The Fifth Afrasian International Symposium
gConflict Resolution in the Afrasian Context:
Examining more Inclusive Approachesh
Date: 6 February 2010
Venue: REC Hall, Seta Campus, Ryukoku University
Contributors: Ralph Pettman, Kosuke Shimizu, Thomas Brudholm, Ching-Chang Chen, Josuke Ikeda, Yih-Jye Hwang, Lindsay Black, Young-Chul Cho, Tomoya Kamino, Kazue Demachi, Shiro Sato
The Afrasian Centre held the Fifth International Symposium, entitled gConflict Resolution in the Afrasian Context: Examining More Inclusive Approachesh, on 6 February 2010 at REC Hall, Seta Campus of Ryukoku University. We examined theories and practices of enon-Westernf conflict resolution mainly from the viewpoint of International Relations. It snowed heavily on the day of the symposium, but more than 60 people attended and there was lively discussion.
Keynote Speech: gIs there a eJapanesef approach to conflict resolution?h
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Panel 1: eTrans-Westernf Theory of International Relations
Panel 2: Re-thinking Contemporary Issues in Africa and Asia
SessionT: Re-thinking eHuman Securityf in Africa and Asia
SessionU: Re-thinking Humanitarian eDiscoursef in Africa and Asia
SessionV: Re-Thinking ethe Diplomacy of Japanf towards Africa and Asia
Photos of the Fifth International Symposium:
The Fourth Afrasian International Symposium
gThe Question of Poverty and Development
in Conflict and Conflict Resolutionh
and 16 November 2008
Venue: 3F Seiwa-kan Hall, Omiya Campus, Ryukoku University
Contributors: Peter Little, Ken-ichi Abe, Hiroyoshi Kano, Gotz Hoeppe, Toru Sagawa, Shamsul A. B., Tatsuro Fujikura, Masahisa Kawabata, Motoko Shimagami, Mark Baker, Colin Nicholas, Bengt Karlsson, Mitsuo Ichikawa, Hideki Esho, Pandurang Hegde, Benedict Anderson, Kaoru Sugihara, Nobuko Nagasaki, Tsuyoshi Kato, Atsushi Kitahara, Hisashi Nakamura, Pauline Kent, Eriko Aoki, Takehiko Ochiai, Maria Reinaruth Desiderio Carlos, and Shinji Suzuki
Ryukoku University hosted the Fourth Afrasian International Symposium, entitled The Question of Poverty and Development in Conflict and Conflict Resolution, on 15 and 16 November 2008 at Omiya Campus of Ryukoku University. The symposium welcomed participants engaged in research and other activities in Africa as well as South and Southeast Asia; and there were presentations from nine Japanese and eight overseas presenters. The program centered on two keynote speeches followed by panel discussions on Poverty and the Dynamics of Conflict Management and the Rural Community as an Arena of Development and Conflict, and ended by a concluding panel discussion and roundtable discussion. A total of one hundred people attended the event over two days and the Seiwa-kan Hall was the scene of lively debate during this time. (Symposium Chair Tsuyoshi Kato)
PANEL I: Poverty and Dynamics of Conflict Management
Session I: Local Knowledge of Sustenance and Challenges of Development
Session II: Situating Poverty in Conflict Resolution and Peace-Building
PANEL II: Rural Community as an Arena of Development and Conflict
Session III: Community vs. State: Who Controls Local Resources and for What?
Session IV: Development Agenda and Indigenous People at the Margins
Concluding Panel: Reflections on Poverty, Development and Conflict: Why Should We Care about Other Peoplefs Development and in What Way?
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Photos of the Forth International Symposium:
The Third Afrasian International Symposium
gResources under Stress: Sustainability of the Local Community in Asia and Africah
Date: 23 and 24 February 2008
Seiwakan-Hall, Omiya Campus, Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan
Yoshio Kawamura, Norman Uphoff, N. Shanmugaratnam, Kazuo Takahashi, Koichi Fujita, Masaki Nakabayashi, Koji Tanaka, K. Palanisami, Hisashi Nakamura, Shinya Ishizaka, Lawrence Busch, Lily Kiminami, Masashi Tachikawa, Kaoru Sugihara, Thee Kian Wie, and Tomoya Suzuki
The Afrasian Centre for Peace and Development Studies at Ryukoku University held its third international symposium on 23rd and 24th of February 2008, focusing on resource and sustainability issues in developing countries of Asia and Africa.
@In agricultural society, land used to represent natural resources, and was the centre of attention. At the initial stage of modern economic development, gresource constraintsh often became a major issue. More recently, concerns have grown for biodiversity and whether or not renewable resources such as water, plants and animals can be sustained, which had led to more serious attention being paid to the study of the ecosystem. Meanwhile, the scientific investigation into material and energy flows is making a rapid advance, responding to the issues of energy security and global warming.
@Yet these diverse interests and concerns pose serious challenges to those engaging in the welfare and development of the local community in developing countries of Asia and Africa. In particular, we need to understand economic, social and institutional implications of resource-related issues, such as land and water management, deforestation, threats to biodiversity, energy security and climate change. We need to take stock of the most updated scientific knowledge to the study of local society, and at the same time learn from the perspective of area studies specialists and historians. This symposium focused on the cases of local and regional resources gunder stressh, in order to identify and highlight the key issues of sustainability in the developing countries of Asia and Africa.
We have five sessions to discuss gresources under stressh as follows.
The Second Afrasian International Symposium
Identities and Networks in the Globalising World: Negotiation, Conflict
Prevention and Conflict Prevention and Conflict Resolution in Everyday
Japanese Studies Centre,
Contributors: Kaori Okano, Eriko Aoki, Julian Chapple, Jeremy Eades, William Bradley,
Higuchi, Mika Toyota, Maria Reinaruth D. Carlos, Pauline Kent, Takeshi
Hamashita, Alison Tokita, Yasue Arimitsu, Michael Furmanovsky, Maher
and Kosuke Shimizu
international symposium of the Afrasian Centre was jointly organised by
Japanese Studies Centre of Monash University and held at Clayton Campus
The symposium focused on conflict that is often found in everyday lives
becoming more affected by the changes caused by globalisation. Modes of
transport, the Internet and other media have given us greater access to
different cultural perspectives and facilitated greater movement of
and information. These social changes have necessitated a greater need
skills to negotiate different cultures in everyday matters.
the mechanisms of transnational networks and the negotiation of both
and identities plays a part in conflict prevention can be considered an
important part of both conflict transformation and resolution.
symposium addressed these issues through four different panels:
Afrasian International Symposium
gThe International Context of Conflicts in the Middle East and Asian Approaches to Conflict Resolutionh
5 March 2006
Contributors: Yezid Sayigh, Elie Podeh, Hidemitsu Kuroki, Tosei Sano, David Menashri,
Takahashi, Ayesha Jalal, Herman Franssen, Sugata Bose, Nobuko Nagasaki,
Nakamura, Yasushi Akashi, Motohide Yoshikawa and others.
international symposium of the Afrasian Centre opened with a special
entitled gPeace: Mutual Understanding of Religions and Contribution by
by His Eminence Monshu Ohtani Koshin Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha. Four
(see below) on peace processes in the Middle East and South Asia were
held, in which specialists from
and around the world, including the Middle East and the
participated in lively discussion. With more than 100 participants, the
international symposium ended as a great success.
session: Peace Process of the
session: The International Context of Conflicts in the Middle East (
, Kurd, and
session: The Oil Issue in the Context of the Middle Eastern Conflicts
session: Asian Approaches to Conflict Resolution
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the First International Symposium of the Afrasian Centre: