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Japan’s policy to contribute proactively to the peace, stability, and prosperity of Africa emphasizes peacebuilding through economic development. Since the launch of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in 1993, Japan’s peacebuilding policy towards Africa has evolved to focus on “quality growth” principles, such as sustainability, but challenges remain in defining and implementing the policy. Rie Takezawa, an expert on Japan’s peacebuilding policy and politics and regional security in Africa, discussed how Japan can refine its policy to better assist Africa’s peacebuilding.
WHAT: A discussion of the challenges facing Japan’s policy of peacebuilding in Africa through economic development
Rie Takezawa, Researcher, Institute for International Policy Studies
Rie Takezawa is a researcher at the Institute for International Policy Studies, a Tokyo-based think tank, and an adjunct lecturer on African politics at Musashino University Tokyo. She previously served as a researcher for the Intelligence and Analysis Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan, focusing on the Sub-Saharan African countries. She has experience as a research associate at the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation and as a senior visiting researcher at the Keio Research Institute at SFC. Currently, she is a Ph.D. Candidate (International Relations) at Hitotsubashi University and a member of the Young Leaders Program at Pacific Forum CSIS. She earned an MA in Media and Governance and a BA in Policy Management from Keio University. Her areas of interests include Japan’s ODA and peacebuilding policy, and politics and regional security in Africa.
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