Masashi Nishihara, President
Since the inception of the Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS) in 1978 we have identified those major developments in the Indo-Pacific area pertaining to foreign policy, security, and defense. Through our publications, public lectures, seminars, and policy dialogues with other leading institutions, RIPS will continue to offer analyses and policy recommendations, which, we believe, is the task of a responsible think tank.
Our institute also runs a fellowship program for those who want to work as specialists in the field of national and international security. Over the past three decades, this program has produced more than 130 “graduates,” many of whom are now well-regarded participants in the policy discussion community.
RIPS wishes to expand its tasked role in coming years.
Dr. Masashi Nishihara has been President of the Research Institute for Peace and Security since 2006. Until March 2006 he served as President of the National Defense Academy, Yokosuka, for six years. In 1977-99 he was Professor of International Relations at the Academy. In 1993-95 Nishihara was Director of the First Department of the National Institute for Defense Studies. He received M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, Canberra, in 1979 and at the Rockefeller Foundation, New York, in 1981-82.
He specializes in international and Asian security. He is the author of many works on Japanese foreign and security policy issues, including Nichibei Doomei saikoo (The Japan-U.S. Alliance reconsidered) (co-editor, 2010), and Wakaru Heiwa Anzenhosho hosei (The Peace & Security Legislation comprehensible) (Asagumo, 2015). In the spring of 2015 he served on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s committee advising on his statement commemorating on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.