Dr. Kiyota received her PhD in security studies from the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Takushoku University, Tokyo. She is currently an Adjunct Fellow at Pacific Forum. Earlier, she was an Advisor/Researcher at the Embassy of Japan in India from February 2015 to February 2017. She was also a Resident Sasakawa Peace Foundation Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS from August 2014 to January 2016. She taught post-graduate students on India and the Great Powers in the Asia-Pacific at the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal University, Karnataka (India). Dr. Kiyota was also a Research Intern at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies in India and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies Analyses. Her dissertation explored India’s arms development. She also presented papers on Indo-Japanese relations and Japanese national security to several international workshops.