Daisaku Higashi

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Name
Daisaku Higashi
E-mail
daisaku-hnifty.com
Affiliation
Sophia University
Section
Center for Global Education and Discovery
Job title
Professor
Degree
PhD

Profile

Dr. Daisaku Higashi is a professor 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 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. His publication includes “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).

Research Areas

 
 

Academic & Professional Experience

 
Apr 2018
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Today
Professor, Center for Global Education and Discovery, Sophia University
 
Apr 2016
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Mar 2018
Associate Professor, Center for Global Education and Discovery, Sophia University
 
Aug 2014
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Mar 2016
Associate Professor, Deputy Director, Research Center of Sustainable Peace, Institute of Advanced Global Studies, 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
Department of Political Science (MA and PhD), University of British Columbia
 
Apr 1988
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Mar 1993
Department of Economics, Tohoku University
 

Awards & Honors

 
Apr 2019
Peacebuilding and Political Parties, Grant in Aid for scientifc research, Japan Society for the Promostion of Science
 
Apr 2016
Peacebuilding and Political Inclusion, Grant in Aid for Scientific Research, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
 
Apr 2011
Arab Spring and Reconciliation, Grant in Aid for Scientific Research, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
 
The amount of fund I obtained for research “Arab Spring and Reconciliation” was 180, 000 USD for three years.
Sep 2008
Killam Pre Doctoral Award, Killam Foundation
 
The Killam Pre-doctoral Fellowships are the most prestigious awards available to graduate students at UBC. The amount of award is 27,500 CAD per annum for two years.
Dec 2004
Silver Medal, United Nations Correspondents Association
 
This annual prize is given by the UN Correspondents Association to recognize the best broadcasting reports on the UN all over the world. I received the award for the TV documentary I directed,“Rebuilding Iraq: Challenge of the United Nations.”

Published Papers

 
Daisaku Higashi
US Japan Institute      Oct 2018   [Refereed]
Daisaku Higashi
Foreign Affairs (Gaiko)   48    Apr 2018   [Invited]
Daisaku Higashi
Working Paper, Sophia Institute of International Relations      Oct 2017
Daisaku Higashi
Foreign Affairs (Gaiko)   44 99-111   Aug 2017   [Refereed]
Challenges of Elections in Afghanistan
Daisaku Higashi
Waseda Asian Review Vol 19   (19) 46-51   Dec 2016

Books etc

 
Human Security and Peacebuilding
Daisaku Higashi (Part:Editor)
Nihon Hyouronsha   Mar 2017   
Challenges of Constructing Legitimacy in Peacebuilding: Afghansitan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, and East Timor (Paperback Version)
Daisaku Higashi
Routledge   Oct 2016   
Challenges of Constructing Legitimacy in Peacebuilding: Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, and East Timor
Daisaku Higashi
Routledge   Mar 2015   
"The Return of Peace-Building Norm in Iraq" In Minerva’s Rule: Canadian, European, and Japanese Leadership in Global Institution-Building
Daisaku Higashi (Part:Joint Work)
Palgrave MacMillan.   Jan 2013   
Human Security: New Perspective
Daisaku Higashi (Part:Joint Work, Second Part: Human Security from the Perspctive of Peacebuilding)
Kokusai Shoin   Nov 2013   
Why did we go to war: dialogue of former enemies in the Vietnam War(Soft Cover)
Daisaku Higashi
Heibonsha Press   Jul 2010   
Peacebuilding: Research in Afghanistan and East Timor
Daisaku Higashi
Iwanami Shinsho   Jun 2009   
Can you hear the voices of victims of crimes? (Soft Cover)
Daisaku Higashi
Shinchosha   Apr 2008   
Can you hear the voices of victims of crimes?
Daisaku Higashi
Koudansha   Apr 2006   
Unfettered Ages
Daisaku Higashi
Ashishobou   Nov 2001   

Conference Activities & Talks

 
Daisaku Higashi
NHK   11 Jul 2018   
Daisaku Higashi
International Peace Institute (IPI) Key Note Lecture   12 Jun 2018   
Daisaku Higashi
Special Lecture at Saint Joseph University in Beirut   22 Feb 2018   
Challenges of Peacebuilding in Iraq after ISIS [Invited]
Daisaku Higashi
Key Note Speech at Al Naharin Center in Baghdad   19 Feb 2018   
Challenges of Constrcuting Legitimacy in Peacebuilding [Invited]
Daisaku Higashi
Special Lecture at East West University in South Korea   22 Nov 2017   
Challenges of the Peace Process in Syria [Invited]
Daisaku Higashi
UN Peace Building Support Office   2 Nov 2017   
Daisaku Higashi
NHK News Room Tokyo   27 Sep 2017   
Challenges of Constructing Legitimacy in Peacebuilding [Invited]
Daisaku Higashi
Graduate Institute in Geneva   20 Sep 2017   
NHK Deep Insight "Japan International Contribution to Peace"
Daisaku Higashi
3 Jun 2017   
Daisaku Higashi
NHK News Room Tokyo   17 Mar 2017   
Changing PKO What will happen to Japan Self Defence Forces for PKO
Daisaku Higashi
NHK (Japan Public TV Station) Close Up Now   30 Nov 2016   
Challenges of Peace Process in South Sudan
Daisaku Higashi
Presentation hosted by UN Peace Building Support Office, Department of Political Affairs, Department of Peace Keeping and Department of Field Support   4 Nov 2016   
Challenges of Peace Process in South Sudan [Invited]
Daisaku Higashi
Research Institute of International Relations   11 Oct 2016   
Peacebuilding in South Sudan and Somalia [Invited]
Daisaku Higashi
NHK Close Up Now   20 Sep 2016   
Daisaku Higashi
NHK News Room Tokyo   29 Aug 2016   
Peacebuilding in Asia [Invited]
Daisaku Higashi
30 Jul 2016   
Daisaku Higashi
NHK News Room Tokyo   7 Jul 2016   
Challenges of Constructing Legitimacy in Peacebuilding: Interaction between Academic Research and Policy Practices [Invited]
Daisaku Higashi
Lecture at Yale University   8 Mar 2016   
Challenges of Constructing Legitimacy in Peacebuilding: From experiences of academic research and practioners [Invited]
Daisaku Higashi
2 Feb 2016   
Interview on Peace Process in Afghanistan
Daisaku Higashi
NHK News Room Tokyo   14 Jan 2016   

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