On January 26, 2018, Dr Victor Teo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Japanese Studies at the University of Hong Kong, delivered the First OSIPP/IAFOR Research Centre Special Talk to graduate students and professors at Osaka University. The talk was titled, "Enlarging the Japan-US Alliance: The India Factor".
After the talk, IRC Research Associates, Irina Novikova, César Rodrigues, Carmina Untalan and Dennis Boor, asked Dr Teo questions on the lecture topic (video below).
Dr Victor Teo received his BA (Hons) from the National University of Singapore. He subsequently trained as a lawyer, and was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Middle Temple, United Kingdom. He received his MSc and subsequently, PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
His primary research interest is in the international relations of the Asia-Pacific, as well as the politics and society of China, Japan and the Koreas.
Dr Teo started his career as an LSE Fellow. He has also had fellowships at Kyoto University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, and Harvard University. Dr Teo is also one of the founding directors of DPRK Observatory, an NGO with a primary focus on the study of North Korea Affairs.
On February 1, 2018, Dr Christopher K. Lamont, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, delivered the Second OSIPP/IAFOR Research Centre Special Talk to graduate students and professors at Osaka University. The talk was titled, "Post-ISIL Iraq: The Challenges of Reconciliation and the Politics of Memory".
According to Dr Lamont, In 2018, Iraq will be confronted by a myriad of challenges such as the physical reconstruction of devastated urban areas, rebuilding Iraq’s infrastructure, and the return of internally displaced persons. While these challenges will take years to address, dealing with what it means to be Iraqi is just as much an imperative as the physical reconstruction of Iraq itself, if Iraq is to emerge from decades of armed conflict as a viable state.
Dr Lamont's writings have appeared in the Journal of Democracy, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Global Policy, and in numerous other peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. He is also the author of International Criminal Justice and the Politics of Compliance (Ashgate 2010) and is co-editing the forthcoming edited volume New Critical Spaces in Transitional Justice (Indiana University Press 2018) with Dr. Arnaud Kurz
Dr Lamont has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Middle East and North Africa, including in Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, and Iraq.