Religion and Global Security
Integrated studies of various facets of Security, searching for ways to overcome conflicts which arise from between the multiple religio-normative systems
Globalization has shaken the building blocks that have underpinned the modern world, such as human rights and democracy, borders and peoples, international law and sovereign state systems and forcing a reconfiguration of many of them. The rise of non-Western countries and emerging technologies are also transforming the existing international order. The main mission for our division is to grasp those process as an issue of "global security" in the broader sense, and to consider measures to deal with it.
Religious thought, Ideology, and beyond
Religions thought and ideology remain to be the core of identity of individuals and groups. It took Prof. Ikeuchi for ten years, from October 2008 to September 2018 to tackle with this issue as an associate professor and PI of the Islamic Political Thought Division of RCAST. In 2019, Yu Koizumi, Project Research Associate (lecturer from 2022), joined the team, expanding our research area to include the Eurasian order.
The challenge of ROLES
In 2020, the Division of Religion and Global Security initiated the establishment of the RCAST Open Laboratory for Emerging Strategies (ROLES). As a think tank within the University of Tokyo, ROLES is actively working on the global security-related issues including religion, geopolitics, ideology, and technology with joined by various leading researchers and experts. In addition to this, ROLES is functioning as the international platform for cooperation with the world’s universities and research institutes for strategy, security, and international relations.
The Shock of the Islamic State, Tokyo, Bungeishunju, 2015
Presenting at the Panel on Cybersecurity at the Istanbul Security Conferene 2019
Yu KOIZUMI, Geopolitics of Russia as "Empire," Tokyodo, 2019
Specialized field: Islamic Political Thought, Middle East Studies, International Terrorism
Specialized field: Security studies on Russia and post-Soviet countries, Russian Politics and International Relations