|Annual Newsletter of the Slavic Research Center,
, December 2006
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|From the Director
||SRC Winter Symposium in 2005 (Dec.)
||SRC Summer Symposium in 2006
||Joint Seminars with the
Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center and the Davis Center for
Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University
||Concluding an Agreement
with the Institute of Slavic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
||Concluding an Agreement
with Sakhalin State University
||The 21st Century COE Foreign
Visitors Fellowship Program
||Professor Hara Teruyuki
||Professor David Wolff Succeeds
Professor Hara's Deeds
Nominated as Vice-President of Hokkaido University
|Our Current Staff
||Ongoing Cooperative Research
||Visitors from Abroad
||Guest Lectures from Abroad
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||Iwashita Akihiro Awarded an Asahi
Speakers at the front of the hall
On July 6 and 7 of 2006, an annual summer symposium was held in SRC: the title was "Eager Eyes Fixed on Slavic Eurasia: Change and Progress." The symposium was mainly organized by the 21st century Center of Excellence program "Making a Discipline of Slavic Eurasian Studies," and partly assisted by the project "An Emerging New Eurasian Order: Russia, China and TheirInteractions toward Neighbors."
The aim of the symposium was to redefine the former Soviet space in international relations, paying closest attention to the "surrounding regions" around Slavic Eurasia. Wellknown specialists on the region came together in Sapporo to debate the following topics: "Russian Foreign Policy Reconsidered," "South Asia and Slavic Eurasia," "Central Asia: Crossroads in Eurasia Cooperation," "Challenge of Eurasian Border: In Case of Sino-Russian Relations," and "Russia and East Asia."
All of the sessions noted China’s presence in the region. Central Asian issues and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization were mentioned in the sessions on South Asia and East Asia. Every participant recognized the crucial importance of increasing interactions in/around Eurasia.
Eighteen papers were submitted to the symposium: four from Japan, three from China, two from Russia and the US, and each one from Korea, Hungary, India, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, and Australia. As China is a decisive factor in the region, differences within the country should be taken into account: Chinese speakers came respectively from Beijing, Shanghai and Harbin. At the symposium, the SRC showed the will to function as a hub-center for Eurasian Studies on Northeast Asia as it forges new ties of research cooperation with academic institutions in South Asia that share common interests on the topic. I hope to invite an Iranian or Afghanistan researcher on Eurasia to the next SRC project. The SRC will release the results of the symposium in a publication of the series of "Slavic Eurasian Studies"