Religion and Global Security Ikeuchi Laboratory
Globalization is shaking all that was solid, the individual, the nation and the international order. Human rights and democracy, borders and citizens, the international law and the sovereign state system, basic constituent elements that supported the modern world have melted and lost its certainty. In our division, these phenomena were taken as the issues of "global security" in a broader sense.
"Islamic Political Thought" and beyond
Religions and sects remain to be the core of identity of individuals and groups. Particularly notable is the influence of Islam on political mobilization. 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. During that time, he has observed and analyzed phenomena arising from the Middle East such as “Arab Spring” and “Islamic State.”
Formation of a global research network
A new division on “Religion and Global Security” was established in October 2018 to conduct researches on wide ranging topics concerning religio-political relations in major traditional religions such as Islam, Judaism and Russian Orthodox covering regions of the Middle East, the Balkans, the Eastern Europe and the newly emerging Indo-Pacific. Research topics include: Russia's deepening involvement in Middle East; the rise of Iran as a regional hegemon; strengthened ties between Israel and the US; Turkey's return to the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and East Africa; and China's increasing footprints in the Middle East and Africa. Religion and Global Security Division is developing into a node of global networks for universities and research institutes working on researches of strategic, security and international affairs.
Specialized field：Islamic Political Thought, Middle East Studies, International Terrorism