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FY 2011/2012 Research Topic: 4-14
Conflict and Reconciliation in Africa and the Middle East


Reconciliation is undoubtedly the ultimate goal in the post-conflict peace-building process. Through the previous research project we conducted in FY2009-2010, we have confirmed the analytical validity of the concept of “state formation,” which entails broad processes such as the establishment of state institutions, nation-building and national integration, and consolidation of a particular power structure and political economy, to deepen our understandings of conflicts. We rely consecutively on the same analytical concept in this new research project focusing on post-conflict reconciliation in Africa and the Middle East. By doing so, we aim to depict reconciliation as a multi-dimensional project concerning memory, justice, social integration, state institution, and democracy. We will conduct case studies of six countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Somalia and South Africa. These countries have been selected to represent a diverse transect of post-conflict reconciliation in terms of historical background, nature, and significance.


April 2011 - February 2013

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] SATO Akira
[ Co-researchers ] TSUDA Miwa
ENDO Mitsugi (Professor, Tokyo University)
AOYAMA Hiroyuki (Associate Professor, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
ABE Toshihiro (Associate Professor, Otani University)
YAMAO Dai (Lecturer, Kyusyu University)