A New Eurasian Geopolitics? at Kings College, London

On October 9, Kyushu University Professors Akihiro Iwashita and Chisako Masuo spoke at an event hosted by Kings College, London. Professor Masuo questioned ‘Can the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative Bring Pax-Sinica to Eurasia?’, while Professor Iwashita examined ‘The US-Russia-China-Japan Quandrangle: Multiple Perspectives on Northeast Asia’.

The event was hosted by the War Studies department and chaired by Dr Natasha Kuhrt, with commentary provided by Dr Giulio Pugliese.

A video of the event is available HERE.

Border Bites vol. 7 online!

Our 7th Border Bite, by Ekaterina Mikhailova (Lomonosov Moscow State University), is a fascinating look at city-twinning on the border between Norway and Russia.

Get it HERE.

All seven of our delicious border morsels are available from HERE.

EU Golden Week Seminar, July 3-5

Edward Boyle was invited to participate as an instructor for the EU Golden Week Seminar, an intensive session on EU politics and international relations hosted by the EU Center here at Kyushu University. 

Mirza Rahman on the border implications of bridging in India

Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman (IIT Guwahati) has a report on the new bridge (India’s longest) connecting Dhola and Sadiya in Upper Assam, with the implications for this on the lives of locals and geopolitical tussles with China. 

This is part of the long-term project that Mirza is conducting with KUBS’s Edward Boyle on border studies in India’s Northeast.

Available HERE.

Conference on Sino-Russian relations at Hokkaido University

The Slavic-Eurasian Research Center of Hokkaido University will host a Summer Symposium on 

Northeast Asia’s Faultline:
One Hundred Years of Sino/Russian/Soviet Competitive Cooperation

on July 13-14, 2017.

The program is summarized below, and more details can be found HERE.

Day 1 – July 13

9:30-10:00       Opening Session: Russia and China Relations Just Offshore

10:00-12:30     I.          Russia Looks East, China Moves West: Foreign and Security Policies

12:30-13:30     Lunch

13:30-15:30     II.        Regional Powers and Northeast Asian Relations in Historical and Theoretical Perspectives

15:30-15:45     Coffee break

15:45-17:45     III.       The Russian Far East and the Russo-Chinese Border Zone

18:30- Reception


Day 2 – July 14

10:00-12:00     IV.        Competitive Complementarities: Russo-Chinese Transnational Flows

12:00-13:30     Lunch

13:30-15:30     V.         Near, Far, Wherever You Are: Views on Sino-Russian Relations

15:30-15:45     Coffee break

15:45-17:15     VI.       Rethinking Sino-Russian Relations (Discussion)

Symposium on “Thinking about the present and future for Japan and a globalizing world” held at Chiba University

On June 1, 2017, a symposium on “Thinking about the present and future for Japan and a globalizing world” was held at Chiba University’s Keyaki Hall. The symposium was organized by the “Establishing a New Paradigm of Social/ Human Sciences based on Relational Studies: in order to Overcome Contemporary Global Crises” JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (2016-2020) and its principal investigator, Professor Keiko SAKAI of Chiba University. The Symposium’s keynote address was delivered by the Asahi Newspaper’s Masataka WATANABE, and the almost 200 people in attendance responded to the panel put together by Professor SAKAI, “Responding to Global threats: from the perspectives of the West, Asia and the Middle East”.

The individual papers looking at Europe, Asia and the Middle East were each very informative and captured the audience’s attention. Everyone is now looking forward to seeing the process of cooperating upon the development of a new theoretical framework able to account for the world as a whole. In particular, it is anticipated that incorporating knowledge from Asia and the Middle East will enable us to move beyond the view, widespread in Japan, that an understanding of the EU centered on Germany and France provides THE model for development.

From April, the Center for Asia-Pacific Future Studies at Kyushu University has also been developing a research project through a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas.

(Akihiro IWASHITA)