Security Studies Program Seminars
Panel discussion with H.E. Mr. Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary

War or Peace? Security Challenges and Global Outlook

Co-hosts : Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), Embassy of Hungary Tokyo
The Security Studies Group of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, in cooperation with the Embassy of Hungary Tokyo, is pleased to host a Panel discussion with H.E. Mr. Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary.

In the current security environment, economic and cultural ties between nations continue to expand and deepen. However, there is also increasing influence by the political and economic systems originating from nations that do not share democratic values. Furthermore, unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force present a serious challenge to the free and open international order based on the rule of law. Against this backdrop, how should countries upholding a free and open international order based on the rule of law respond?

As a keynote speaker, H.E. Mr. Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, will address today's global security challenges and their prospects from the perspective of Hungary, which is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its NATO membership. Dr. Yoko Iwama, Professor at National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), and Tsuneo “Nabe” Watanabe, SPF Senior Fellow, will join as panelists.

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14:00  JST Opening
14:05 JST Keynote speech
H.E. Mr. Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary
14:30 JST Panel discussion
H.E. Mr. Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary
Yoko IWAMA, Ph.D., Professor, GRIPS
Mr. Tsuneo "Nabe" Watanabe, Senior Fellow, Security Studies Program, SPF
14:50 JST Q&A session
15:00 JST Closing


H.E. Mr. Péter Szijjártó

H.E. Mr. Péter Szijjártó

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary


Born on 30th October, 1978 in Komárom. Graduated from the Gergely Czuczor Benedictine High School of Győr in 1997, subsequently he conferred his degree in the faculty of Foreign Affairs at the University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration in 2002 in Budapest. Has been Member of Parliament for Fidesz since 2002, having started his sixth term in 2022. Communications Director of Fidesz between 2006 and 2010. Prime Minister’s Spokesperson between 2010 and 2012 and State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and External Economic Relations between 2012 and 2014. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade between June and September, 2014 then Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary since 23th September, 2014. Is a practising Roman Catholic, married with two sons. He was a registered futsal player, having played two games in 1st league and eighty-five in 2nd league between 2011 and 2016.

Yoko IWAMA, Ph.D.

Yoko IWAMA, Ph.D.

Director of Strategic Studies Program; Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)


Yoko Iwama is Professor of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). She is also the director of Security and Strategy Program (SSP) at GRIPS. She graduated from Kyoto University in 1986 and earned her PhD in Law at the University. Having served as Research Assistant of Kyoto University (1994–97), Special Assistant of the Japanese Embassy in Germany (1998–2000), and Associate Professor at GRIPS (2000), she was appointed Professor at GRIPS in 2009. She was a student at the Free University of Berlin between 1989-1991, during which period she encountered the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of the two Germanies. Her specialty is international security and European diplomatic history centering on NATO, Germany, and nuclear strategy. She has served on numerous government committees including the Advisory panel on the Reconstruction of a Legal Basis for Security (2006-7, 2013-14).

Her publications include John Baylis and Yoko Iwama (eds.) Joining the Non-Proliferation Treaty: Deterrence, Non-Proliferation and the American Alliance, (Routledge 2018); Pascal Lottaz and Yoko Iwama(eds.) Neutral Europe and the Creation of the Nonproliferation Regime:1958-1968 (Routledge, 2024); Yoko Iwama (ed.) The Realities of Nuclear Sharing: NATO’s Experience and Japan (Shinzansha, 2023 in Japanese:核共有の現実―NATOの経験と日本).

She received the 2022 Inoki Masamichi Prize of Japan Society for Security Studies for her book, The 1968 Global Nuclear Order and West Germany (Yuhikaku, 2021 in Japanese: 核の一九六八年体制と西ドイツ).

Mr. Tsuneo

Mr. Tsuneo "Nabe" Watanabe

Senior Fellow, Security Studies Program, Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF)


Tsuneo “Nabe” Watanabe is a senior fellow of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, an independent policy research organization in Tokyo. In October 2016, Watanabe joined the Sasakawa Peace Foundation after serving a senior fellow and a director of foreign & security policy research at the Tokyo Foundation in 2009 to 2016. He served a senior fellow at the Mitsui Global Strategic Studies Institute in Tokyo in 2005 to 2009. In 1995, Watanabe joined Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. He served a visiting research scholar, research associate, fellow and senior fellow until 2005. He is currently adjunct fellow of the CSIS.

His publications include “Powers out of Control: Why the US, China & Russia are Threats to the World?” [co-authored with Daisuke Kondo in Japanese] (Kodansha, 2017), “Asia Pacific Countries and the US Rebalancing Strategy” [co-authored with David W.F. Huang] (Palgrave Macmillan US, 2016), “NATO and Asia Pacific”[co-authored with Alexander Moens and Brooke A. Smith-Windsor](NATO Defense College, 2016), “NATO after the Cold War“[co-authored with Tomonori Yoshizaki in Japanese] (Minerva Shobou, 2012), “Are the US and China Trading Places in 2025: History Tells the Truth of the USChina Relations” [in Japanese] (PHP Research Institute, 2011). Watanabe received his D.D.S. from Tohoku University in Japan and his M.A. in political science from the New School for Social Research in New York.

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