Assistant Researcher, Institute for Russia & NIS Economic Studies, Japan Association for Trade with Russia & NIS

Ryota SAITO is an Assistant Researcher at Institute for Russia & NIS Economic Studies.
His research interests include Contemporary Central Asian Studies, especially International Relations, Security studies and Development. 
He has published articles on Water Security issues in Central Asia, Water Resource management in Uzbekistan, and Central Asia-Afghanistan relations in the post- soviet period.






Saito, Ryota. ‘Sustainable Water Management in Central Asia and the Role of Foreign Donors’. Journal of Arid Land Studies 25, no. 3 (2015): 137–40. 

Saito, Ryota. "Sustainable Water Management in Uzbekistan ―Local authority’s impact and international aid―." ウズベキスタン・日本学生学術フォーラム2011 研究発表報告書, 2011, 66-73.


Saito, Ryota. "Central Asian states’ attitude toward new regime in Afghanistan: Promotion for inclusion and participation of new actor in regional politics?" The New Political Reality in Afghanistan: Prospects for Cooperation between Uzbekistan and Japan in the Afghan Direction, November 2021.

Saito, Ryota. "Actor’s Norms and Identities over Water Security in Uzbekistan -Positive Analysis from Water Comsumer’s Associations (WCAs) in Rural Areas." The Joint ESCAS-CESS conference (ESCAS: European Society for Central Asian Studies, CESS: Central Eurasian Studies Society), June 2017.

Saito, Ryota. "Relationship Between Scholars and Politics -Discourses Over Water Sharing Among Post-Soviet Central Asian Countries." The Fourth International Congress of Turkology "Turkic Peoples Through the Ages and Lands", September 2016.

Saito, Ryota. "Дискуссии о совместном использовании водных ресурсов среди постсоветских Центральной Азии -Анализ МКВК Бюллетеней." Международный научный симпозиум «Социальная История и Анторопогенные Ландшафты Бассейна Сырдарья: Исследоваия Архивов Окружающей Среды», April 2016.

Saito, Ryota. "Проект международного сотрудничества японского агентства международного сотрудничества (JICA) для Ассоциации Водопользователя (АВП) в Узбекистане: Поиска решения проблема воды в центральной Азии." Международный научный симпозиум «Язык, культура и обшество на перекрестке цивилизаций, March 2014.

Saito, Ryota. "Constructivist Approach towards Central Asian Water Issues." DAAD Tsukuba-Tübingen Partnership Round Table “Research Trends and Methods in Central Eurasian Studies”, March 2013.