In this talk, Dr Tristen Naylor (University of Cambridge) will give his analysis of the 2023 G7 Summit in Hiroshima, having attended the summit the previous week. Dr Naylor will discuss the importance of Japanese leadership, at the summit in particular and in multilateral diplomacy more broadly, and examine the summit’s outcomes, with a particular focus on the war in Ukraine, geopolitical tensions with China, and economic security, both regionally and internationally. Dr Naylor will conclude with a discussion of the prospects for the G7’s future.

VENUE: SMBC Academia Hall, 4F International Academic Research Building, the University of Tokyo.

HOST and CO-HOST: Security Studies Unit, Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI), the University of Tokyo
Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), The University of Tokyo

LANGUAGE: English only (no simultaneous interpretation provided)

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Tristen Naylor

Assistant Professor
Department of Politics and International Studies
University of Cambridge

Dr Tristen Naylor is an expert in international summits and diplomacy. His work focuses on the G7 and G20. His most recent book, Social Closure and International Society, develops a theory to improve IR’s accounts of hierarchy, stratification, and status-seeking while analysing the history of summits since the 19th century. Dr Naylor’s current project examines the roles of ritual and performance in the reproduction of international order.

He has served as the Deputy Director of the G20 Research Group in London. He was a Fellow in International Relations at the LSE where he received the LSE's 2019 Excellence in Education Award. Before that, he was the Lecturer in Diplomatic Studies at the University of Oxford, where, in 2016, he was named 'Most Acclaimed Lecturer' in the Social Sciences. Dr Naylor has also held posts as the Lecturer in Politics at Christ Church, Oxford, and as a Visiting Researcher at Sciences Po, Paris.

Prior to his academic career, Dr Naylor served as a Policy Analyst and Advisor to the Government of Canada. In 2008 he was awarded the Canadian Public Service Award of Excellence by the Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet in recognition of his work. In his final post, he served as an Officer at the Canadian High Commission in London.


Yee Kuang Heng

Graduate School of Public Policy
The University of Tokyo

Yee-Kuang HENG is Professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo. After graduating from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) with a B.Sc. (First Class Honours) and PhD in International Relations, he taught at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and the National University of Singapore. He works at the intersection between risk, Security Studies and International Relations. As Visiting Researcher at Cambridge University’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risks (CSER), he studies capacity-building and how the “futures ecosystem” in the British government interacts with academic and non-profit organisations.


Naosuke Mukoyama

Associate Professor
Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI)
The University of Tokyo

Naosuke Mukoyama (DPhil, Oxford) is an Associate Professor of Security Studies at the Institute for Future Initiatives, University of Tokyo. Before joining UTokyo, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. His research agenda broadly centers on the emergence and development of the sovereign state, covering state formation, resource politics, and historical international relations, mainly focusing on East/Southeast Asia and the Middle East.