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RIPS and Its Mission

 The Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS) is Japan’s first nonprofit, private think tank. It was established in October 1978 and has a research history of more than more than 45 years.

 RIPS’ mission is to analyze these problems and provide policy recommendations to help understand and challenge these complex security issues in the Asia Pacific region and beyond. Even though RPS’ research areas pertain primarily to security issues in the Asia Pacific region, they also include broader security topics such as maritime and outer-space security, postconflict peacekeeping, disarmament, arms control, nuclear nonproliferation, cyberspace security, and the defense industry.

 RIPS has a committee of twenty-five researchers in a wide range of fields who also hold positions in colleges and universities and help organize research projects and conferences. This provides an important link between RPS and the academic community.
RIPS’ research is centered on current security issues, and the results of that research are published in Policy Perspectives, in other outside publications, and on the RIPS home page. RIPS also engages in research commissioned by such offices as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense.

Activities

1. Seminars

Monthly Seminars
*RIPS holds monthly seminars for students, scholars, and government and defense sector officials, with guest speakers on Asia Pacific security issues.

RIPS Spring and Autumn Seminars
*RIPS also holds spring and autumn seminars for a larger audience, with expert speakers and panelists on current international and security issues.

2. Security Studies Fellowship Program

*RIPS hosts a two-year fellowship program, with grant of the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, which supports young scholars and researchers studying international security.
*For thirty years, RIPS has supported young scholars, helping produce more than one hundred renowned senior scholars in leading universities and research institutes in Japan and elsewhere.

3. Printed and Online Publications

1. Annual Report, Asian Security
2. Occasional research papers
3. Policy recommendations
4. Policy Perspectives
5. RIPS’ Eye: op-ed web articles

4. International Activities

1. Public Seminars and Lectures
RIPS occasionally holds public seminars and lectures for international audiences

2. Conferences and Symposia
RIPS organizes international conferences and symposia covering such topics as the Japan-U.S. alliance, maritime security, Japan-U.S.-Vietnam cooperation, and Japan-South Korea relations.

3. International Exchanges
RIPS exchanges visits of students, scholars, and practitioners in international security from various countries. RIPS also holds an annual dialogue with the Center for Japanese Studies, Korea National Diplomatic Academy, Seoul.

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