International Forum on War History


The NIDS International Forum on War History, first held in 2002, reconsiders military history by comparing it bilaterally or multilaterally with other nations’ military histories, providing a multifaceted viewpoint for an area of study which traditionally tends to be analyzed from a one-sided point of view. The forum started in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the National institute for Defense Studies, with an intention of deepening mutual understanding among the countries concerned and contributing to the promotion of trust among them.

16th International Forum on War History

16th Forum (2017)
"Irregular Warfare in Historical Prespectives"

Date : Wednesday, September 20, 2017 9:30-18:45

Location : Hotel CHINZANSO Tokyo "Ball-Room"(Hotel 1F)

(Keynote Speaker)
Akira Kato (Professor,Obirin University)

(Special Speaker)
Thomas G. Mahnken (President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments)


  • Martin Van Creveld (Former Professor,Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  • Christopher Coker(Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • Tetsuya Endo (Professor,Insitute of Word Studies,Takushoku University)
  • Nobu Iwatani(Professor,Hokkaido University)
  • Kyoichi Tachikawa (Chief,Miritary History Division,CMH,NIDS)
  • Yuichi Shinpuku (LTC, JGSDF, International Conflict Division, CMH, NIDS)
  • Carter Malkasian (Special Assistant to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff)
  • Philip Sabin(Professor,King's College London)


  • Eiichi Funada (Former Commander in Chief of the Self Defense Fleet)
  • Takuya Tani (Senior Fellow, Military History Division,CMH,NIDS)
  • Aihito Yamashita (Chief,Research Management Office,Center for Air Power Strategic Studies, Air Staff College)
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