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FY 2012/2013 Research Topic: C-10
Conflict and Reconciliation in Africa and the Middle East

Outline

Reconciliation is undoubtedly the ultimate goal in the post-conflict peace-building process. Through our previous research project 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 - state formation - in this new research project focusing on post-conflict reconciliation in Africa and the Middle East. By doing so, we expect to depict reconciliation as a multi-dimensional project concerning memory, justice, social integration, state institution, and democracy. During this year, we will conduct case studies on the following seven countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Rwanda, Somalia and South Africa. These countries have been selected to represent a transection of the diverse task of post-conflict reconciliation in terms of historical background, nature, and significance.

Period

April 2011 - February 2013

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] SATO Akira
[ Co-researchers ] TSUDA Miwa
TAKEUCHI Shinichi
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)

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