Akihisa Matsuno

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Akihisa Matsuno
Osaka University
Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP)
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Akihisa Matsuno graduated the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and the Graduate School of the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, majoring Indonesian Studies. He teaches international politics and conflict studies, and has extensively written on conflicts and peacebuilding in East Timor and Indonesia. Recently he is doing research in other Asian countries, Middle East and South America.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 1982
Mar 1983
guest researcher, Comparative Linguistics Department, National Language Research Institute

Published Papers

Construção da Democracia, diálogo político e capital social na transição de Timor-Leste para a independência
Akihisa Matsuno
Revista Critica de Ciências Sociais   (104) 83-100   Sep 2014   [Refereed]
Ethnic Groups’ Right to Independence: Self-determination, Secession and the Post-Cold War International Relations
Akihisa Matsuno
Asia Peacebuilding Initiatives      Jan 2014
The paper can be seen at the following site:

West Papua and the changing nature of self-determination
Akihisa Matsuno
Comprehending West Papua   177-190   Nov 2011   [Refereed][Invited]
The e-book which includes my paper can be downloaded from the following page.

Analysing Timor-Leste Electoral Politics from a Soci-Economic Perspective
Akihisa Matsuno
Understanding Timor-Leste (Online version)   330-334   Jul 2010   [Refereed]
Can be downloaded from the following website. The article number is 54.

Stability and Democracy in Post-Conflict East Timor
Akihisa Matsuno
Still Under Construction: Regional Organisations' Capacities for Conflict Prevention (INEF Report No. 97)   97 40-54   2009   [Refereed]
Genocide and Sexism - Reflections on the Indonesian massacre in 1965-66
Akihisa Matsuno
Peace Studies Bulletin   (27) 12-14   Nov 2008   [Invited]

Books etc

The Indonesian Genocide of 1965: Causes, Dynamics and Legacies
Akihisa Matsuno (Part:Joint Work, The 30 September Movement and its Aftermath in Bali, October-December 1965: pp. 71-88)
Palgrave Macmillan   Mar 2018   
Conflict and Food Security
Akihisa Matsuno (Part:Joint Editor, Conflit and Food Security in Timor-Leste)
GLOCOL, Osaka University   Feb 2012   
The paper is, "Conflict and food security - Colonialism, Conflit, Globalization and the question of foods."
Democratic Governance in Timor-Leste: Reconciling the Local and the National
David Mearns (ed.)
Charles Darwin University Press   2008   
"The UN Transitional Administration and Democracy Building in Timor-Leste", pp. 52-70. The book can be ordered at the following site.
The East Timor Problem and the Role of Europe
Pedro Pinto Leite (ed.)
International Platform of Jurists for East Timor   1998   
The book contains two articles.
"The Balibo Declaration – Between Text and Fact", pp. 159-194.
"Reading the Unwritten: An Anatomy of Indonesian Discourse on East Timor", pp. 195-210.

Conference Activities & Talks

Indonesia's 1965 in a comparative perspective
Akihisa Matsuno
Present Past: Time, Memory, and the Negotiation of Historical Justice, Columbia University   Dec 2017   
Genosida dan kelompok politik (Genocide and the political group) [Invited]
Akihisa Matsuno
Seminar Jalan Berkeadilan bagi Penyintas: Memahami Genosida '65-66 dan Sesudahnya, Kampus APMD, Yogyakarta   Apr 2017   
The Human Rights Violations Related with 1965 Purge and Post-Suharto Transitional Justice in Indonesia
Akihisa Matsuno
Southeast Asian Studies Conference 2015, Kyoto   Dec 2015   
The crime of politicide: the question of intent in the systematic destruction of the Sukarno's support base
Akihisa Matsuno
Indonesia Council Open Conference 2015, at Deakin University   Jul 2015   
Xenophobic, Racist and Sexist Expressions in Japan - Ignorance, Naivety and the Question of Intention
Akihisa Matsuno
Symposium on Racism and Intolerance in Europe and Asia – Challenges and Policies, at the University of Groningen   Jun 2015   
The Indonesian Politicide: What crime is this?
Akihisa Matsuno
International Peace Research Association Congress   11 Aug 2014   
Gene and Creed: Understanding Cold War Politicide in Asia
Akihisa Matsuno
The 7th Asian Political and International Relations Association Conference, Middle East Technical University, Ankara   26 Oct 2013   
Prelude to Extermination: Bali, October-November 1965
Akihisa Matsuno
IIAS-Udayana Conference: Bali in Global Asia   17 Jul 2012   
West Papua and the changing nature of self-determination [Invited]
Akihisa Matsuno
Comprehending West Papua   Feb 2011   Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney
The presentation was quoted in the following article. Hamish McDonald, a worm inside the new Indonesia, Sydney Morning Herald, 25 Feb, 2011.

West Papua: Why Autonomy Is Failing
Akihisa Matsuno
IPRA (International Peace Research Association)   Jul 2010