His Excellency Shinsuke Sugiyama

Ambassador of Japan to the U.S.

"In the evenings before the pandemic, my residence would be full of friends from all kinds of organizations and walks of life, coming together for receptions and getting to know and understand each other. I think that is what I miss most. I also miss traveling and meeting Americans face-to-face.

The real question for diplomats is “What will the new international order look like in the post-COVID world?” Traditional diplomatic dynamics and international relations theories, which are centered on sovereign states, will not be sufficient for us to accurately grasp or explain the world. Neither will the argument about the unipolar and multipolar balance of power, nor even the non-polar theory, which is now heading nowhere, be sufficient. We need a new theory to evaluate the new reality."

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