The First International Symposium of Comparative Research on Major Regional Powers in Eurasia in Japanese
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The Elusive Balance: Regional Powers and the Search for Sustainable Development
Date: July 9-10, 2009
Location: Room 403, Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, Sapporo

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The first international symposium for the scientific project "Comparative Research on Major Regional Powers in Eurasia,"* will be held at the Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, on July 9-10 this year. The title of the symposium is "Elusive Balance: Regional Powers and the Search for Sustainable Development", in which we will discuss the role of regional powers including Russia, China, and India in the world economic and social order and inquire whether they can maintain their status as “powers” in the future world. More precisely we will discuss these problems focusing on the topics of the macro economy, the environment (anti-global warming), energy security, and social disparity. By doing so, it is expected that we can clarify the common difficulties and specific tasks of each country concerning these four topics. Besides, we are planning an exciting session on the border problems of Eurasia. We also expect in the course of the discussions to find some clues to solving these challenges in the worldwide context. The symposium concludes with a special session from historical perspectives.

* = Five-year grant-in-aid for scientific research on innovative areas supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of Japan

Thursday, July 9

Opening remarks
Session 1: Economic Reforms and Macro Economic Performance
NAKAMURA Yasushi (Yokohama National University)
Paper givers:
1-1 SATO Takahiro (Kobe University)

External Openness and Firm Productivity in China and India: Evidence from Business Enterprises Surveys

1-2 UEGAKI Akira (Seinan Gakuin University),

Balance of Payments in Comparative Perspective: China, India and Russia under Globalization (REVISED July 6)

1-3 Sudip Ranjan BASU(UNCTAD, UN, Geneva)

Harry WU (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Session 2 : Searching for Energy Security
Paper givers:
2-1 HORII Nobuhiro (Kyushu University)

Bottlenecks in China’s Energy Supply, Policy Solutions or Market Solutions? 

2-2 Shebonti Ray DADWAL (Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis, New Delhi),

Energy Security: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for India

2-3 David DUSSEAULT,  Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

Where has all the Oil gone? Contradictions among Russia's Socio-economic Development, Political Legitimacy and Corporate Profits

Session 3 : The Politics of the Environment: Global Warming after Kyoto
TABATA Shinichiro (SRC)
Paper givers:
3-1 KAMEYAMA Yasuko (National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan)

Japan in the Midst of Multilateral Negotiation on the Future Framework for Climate Change

3-2 PANG Jun (Department of Environmental Economics and Management, Renmin University)

China’s Energy-Environment Problems and Some Issues related to Post-Kyoto Arrangement

3-3 Ambuj SAGAR (IIT, Delhi)

KANIE Norichika (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Reception  at the Sapporo Aspen Hotel
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Friday, July 10

Session 4 :
Artificial Boundaries: The Broken Heart of Eurasia
YOSHIDA Osamu (Hiroshima University)
Paper givers:
4-1 Mushtaq A. KAW (Centre of central Asian Studies, University of Kashmir, Srinagar)

Border Politics in the Heart of Eurasia : A Case Study of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan 

4-2 A. Ghafoor LIWAL (Regional Studies Center of Afghanistan [RSCA])

Areas between Afghanistan and Pakistan and the Present Turmoil

4-3 Sarfraz KHAN (Area Study Centre, Russia, China, Central Asia, Peshawar University, Pakistan)

Special Status of Tribal Areas (FATA): An Artificial Imperial Construct Bleeding Asia
HIROSE Takako (Senshu University)

Session 5 :
Social Disparity and Poverty
HORIE Norio (University of Toyama)
Paper givers:
5-1 TAKEDA Yuka (Waseda University)

Is Russian Economic Growth Pro-Poor?

5-2 IMAI Katsushi (Manchester University)

Poverty and Vulnerability in India and China

5-3 Ruslan YEMTSOV (World Bank)

Through the Looking-Glass: What is behind official data on inequality in Russia over 1992-2003?
MARUKAWA Tomoo (University of Tokyo)

Session 6 : Historical Perspectives
SUHARA Manabu (Nihon University)
Paper givers:
6-1 Vladimir POPOV (New Economic School, Moscow and Carlton University)

Why the West Got Rich before China, Why China is Catching up with the West since 1949: Another Explanation of the "Great Divergence" and "Great Convergence" Story

6-2 SAITO Osamu (Hitotsubashi University)

Income growth and inequality over the very long run: England, India and Japan compared
SUZUKI Yoshikazu (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

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Organizing Committee of the Symposium:

UEGAKI Akira, TABATA Shinichiro, KOSHINO Go, GOTO Masanori, OBARA Yumiko

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