Between Opportunities and Interrogations: Can the Olympics be Game-Changers for Norms and Soft Power


Date: March 9, 2018 from 14:00 to 17:00
Place: Maison de la Chimie, Paris, FR


Tokyo and Paris will be Olympic cities in 2020 and 2024. Beyond sport, the conference organised by the FRS, which will bring together Japanese and French speakers, officials, representatives of the organising committees and experts, will provide an opportunity to reflect on the role of the Olympic Games in building a system of international standards and strengthening the soft power of the organising cities and states.

Language: French and English (simultaneous translation)


Introductory remarks
Philippe Vinogradoff, Ambassadeur pour le sport


First panel: The Olympic Games in International Relations:  Role in Soft power and Norms construction

Moderator: Valérie Niquet, Senior Research Fellow, FRS

Speaker: Yasushi Watanabe, Professor, Keio University

Speaker: Damien Combredet, Responsable des relations internationales, délégation des jeux olympiques et paralympiques, Marie de Paris


Second panel: The Olympic Games and Social and Economic Opportunities: Between Expectations and Reality

Moderator: représentant du secteur économique, tbc

Speaker:  Maki Kobayashi, Executive director for communication, Tokyo 2020

Speaker:  Debra Mountford, Project manager, OECD

Concluding remarks
Jean-François Daguzan, Directeur adjoint, FRS