Message from the Dean
Fostering Global Citizenship
People began serious effort to study international relations as an academic subject after the experiences of the two World Wars of the first half of the 20th century. The original problem the discipline tried to solve was how to bring about a peaceful international society where use of force would be minimized as means to solve international conflict. Since then, the world has experienced several large-scale transformations such as de-colonization, the beginning and the ending of the Cold War, innovation in information and communication technology and the so-called economic “globalization”. As a result, both the problems the international society faces and the questions the study of international relations tries to answer have become diverse and wide-ranging. And yet, we still see conflicts and confrontations involving use of force in many parts of the world, and the original problem for this discipline is still unresolved today.
Today, the study of international relations employs a multi-disciplinary or inter-disciplinary approach involving wide-ranging academic methods such as Politics, Economics, Law, History, Culture and Sociology, in order to tackle the diverse issues in international society. The Graduate School of International Relations (GSIR) at Ritsumeikan University was established in 1992 in order to be the part of this academic effort. Here at the GSIR we have a teaching staff with various academic background sharing the same interest in pursuing the cutting-edge knowledge in the field of international relations, while admitting students from all over the world to train a new generation with specialist knowledge in various aspects of international relations. We welcome you wholeheartedly in this intellectual effort of trying to build a better international society.