Security Studies,Regional Studies-Areas of Expertise

Hikaru Yamashita(Head, Government and Law Division, Security Studies Department)



1995 B.A. in Political Science, Waseda University
1996 M.Sc. in International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science
2003 D.Phil. in International Politics, University of Wales Aberystwyth
2008 Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University (-2009)

Areas of Expertise

Peace operations, humanitarian and human rights issues, theories of international politics

Selected Publications


  • Evolving Patterns of Peacekeeping: International Cooperation at Work (Lynne Rienner, 2017)
  • Humanitarian Space and International Politics: The Creation of Safe Areas (Ashgate/ Routledge, 2004)

Articles in Academic Journals

  • “New Humanitarianism and Changing Logics of the Political in International Relations”(Millennium: Journal of International Studies vol.43, no.2, January 2015)
  • “Group of Eight and Global Peacekeeping”(Global Governance vol.19, no.3, July-September 2013)
  • “Peacekeeping Cooperation between the United Nations and Regional Organisations”(Review of International Studies vol.18, no.1, January 2012)
  • “‘Impartial’Use of Force in United Nations Peacekeeping”(International Peacekeeping vol.15, no.5, November 2008)
  • “Reading ‘Threats to International Peace and Security,’ 1946-2005” (Diplomacy & Statecraft vol. 18, no.3, September 2007)
  • “Fighting Terrorism and Fighting Humanitarian Emergencies: Two Approaches to ‘Elastic’ Sovereignty and International Order” (Cambridge Review of International Affairs vol.18, no.1, April 2005)

Other Publications

Conference and Professional Papers

  • “Peacekeeping Trends and National Responses: A Japanese Perspective” (NIDS International Symposium on Security Affairs 2014, 5 November 2014)
  • “Crisis in Humanitarian Assistance, New Humanitarianism and the Meaning of the Political in Post-Cold War International Relations” (Japanese) (Japan Association of International Relations Annual Convention, 21 October 2012, Nagoya)
  • “The Evolution of Peacekeeping: Trends and Policy Implications” (Conference "Korea's Global Leadership: Accomplishments and Challenges", 8 May 2012, Seoul)
  • “Japan's International Peace Cooperation Activities” (NIDS-ICRC Seminar, 1 July 2009)
  • “Peacekeeping Partnerships between the UN and Regional Organizations and the Future of UN Peacekeeping”(Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University, 24 March 2009)
  • “Peace Operations 2010 and the Future of UN Peacekeeping: The Issue of Partnership and Its Implications” (International Studies Association Annual Conference, 16 February 2009, New York)
  • “Fighting Terrorism and Fighting Internal Displacement: Two Approaches to 'Elastic' Sovereignty and International Order”(International Studies Association Annual Conference, 5 March 2005, Honolulu)
  • “The Politics of Humanitarian Space: Safe Areas in the 1990s”(British International Studies Association Annual Conference, 19 December 2001, Manchester)

Other Activities

  • Joined the Symposium on East Asian Security 2006 (U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Pacific Command, 3-26 April 2006)
  • Completed the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Contingent Commanders' Course (Japan Peacekeeping Training and Research Center / Center for Civil-Military Relations, 8-19 July 2013)
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