Research Fellow, Head of Japan Research
Center for Asian Studies, Ifri
- Japanese foreign and defense policy
- Domestic political debates in Japan
- International relations and geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific
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 Coast Guard and Maritime Self Defense Forces in the East China Sea. Can a black and white system adapt to a gray zone strategy?”, Asia Policy, n°23, January 2017;“Japan and France, Slowly but Surely Moving Forward on Security Cooperation”, The Diplomat, 6 February 2017 ; “What Role for Japan in Africa’s Security After Withdrawal from South Sudan?”, The Diplomat, 24 May 2017.
France and Japan: The Indo-Pacific as a Springboard for a Strategic Partnership Natural partners? Europe, Japan and security in the Indo-Pacific, Elcano Policy Paper, November 2018
For decades, the Franco-Japanese partnership has essentially been characterised by a vibrant cultural exchange as well as by sound economic relations. Today Japan is France’s second-largest trading partner in Asia (after China) and its leading Asian investor.
A New Japan-France Strategic Partnership: A View from Paris Lettre du Centre Asie, No. 74, 16 November 2018
On the occasion of the conference held on the 22 November 2018 marking the 160th anniversary of Franco-Japanese diplomatic relations, Ifri publishes two parallel...
Asia–Africa Growth Corridor at the crossroads of business and geopolitics East Asia Forum, 8 November 2018
The Asia–Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) — a Japan–India initiative to promote connectivity between Asia and East Africa and encourage joint projects in Africa — is often misrepresented. All too often, the AAGC is depicted as a political move aimed exclusively at countering China’s Belt and Road...
The Japan-India Economic Partnership: A Politically Driven Process Asie.Visions, No. 100, September 2018
In the last decade, the strengthening of the India-Japan strategic partnership has been primarily driven by geopolitical considerations, in an era of competing regional visions and influence.
Democracy in Asia: Models, Trends and Geopolitical Implications Lettre du Centre Asie, No. 73, February 2018
Assessing the state of democracy in Asia is a challenge. While some countries, such as Japan and India, have been showing the way from early days, some others, such as in Southeast Asia are still struggling to ensure stable and sustainable democratic institutions and practices.
The global environment for trade is undergoing significant changes. New emerging players such as China are aiming to adapt the rules and institutions inherited from the postwar Bretton Woods system.
Japan-Russia: The Limits of a Strategic Rapprochement Russie.Nei.Visions, No. 104, Ifri, October 2017
By reinforcing hostility between Russia and the West, the Ukraine crisis has shone a spotlight on the limits and contradictions of any Russo-Japanese rapprochement. Russia has grown more dependent on China, just as Japan has become more reliant on the United States.
On the eve of the Vladivostok Summit, should we expect any significant progress in the laborious rapprochement between Japan and Russia?
If some African countries are on their way to achieving dynamic economic growth, many are also still struggling with a lack of economic and social infrastructure, latent governance issues and often complex and risky security environments. In this context, both Japan and European countries,...
What Role for Japan in Africa's Security After Withdrawal from South Sudan? The Diplomat, 24 May 2017
There is still a big gap between the discourse and the reality of what Japan wants - and what it can achieve in Africa.