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FY 2009/2010 Research Topic: 4-05
Conflict and State Formation in Africa and the Middle East


This research project investigates conflicts in Africa and the Middle East aiming to identify and conceptualize aspects of conflicts other than destruction. The key notion we set here is state formation, which implies, provisionally for the initial stage of the project, a broad process including institutionalization of state, nation-building and national integration, and consolidation of the particular structure of power and political economy. Case studies of six countries will be examined: Somalia, Kenya, South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Iraq and Lebanon. This selection intends to comprehend the different cases regarding their background, nature, scale and intensity, so that we can examine the analytical validity of the notion of state formation in order to deepen the understanding of conflicts. This project starts from April 2009, and is carried out for two years.


2009/4 - 2011/2


Members of the Research Project

SATO Akira
ENDO Mitsugi (Professor, Tokyo University)
AOYAMA Hiroyuki (Associate Professor, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
ABE Toshihiro (Associate Professor, Otani University)
YAMAO Dai (Ph.D candidate, Kyoto University)


Interim Report (to be published in March 2010)
Final Report (to be published in FY2011)