Second International Symposium of Comparative Research on Major Regional Powers in Eurasia in Japanese

"Comparing the Politics of the Eurasian Regional Powers:
China, Russia, India, and Turkey"

Date: December 12-13, 2009
Place: Room S405, Sotobori Building, Ichigaya Campus, Hosei University, Tokyo

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December 12  Saturday

Opening Remarks

1:45-3:30 p.m.
Setting the Agenda: “How to Understand the General Trends of Regional Powers?”
Liang Tang, Waseda U
Nobuaki Shiokawa, Tokyo U

“Revisiting Perestroika, the End of the Cold War, and the Dissolution of the Soviet Union after Twenty Years”

Katsuji Nakagane, Aoyama Gakuin U

“Economic Transitions in Comparison: Why Do Socialist Countries Flee to Capitalism?”

Hideki Esho, Hosei U

“Implications of the ‘Indian Miracle’: Reconsidering the Development Political Economy”

3:30-3:45 p.m.
Coffee Break

3:45-5:45 p.m.
Replying to the Questions: “How to Study the General Trends of Regional Powers?” – Roundtable.
Kazuko Mouri, Waseda U
Akio Takahara, Tokyo U
Satoshi Amako, Waseda U
Shinichiro Tabata, Hokkaido U
Kimitaka Matsuzato, Hokkaido U
Norio Kondo, IDE-JETRO

6:00-8:00 p.m.
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December 13 Sunday

10:00-12:00 a.m. 
Session 1:
"Sub-national Units for Modernization and Democracy: Villages and NGOs in Russia, China, and India"
David Wolff, Hokkaido University, Japan
Tomila Lankina, De Montfort U (UK)

"Determinants of Sub-National Democracy Variations in Russia and India: A Preliminary Framework for Analysis"

Fumiki Tahara, Tokyo U

"Leader, Agent or Bystander? Governance and Public Goods in Chinese and Russian Villages"

Lei Guang, San Diego State U (USA)

"The Politics of Social Conflict and Conflict Resolution: Comparing Local State and Society Relations in China and India"
Osamu Ieda, Hokkaido U


1:15-3:15 p.m.
Session 2:
"A Key to Greatness. Religious Politics in Regional Powers"
Tomohiko Uyama, Hokkaido U
Daniel P. Payne, Baylor U

"Orthodox Exceptionalism and the Distinctiveness of Asian Values: Two Arguments Against the Universality of Human Rights" (coauthored with Christopher Marsh and Jonathan J. Mizuta)

Kimitaka Matsuzato, Hokkaido U; Fumiko Sawae, Tohoku U

"Rebuilding a Confessional State: Islamic Ecclesiology in Turkey, Russia, and China"

Hiroki Miwa, Chuo U

"Ethnic and Religious Conflicts and Foreign Policies in South Asia"
Masato Iizuka, Tokyo U of Foreign Studies

3:15-3:30 p.m.
Coffee Break

3:30-5:30 p.m.
Session 3:
"Realignment of Social Strata and its Cleavages"
Liang Tang, Waseda U
Vamsi Vakulabharanam, U of Hyderabad (India)

"Does Class Count? Class Structure and Worsening Inequality in China and India"

Hiroaki Hayashi, Shimane U

"The Middle Class in Russia: Its Diversity in Composition and Values"

Shigeto Sonoda, Tokyo U

"Different Perceptions of Social Inequality in China, India, and Russia: A Comparative Analysis of Asia Barometer, 2008"
Masaharu Hishida, Hosei U

5:30-5:40 p.m. 
Closing Remarks

December 15 Tuesday
Special Seminar (Group 2 & Group 5) "Regional Powers in Eurasia: Resources for Transnational Influence"
If you wish to participate in the symposium, please contact with your name and affiliation, and also whether you wish to attend the welcome reception on the night of Dec. 12 (the fee is 2000 JPY).

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