IWATA, Takuo


Comparative Politics, African Studies

Research Topic

I have studied politics and international relations in Africa. My principal research subjects are democratization, decentralization, local governments' international cooperation (decentralized cooperation), border issue since the colonial time, ICT in politics, symbolic power, Africa - Asia relations, Laughter in African politics etc. I have conducted field research in West African countries such as Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, and Togo. In recent years, I have visited Asian countries to learn Africa - Asia relations, and "African studies" in Asian countries.