[Dec 21, 2017] Rotary Peace Seminar: Human Security: Reconciling Critical Aspirations with Political “Realities”

ICU Rotary Peace Center is organizing a Peace Seminar inviting Professor Edward Newman, Leeds University, UK. We look forward to many of your participation.

– Presenter:  Professor Edward Newman (Leeds University, UK)
– Title:    Human Security: Reconciling Critical Aspirations with Political “Realities”
– Date:     Thursday Dec 21, 2017
– Time:    16:30-18:00
– Place:    H-167,  the 1st floor of University Hall  (http://www.icu.ac.jp/en/about/campus/index.html   *#1 on this map)

– Language:    English


<Abstract (TBC)>
This article explores the concept of ‘human security’: the idea that the referent object and beneficiary of security should be individuals. It demonstrates that the concept has had some success as a normative reference point for human-centred policy movements internationally, and it reflects a broader shift towards human agency and human-centred conceptions of security. As a theoretical concept, therefore, the idea contributes to a multi-disciplinary reconceptualization of security that draws upon theoretical debates in political science and criminology. However, attempts to operationalize it have exposed fundamental problems in the new security discourse more broadly, generating critiques in political science and criminology which share common foundations but which are rarely engaged in an integrated manner. This article explores whether critical or radical security ideas like human security can be reconciled with political ‘realities’ or whether this undermines their intellectual integrity. In addressing this debate from an international relations perspective, the article also engages with criminological scholarship on security in order to identify and strengthen links across the disciplines.
<Biosketch>
Edward Newman is Professor of International Security in the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds, UK. He is also an External Associate at the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, University of Warwick. Within the security studies field, his interests lie in a number of areas: theoretical security studies, including critical approaches and ‘human security’; intrastate armed conflict, civil war, intervention and political violence; international organizations and multilateralism; and peacebuilding and reconstruction in conflict-prone and post-conflict societies. He previously worked in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham and, before that, he spent over a decade in Japan, mainly working at the United Nations University where he was Director of Studies on Conflict and Security in the Peace and Governance Programme. He is a member of the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Grant Assessment Panel (2014-18), a former editor of the journal Civil Wars (2011-2016), a founding executive editor of the journal International Relations of the Asia Pacific, and a member of the editorial board of Contemporary Politics. His latest book is Understanding Civil Wars: Continuity and Change in Intra-State Conflict, and he has published in many international academic journals. His homepage can be found at: www.polis.leeds.ac.uk/people/staff/newman

The lecture will be held as part of a graduate course “Religion, Conflict and Human Security (QPPS602)” but is open to anybody.

 

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[Nov 9, 2017] Rotary Peace Seminar: “Post-2003 Iraq and the War on Terror: From Regime Change to Islamic State”

ICU Rotary Peace Center is organizing a Peace Seminar inviting Dr. Fanar HADDAD, National University of Singapore. We look forward to many of your participation.

“Post-2003 Iraq and the War on Terror: From Regime Change to Islamic State”

– Speaker:  Dr. Fanar HADDAD, National University of Singapore

– Date/Time:  November 9, 2017, 16:30-17:40

– Place:  H-170,  the 1st floor of University Hall

– Access: http://www.icu.ac.jp/en/about/campus/index.html   *#1 on this map

– Language: English

<Abstract>

We continue to live with the consequences of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The impact has been complex and multilayered: from political conflict in Iraq to the rejuvenation of global jihad to the sectarianization of Iraqi and Middle Eastern politics to the recalibration of US policy in the Middle East and so the list goes on. This presentation will chart the drivers behind the invasion of 2003 (both Iraqi and American) and the processes that were unleashed by regime change. A particular focus will be placed on the process of sectarianization – firstly in Iraq and then in the Middle East. Understanding these processes is crucial to appreciating recent changes in the Middle East such as how and why the ‘Arab Spring’ evolved the way it did in places like Syria and Bahrain and why US influence in the region seems to be in decline. This presentation will also look at perhaps the most sensational symptom of these processes, namely the rise of ISIS/IS, and will conclude by considering the ongoing recalibration of geostrategic alignments in the Middle East.

<Biosketch>

Fanar Haddad is a Senior Research Fellow at the Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore. He previously lectured in Middle Eastern politics at the University of Exeter and at the University of London. Prior to obtaining his PhD, Dr. Haddad was a Research Analyst at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He has since published widely on issues relating to identity politics in the Middle East. He is the author of Sectarianism in Iraq: Antagonistic Visions of Unity. Many of his other works can be found on https://nus.academia.edu/FanarHaddad.

 

The lecture will be held as part of an undergraduate course “Ethnicity, Identity and Nationalism (IRL215)” but is open to anybody.

[Dec 14, 2017] Rotary Book Event on “Dangerous Diplomacy”

ICU Rotary Peace Center is organizing a Book Event inviting Dr. Herman T. Salton, the author of “Dangerous Diplomacy” which reassesses the role of the UN Secretariat during the Rwandan genocide.

– Date:  Thursday, December 14th

– Time:  16:30-17:40

– Place:  H-170, the 1st floor of University Hall (http://www.icu.ac.jp/en/about/campus/index.html *#1 on this map)

– Speaker:  Dr. Herman T. Salton, an Associate Professor of International Relations at the Asian University for Women (AUW) in Chittagong, Bangladesh, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
http://www.hermansalton.net/

 – Language: English

 


<Abstract>
Dangerous Diplomacy reassesses the role of the UN Secretariat during the Rwandan genocide. With the help of new sources, including the personal diaries and private papers of the late Sir Marrack Goulding—an Under-Secretary-General from 1988 to 1997 and the second highest-ranking UN official during the genocide—the book situates the Rwanda operation within the context of bureaucratic and power-political friction existing at UN Headquarters in the early 1990s. The book shows how this confrontation led to a lack of coordination between key UN departments on issues as diverse as reconnaissance, intelligence, and crisis management. Yet Dangerous Diplomacy goes beyond these institutional pathologies and identifies the conceptual origins of the Rwanda failure in the gray area that separates peacebuilding and peacekeeping. The difficulty of separating these two UN functions explains why six decades after the birth of the UN, it has still not been possible to demarcate the precise roles of some key UN departments.

<Biosketch>
Herman T. Salton is Associate Professor of International Relations at the Asian University for Women (AUW) in Chittagong, Bangladesh, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to this, he was Visiting Professor at Sciences-Po in Paris and Temple University Japan in Tokyo; International Relations officer at the Icelandic Human Rights Centre in Reykjavik, Iceland; and Associate for Political Affairs at the Office of the Under-Secretary-General, United Nations Headquarters, New York.

The lecture will be held as part of a graduate course “Religion, Conflict and Human Security (QPPS602)” but is open to anybody.

 

 

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[Sept 20, 2017] Rotary Peace Seminar “Peace Through Dialogue Across Differences”

ICU Rotary Peace Center is organizing a Rotary Peace Seminar inviting Prof. Hartmut BEHR, Newcastle University, UK. We look forward to many of your participation.

“Peace Through Dialogue Across Differences”

– Speaker:  Prof. Hartmut BEHR, Newcastle University, UK

– Date/Time:  September 20th, 2017.   15:10-16:30

– Place: International Conference Hall, the 2nd Floor at ICU Dialogue House

– Access: http://www.icu.ac.jp/en/about/campus/index.html   *#17 on this map

– Language: English

<Abstract>

Whether we as individuals, citizens, political activists, politicians, or most importantly as conflict parties act in a peaceful way, or less so, depends on our relation to our fellow humans. Thus, peace always articulates (as) a relation to the other”. Yet, the question of the “other” that underpins the conceptualization of peace includes another question, namely that of difference. Consequently, issues around peace are to be thought of as questions of difference. Whether, or not, we act in a peaceful way is therefore a question of how we approach, think, and negotiate difference. The first argument developed in this chapter is that non-essentialist ways of thinking and acting upon difference(s) is more conducive to peaceful relations than essentialized versions of difference. The second, subsequent argument holds that in practical terms a non-essentialist way dealing with difference surmounts in the maxim of political dialogue, a dialogue that is empathetic for differences and steadily moves to, and provokes, the edges of its own rationality.

 

<Biosketch>

Hartmut Behr is professor of international politics at Newcastle University (UK). His research specializes in political theory, sociology of knowledge of IR, politics of difference, political violence, and critical European Studies. His publications include Zuwanderungspolitk im Nationalstaat (1998), Entterritorial Politik (2004), A History of International Political Theory: Ontologies of the International (2010) and Politics of Difference: Epistemologies of Peace (2014) as well as book chapters and articles on the themes mentioned that appeared amongst others in the Journal of International Political Theory, European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies, Geopolitics, International Political Economy, Zeitschrift fuer Internationale Beziehungen. He was Principal Investigator of the Leverhumle-funded International Research Network on “Critical Theory meets Classical Realism: Modernity, Crises, and Return of Humanity”. He is currently working, amongst others, on normative conditions of critique in political and social theory and its implications for political action and policy development.

Prof. Hartmut BEHR’s Profile:  http://www.ncl.ac.uk/gps/staff/profile/hartmutbehr.html#background

The lecture will be held as part of a graduate course “Peace and Conflict Studies Class I (QPFD414)” but is open to anybody.

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[Dec 21] Rotary Peace Forum “The UN Refugee Agency – Global Challenges and Opportunities”

Rotary Peace Center is organizing a Rotary Peace Forum inviting Mr Dirk Hebecker, Representative of UNHCR Japan as follows. We look forward to many of your participation.
Rotary Peace Forum: “The UN Refugee Agency – Global Challenges and Opportunities”
-Speaker:  Mr Dirk Hebecker, Representative of UNHCR Japan
-Date/Time: Dec 21 (Wednesday), 5 & 6 periods (15:10 – 17:40)
-Place: H-203
-Language: English
The lecture will be held as part of undergraduate course “Global Civil Society (IRL220)” but is open to anybody.
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[Oct 28]Screening: “THE MAN WHO MENDS WOMEN”

ICU Rotary Peace Center and Peace Research Institute will host a screening of a documentary film, “THE MAN WHO MENDS WOMEN”. It is about Doctor Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist and a human rights activist who mended thousands of women who have been raped during the 20 years of conflicts in the East of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
This screening is a part of the 11th UNHCR Refugee Film Festival.
– Date: October 28th (Fri) 15h10-
– Place: H-253
– Co-host:ICU Peace Research Institute
– 113-minute screening
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[Oct 25]Peace Forum “Education and Development for Women”

Rotary Peace Center is organizing a Rotary Peace Forum inviting Mr Mark Flanigan, a ICU Peace Fellow alumnus, a teacher at Asian University for Women (AUW) as follows.

-Speaker:  Mr Mark Flanigan, a Peace Fellow alumnus, a teacher at Asian University for Women (AUW: http://asian-university.org/whoweare/)
-Date/Time: Tuesday Oct 25, 10:10 – 11:20 am
-Place: H-168
-Language: English
*The lecture will be held as part of undergraduate course by Prof Dawson’s “Advanced Seminar in Sociology of Education: Education in Asia” (EDU306) but is open to anybody.