[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)    (http://www.icu.ac.jp/en/about/campus/index.html   *#6 on the map)

 

<Abstract>
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.

 

<Bio>

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.

 

 

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[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  (http://www.icu.ac.jp/en/about/campus/index.html   *#1 on this map)

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

<Abstract>
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

 

<Abstract>
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.

<Biosketch>

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.

[Dec 13,2017] Rotary Coffee Briefing: “What the UN Does to Protect Human Rights?”

On the occasion of Human Rights Day, ICU Rotary Peace Centre invites you to attend a coffee briefing with Rotary Peace Fellow Elisabeth Oliveira da Costa on 13 December.

Elisabeth (Lisa), who is a UN staff on Special Leave Without Pay, will talk about United Nations human rights standards and mechanisms to promote and protect human rights worldwide. 

Rotary Coffee Briefing:

What the UN Does to Protect Human Rights?

– Speaker:  Ms. Elisabeth Oliveira da Costa, Rotary Peace Fellow Class XVI
                    https://rotaryicu.wordpress.com/rotary-fellows/current-fellows/
– Date:  December 13th, Wednesday
– Time:  11 am
– Place:  H-251, the 2nd floor of University Hall  (http://www.icu.ac.jp/en/about/campus/index.html   *#1 on this map)
We hope that this will be the first of a series of coffee briefings by Peace Fellows to share their experiences and foster discussions on topics related to peace.
The format is informal and you are welcome to bring your cup of coffee or tea!

 

[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-170,  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.

 

[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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