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FY 2008/2009 Research Topic: 4-25
Brand-new regional mechanism for international security


We have been witnessing institutional developments of regionalism especially in the realm of international security. Those regional arrangements are to meet qualitative changes of security issues in the present world. Track records of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), for example, show changing needs and extending roles for such a regional mechanism vividly. Various security measures were created and disseminated throughout its development process.
This two-year research project aims to analyze this kind of development in some regions. As the security situation varies from region to region, research tasks will be demarcated to members of the research project on regional base. Each member focuses on one (sub-)region, namely East Asia, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa. Some will cover those brand-new mechanisms like the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Unit established in 2004. Others will try to look into current development of conventional regional bodies like the Organization of American States (OAS).
We have an ambition to foresee the formation of a brand-new region that rises above the geographical concept. It is closely related with the dynamism of region arrangement. Conflict management, confidence building and other security measures will be further transformed under this kind of regionalism. And it also contributes in advancing the democracy and human rights. Our research work will be implemented with such a broad perspective.



Members of the Research Project

URABE Hiroyuki (Associate Professor, Dokkyo University)
TSUBOUCHI Jun (Associate Professor, Yamanashi University)
JIMBO Ken (Associate Professor, Keio University)