Field of Research
International Politics, Conflict Studies
Conflict Studies (East Timor, West Papua, Palestine, Western Sahara), Politicide
Overview of Research
The goal of conflict studies is to better understand conflicts, ascertain the directionality of solutions, and discover clues regarding how conflicts are resolved. To this end, conflicts are analyzed, and the conditions of peace negotiations as well as the efforts of post-conflict peacebuilding are studied. Within conflict studies, some research targets individual cases while other research is thematic in nature.
The point of origin for my own research on conflict is East Timor. I have studied the history of the conflict in East Timor and peacebuilding there. Another example would be the conflict in West Papua (Papua), which I am currently following. In terms of themes, I often discuss self-determination of peoples. The conflicts in East Timor and West Papua are prototypical examples of this theme, and I am interested in Palestine and Western Sahara from the same perspective. I also have research interest in the conflict in Northern Ireland and the insurgency in southern Thailand.
One more theme that developed from my studies of East Timor is politicide research (i.e., the destruction of political groups). For example, I am studying the mass killings that followed the September 30th Affair in Indonesia. I have also researched the mass atrocities in Cambodia and Argentina during the Cold War and political violence in China, South Korea, Taiwan, and so on. Through research addressing the destruction of political groups outside of the scope of the Genocide Convention, we aim to clarify the mechanisms by which such mass killings occur and establish preventative norms.
Degree : Master of Arts in Foreign Studies (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)