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SSU Forum / The 9th Yamakawa Kenjiro Memorial Lecture
with Professor Steven Wilkinson

Date: Friday, May 19 2017, 11:00 - 12:30
Venue: Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Ito International Research Center
Subject: “War and Political Change”
Lecture: Steven Wilkinson, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, Yale University
Comment: Professor Ken Ishida (Chiba University)
Language: English
Co-hosted by: Security Studies Unit, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo
The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale
FUTI (Friends of UTokyo, Inc.)

[Abstract]
What are the effects of war on individuals’ and groups’ participation in subsequent political transformations and conflicts? In this joint project, we examine this issue through cases as diverse as French soldiers in the American War of Independence, British veterans and the Great Reform Act, and Indian veterans after World War II.

We address two important questions. First, there is a large and growing literature on democratization (Boix, 2003, Acemoglu and Robinson, 2000, Przeworski et al 2007, Ferejohn and Rosenbluth 2016) that focuses on the capacity of ‘the poor’ to affect change. But what explains the different capacities of disenfranchised groups to effect change, and how might individuals’ experience in wars explain variation in their participation in post-war reform and revolution? Second, in the many studies of variation in patterns of violence/ethnic cleansing during partitions and state transitions (e.g. Sambanis & Schulhofer-Wohl 2009, Chapman & Roeder 2007, Humphreys, Posner & Weinstein 2008, Kaufmann 1998) what effect might individuals’ previous experiences in war have in explaining variation in the observed patterns of violence?

This presentation will draw partly on the Indian case (Jha and Wilkinson, APSR 2012) and partly from our recent work looking at French soldiers’ participation in the American Revolution and how this influenced their subsequent participation in the French Revolution.

Past Events 2017

SSU Forum with Associate Professor Todd H. Hall[2017.5.11]

Date: Thursday, May 11 2017, 10:30-12:00
Venue: Conference Room, 3rd Floor, Ito International Research Center
Subject: “Studying Emotional Politics in International Relations.”
Lecture: Todd H. Hall, Associate Professor, University of Oxford, Department of Politics and International Relations
Language: English
Hosted by: Security Studies Unit, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo

SSU Forum with Dr. Fumihiko Yoshida and Mr. Bill Emmott[2017.2.28]

Date: Tuesday, February 28 2017, 10:30-12:00
Venue: Conference Room, 3rd Floor, Ito International Research Center
Subject: New Security Challenges under Emerging Technologies--Implications to Deterrence and Strategic Stability
Lecture: Dr. Fumihiko Yoshida (Vice Director, RECNA)
Comment: Mr. Bill Emmott (Chairman, Wake Up Foundation, Former Chief Editor of the Economist)
Language: English
Hosted by: Security Studies Unit, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo

[ Description ]
The goal of this forum will be to foster better understanding of the complicated nature of "security.", and security strategies. Many new and advanced technologies in the field of AI, cyber, robotics and nanotechnology have been advancing and proliferating rapidly, and these combined with security concerns, such as the rise of China, terrorism, and consequences of globalization, have created multiple challenges to our security environment. It has also caused us to rethink about the meaning of strategic stability and the notion of deterrence.

SSU Forum with Dr. Cedric de Coning and Professor Chiyuki Aoi[2017.2.24]

Date: Friday, February 24 2017, 17:30-19:00
Venue: Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Ito International Research Center
Subject: Is UN peacekeeping still relevant in a time of increasingly violent conflict? - A critical reflection on UN Peacekeeping Doctrine in a New Era
Lecture: Dr. Cedric de Coning, Senior Research Fellow, the Peace and Conflict Research Group, the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs(NUPI)
Professor Chiyuki Aoi, Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo
Language: English
Co-hosted by: Security Studies Unit, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo,
Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo

[ Description ]
The presenters will outline the findings of a new book, UN Peacekeeping Doctrine in a New Era: Adapting to Stabilisation, Protection and New Threats (edited by de Coning, Aoi, and Karlsrud, Routledge, 2017). They will discuss key questions facing UN peacekeeping in today’s volatile security environment, such as:

- How do the UN Security Council, Troop Contributing Countries and the UN Secretariat view the challenges facing UN peacekeeping today, when the trend is increasingly to deploy UN peace operations into complex conflict settings, often in insecure environments, where there is little or no peace to keep? - What can the new UN Secretary-General, Antonió Guterres, do to make UN peacekeeping more effective? - The UN is under pressure to use more force, and to proactively protect civilians. Where does peacekeeping end and peace enforcement begin? Where is the border between defensive and offensive operations?

SSU Forum with Professor Tai Ming Cheung[2017.2.15]

Date: Wednesday, February 15 2017, 10:30-12:00
Venue: Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Ito International Research Center
Subject: Understanding China’s Military Technological Rise and the Global Implications
Lecture: Professor Tai Ming Cheung, University of California, San Diego
Language: English
Hosted by: Security Studies Unit, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo

Public Forum : International Security in Times of Uncertainty[2017.2.1]

Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 14:30-17:30
Venue: B1F [ Crystal Room ] Hyatt Regency Tokyo
Lecture: Session 1 [ Populist Nationalism and its Challenge to International Security ]
G. John Ikenberry (Princeton University)
Zhu Feng (Nanjing University)
Keisuke Iida (University of Tokyo)
Kiichi Fujiwara (University of Tokyo) *Moderator

Session 2 [ Interconnected Risks and the Challenges to International Security ]
Jae-Seung Lee (Korea University)
Yee Kuang Heng (University of Tokyo)
Hideaki Shiroyama (University of Tokyo) *Moderator
Language: English/Japanese simultaneous translation
Hosted by: Security Studies Unit, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo

Distinguished Guest Seminar with Professor Ikenberry[2017.2.1]

Date: Wednesday, February 1 2017, 10:00-11:30
Venue: Law#4 building 8th floor, the University of Tokyo Hongo Campus
Subject: Cracks in the Liberal World Order: The Crisis of Democracy and Liberal Internationalism
Lecture: Professor G. John Ikenberry,Princeton University
Language: English
Hosted by: Security Studies Unit, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo

SSU Forum with Professor Mikkel Rasmussen[2017.1.17]

Date: Tuesday, January 17 2017, 10:30-12:00
Venue: Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Ito International Research Center
Subject: Crisis and Cohesion:The Western Alliance and the End of European Integration
Lecture: Professor Mikkel Rasmussen, University of Copenhagen
Language: English
Co-hosted by: Security Studies Unit, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo,
Graduate School of Public Policy, the University of Tokyo