Letters of Welcome

Welcome from the President of IAFOR

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to The Asia Pacific Conference on Security & International Relations (APSec2016), held this year alongside the 10th Congress of the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA 10). This IAFOR event is taking place in partnership with Osaka University through the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) and in collaboration with the University’s Center for Global Initiatives (CGI), as well as The East Asia Social Innovation Initiative (EASII) and the Inamori Foundation.

IAFOR is a Japan-based interdisciplinary academic research organisation, and through its conferences and publications offers opportunities for academics and policymakers throughout the world to exchange the latest in information and ideas, working towards the common goals of forging exciting new research paths and generating new knowledge.

Human interaction is at the source of all value creation, and the next couple of days will be a testament to this, affording the opportunity to renew acquaintances, form new friendships and build professional networks.

The theme of this interdisciplinary conference, “Fearful Futures – Peace and Security in Asia”, references insecurities, both real and imagined, and there is no doubt that the region, and indeed the wider world, is experiencing a period of great uncertainty and instability. This background of religious, cultural, political, economic and societal fracture may certainly be disconcerting, but this conference also wishes to focus on the positive: through challenge comes opportunity, and disruption brings innovation, possibility and hope. Over the next two days we will examine these different energies and drivers of change, including discussions of social innovation and entrepreneurship.

I would like to acknowledge and thank fellow members of the Organising Committee, and particularly my colleague at OSIPP, Professor Haruko Satoh, for their efforts in bringing together a programme that promises to be both exciting and challenging. I would also like to acknowledge the President of APISA, Professor Brendan Howe, for making the collaborative organisation of this event possible. Lastly, my thanks to our Keynote Speakers and Featured Speakers for agreeing to participate, as well as to all those who have responded to the open call for submissions.

For the majority of speakers, this will not be your first event, and I would ask that you take the time to engage with some of the younger delegates who may be attending for the first time. IAFOR places great importance on nurturing the next generation of scholars, and I encourage you to support the Osaka University postgraduate students who will be presenting posters on Thursday evening.

Though the future may be uncertain, even fearful, I am in no doubt that this conference will confront us all with many challenging ideas, and leave us with new perspectives.

I encourage your active participation in this event, and look forward to meeting you all.

Warm regards,

Joseph Haldane
President & CEO, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR)
Guest Professor, The Osaka School of International Public Policy
Osaka University, Japan

Welcome from the President of APISA

On behalf of the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA) I would like to extend a warm welcome to all the distinguished participants, guests and audience members at The Asia-Pacific Conference on Security and International Relations 2016 (APSec2016), which is also serving as our 10th Annual Congress. I would also like to express my gratitude to our partners and hosts, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Osaka University, and the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP).

The Asian Political and International Studies Association is the premier academic association in Asia, dealing with political and international issues, broadly defined. We encourage participation in our events and publications from academics, students, governmental and non-governmental actors, international organisations and civil society representatives. We welcome contributions on all subjects related to domestic and international governance, to politics and international studies of the region, and by those in the region. These include: international relations, international law, international political economy, international organisation, public policy and administration, comparative politics, peace and security, human rights, development studies, international trade, and area studies. We do, however, have a number of focused research programmes including:

  • Conflict and Peace Studies
  • Democracy and Governance
  • Human Security
  • Civilian Control and Security Sector Reform in Asia
  • Higher Education in Asia
  • Development and Development Cooperation

In addition to our annual congress, we are pleased to work with a variety of regional partners on smaller and more narrowly focused workshops throughout Asia. Importantly, APISA is a network of networks through which individuals and groups from different backgrounds and nationalities can collaborate. In the words of our founding president, Amitav Acharya, we are about building an Asian identity beyond exceptionalism and parochialism.

APISA endorses a number of publication initiatives. There are five APISA journals: Journal of Asian Public Policy, Asia-Pacific Social Science Review, Philippine Political Science Journal, Asian Journal of Peacebuilding and Asian International Studies Review. This last, formerly the International Studies Review, has just added two recent presidents of ISA, Amitav Acharya and Paul Diehl, to the editorial board, and will be publishing a special double issue later this month, freely downloadable from the website www.asianisr.org. There are also three APISA book series published with Palgrave Macmillan, the details of which can be found on the APISA website. I therefore encourage everybody, if you have not already done so, to check out the APISA website (www.apisa.org) and also to friend us on Facebook. These locations will give you further information and updates. Of course you can also join APISA and become part of our community. Again, details are on our website.

I wish everybody a very successful and enjoyable conference, and look forward to discussing Asian security and international relations related issues with many of you over the coming days.

With warmest regards,

Brendan M. Howe
President, The Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA)
Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate School of International Studies
Ewha Womans University, South Korea

Welcome from OSIPP & Osaka University

Dear Distinguished Guests, Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the Osaka University Center for Global Initiatives (CGI) and the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), I would like to extend my warm welcome to The International Academic Forum’s Asia-Pacific Conference on Security & International Relations (APSec2016) held in conjunction with the 10th Congress of the Asia Political and International Studies Association (APISA 10), held at the Osaka University Nakanoshima Center.

This exciting international and interdisciplinary conference on peace and security in Asia seeks to offer a comprehensive picture of the challenges that face Asia as countries in the region navigate towards a better future, free of fear, want and with greater respect for dignified living for all. As a Japanese national university and an academic institution, it is imperative that Osaka University be a meaningful part of, and contribute to, regional endeavours to realising this end. It is in this light that we are honoured to host this conference in central Osaka, gathering experts, practitioners, researchers and students to share concerns and insights on a wide range of issues that concern the security of our future.

The organisation of this conference has been made possible with the collaborative spirit, patience and understanding of Dr Joseph Haldane, President of IAFOR, Dr Brendan Howe, President of APISA and also my distinguished colleagues on APISA’s Executive Committee. My gratitude also extends to the Chinese, Korean and Japanese members of The East Asia Social Innovation Initiatives (EASII), and Professor Toshiya Hoshino of OSIPP who enabled the conference to be held as part of the Inamori Foundation endowed course on Global Ethics and Social Innovation.

I wish everybody a pleasant stay in Osaka, and look forward to a great conference.

Haruko Satoh
Professor, Center for Global Initiatives
Adjunct Professor, The Osaka School of International Public Policy
Osaka University, Japan