[December 19, 2014 / January 16 and 23, 2015] Open Lecture Series: Peace and Sustainability

Open Lecture Series: Peace and Sustainability

December 19, 2014 / January 16 & 23, 2015

This was the workshop & lecture series sponcerd by ICU Rotary Peace Center and was conducted as a session of Graduate course QPPS601 Peace and Sustainability. It was open to anyone who was interested.

1) Workshop “Nonviolent Communication and Conflict Resolution”
Time and Date: 11:30-12:40, Friday, December 19, 2014
Guest Speaker: Robert Krzisnik, NVC Certified Trainer, Humus
Venue: University Hall H-104, ICU
Language: English
Summary:
Conflict is often perceived as a win-lose battle that ends in less cohesion and more frustration. What if we were able to deconstruct this paradigm, and embrace conflict as an opportunity to authentically express the needs and values of everyone involved, and then create solutions based on this shared understanding? Robert Krzisnik, a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, will conduct an introductory workshop on transformational power of nonviolent communication in conflict resolution.

2) Lecture “Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Proliferation Risk”
Time and Date: 10:10-12:40, Friday, January 16, 2015
Guest Speaker: Masafumi Takubo, Nuclear Policy Analyst, Nuclear Information
Venue: University Hall H-104, ICU
Language: English
Summary:
The dual-use nature of the nuclear fuel cycle allows the creation of civilian nuclear power as well as the production of materials for nuclear weapons. In many analyses, the nuclear fuel cycle is considered economically unsound. Nevertheless, the Japanese Government intends to continue with the nuclear fuel cycle. What are rationales of this policy? What are negative impacts on the NPT regime? What could be optimum options for Japan?

3) Lecture “Japan’s Anti-Nuclear Diplomacy and the US Nuclear Umbrella”
Time and Date: 10:10-12:40, Friday, January 23, 2015
Guest Speaker: Masakatsu Ota, Senior Writer/Editorial Writer, Kyodo News
Venue: University Hall H-104, ICU
Language: English
Summary:
Japan has a national identity as a persistent non-nuclear weapons state. However, in reality, extended deterrence offered by the US nuclear umbrella has stayed as an integral part of the alliance between the U.S. and Japan. Then questions go as follows: What are contradictions behind this alliance? How Japan’s non-nuclear weapons status has been compromised? What could be future arrangements to close this nuclear umbrella?

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