The Asia-Pacific Conference on Security & International Relations 2016

Key Information
  • Location: Osaka University Nakanoshima Center, Osaka, Japan
  • Dates: Thursday, December 08, 2016 ​to Friday, December 09, 2016
  • Conference Theme: "Fearful Futures: Peace and Security in Asia"
  • Initial Abstract Submission Deadline: August 20, 2016*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: October 20, 2016
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: November 01, 2016

*Submit early to take advantage of the discounted registration rates. Learn more about our registration options.


Welcome to The Asia-Pacific Conference on Security & International Relations 2016 (APSec2016), organised by IAFOR in association with the University of Osaka, Japan, through the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), and the Asia Political and International Studies Association (APISA).

This international and interdisciplinary conference will act as a centre for academics, practitioners and professionals to discuss new research in security and international relations. APSec2016 will create opportunities for the internationalisation of higher education and sharing of expertise. We invite professionals from all corners of the world to develop policies, exchange ideas, and promote new partnerships with organisations and peers.

"Fearful Futures: Peace and Security in Asia"

Whether military incursions in the blue waters of the South China Sea, ethnic violence in Southeast Asia or the threat of nuclear proliferation in Northeast Asia, there is an increasingly uneasy jostling for power and position in the Asia-Pacific.

In the context of rising global economic uncertainty, with a background of religious, cultural and societal fractures, the rise of nationalism and authoritarianism is a symptom detected across the states in the region, including those which are democracies. Perceived threats from traditional and non-state actors are being used to justify stifling dissent, increasing surveillance, and the removing of freedoms, as security and defence apparatus are turned as much on enemies within a state as outside. Yet, social and economic development, political modernisation and other components of state-building are as relevant as they have been for decades, if not more today with an added urgency of addressing challenges to human security. Rich or poor, securing the state has never seemed such a multifaceted, complex task, and solutions require more social innovation and interdisciplinary approaches than less.

This international and interdisciplinary conference on Asia-Pacific Security and International Relations will bring together a range of academics, policy makers, and practitioners to discuss the evolving issues in security and international relations in the Asia-Pacific. Relationships between China, Japan and the US will be explored, as well as in and between those countries and the rest of this volatile region, as states and peoples fight for power, influence, resources, and basic human rights.

The APSec2016 Organising Committee

Why Join an IAFOR Conference?

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) welcomes academics from all over the world to our interdisciplinary conferences held in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Our events provide a unique international, intercultural and interdisciplinary environment in which to hear the latest world-class research and network with leading academics, professionals and practitioners.

Our conferences are meticulously planned under the direction of prominent academics to ensure that they offer programmes of the highest level, and are supported by some of the world’s leading academic institutions, including the University of London (UK), Virginia Tech (USA), Barcelona University (Spain), Waseda University (Japan), Monash University (Australia), University of Sussex (UK), Medill School of Journalism (USA), Moscow State University (Russia) and The University of Tokyo, (Japan).

By facilitating dialogue between the world’s academics and thought leaders, IAFOR has become a pioneer in providing the research avenues and visionary development solutions that are necessary in our rapidly emerging globalised world. We welcome you to engage in this expanding global academic community of individuals and network of institutions, and look forward to seeing you at one of our future events.