Essays by Foreign Fellows
Arrival of Professor Akihiro
On October 1, Prof. Akihiro Iwashita joined the Slavic Research
Center as a member of its full-time staff. Born in Kumamoto in 1962,
Prof. Iwashita graduated from the Faculty of Law of Kyushu University
in 1987 before continuing on to the graduate program offered by that
university's School of Law. He joined Kyushu Universit's Faculty of Law
as an assistant in April 1992 and moved to an associate professor
position within the Faculty of International Studies at Yamaguchi
Women's University (now Yamaguchi Prefectural University) in April 1994.
Prof. Iwashita has had a close relationship with the Slavic Research
Center. He studied at the Center in 1995 and worked as a visiting
researcher in 2000. He specializes in Russian diplomacy and
international law. He earned his
doctorate in 1995 from Kyushu University, submitting a dissertation
entitled "A Study on the Theory of Soviet Foreign Relations. " The main
body of this dissertation was later published under the title of "A
Study on the Paradigm of Soviet Foreign Policy"(Kokusai Shoin, 1999).
In the Slavic Research Center's Priority Research Project, Prof.
Iwashita took on the Russia-China border issue as a member of the
international relations research group. During that
time he conducted first-hand, ground-level research in the border area,
the principal of "local research・"hampioned by the late Yutaka Akino,
was also a member of the same research group. More recently, Prof.
has been enthusiastically pushing forward CIS research encompassing the
Asia region, and the Center looks forward to him undertaking a
project to analyze Russian diplomacy from within the broad spectrum of
By T. Hayashi
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