Ambassador Masafumi Ishii provided his perspective on the impact of the Trump administration on the future of the NATO alliance, as well as on Japan's own alliance with the US. At a time of quickening global geopolitical change and concerns about the future of the liberal international order, he explored the potential for the US, Europe and Japan to find enhanced or new forms of strategic cooperation.
Ambassador Ishii is Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of Belgium and Japanese Government Representative to NATO, a position he has held since September 2014. He joined Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1980 and throughout his career he has been deeply involved in the fields of policy planning and security. His overseas posts include Washington DC and London. In Tokyo he has held the positions of Personal Assistant to the Foreign Minister, Ambassador for Policy Planning and International Security Policy, Director General for Global Issues and Legal Advisor.
This event was chaired by Adam Ward, Director of Studies, IISS. It took place in the fourth-floor Trafalgar Room, Arundel House, 13–15 Arundel Street, Temple Place, London WC2R 3DX*.