Global Governance and Regional Strategy(GR)
The Spread of Globalization and the Possibility of Governance
Professor, Program Chairperson
Globalization is not something that began abruptly in the second half of the twentieth century. Rather, humans had already spread to every corner of the world before recorded history. In the years before the Common Era, the Roman Republic and ancient Carthage battled in the Mediterranean Sea, and in the seventh century was the Japanese envoy to the Sui dynasty of China across the Sea of Japan. The middle of the fifteenth century marked the Age of Discovery in Europe, and when the telegraph was commercialized halfway through the nineteenth century, communication became easier than ever. Even so, physical distance still affects us today. Although we can talk to one another in real time with cell phones, it still takes us over ten hours to travel to the other side of the globe where people with different cultures speak in different languages. Inventions such as airplanes, cars, and the internet allow our civilization to cover the planet, yet our culture cannot be unified as one. This has left us with numerous issues in need of resolution.
As the complexity of the issues increases, and so too does people's awareness of their rights, they cannot be solved by governments alone. A number of different actors are now taking part in global consensus building, such as international organizations, corporations, NGOs, and individuals empowered by information and communications technology. This has led to a shift in international politics away from individual nation states toward global governance.
The era when states take the lead is now giving way after having continued for 370 years since the Thirty Years' War in Europe that ended in 1648 with the Peace of Westphalia. However, from the perspective of humanity's long history, one could say that this period of time has been quite short.
Humanity has no choice but to work together and solve the various complex and intertwined issues that cross our borders. The GR Program engages with current and future issues from both theoretical and practical perspectives, and awaits individuals who strive to implement political solutions to these issues while thinking beyond the boundaries of time and space.
Affiliated Academic Projects
- Lifeworld and Publicness
- China Perspective
- Islamic Practice Studies
- Area Studies for Global Governance
- Security Studies 1
- Security Studies 2
- Global Governance and Regional Strategy (Global)
- Global Governance and Regional Strategy (Regional)
Faculty Members（as of June, 2019）
Note: "◎" indicates the Program chairperson.
|Eiichi Tajima||Professor||The Study on China, Especially on Chinese Civil Society, Public Religions, and Chinese Christian Associations.|
|Haolan Zheng||Associate Professor||Modern and Contemporary History of China, Chinese Area Studies|
|Ken Jimbo||Professor||International Security, Security in Asia-Pacific, Regionalism in East Asia, Japan's Defense and Security Policy|
|Koichiro Tanaka||Professor||International relations in West Asia (Middle East) region, with a strong focus on Iran and Afghanistan|
|Michito Tsuruoka||Associate Professor||International security; European politics; NATO; European integration; nuclear policy|
|◎ Motohiro Tsuchiya||Professor||Cyber Security, International Relations, and Studies on Information Society|
|Takashi Osaka||Professor||Public safety policy, Police studies, Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity|
|Tomoki Kamo||Professor||Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy, Comparative Politics, International Relations(East Asia)|
|Toshihiro Nakayama||Professor||U.S. Politics and Foreign Policy, US-Japan Relations, International Relations|
|Vu Le Thao Chi||Project Assistant Professor||Risk Behavior, Choices, Human Security, Narrative Approach, Development|
|Yo NONAKA||Associate Professor||Southeast Asian Studies (esp. Indonesia), Malay-Indonesian language|
|Yoko Hirose||Professor||International Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Development Studies, The Transcaucasus Area Studies|
Possibilities after Graduation
With regards to specific places of employment, there are opportunities in political/private research institutes, domestic and overseas civil service, media, and education related agencies. For instance, past placements include the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), the Development Finance Research Center, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Japan Center for International Finance (JCIF), private consulting firms, international NGOs, a branch of government work, foreign affairs officials, international civil servants, and international journalism, etc. Those seeking careers in education and research have the option of progressing to the Doctoral Program.