Céline PAJON

Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri


Research Interests:

  • Japanese foreign and defense policy
  • Domestic political debates in Japan
  • International relations and geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific
  • U.S.-Japan, Japan-China, Japan-Russia, Japan-India relations

Celine Pajon researches and analyses Japan’s foreign and defense policy for Ifri since 2008. She also follows the major domestic political debates in Japan. She conducts researches on the evolving International Relations and geostrategic setting of the Indo-Pacific region.

Céline Pajon is an International Reasearch Fellow with the Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) in Tokyo, where she stayed to conduct several research fieldworks.In 2016, she is invited fellwo with the Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA), the think tank of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

She also lectured at INALCO (Langues’O) and is also regularly teaching at ENSTA and EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne).

Céline Pajon holds a Master in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International Studies of Geneva and graduated from SciencesPo Lyon. She studied two years in Japan, at Waseda University and Osaka University.

Among her publications outside Ifri are : « Japan’s “Smart” Strategic Engagement in Southeast Asia », The ASAN Forum, vol. 1, n°4, December 2013 ; « Les relations nippo-russes : derrière la recrudescence des tensions, business as usual ? », Monde chinois-nouvelle Asie, n°28, Winter 2011-2012, pp.70-77 ; « L’ambivalence du Japon face au nucléaire : une approche pragmatique du désarmement global », Monde chinois-nouvelle Asie, n°26, Summer 2011, pp. 57-63 ; « Le rapprochement stratégique du Japon et de l’Inde : Vers une coalition des démocraties ? », Journal of International & Strategic Studies n°4, March 2011, pp. 71-79.

All my publications

France’s current presidential campaign has created an unprecedented situation fuelled by revelations and a total absence of restraint, but it has not truly taken account of the disruptions of the last year: Brexit, the attempted coup in Turkey, the election of Donald Trump, the recapturing of...


This essay examines the need for growing coordination between the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) to better cope with gray-zone situations.


What will become of US foreign policy under Donald Trump? A selection of Ifri researchers has come together to offer their thoughts on this question. Our experts cover an array of topics through 14 contributions, ranging from the future Sino-American relations, through US engagement in the...

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By: Alice EKMAN, Céline PAJON, quoted in an article published by eldiaro.es

Los actos que esta semana organiza China para conmemorar el 70 aniversario de su victoria ante Japón, coronados por un desfile militar en la plaza de Tiananmen, plantean un nuevo desafío a los lazos entre Pekín y Tokio, ya dañados en los últimos años por desavenencias históricas y...