07.Mar.2008 16.30 - 18.00
Tapestry Room, Firth Court - Sheffield
Guest Speaker - Professor Shin'ichi Kitaoka, University of Tokyo
Commentators - Professor Rosemary Foot, University of Oxford and Dr John Swenson-Wright, University of Cambridge.
Shin'ichi Kitaoka is Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo. He is an expert on Japanese Political and Diplomatic History. After receiving his PhD from the University of Tokyo in 1976, he began his academic career as a lecturer at Rikkyo University, where he became full professor in 1985. In 1997, he moved to a professorship in modern Japanese politics and diplomacy at the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Law and Politics. Dr. Kitaoka has served as a member of the advisory panel to Prime Minister Miyazawa on "Japan and Asia Pacific in the 21st Century" (1992), as a member of Prime Minister Obuchi's Commission on "Japan's Goals in the 21st Century" 1999), and as a member of Prime Minister Koizumi's Task Force on Foreign Affairs (2001-2004). He was appointed deputy permanent representative of Japan to the United Nations in 2004 and served that post through the autumn of 2006. Dr. Kitaoka has received many awards and honors, including the Yoshino Sakuzo Prize, the Suntory Prize for Liberal Arts, the Yoshida Shigeru Prize, and the Yomiuri Prize as the Opinion Leader of the Year. His publications include Kokuren no Seijirikigaku: Nippon wa doko ni irunoka (The political dynamics of the UN: Japan's position, published in 2007), Dokuritsu jison: Fukuzawa Yukichi no chosen (Pride and self-dependence: the challenge of Fukuzawa Yukichi, 2002) and Futsu no kuni e (Toward a normal country, 2000).
Rosemary Foot is Professor of International Relations and the John Swire Senior Research Fellow in the International Relations of East Asia, St Antony's College, University of Oxford. She is also an elected Fellow of the British Academy. Author of several books, these include two on US policy during the Korean War published as part of the series "Cornell Studies in Security Affairs", one on US-China relations published in 1995 with Oxford University Press (OUP), and in 2000 Rights Beyond Borders: the global community and the struggle over human rights in China (OUP). A recent co-edited book, (with Barry Buzan), is Does China Matter? A Reassessment (Routledge, 2004). Her research interests cover aspects of China's foreign policy, and the evolution of regional institutions in the Asia-Pacific, as well as examining the relationship between counter-terrorist, human rights and human security policies in Asia and beyond. Work on the latter topic has appeared in several journals to date including International Affairs, Global Governance, Survival, Human Rights Quarterly and International Relations. An Adelphi Paper appeared in 2004, no. 363, entitled Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism in America's Asia Policy.
John Swenson-Wright is the Fuji Bank University Lecturer in Modern Japanese Studies and a fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. A graduate of Oxford University and the the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, in Washington, DC, he has a D.Phil. in International Relations from St.Antony's College, Oxford. His early research focused on early Cold War US-Japan foreign and security relations and was published as Unequal Allies? United States Security and Alliance Policy Towards Japan, 1945-1960 by Stanford University Press in March 2005. In addition, he has edited a translation of The Best Course Available. A Personal Account of the Secret US-Japan Okinawa Reversion Negotiations - written by the late Professor Kei Wakaizumi, and published by Hawai'i University Press in April, 2002. He is a regular writer and has consulted for a variety of institutions, including the Institute for International and Strategic Studies and Oxford Analytica. His current interest focuses on contemporary political and security interests in Northeast Asia, with particular reference to Japan and the Korean peninsula. In addition to his work at Cambridge, he is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, where he convenes a research and discussion group on contemporary Korea.