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Japan’s Global Role under Abe Opportunities and Risks

16:48, Thu 18 Jul 2013

On July 21, upper house elections will be held in Japan that will determine the future orientation of Japan’s policy making. After the launch of the second Abe administration in December 2012, the Japanese government has been calling for a new policy orientation including its so-called “Abenomics” and the revision of the Japanese post-war constitution. Whilst Japan under Abe is aiming to become a leading democratic country – not only in Asia, but also globally - by expanding its role in the global arena (e.g., G8), the nature of conservative, hawkish administration has been a major concern from an international perspective in relation to its on-going territorial disputes with China and South Korea, the “comfort women” issue, and the revision of the war-renouncing Article 9 of the constitution. The current administration is, furthermore, facing various other domestic challenges, including the growing movement against nuclear energy, particularly after the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011.

The PAIS East Asia Study Group's Lecture Event: "Japan’s Global Role under Abe: Opportunities and Risks", with Prof Hugo Dobson (Sheffield) and Prof Chris Hughes (Warwick), chaired by Prof Shaun Breslin (Warwick). Prof Dobson will address the recent G8, global summitry in light of the new Abe administration. Prof Hughes will discuss Japan's international role under the Abe administration, with a focus in the domestic ideological roots of Abe's foreign policy doctrine, and some emphasis on US-Japan ties, East Asian ties, and problems that his foreign policy may encounter.

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North Korea in 21st Century International Relations

10:19, Mon 8 Jul 2013

Speakers: Dr James Hoare (SOAS), Commentator: Dr Iain Pirie (Warwick), Commentator: Dr Peter Ferdinand (Warwick)

Over the past few months the world was reminded of a number of the pending sources for conflict in the East Asian region and not at least regarding tensions with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). After Kim Jong-un became the country’s supreme leader incidents seemed to escalate from nuclear and missile tests, worrying threats of war, Seoul and other military forces being put on alert as Pyongyang moved missiles, and Pyongyang detaining (and releasing) a Chinese fishing boat and suspending Kaesong industrial operations – just to name a few.

Most recently, though, there have been indications that some of the tensions may be easing as Pyongyang sent conciliatory signals e.g. regarding an international dialogue about denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, a proposed dialogue with the U.S. and rising hopes about a restart of the formal dialogue with South Korea. Yet, these developments surely didn’t stop debates and questions about, not only whether the 21st century will be (East) Asian, but more importantly whether it will be a good or a bad Asian century.

Thus, while recent developments in and about North Korea bewildered parts of the world, academics, politicians and diplomats alike are left with urgent yet poorly answered questions at the dawn of the 21st Century. Some of these issues evolve around reflections of the role of North Korea in Asia’s (fragile) balance of power and the conundrum of, as Dr James Hoare succinctly put it, “how the DPRK handles its external affairs, why it behaves as it does, and what the world can do about it”.

The Warwick East Asia Study Group heartily invites you to its Guest Lecture Event with Dr James Hoare. Dr Hoare is Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London and published extensively on the topic of (North) Korea. Some of the many other highlights of Dr Hoare’s career include his appointment as British “Chargé d’affaires” in Pyongyang in 2000 where he lived and worked from 2001 – 2002 and he has been visiting the country frequently ever since.

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Trident and UK Nuclear Policy

16:32, Mon 1 Jul 2013

The PAIS Nuclear Weapons Working Group in conjunction with the British American Security Information Council (BASIC) would like to invite you to attend an all-day event on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation hosted by the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at the University of Warwick. The day consists of two roundtable discussions bringing together academics, policy makers and professionals from the NGO community. The main issues under discussion will be British nuclear weapons policy, in particular the future of Trident, followed by prospects for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament in the Middle East.

Speakers include:

Sandra Ionno Butcher, Pugwash Conferences
Mark Fitzpatrick, International Institute for Strategic Studies
Paul Ingram, Executive Director, BASIC
Dr Nick Ritchie, University of York
Tim Street, PAIS Collaborative PhD student with BASIC

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Middle East Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament

16:30, Mon 1 Jul 2013

The PAIS Nuclear Weapons Working Group in conjunction with the British American Security Information Council (BASIC) would like to invite you to attend an all-day event on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation hosted by the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at the University of Warwick. The day consists of two roundtable discussions bringing together academics, policy makers and professionals from the NGO community. The main issues under discussion will be British nuclear weapons policy, in particular the future of Trident, followed by prospects for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament in the Middle East. 

Speakers include:

Sandra Ionno Butcher, Pugwash Conferences
Mark Fitzpatrick, International Institute for Strategic Studies
Paul Ingram, Executive Director, BASIC
Dr Nick Ritchie, University of York
Tim Street, PAIS Collaborative PhD student with BASIC

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Economic and strategic implications of China's rise

09:25, Fri 21 Jun 2013

Speakers: Prof Mark Beeson (Murdoch University), Commentator: Dr Liu Tiewa (Beijing Foreign Studies University), Prof Shaun Breslin (Warwick)
Commentator: Dr Peter Ferdinand (Warwick)

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Economic and strategic implications of China's rise - question and answer session

09:22, Fri 21 Jun 2013

Speakers: Prof Mark Beeson (Murdoch University), Commentator: Dr Liu Tiewa (Beijing Foreign Studies University), Prof Shaun Breslin (Warwick)
Commentator: Dr Peter Ferdinand (Warwick)

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From The Ground Up: Women's Roles in Peacebuilding, Part 1

16:19, Wed 19 Jun 2013

June 2013

Lee Webster (Policy and Advocacy Manager, Womankind Worldwide): From The Ground Up: Women's Roles in Peacebuilding

In this lecture, Lee presents the findings of her report on the roles that women play in mitigating conflict and building peace at local level in Afghanistan, Liberia, Nepal, Pakistan and Sierra Leone. She argues that despite their active contribution to peace at local level, women are still marginalised from formal peace negotiations. She explores how Womankind used these findings, media and public pressure to influence the UK Government's policy and practice on women, peace and security.

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From The Ground Up: Women's Roles in Peacebuilding, Part 2

16:15, Wed 19 Jun 2013

June 2013

Lee Webster (Policy and Advocacy Manager, Womankind Worldwide): From The Ground Up: Women's Roles in Peacebuilding

Question and answer session

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Egypt's Revolution: Global Dimensions

16:09, Wed 19 Jun 2013

12 December 2012

Dr Jan Aart Scholte (Professor in PAIS):
Egypt's Revolution: Global Dimensions

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Social Justice in the Sugarcane Industry

16:04, Wed 19 Jun 2013

9 March 2012

Dr Ben Richardson considers the political aspects of food security, with particular reference to social justice in the sugarcane industry.

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Algerian Protests in Comparison to Egypt

15:00, Wed 19 Jun 2013

December 2011

Dr Salma Belaala (Research Fellow, CSGR): Algerian Protests in Comparison to Egypt

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Background to Egypt’s Revolution and its Implications for the Middle East Region

14:55, Wed 19 Jun 2013

February 2011

Dr Nicola Pratt (Associate Prof, Intl Pol of the Middle East): Background to the Egyptian Revolution

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Africa @ Warwick - Governance: A New Challenge in Global Environmental Governance

14:51, Wed 19 Jun 2013

February 2010

Franklyn Lisk (Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, University of Warwick)

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Africa @ Warwick: Governance: A New Challenge in Global Environmental Governance

14:49, Wed 19 Jun 2013

February 2010

Renske Doorenspleet (PAIS, University of Warwick)

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International Political Economy Debate - Part One

14:46, Wed 19 Jun 2013

May 2009

A Politics and International Studies department debate on IPE with Mark Blyth, Shirin M Rai, Dr Matthew Watson and Dr Jeffrey Chwieroth.

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International Political Economy Debate - Part Two

14:44, Wed 19 Jun 2013

May 2009

A Politics and International Studies department debate on IPE with Mark Blyth, Shirin M Rai, Dr Matthew Watson and Dr Jeffrey Chwieroth.

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