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FY 2007/2008 Research Topic: 1-11
After Conflicts Break Out: African Experiences


Armed conflicts in Africa, which were rampant in the 1990s, have shown a tendency toward resolution in recent years, partly thanks to active concern and interventions by the international community. Nevertheless, the actual situation in many African countries is so fragile that they have to face many problems in the reconstruction of stable societies.

This research project focuses on the recent experiences of African countries, where internal conflicts have broken out, in order to shed light on actual interactions among African governments, African societies, and the international community in the process of their reconstruction and reconciliation.

The members of this project include not only specialists of African affairs but also specialists of international relations, peace-building, and international law, in order to promote fruitful inter-disciplinary discussion.

Case studies of post-conflict African countries such as Sierra-Leone, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Sudan, Rwanda, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique will be examined in this research project. Moreover, interventions of the international community in the field of justice, which is a notable phenomena in some recent African countries, will also be a focal issue of the research.


April 2006 - March 2008


Members of the Research Project

SATO Akira
OCHIAI Takehiko (Professor, Ryukoku University)
SHINODA Hideaki (Associate Professor, Hiroshima University)
FUNADA-Classen Sayaka (Senior Lecturer, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
MINE Yoichi (Associate Professor, Osaka University)
MOCHIZUKI Yasue (Associate Professor, Kwansei Gakuin University)
YAMANE Tatsuo (Research Fellow, Hiroshima University)