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Daisaku Higashi

 
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NameDaisaku Higashi
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AffiliationSophia University in Tokyo
Sectionグローバル教育センター/上智大学国際関係研究所
Job titleProfessor
DegreePhD(University of British Columbia)
J-Global ID201201079299038920

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Dr. Daisaku Higashi is a professor in the Center for Global Education and Discovery at Sophia University in Tokyo. He worked for NHK, Japan Public TV station as a program director from 1993 to 2004 and produced a numerous TV documentaries, including “Rebuilding Iraq: Challenges of the United Nations” which received the silver medal from UN Correspondents Association in New York in 2004. He then completed his MA and Ph.D in the political science at the University of British Columbia in Canada. He consulted on Afghan policies with top government officials in both Japan and the United States; his policy recommendation to create a new reconciliation mechanism in Afghanistan was adopted by the Japanese government on its Afghan strategy which was announced in November 2009. He then worked for United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) from December 2009 to December 2010 as a team leader for reconciliation and reintegration, stationing in Kabul, and supporting the Afghan government to set up a reconciliation mechanism, such as High Peace Council, international reconciliation trust fund, and Afghan Peace and Reintegration Program that were established in the end of 2010. After he finished one year service in UNAMA, he started working for the University of Tokyo as an associate professor in January 2011. He also served as a Minister-Counsellor in the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN from August 2012 to August 2014, directing the activities of Peace Building Commission (PBC) as a part of exchange program between the University of Tokyo and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He returned to the University of Tokyo in August 2014. He transferred to the tenure position at Center for Global Education at Sophia University in April 2016. Since 2018, he has frequently been assigned by Japanese Foreign Minister to visit conflicted states such as Iraq and South Sudan to make intellectual contributions to peacebuilding; he delivered his lectures at Baghdad University in Iraq and at Juba University in South Sudan, as well as conducting individual discussions with top leadership of these countries, including three vice presidents of Iraq and the first vice president, numerous cabinet members, and opposition leaders of South Sudan. He often delivers his lectures and presentations at UN Headquarters and the International Peace Institute (IPI) in New York to share the outcomes of his field researches. His publication includes "Inclusivity in Mediation and Peacebuilding: UN, Neighboring States and Global Powers" (Edward Elgar 2022), "Civil Wars and Mediation: How can We End the Modern Wars" (Chuko Shinsho 2020), “Challenges of Constructing Legitimacy in Peacebuilding: Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone and East Timor” (Routledge 2015),“Peacebuilding:Researches in Afghanistan and East Timor" (Iwanami Press 2009)”, “Why did we go to the war: dialogue of former enemies in the Vietnam War" (Heibonsha Library 2010). His edition includes "Human Security and Peacebuilding" (Nihon Hyoronsha 2017). (Contact:daisaku-h(at)nifty.com) 

Research Interests

 
Mediation ,International Relations ,Peacebuilding

Research Areas

 
  • Humanities & social sciences / International relations / Peacebuilding and Mediation

Research History

 
Apr 2018
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Today
Professor, Sophia University, Center for Global Education and Discovery  
 
Apr 2016
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Mar 2018
Associate Professor, Sophia University, Center for Global Education and Discovery  
 
Aug 2014
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Mar 2016
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo   
 
Aug 2012
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Aug 2014
Minister Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations   
 
Jan 2011
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Aug 2012
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo   
 

Education

 
Aug 2004
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Aug 2012
University of British Columbia, Department of Political Science (MA and PhD) 
 
Apr 1988
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Mar 1993
Tohoku University, Department of Economics 
 

Committee Memberships

 
Apr 2020
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Mar 2023
Japan Institute of International Relation  Member of Committee on Global Challenges
 
Apr 2021
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Mar 2022
Working Group for International Cooperation at Cabinet Office in the Government of Japan  Deputy Head
 
Sep 2011
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Aug 2012
Center for International Cooperation at Ministry of Defence  / Advisor
 
Apr 2011
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Mar 2012
Research Institute for International Relation at Ministry of Foreign Affairs  / Committee Member for RIsing Powers and Global Governance
 

Awards

 
Apr 2019
Japan Society for the Promostion of Science,, Grant in Aid for Scientific Research,"Peacebuilding and Political Parties"
Daisaku Higashi 
 
Apr 2016
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science,, Grant in Aid for Scientific Research,"Peacebuilding and Political Inclusion"
Daisaku Higashi 
 
Apr 2011
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science,, Grant in Aid for Scientific Research,"Arab Spring and Reconciliation"
Daisaku Higashi 
 
Sep 2008
Killam Foundation,, Killam Pre Doctoral Award
Daisaku Higashi 
 
Dec 2004
United Nations Correspondents Association,, Silver Medal,"Rebuilding Iraq: Challenges of the United Nations"
Daisaku Higashi 
 

Papers

 
 
Daisaku Higashi   
Asia Journal      Apr 2023   [Invited]
 
Daisaku Higashi   
Mainichi Newspaper Online      Apr 2023   [Invited]
 
Daisaku Higashi   
Mainichi Newspaper Online      Mar 2023   [Invited]
 
Daisaku Higashi   
Mainichi Newspaper Online      Jan 2023   [Invited]
 
Daisaku Higashi   
Traumatic Stress   20(2) 5-13   Dec 2022   [Invited]

Books and Other Publications

 
 
Daisaku Higashi(Part:Sole author)
Iwanami Press   Feb 2023   (ISBN:9784004319610)
 
Daisaku Higashi(Part:Sole author)
Edward Elgar   Jan 2022   
 
Daisaku Higashi(Part:Sole author)
Chuko Shinsho   Jan 2020   
 
Daisaku Higashi(Part:Edit, 編著)
Nihon Hyouronsha   Mar 2017      
 

Presentations

 
 
Daisaku Higashi   
TBS (TV Station)   25 Apr 2023   [Invited]
 
Daisaku Higashi   
Sophia Institute of International Relations   2 Apr 2023   [Invited]
 
 
Daisaku Higashi   
South Sudan Broadcasting Cooperation (Public TV Station, SSBC)   17 Mar 2023   [Invited]
 
Daisaku Higashi   
South Sudan Broadcasting Cooperation (Public TV station)   17 Mar 2023   [Invited]

Teaching Experience

 
Apr 2018
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Human Security and Peacebuilding (Tokyo University)
Apr 2018
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Learning SDGs (Sophia University)
Apr 2017
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Theories of International Relations and Research Proposal (Tokyo University)
Apr 2016
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Series of Seminar on Human Security and Peacebuilding (Sophia University)
Apr 2016
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Introduction to Conflicts and Human Security (Sophia University)

Professional Memberships

 
Aug 2014
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Japan International Politics Association
Jan 2011
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Japan UN Association
Jun 2006
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Academic Council for UN System (ACUNS)
 
   
 
Japan Peace Association

Research Projects

 
 
Peacebuilding and Political Parties: Can insurgency be transformed into political parties?
Japan Society for Promotion of Science: Kakenhi (Grant in Aid for Scientific Research)
Project Year: Apr 2019 - Mar 2024
 
Peacebuilding and Political Parties
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research
Project Year: Apr 2019 - Mar 2022
 
Peacebuilding and Political Exclusion
Japan Society for Promotion of Science: Kakenhi (Grant in Aid for Scientific Research)
Project Year: Apr 2016 - Mar 2019
 
Arab Spring and Reconciliation
Japan Society for Promotion of Science: Kakenhi (Grant in Aid for Scientific Research)
Project Year: Apr 2012 - Aug 2012
 
アラブの春と和解
日本学術振興会: 科学研究費助成事業
東 大作 丸山 真人 
Project Year: 2012 - 2012