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February 28, 2017

[Co-hosted event] USJI Policy Forum "Asia and the world as seen by border studies"

USJI Web Poster.jpg[Co-hosted event] USJI Policy Forum "Asia and the world as seen by border studies: Implications for US-Japan Relations"

Time & Date: 10:00-11:30, February 28, 2017
Venue: Office Seminar Room, US-Japan Research Institute

     (2000 M Street, Washington DC, 200006)

Roundtable Participants:
  Akihiro Iwashita (Kyushu University / Hokkaido University)
  Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (University of Victoria)
  Mikhail Alexseev (San Diego State University)
  Tony Payan (Rice University)
Guest Commentator:
  Guadalupe Correa Cabrera (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley)
Moderated by:
  Edward Boyle (Kyushu University)

Hosted by US-Japan Research Institute; Center for Asia-Pacific Future Studies, Kyushu University
Co-sponsored by Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS); Kyushu University Border Studies; ABS Japan Chapter; Eurasia Unit for Border Research, Hokkaido University

You can download the roundtable summary from here.

April 12-15, 2017

Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS) 59th Annual Conference

Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS) 59th Annual Conference

Date: April 12-15, 2017
Venue: Hyatt Regency San Francisco (Embarcadero), San Francisco, CA, USA

AKihiro Iwashita and Naomi Chi will join the Conference from UBRJ.
Please refer to the ABS website about the conference details.
Now you can download the conference program from here.

May 16, 2017

SRC/UBRJ Special Lecture "Is the Latest US-Russian Reset Dead on Arrival?"

SRC/UBRJ Special Lecture

"Is the Latest US-Russian Reset Dead on Arrival?"

Timothy J. Colton

(Professor of Government, Harvard University
Distinguished Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore)

16.30 - 18.00 Tuesday 16 May 2017

Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Room 403

Timothy J. Colton is Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government at Harvard University. He has been the Chair of its Department of Government since 2010. For a number of years he was the director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. He is a lifetime elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Colton's current research is on political leadership, Russia's relations with its neighbors, and political parties and electoral development in Russia and Ukraine. He is American co-chairman of the Working Group on the Future of US-Russia Relations.

His most recent publications include "Paradoxes of Putinism" in Daedalus 146:02 (Spring 2017): Russia beyond Putinism; Russia: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2016); Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia (edited with Samuel Charap) (Routledge, 2016) and Yeltsin: A Life (Basic Books, 2008).

His book Moscow: Governing the Socialist Metropolis (Belknap Press, 1995) won the prize for best scholarly book in government and political science, Association of American Publishers.

Everyone interested in this topic is welcome to attend. You do not need to register in advance.

For further information, please contact: Jonathan Bull (j_e_bull[at] (replace 'at' with @)

July 10, 2017

Kyushu University Inter-disciplinary Colloquium "China's New Agenda as a Global Power"

July 10, 2017

Kyushu University Inter-disciplinary Colloquium

"China's New Agenda as a Global Power"



Denki Building 5F

Watanabedori 2-1-82, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka

July 12-19, 2017

Announcement regarding the 2017 HOPS-SRC Border Studies Summer School July 12-19, 2017 @ Sapporo, Japan

Announcement regarding the 2017 HOPS-SRC Border Studies Summer School

July 12-19, 2017 @ Sapporo, Japan
Application period: February 1 (00:00 JST) ~ 28 (23:59 JST), 2017

The Graduate School of Public Policy (HOPS) and the Slavic Eurasian Research Center (SRC) at Hokkaido University are delighted to announce the commencement of the border studies summer school (within the framework of the Hokkaido University Summer Institute) which will be hosted in beautiful Sapporo from July 12-19, 2017. The Slavic Eurasian Research Center has hosted the summer school on border studies in the past from 2010 to 2014 as part of the Global COE project "Reshaping Japan's Border Studies." Starting 2016, the border studies summer school is being hosted as part of the Hokkaido Summer Institute, which is a programme that brings together distinguished scholars and our faculty members to provide an educational experience to students from across Japan and around the world. It will allow participants to expand their knowledge on subjects previously open only to students at Hokkaido University.

This year's summer school will be a three part programme including series of lectures and the SRC summer symposium and the focus of the first half of the lectures will be on North America and East Asia while the second half will be on Northeast Asia. There will also be an excursion to the local Ainu (indigenous people of Hokkaido) village and museum. Participants will be asked to attend all of the above as part of the Border Studies Summer School and those who complete the programme will be issued a certificate of completion on the last day of the summer school.

We will also be giving out scholarships to students who meet the criteria. Please click and download the following PDF file regarding the details of the application procedures as well as how to apply for the scholarship.

(Application procedures.pdf)

Border Studies Summer School Online Registration ⇒

July 13-14, 2017

[Co-hosted event] Northeast Asia's Fault-line: One Hundred Years of Sino/Russian/Soviet Competitive Cooperation

On 13-14 July 2017 the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center will hold its Summer Symposium. This year's event will focus on the strategic partnership between Russia and China in its historical and contemporary contexts. For Northeast Asia, relations between these two powers are of fundamental importance to the future of the region. Complicating the relationship are the growing tensions between Russia and the United States, and the changing approach of China to its engagement with Japan.

Leading experts will gather from Russia, China, Japan and elsewhere for what promises to be two days of stimulating discussions and provocative insights. All are welcome to attend.

August 3-5, 2017

Conference organized by JSPS Global Initiative and co-organized by UBRJ and Japanese-Korean Forum for Western History "Border History"

2017.08.03 (Thursday)

2017.08.04 (Friday)

Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Conference Room (403)

For details of the speakers and paper titles please see the following poster .

For the abstract of the conference please see here .

For details, please contact Jonathan Bull (j_e_bull* (replace * with @)


Akihiro Iwashita’s forthcoming lecture at King’s College London



On 9 October 2017 Akihiro Iwashita will give a lecture at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. The title of his lecture is “The US-Russia-China-Japan Quadrangle: Multiple Perspectives on Northeast Asia”. The lecture is part of the event “A New Eurasian Geopolitics? Views from Japan” which is organised by Dr Natasha Kuhrt (King’s College). Details of the event can be found here.



Japan International Border Studies Network (JIBSN) seminar in Tsushima



On 11 November 2017 the Japan International Border Studies Network (JIBSN) will hold the seminar ‘The changing border: thinking about population problems and tourism in border regions’ in Tsushima City.

For more information please go here.



 UBRJ Seminar on ‘Cooperation under the One Belt One Road and the Eurasian Economic Union’




Presenter: Professor Yonghui Li (Institute of East European, Russian and Central Asian Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)


Date: 1 December 2017 (Friday)

Time: 17.00-18.30

Place: Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Small Meeting Room (401)

Enquiries to: Jonathan Bull (j_e_bull<at>


Please note this presentation will be in Russian.

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