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Sophia University 
Center for Global Education and Discovery 

Professor 
Higashi Daisaku 

Research background
Dr. Daisaku Higashi is a professor at Sophia University in Tokyo. He worked for NHK, Japan Public TV station as a program director from 1993 to 2004 and produced a numerous TV documentaries, including “Rebuilding Iraq: Challenges of the United Nations” which received the silver medal from UN Correspondents Association in 2004. He then completed his MA and Ph.D in the political science at the University of British Columbia in Canada. He consulted on Afghan policies with top government officials in both Japan and the United States; his policy recommendation to create a new reconciliation mechanism in Afghanistan was adopted by the Japanese government on its Afghan strategy which was announced in November 2009. He then worked for United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) from December 2009 to December 2010 as a team leader for reconciliation and reintegration, stationing in Kabul, and supporting the Afghan government to set up a reconciliation mechanism, such as High Peace Council, international reconciliation trust fund, and Afghan Peace and Reintegration Program that were established in the end of 2010. After he finished one year service in UNAMA, he started working for the University of Tokyo as an associate professor in January 2011. He also served as a Minister-Counsellor in the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN from August 2012 to August 2014, directing the activities of Peace Building Commission (PBC) as a part of exchange program between the University of Tokyo and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He returned to the University of Tokyo in August 2014. He transferred to the tenure position at Center for Global Education at Sophia University in April 2016. His publication includes “Challenges of Constructing Legitimacy in Peacebuilding: Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone and East Timor” (Routledge 2015),“Peacebuilding:Researches in Afghanistan and East Timor" (Iwanami Press 2009)”, “Why did we go to the war: dialogue of former enemies in the Vietnam War" (Heibonsha Library 2010). His edition includes "Human Security and Peacebuilding" (Nihon Hyoronsha 2017). 

Academic degrees
学士  Tohoku University  1993/03/31 
MA  British Columbia University  2006/08/31 
Ph.D.  University of British Columbia  2012/11/30 

Research Areas
International relations 

Research keywords
Peacebuilding 
International Relations 

Bibliography
Challenges of Constructing Legitimacy in Peacebuilding: Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, and East Timor  Routledge  2015/03 
Human Security: New Perspective  Kokusai Shoin  2013/11 
"The Return of Peace-Building Norm in Iraq" In Minerva’s Rule: Canadian, European, and Japanese Leadership in Global Institution-Building  Palgrave MacMillan.  2013/01 
Why did we go to war: dialogue of former enemies in the Vietnam War(Soft Cover)  Heibonsha Press  2010/07 
Peacebuilding: Research in Afghanistan and East Timor  Iwanami Shinsho  2009/06 
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Papers
Battle at the UN Security Council on Peace Enforcement in Libya and Syria: Focusing on the Strategies of BRICS  Daisaku Higashi  Doushisha University Global Studies  2013/08 
Afghanistan's Challenges in Reconciliation  Daisaku Higashi  Foreign Affairs  2011/09 
Daisaku HIGASHI “Challenge of Constructing Legitimacy in Peacebuilding: Case of Timo-Leste”  Daisaku Higashi  United Nations Peacekeeping Operation Best Practices Section  2009/03 
Challenge of Constructing Legitimacy in Peacebuilding: Case of Afghanistan  Daisaku Higashi  UN DPKO Best Practices Section  2008/10 
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Research presentations
Challenges of Constructing Legitimacy in Peacebuilding: Interaction between Academic Research and Policy Practices  Lecture at Yale University  2016/03/08 
Challenges of Constructing Legitimacy in Peacebuilding: From experiences of academic research and practioners  広島大学平和科学研究センター講演会  2016/02/02 
Interview on Peace Process in Afghanistan  NHK News Room Tokyo  2016/01/14 
Japan entry to UN Security Council and Peacebuilding  NHK Perspective  2016/01/12 
Problem of Legitimacy in Peacebuilding: Linking research with policy practice  University of British Columbia, Institute of Asian Research  2015/11/24 
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Prizes
科研  平和構築と政治的排除~なぜ過ちは繰り返されるのか~  2016/04 
Grant in Aid for Scientific Research  Arab Spring and Reconciliation  2011/04 
Killam Pre Doctoral Award  2008/09 
United Nations Correspondents Association Silver Medal  2004/12 
放送文化基金賞  1998/12 
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Memberships of academic societies
Japan Peace Association 
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