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【Seminar report Jan. 11, 2020】The 5th Waseda ORIS International Symposium for Junior Researchers “Public Response to Government Policy and International Interventions”

  • Date & Time
    Saturday, January 11, 2020, 13:00-18:00
  • Venue
    Room #203, Building #3, Waseda Campus
  • Language
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[Keynote Speaker] Lisa Hultman (Senior Lecturer at Uppsala University)
[Panel 1] Hidekuni Washida (Associate Professor at Toyo University), Kana Inata (Assistant Professor at Waseda University), Wakako Maekawa (Visiting Research Fellow at Kobe University), Shinji Tsukada (PhD student at Waseda University), Kohei Tabei (PhD student at Waseda University)
[Panel 2] Rui Asano (PhD student at Waseda University), Yukako Sakabe (Assistant Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University), Kentaro Sakuwa (Assistant Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University), Norihito Kubota (National Defense Academy)
[Host/Moderator] Kiyotaka Yasui (Researcher at Waseda ORIS), Aya Watanabe (Research Assistant at Waseda ORIS)


This symposium addressed the political phenomena in the international community such as social movements, public attitude toward immigrants, electoral manipulation under authoritarian regimes, and United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKO).

The first panel explored how and when the government policy on minorities/foreign workers causes social unrest and public oppositions to the government. Employing formal and empirical methods, Presentation 1 argued public tolerance on violence affects oppositions’ tactics on organizing violent or non-violent anti-government campaigns as well as government response to anti-government protests. Presentation 2 showed that the pre-electoral manipulation is more likely to contribute to the durability of authoritarian regimes than electoral manipulation on the election day. Using survey experiments conducted in Shizuoka prefecture, Presentation 3 showed that knowledge mediates individual attitudes toward foreign workers.

The second part of the symposium started with a keynote speech by Dr. Lisa Hultman, a leading scholar on UN Peacekeeping and post-conflict violent dynamics. She talked about her recent work on the impact of UNPKO on local economic development. The three presentations in Panel 2 looked at different aspects of UNPKO including gender diversity, the force commander’s nationality and the allocation patterns. Presentation 1 investigated whether the nationality of the force commander with reference to the peacekeeper has an influence on the risk to that peacekeeper. Presentation 2 examines how the diversity of troops in UN peacekeeping missions influences the performance in suppressing violence against civilians. Presentation 3 discussed the allocation pattern of UN peacekeeping operations at the subnational level, using the geographical data on Sudan and South Sudan.

We concluded the symposium successfully with more than 40 participants.

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