The 16th ICU Rotary Peace Center Annual Seminar

June 2 (Sat), 2018, 13:00-17:25 @ Kiyoshi Togasaki Dialogue House, ICU

ICU Rotary Peace Center is pleased to announce that the 16th Rotary Peace Center Annual Seminar is held on Saturday 2 June, 2018 at Kiyoshi Togasaki Memorial Dialogue House on ICU campus. Rotary Peace Fellows will be presenting their Master’s thesis works related to peace and conflict resolution.


Saturday, June 2, 2018


International Conference Room, Kiyoshi Togasaki Dialogue House, International Christian University


12:30-13:00  Registration

13:00-17:25  The 16th Annual Seminar
13:00 – 13:20     Introduction, Opening Remarks, Greetings

I. Peace and Culture

13:20 – 13:45     Presentation “How and Why Teaspoons of Peace Work – Contexts, theory, and perceptions influencing a culture of positive peace” by d’Arcy Lunn
13:45 – 14:10      Presentation “Interfaith Peace-Building: Developing critical approaches within the context of globalization” by Lorne Anderson
14:10 – 14:15      Introduction of Class XVI Rotary Peace Fellows

14:15 – 14:25      Short Break

14:25 – 14:50      Presentation “Interspirituality and Social Engagedness: postsecular possibilities for solidarity” by Francis Rothery

II. Peace and Security

14:50 – 15:15       Presentation “Perceptions of participation: a critical examination of social dynamics created by the use of participatory methods in rural Tanzania” by Alexandra Plummer
15:15 – 15:40       Presentation “ECOWAS Protocol relating to Free Movement of Persons and the national implementation: A case study on Nigeria Seme border with Republic of Benin” by Louis Mendy

15:40 – 16:00      Coffee Break

16:00 – 16:05      Presentation about Hiroshima Field Trip by Class XVI Fellows
16:05 – 16:30      Presentation “Climate Migration and Security: A Human Security Approach towards the Growing Concerns That Climate Change will increasingly Drive Migration” by Moin MD. Uddin

III. Peace and Development

16:30 – 16:55       Presentation “Adding Values to Granite Quarry Mining: An Alternative Approach to Infrastructural Development in post-war Sierra Leone” by Joseph Smith
16:55 – 17:20       Presentation “Working Together for Vivir Bien (Living Well): Relationships between the Government of Bolivia, UNDP, and the World Bank in Reducing Poverty and Inequality” by Magdalena Zurita

17:20 – 17:25          Closing Remarks

18:00-20:00  Celebration Dinner hosted by Rotarians

*The schedule is subject to change.


[May 16] Rotary Peace Seminar: The Myths of Chinese Militarism: A Study in Genealogy

ICU Rotary Peace Center is organizing a Peace Seminar inviting Prof. Hughes, LSE, as follows.  We look forward to many of your participation.

Rotary Peace Seminar: “The Myths of Chinese Militarism: A Study in Genealogy”

– Speaker:   Prof. Christopher R. HUGHES, London School of Economics

– Date:   Wednesday, May 16th

– Time:   15:10 – 16:30

–  Place:   Room #H-351, the 3rd floor of University Hall  (   *#1 on this map)

Since the Global Financial Crisis the Chinese state, Communist Party and various political activists have turned to military values and modes of organisation as ways to maintain social order. This represents a new level of salience to the use of militarism that goes back to the decline of the Qing dynasty and the establishment of the Republic. This lecture will explore the significance of this trend by identifying a number of militaristic myths that were deployed by political actors at the turn of the twentieth century and are visible in public and state discourse today. It will explore how these myths have been shaped and consolidated by the impact of German, Japanese and Russian militarism and the implications this has for the Sino-Japanese relationship today.

Christopher R. Hughes is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he also served as Director of the Asia Research Centre from 2002 to 2005 and Head for the Department of International Relations from 2013 to 2016. His PhD (from the LSE) was on the topic Taiwan and Chinese Nationalism: National Identity and Status in International Society and was awarded the British International Studies Association best thesis of the year prize for 1995. He teaches specialist courses in the International Politics of the Asia Pacific, Chinese Foreign and Security Policy and Foreign Policy Analysis.  His research focuses on the Asia-Pacific with special reference to Chinese foreign policy and politics, with monographs on Taiwan and Chinese Nationalism (Routledge 1997), Chinese Nationalism in the Global Era (Routledge 2006) and an edited volume (with Gudrun Wacker) China and the Internet: Politics of the Digital Leap Forward (Routledge 2003). He has published various articles on Chinese politics and foreign policy, the international politics of the Asia Pacific, international relations theory and foreign policy in leading academic journals. Exploration of the dynamics of the appropriation and deployment of foreign ideas by Chinese political actors in the process of modernisation runs through most of his work. His most recent article in this respect is ‘Militarism and the China Model: The Case of National Defense Education’, Journal of Contemporary China (2017).

[Apr 25] Rotary Coffee Briefing: “Are you prepared for an EMERGENCY? ”

Come join the Rotary Peace Fellows in a Coffee Briefing.
This month held by Natasha Venables from the Australian Red Cross Emergency Services Department, who is the 1st year MA Student at ICU as a Rotary Peace Fellow.
Research shows the more prepared you are, the better able you are to cope with and recover.
Natasha will take you through a RediPlan – a helpful 4 step process to prepare yourself and your family for an emergency.Think house fire, earthquake, cyclone even Tsunami… these simple steps can be applied to almost all occasions.

Rotary Coffee Briefing:  Are you prepared for an EMERGENCY?

There are simple and practical steps you can take to protect yourself, the people you love, and the things you value most.

-WHEN:   11:30am – 12:30am – Wednesday 25th April 2018

-WHERE:   Room #H-107, the 1st floor of University Hall  (   *#1 on this map)

-WHAT TO BRING:   Coffee!!

[Apr 12] Rotary Peace Seminar: Contemporary warfare and the decline of nationalism?

ICU Rotary Peace Center is organizing a Peace Seminar inviting Prof. John Hutchinson, LSE, as follows.  We look forward to many of your participation.

Rotary Peace Seminar: “Contemporary warfare and the decline of nationalism?”

– Speaker: Prof. John Hutchinson, London School of Economics

– Date: April 12th, Thursday

– Time: 16:30 – 17:40

–  Place:   Room #H-314, the 3rd floor of University Hall  (   *#1 on this map)


Many theorists have argued that global processes are transforming the nature of war which in turn has led to the decline of the nation-state. Underpinning these arguments is the belief that interstate war has traditionally been central to the formation of and reinforcement of nation state loyalties. Much of the analysis turns on the memory of two world wars, a shift from conscription armies in favour professional armies, and the decline of Clausewitzian interstate wars in favour of wars of choice and ‘new wars’. These, it argued, have undermined both state- and nation-formation and are accompanied by a post-heroic conception of war that focuses on victims rather a celebration of martial heroism. I will argue that while the nature of war is undoubtedly changing, there is little evidence that this is fundamentally eroding attachments to the nation state.

Professor John Hutchinson, is Associate Professor (Reader) at the London School of Economics. He has authored and edited ten books in the field of Nationalism, including The Dynamics of Cultural Nationalism, Modern Nationalism and Nations as Zones of Conflict. His latest book, Nationalism and War, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017.  He is Vice-President of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism and Co- Editor-in-Chief of Nations and Nationalism.


[Jan 30]Rotary Peace Seminar: “Ethical Debates on War in the Twenty-First Century”

ICU Rotary Peace Center is organizing a Peace Seminar inviting Prof. Kimberley Hutchings, Queen Mary University of London, as follows.

We look forward to many of your participation.

Rotary Peace Seminar: “Ethical Debates on War in the Twenty-First Century”

– Speaker: Prof Kimberley Hutchings, Queen Mary University of London

– Date: Jan 30th, Tuesday

– Time: 14:20 – 15:30

–  Place:   Room #301, the 3rd floor of Education and Research Building II (ERB-II)    (   *#6 on the map)


This paper examines the question of whether the ethical dilemmas raised by aspects of contemporary warfare (drone attacks, cyber warfare, private military contractors) require us to re-think traditional just war theory. It will look particularly at issues of legitimate authority, discrimination and proportionality, and at the question of whether individual soldiers should be treated differently depending on whether they are fighting for a just or an unjust cause.



Professor Kimberly Hutchings is Professor of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London and a leading authority in International Political Theory in the UK. Previously, she was Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics, where she was Professor of International Relations (from 2007), and also Head of Department (2010-2013). Her main publications include Kant, Critique and Politics (1996), International Political Theory (1998), Hegel and Feminist Philosophy (2003) and Time and World Politics (2008). She is Lead Editor of the Review of International Studies and was awarded the inaugural British International Studies prize for Distinguished Contribution to the Profession in 2015, and a Distinguished Scholar Award from the Theory Section of the International Studies Association in 2016.



[Jan 16, 2018] Rotary Peace Seminar: The Disturbing Reality of Human Trafficking in Japan

ICU Rotary Peace Center is organizing a Peace Seminar inviting Ms Mariko Yamaoka, Director of Not For Sale Japan as follows.
We look forward to many of your participation.

Rotary Peace Seminar: The Disturbing Reality of Human Trafficking in Japan

– Date&Time: Jan 16th, Tue, 14:00-15:30

–  Place: H-106, the 1st floor of University Hall  (   *#1 on this map)

– Speaker: Ms Mariko Yamaoka, Director of Not For Sale Japan

Did you know that human-trafficking/modern-slavery exists in Japan? Japan is actually sharply criticized by both the civil sector and the international community that human trafficking is not only widespread here, but also needs much more general/governmental attention and efforts to solve it. Come and find out the issues in this matter and what we can do to eradicate this evil phenomenon.

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[Jan11,2018] Rotary Peace Seminar: Dancing Conflicts Away. Politics of Dance at the Congress of Vienna and the Rokumeikan

ICU Rotary Peace Center is organizing a Peace Seminar inviting Dr Felix Roesch, a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Coventry University, UK. We look forward to many of your participation.

Rotary Peace Seminar: Dancing Conflicts Away. Politics of Dance at the Congress of Vienna and the Rokumeikan

– Speaker:  Dr Felix Roesch, a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Coventry University, UK
– Date:     Thursday, January 11, 2018
– Time:    16:30-17:40
– Place:    H-170
– Language:    English


In the 19th century, the global fabric experienced profound transformations that still underpin international politics today. Foreign policy making moved from the hands of a transcultural elite to national functionary elites, in whose process embodied modes of international sociability were replaced by seemingly more rational ones. However, this move constricted foreign policy makers in their ability to alleviate international conflicts, as embodied practices help to deal with the ambiguities of international politics by allowing to negotiate different perspectives and exploring common potentialities. This shift in foreign policy making from embodied practices to “rational” discourses is traced through the decline of dance as a practice of policy making. Until the beginning of the 19th century, dances were repeatedly performed as a way to establish the outlines of a new international system, to propose new practices and rituals, to remind of rules that apply in a particular system, to challenge existing rules, or to communicate between one international system and another. Consequently, dancing helped the Congress of Vienna (1814-1815) to end the Coalition Wars and establish with the Concert of Europe a peaceful system of conflict resolution. At the end of the century, however, dance was no longer deemed an appropriate form of international sociability, which is why intentions to demonstrate Japan’s progress in westernizing the country with the Rokumeikan (1883-1887) eventually failed. Rather than being accepted into the European dominated international system, Western envoys ridiculed the efforts of the Japanese elite to master Western ballroom dances.


Felix Rösch is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Coventry University/UK. He works on encounters of difference in transcultural contexts and on international political thought at the intersection of classical realism and critical theories. Amongst others, he has published with the Review of International Studies, Politics, Ethics & International Affairs, European Journal of International Relations, and International Studies Perspectives. His most recent books include The Concept of the Political (2012), Émigré Scholars and the Genesis of International Relations (2014), and Power, Knowledge, and Dissent in Morgenthau’s Worldview (2015). He tweets @DrFelixRoesch.
The lecture will be held as part of a graduate course “Religion, Conflict and Human Security (QPPS602)” but is open to anybody.