 Chief Economist, Japanese Institute of Middle Eastern Economies
 Managing Director, Institute of Energy Economics Japan & President of JIME Center

Previous teaching career
 Daito Bunka University
 Ministry of Foreign Affairs Training Center
 Tokyo University of Foreign Affairs

Other careers and assumed posts
 International Observer for the Selection/Election of the Emergency Loya Jirga in Afghanistan (2002)
 European Union Election Observation Mission for the Presidential Election in Afghanistan (2004)
 European Union Election Observation Mission for the Parliamentary Elections in Afghanistan (2005)
 NATO-TORA Regional Experts’ Tour to Afghanistan (2008)
 Prime Minister’s Office 1st Meeting of Experts on the Assistance to Afghanistan (2010)
 Prime Minister’s Office Expert Member for the Expert Committee on the Safety of Overseas Japanese Nationals and Businesses (2013)
 Prime Minister’s Office Expert Member for the Investigation Committee on the Killing of Japanese Hostages in Syria (2015)
Areas of Expertise International relations in West Asia (Middle East) region, with a strong focus on Iran and Afghanistan
Selected PublicationsRecent lectures and presentations (confined to those in English)
 “Ostracizing Qatar: Regional complication and its implications for Japan” at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan (FCCJ), July 2017
 “Iran in Transition: Elections, Trump, and the Nuclear Deal” The Edgerton Series on Iran & Turkey at the Pacific Council on International Policy, June 2017
 Session Chair for the Breakaway Session “Recession of the Global Economy and Ways to Build a Strong One” at the 17th Doha Forum, May 2017
 “Chatham House Gulf Geopolitics Forum” at Chatham House (Royal Institute for International Affairs), November 2016
 “From Pyongyang to Tehran: U.S. and Japanese Perspectives on Nuclear Deals” at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, March 2016
 “Middle East in Turmoil: Determining and Destabilizing Factors in Iranian-Saudi Relationship” at the Japan-Turkey Dialogue on World Affairs, March 2016
Message to StudentsThe world we live in never has been an ideal place for peace and stability. Today states and non-state actors alike threaten our security. The eventuality is that there will be outbreaks of civil wars and prolonged conflicts. Once stability is lost, then restoring order and governing institutions will likely become futile tasks. Throughout my own career, I have come to hold a strong conviction to this kind of reality.
During your academic training, apart from dwelling on theories and ideologies, I would suggest you to explore ways to obtain optimal solutions for threats and challenges by pursuing comprehensive and multi-facet analyses of today’s actual events.
Contact Information5322 Endo Fujisawa, Kanagawa 252-0882 Japan
Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus