Middle East and Islam Program Department
Protracted conflicts and an exodus of refugees have cast a dark shadow over the Middle East. Yet, at the same time, fresh recognition of its geopolitical significance has prompted major countries around the world to conduct activities in the Middle East. This new recognition has broadened the scope of the roles the region should play for peace, stability, sustainable growth, and global economic advancement. Recognizing this new momentum and the increased significance endowed to the Middle East, we conduct our projects with the aim of not only strengthening the relationship between Japan and Middle Eastern countries, but also developing the relationship between the Middle East and international society, including Japan, by promoting people-to-people exchange and policy dialogue. Our projects cover broad themes in the political, diplomatic, social, and cultural fields. We have also started a new project about global issues relevant to Islam including the issues of refugees and the global spread of terrorism.