How do we fight the backslide of democracy?
Understanding successes and failures through international comparisons
According to a 2022 survey, only 34 countries in the world are free and democratic. On the other hand, there are more and more authoritarian and autocratic countries. Why do political leaders in the world attempt to undermine democracy? How can we stop the trend?
HONNA JunProfessor, College of International Relations
Global International Relations
Reexamining international relations from its beginnings, bridging the West and the non-West
Global International Relations is an approach that emerged as a movement to bridge the West and the non-West by critically looking at traditional studies of International Relations that take a Western perspective to be self-evident. It attempts to develop new theories inspired by past perspectives and other disciplines.
ATAKA HiroakiProfessor, College of International Relations
Economic development in developing countries cannot be achieved by economic rationality alone.
The process of economic development in a developing country is complex, as decisions and actions people and government make are influenced by various factors.
To investigate how economic development can be realised, it is essential to accept such complexity and study a wide range of fields.
WATANABE MatsuoProfessor, College of International Relations
Migrant workers and racism
Listening carefully to the sacrifices of overseas Filipino migrant workers
There is an overwhelming inequality between those who have no other choice and are forced to do migrant labor abroad and those who enjoy the benefits of foreign labor. I believe it is important to connect the findings from the qualitative research with theory and incorporate them into studies of what migrant workers have had to sacrifice.
TSUJIMOTO ToshikoAssociate Professor, College of International Relations
Working for an International Organization
Theory and Empathy Are Needed in the Field of International Humanitarian and Development Assistance
I have been involved in humanitarian and development assistance at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), where I realized the importance of “empathy”. International relations are, after all, people-to-people relationships. Partner believes in the human being in front of him.
ISHIKAWA SachikoProfessor, College of International Relations
Dive into a Different Culture and Rethink Your “Norms”
I am studying the metamorphosis of Shinjuku Kabukicho as a community. The streetscape, the flow of people, the people's gestures walking around, everything is a subject of observation. I am using cultural anthropology methods such as interviewing people from various professions, taking questionnaires, and investigating government influence.
SMITH Nathaniel M. Associate Professor, College of International Relations
Understanding the Media is Essential to Understanding the World
Students of international relations need to know how news is created and the approaches behind it. I think it is important to improve one’s ability to discern the facts within the news, based on an understanding that news is not reality conveyed as is, but simply one version of reality. In other words, it is essential to improve one’s media literacy.
KOGA BROWES ScottAssociate Professor, College of International Relations
Using Economics to Predict the Next Action of People and Nations
Some people may think economics is the study of money. But that is not the case. Economics is the science of decision making. It tries to predict a person’s next action by exploring why the person made a particular action. You could say said that economics is a discipline that tries to explain all human behavior.
YANE HarukaAssociate Professor, College of International Relations
An Accurate Knowledge of One’s Own Country Facilitates Internationalization
Some people may think that the College of International Relations is a place for learning about foreign countries, but that is not the case. This is because students of this College also study Japan in depth. Japan is viewed anew from a different perspective. In other words, we “rediscover Japan.” I think this is an essential perspective for the study of international relations.
RAJKAI Zsombor TiborProfessor, College of International Relations
Advanced Science and Technology and Global Law
Nanotechnology, AI, and Robotic Weapons, How Will the International Community Manage the Risks of Science and Technology?
The development of advanced science and technology always requires risk management. Research institutes and private companies have established self-regulatory rules. We are researching how guidelines establish by individual institutions may be applied to "global law" to improve the international management of advanced science and technology.
KAWAMURA SatokoAssociate Professor, College of International Relations
Protecting People and Nations from the Global Threat of Narcotics
Narcotics are one of the new threats that could destabilize human life and the survival of a nation. The narcotics industry is a global business. Mainly produced in South America, narcotics are distributed throughout the United States, Europe, and the rest of the world. The industry has a great influence on countries around the world and international relations. Knowledge and perspectives from international relations are needed to find solutions to these threats to the world.
FUKUMI SayakaAssociate Professor, College of International Relations
Developing Countries and International Cooperation
What Is the Sustainable International Cooperation Required in the Global Era?
The development and international cooperation methods in developing countries are diverse, differing depending on the era, country, and region. In Southeast Asia, grant aid is used for infrastructure and human resource development. In recent years, paid (loan) aid has become the mainstream, and civil society and private companies are increasingly becoming involved in international cooperation.
SHIMADA HaruyukiProfessor, College of International Relations
Ritsumeikan University Research Report
Research made by faculty members of the School of International Relations published in "RADIANT,"
a research journal of Ritsumeikan University, is introduced here.
The Violence brought about by Poverty in Africa
SHIRATO Keiichi Professor, College of International Relations
Envisioning a Japanese Multicultural Society, Based on the Experiences of the US
MINAMIKAWA FuminoriProfessor, College of International Relations
To Gain a Better Understanding of Middle Eastern Politics
SUECHIKA KotaProfessor, College of International Relations
The Impact of Science and Technology in Science Fiction’s imagined Futures
Denis TaillandierAssociate Professor, College of International Relations
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Students of IR
Interviews with current students who are active in various club activities and international events
RPG-style classes in which students become representatives of nations, international organizations, NGOs, etc. and move the world