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Yukio Takasu - Keynote Speaker

Yukio Takasu currently serves as special advisor to the United Nations secretary general on human security and as special assistant to the foreign minister of Japan. He also holds project professorship at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo.
He previously served as ambassador of Japan to the UN, a position he held from 2007 to 2010. He joined Japan’s diplomatic service in 1969 and subsequently served in various overseas posts (London, Kuala Lumpur, New York, Jakarta, Vienna, and Washington DC). He was educated at the University of Tokyo (Faculty of Law) and Oxford University (Merton College). More bio

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Mitsugi Endo

A graduate of University of Tokyo and University of York (UK), he has been involved in research on a variety of issues of African politics, including democratization, civil society, and collapsed states. He has experience of research over a dozen of African countries. He has worked for Advanced Social and International Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo for more than eighteen years and appointed professor in 2007 and director of newly established Center for African Studies, Institute for Advanced Global Studies, University of Tokyo last year. He is teaching African Politics and International Relations in some other universities in Japan.

He is also board member of three Japanese academic associations, namely the Japan Association of International Relations, the Japan Association for Comparative Politics, and the Japan Association of African Studies. Additionally, he is involved in Japanese NGO activities and board member of both Millennium Promise Japan and newly forming Human Security Forum.

Daisaku Higashi

Daisaku Higashi is Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. His main research field is post-conflict peacebuilding, legitimacy, and the United Nations. He worked at NHK, Japan Public TV Station, as a TV program director producing various programs on international affairs before he studied in M.A and Ph.D. program in Political Science at the University of British Columbia in Canada. His reports, "Challenge of Constructing Legitimacy in Peacebuilding: Case of Afghanistan" and "Case of Timor-Leste" were published from the Best Practices Section at the UN Department of Peacekeeping in 2008. He published several books including "Peacebuilding: Field Research in Afghanistan and Timor-Leste"(Iwanami Shinsho 2009) and "Can you hear voices of victims of violent crimes?"(Shicho Press 2008 & Koundansha Press 2006). In 2009-10, he worked in Kabul, Afghanistan, as a team leader for reconciliation and reintegration in Political Affairs Division in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.


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Jenny Kehl

Jenny Rebecca Kehl, Ph.D., Associate Professor of International Political Economy and Comparative Politics in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University-Camden, examines new conceptualizations of global security. Her research focuses on water scarcity, food security, political stability, economic development, and environmental governance. Dr. Kehl's most recent publications analyze hydro political security complexes and conflict versus cooperation in international rivers systems, with special emphasis on multi-state politics of the Nile River, Tigris-Euphrates Rivers, Colorado River, and Mekong River. Dr. Kehl conducts research on the new geography of global conflict, the effects of natural resource scarcity, and emerging strategies for environmental governance. She also teaches classes for the National and International Security Program and the Graduate International Development Program.


Matthew Marr

Matthew Marr is an assistant professor of sociology for the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies and the Asian Studies Program at Florida International University.  Marr's research focuses on the process of exiting homelessness in Japanese and American cities, exploring how it is shaped by contexts operating at multiple levels of social analysis, from the global to the individual. He is particularly interested in the role of social ties in this process, and how ties are affected by organizational and policy contexts. His research employs multiple methods, including longitudinal interviews, participant observation, and fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis. Marr has recently published articles in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Cities, Urban Geography, and Housing Policy Debate. He plans to continue researching urban poverty and marginality in Japan and the U.S. from a global, comparative perspective, looking at the ground level effects of policy change. More bio

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Makoto Maruyama

Makoto Maruyama is Professor of Political Economy at the Department of Advanced Social and International Studies at University of Tokyo since 1999. He is also the Director of the Graduate Program on Human Security and the Research Center for Sustainable Development.  He studied in the Doctoral Program in Economics at the University of Tokyo and in the Ph.D. Program in Social and Political Thought at York University in Canada.  From 1988 to 1999, He taught at the Faculty of International Studies at Meiji Gakuin University in Yokohama, and at the Department of Social and International Relations, University of Tokyo.
Major publication: Japanese Economy and Society under Pax-Americana, University of Tokyo Press, 2002, co-edited with Hiroshi Shibuya and Masamitsu Yasaka.

Richard Matthew

Richard A. Matthew is Professor of International and Environmental Politics in the Schools of Social Ecology and Social Science at the University of California at Irvine, and founding Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs. He studies (a) the environmental dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding; (b) climate change adaptation in conflict and post-conflict societies; and (c) transnational threat systems. He has done extensive field work in conflict zones in South Asia and East, Central and West Africa. In addition to his positions at UCI, he is also the Senior Fellow for Security at the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Geneva; a senior member of the United Nations Expert Advisory Group on Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding; and a member of the World Conservation Union's Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy. Dr. Matthew has received Certificates of Recognition for his research and service activities from the U.S. Congress, the California State Legislature and the City of Los Angeles. He has over 130 publications including six books and co-edited volumes.
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Gale Summerfield

Gale Summerfield, an economist, is Director of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP) Program and Associate Professor in the Dept. of Human and Community Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has written extensively on gender aspects of socio-economic transformation policies including employment and intrahousehold bargaining changes in China and housing and land rights in East and Southeast Asia. Her current research focuses on gender and human security [health, property rights, and income]; gender differences and social networks among immigrants in rural communities; and risks and rights in the processes of globalization. Her recent publications include "Risks and Rights in the 21st Century" with Nahid Aslanbeigui, in the International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society (15(1), 2001); Women's Rights to House and Land: China, Laos, Vietnam, edited with Irene Tinker (1999); "The Asian Crisis, Gender, and the International Financial Architecture" with Nahid Aslanbeigui published in the Feminist Economics (2000).   More bio