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Adoption of a New Project: Comparative Research on Major Regional Powers in Eurasia The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Selected the SRC
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Adoption of a New Project: Comparative Research on Major Regional Powers in Eurasia

A new project, "Comparative Research on Major Regional Powers in Eurasia," was adopted by the Ministry of Education and Science as a five-year grant-in-aid for scientific research on innovative areas. Its project leader is Tabata Shinichiro of the SRC. This project intends to make a comprehensive and systematic comparison of major regional powers in Eurasia, including Russia, China and India, and analyze the sustainability of these countries as regional powers. In comparative analysis, the historical background of these powers as empires will be fully taken into account. This will aim to identify pressing issues in contemporary Eurasia and beyond, such as security, ethnic conflicts, religious confrontations, environmental problems and poverty, by paying special attention to the role of these regional powers in the world order. This project includes six research groups:

  1. Restructuring of the International Order (chief: Iwashita Akihiro, SRC)

  2. The Elite, Governance, Socio-political Cleavages and Values (chief: Tang Liang, Hosei University)

  3. The Possibility of Sustainable Economic Development (chief: Uegaki Akira, Seinan Gakuin University)

  4. The Collapse and Restructuring of Empires and Transformation of the World System (chief: Uyama Tomohiko, SRC)

  5. Beyond the Contours of State (chief: Yamane So, Osaka University)

  6. The Centripetal and Centrifugal Forces of Culture (chief: Mochizuki Tetsuo, SRC)

TABATA Shinichiro

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