Remark at the BGF-G7 Summit Initiative Conference – Prof. Jose Barroso

Among the first remarks at the BGF-G7 Summit Initiative Conference were those of Prof. Jose Barroso, former President of  the European Commission; former Prime Minister of Portugal and Member of The BGF-G7 Summit Committee.

Referring to the BGF’s focus this year on cybersecurity, he said that growing cyberthreats called for “binding agreements based on international law’’  to establish acceptable cyberbehavior.

He added that other important matters to be taken up by the G7 Summit include “lack of investment confidence,’’ as well as “Muslim terrorism,’’ the refugee crisis affecting Europe and the related war in Syria and Russian attacks on Ukraine.


The BGF-G7 Summit Initiative: Ise-Shima Norms

The Boston Global Forum welcomes this opportunity to provide input to the agenda or the G7 Ise-Shima Summit. Global Economy and Trade, Development, and Quality Infrastructure Investment are three themes of this summit. Given the importance of the Internet in all three areas, we encourage you to address the following actions concerning cybersecurity at the summit. These actions have as their goal to raise the general level of security in cyberspace.

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The BGF-G7 Summit Initiative gets rolling in Tokyo

(April 4th,2016) On March 28th,  Nguyen Anh Tuan,  The Boston Global Forum’s CEO and Editor-in-Chief, met with Japanese dignitaries at a conference in Tokyo that was part of the formal announcement in Japan of the BGF-G7 Summit Initiative, in which the BGF is making a group of recommendations for summit leaders  to  discuss, mostly focused on cybersecurity. The conference was organized and coordinated by Nobue Mita, The BGF Japan Representative. 


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Among the distinguished speakers were :

Prof. Koichi Hamada, a special adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and “The Father of Abenomics’’;

Prof. Eisuke Sakakibara, known as ‘Mr. Yen’ for the influence of his pronouncements on Japan’s currency, he is the former professor from Keio University, and now he is a professor from Aoyama University;

Ambassadors Ichiro Fujisaki and Shunji Yanai;

Prof. Fumiaki Kubo, A. Barton Hepburn Professor of American Government and History, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo;

Prof. Fumio Ota, Former Professor, Defense Academy of Japan (2005-2013);

Mr. Akihiko Komase, Asgent, Inc. Consulting Department manager and Security Center Fellow;


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Former UNESCO Director General Yoichiro Matsuura and Inada Tomomi, a member of the Japanese House of Representatives (the lower house of parliament) and Chairwoman  of the Policy Council of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, also contributed valuable ideas at the meeting.

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Live on March, 22nd : Professor Matthew Smith and Professor JD Bindenagel talk on Strategies for Combating Cyber-Terrorism

(March  22nd, 2016) – Professor JD Bindenagel , The Henry Kissinger Professor for Governance and International Security, University of Bonn, Professor Matthew Smith, Computer Science Professor – The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and a member of The Boston Global Forum (BGF), will speak on Strategies for Combating Cyber-Terrorism at a talk at 2:00 pm on March, 22nd at Harvard University.



Discussants are encouraged to send questions to Members of the Boston Global Forum’s Special Editorial Board will gather your insights and send them to the speaker.

His talk and listeners’ responses to it will be live-streamed at

About Professor JD Bindenagel:


Professor JD Bindenagel

J.D. Bindenagel is a retired U.S. career diplomat and expert on Germany, where he served as deputy chief of mission in the U.S. Embassy, Bonn, Germany, from 1994 to 1997.

In 1999, Mr. Bindenagel was appointed by President Bill Clinton as U.S. Ambassador and Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues. He also served as Special U.S. Negotiator for “conflict diamonds.”

Following his diplomatic career, he was Vice President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and subsequently Vice President at DePaul University. Prior to his diplomatic career he was assigned to the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division in Germany.

Ambassador Bindenagel is now Special Advisor to Strategy XXI Partners, where he advises clients on matters of domestic and international policy and on key multilateral issues that can represent potential risk to clients’ reputations and shareholder value.

Mr.Bindenagel received the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award in 2001, the Commander’s Cross of the Federal Order of Merit from the President of Germany in 2001 and the Presidential Meritorious Service Award from President George W. Bush in 2002.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), the President’s Circle of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the American Council on Germany and the American Institute of Contemporary German Studies. Mr.Bindenagel is also President of the Japan America Society of Chicago.

Mr.Bindenagel received the U.S. Department of State’s Distinguished Service Award, the Commander’s Cross of the Federal Order of Merit from the President of Germany, and the Presidential Meritorious Service Award from President George W. Bush. He was an APSA Congressional Fellow with Congressman Lee H. Hamilton.

He holds an MA in Public Administration and an AB in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

About Professor Matthew Smith:

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Professor Matthew Smith

He is a Computer Science Professor at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and the Fraunhofer FKIE and a full member of the Research Center L3S at the Univesity of Hannover.
His research interests lie in the intersection of technical IT security & privacy and behavioural research.
He study the interaction effects between technical and psychological, social, economic, cognitive, and emotional factors related to the security and privacy behaviour of individuals and institutions.
He is currently particularly focusing on the human factors of experts such as IT administrators and developers, since many of the most catastrophic security incidents were not caused by end-users, but by developers or administrators.

He is also a member of the Research Center L3S – The Univesity of Hannover.


Ezra Vogel discusses the G7 Summit, Japan, China, cyber-security

(March 14th 2016) Here are online remarks and a Q&A with Ezra Vogel, the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard, a world-renown expert on East Asia and a member of The Boston Global Forum (BGF).  He is probably best known for his work on Japan, which will host this year’s G7 Summit, on May 26-27.


Governor Michael Dukakis, Chairman of The BGF introduces the lastest Online Dialogue

His remarks  are another in a series of online discussions with experts  hosted by the BGF as part of its BGF-G7 Summit Initiative leading up to the G7 Summit of  the seven biggest industrialized democracies, on May 26-27. The BGF has been working with summit officials on developing themes and recommendations for the meeting.

Despite the growing importance of East Asia, Professor Vogel noted, Japan is the only non-Western member of the G7. He added that that the G20, while performing a valuable role, is far less able to achieve strong agreements than the far more coherent and unified G7.

He discussed the important historic symbolism of the Japanese venues chosen for the G7 meetings in showing the need for international cooperation to avoid war, the need to be open to new technology and the benefits of a world trade system that encourages each country to develop its comparative advantages. In Japan’s case that means continuing to move even further away from old-line industries and agriculture and toward high technology.

Professor Vogel discussed the challenges posed by the slowdown of the Chinese economy — not to only to China itself but to other nations too.  He reminded us that Japan, after years of very rapid growth, has long had to manage the economic, social and political problems associated with  economic sluggishness. He said that he’s hopeful that China will manage its slowdown without getting into a very serious crisis.

On China’s expansionism in the South China Sea, Ezra Vogel said such a posture, driven by Chinese desire to expand its defense perimeter, was unwise because it leads nations in East Asia to increasingly fear and distrust China and seek help from America to offset Chinese military threats. He urged nations feeling threatened by China’s expansionism, which includes Japan as well as nations in and near Southeast Asia, to find the right balance of “firmness and restraint’’ in response.

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Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan, CEO and Co. Founder of The BGF discusses with Prof. Ezra Vogel at lastest Online Dialogue as part of The BGF-G7 Initiative

He said that China, and all nations,  ought to be part of many multinational organizations to maintain as  many opportunities  as possible for consultation to protect international peace and security by avoiding dangerous misunderstandings of other nations’ intentions.

Ezra Vogel raised the frightful possibilities of cyber-war, comparing it to the “atomic button.’’ While he noted that new and sold cyber-security agreements would  require far more  work and will than the sort of discussions to held at the G7, he said that it’s good that summit leaders will discuss such an increasingly important issue, on which the BGF has been focusing this year.