- NIDS International Security Seminar
On March 7, 2016, the NIDS hosted the International Security Seminar on Meeting the Challenge of China's Rise: A New Agenda for the Japan-U.S. Alliance.
- The 5th ARF Meeting of Heads of Defense Universities/Colleges/Institutions
In order to boost exchanges with international counterparts, the president of the NIDS participates in the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Meeting of Heads of Defense Universities/Colleges/ Institutions. In 2001, the NIDS hosted the 5th ARF Meeting of Heads of Defense Universities/Colleges/Institutions in Tokyo.
- Asia Pacific Security Seminar
Since 1994 until 2007, the NIDS has annually sponsored an Asia-Pacific Security Seminar (APSS), to help deepen mutual understanding and build trust among the nations towards the future. Field-grade officers of armed forces of the region are invited for exchanging ideas on regional security issues. This multilateral conference helps deepen mutual understanding and build trust among the nations towards the future.
- International Workshop on Asia Pacific Security
The main theme of this workshop was "Security Outlook of the Asia Pacific Countries and Its Implications for the Defense Sector." Each participant presented a perspective on his or her assigned country's security outlook, including significant security challenges and their implications for the country's defense policy, force structure and defense procurement, and future prospects for regional security cooperation.