Concentration leader: Associate Professor Chey Hyoung-kyu
The IR Concentration aims to foster the development of future policy leaders through intensive training in the methods and approaches necessary for understanding and solving major contemporary challenges in the world. We welcome students with interests in international affairs, covering a variety of issues from security to political economy, as well as those who wish to analyze domestic politics and/or political economy in an individual country context or from a comparative perspective.
2. Main subjects and methods
The major subjects that the IR Concentration covers include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Global governance in various issue areas, including security, economy and development
- International cooperation in various issue areas including security, economy and development.
- Regional cooperation in various issue areas including security, economy and development.
- Politics of international trade, international finance, foreign investment, development, etc.
- Foreign policies of diverse individual countries in various issue areas embracing security, economy and foreign aid.
- Cross-country comparison of domestic politics and political institutions
- Comparative political economy
- Domestic politics and/or political economy of diverse individual countries
Both qualitative and quantitative methods can be adopted for analyses.
To graduate, students must fulfill all requirements for the MP1 program, including successful completion of the Required Courses and Policy Papers. In addition, in order to cultivate an IR specialty, students are strongly advised to take:
(1) GOV2200EB International Relations (Yamamoto);
(2) at least one from the following two core courses:
- GOV2210E International Political Economy (Chey)
- GOV2240EB International Security Studies (Michishita);
(3) at least three courses from the following courses:
- GOV1400E International Relations in East Asia (Takagi)
- GOV1900E Comparative Development Studies of Asia (Kawano)
- GOV2100E Government and Politics in Japan (Masuyama)
- GOV2230E Japanese Foreign Policy (Kitaoka, Presselo)
- GOV2280E Military Operations, Strategy, and Policy (Hironaka)
- GOV2310E Comparative Politics (Takenaka)
- GOV2580E Structure and Process of Government (Horie)
- GOV3220E Politics of Global Money and Finance (Chey)
- GOV3310E Comparative Political Economy (Kanchoochat)
- GOV3400E International Relations in Europe (Iwama)
4. Research supervision
In writing a Policy Paper, each student will be assigned a supervisor who will offer individual supervision. You have to consult with your Concentraion Leader for the selection of your adviser.
you have to choose your adviser within full-time GRIPS faculty members only. In other words, you cannot have an adjunct professor or part-time lecturer as your advisor. The list of professors who can advise an IR Concentration student is as follows:
Associate Professor CHEY Hyoung-kyu
Professor IWAMA Yoko
Associate Professor Veerayooth KANCHOOCHAT
Assistant Professor KAWANO Motoko
Professor KHOO Book Teik
Professor MASUYAMA Mikitaka
Professor MICHISHITA Narushige
Associate Professor Andrea PRESSELLO
Assistant Professor TAKAGI Yusuke
Professor TAKENAKA Harukata
If you face difficulties in finding your advisor from the above list, you have to consult with your Concentration Leader.
5. Examples of past Policy Papers
- Marginalization through Land Dispossession: The Case of Maguindanao, Southern Philippines
- Political Problems of Implementing Competition policy in Republic of Kazakhstan (The Case of Retail Electricity Sales Market)
- Cooperation of European Union and Japan in the Field of Development Assistance
- Insurgency and Local Politics: Violent Conflict in Sulu Archipelago, Philippines
- Development of Democracy in Georgia, Slovakia and Estonia after Collapse of Communism
- China’s Politics of Trade toward Bangladesh
- Public Debt and Macroeconomic Stability in Vietnam: A Comparative Perspective
- Governance with CSO: An Assessment on Socio-Political Reform in ARMM
- Question of Existence: Rising Sea Levels in the Pacific and New Zealand Policy Options
- R2P in East and Southeast Asia
- Towards Building the Bangsamoro: Calibrating the Roles and Prioritizations of International Actors for Peacebuilding
- Small States as Negotiators: A Comparison of Cambodia and Laos with Reference to the South China Sea Issue
- Public Opinion and Chinese Foreign Policy
- Ghana’s Regional Integration Efforts in Africa: The Post-Nkrumah Era in Review
- Japan: Regional Power Struggle and Its Effects on Foreign Policy
- Building Trust in Relationship with China: From Vietnam’s Perspectives
- Society Capacity to Acquire Technology
- Japan’s Pacifism and the Defense Reform