To ultimately build the world without warTakuya Sasaki, Professor of International Studies
Courses to teach: Courses on American Political and Diplomatic History
In recent years, we have witnessed an increasing volume of that has informed us of the significantly deteriorating international environment surrounding Japan. For better or worse, the international order formulated by and centered around the United States has reached a turning point with the inescapable consequences entailed not only on Japan but also on other countries around the world. Compounding the situation is the rise of new and emerging global issues such as climate change, infectious diseases, war refugees, and natural disasters, which transcend national borders. As the international society has never encountered these pressing issues simultaneously, it might be fairly said that we are now entering and navigating uncharted waters.
My research areas are American politics and diplomacy as well as US-Japanese relation, and I teach courses on American political and diplomatic history at Rikkyo. While Mr. Trump’s assumption of the Presidency, the subsequent erosion and perversion of American democratic principles, and the rapidly deteriorating US-China relationship were something beyond our anticipation, these phenomena may well indicate an inadequacy of our existing conceptual and analytical framework. I myself was rather taken aback by these unexpected developments, but I have renewed my academic interest in my research subject, American politics and diplomacy, which I now find all the more fascinating.
Regrettably, acts of violence and conflicts that are directly related to war and peace are erupting across the world. Given the dramatically changing strategic landscape in the Asian-Pacific region, an elevation of the US-Japan partnership to a new level of cooperation is almost inevitable. I believe that now more than ever, we need young aspiring students who will accept an intellectual challenge to proactively address the issue of peace and war, critically examine it, and explore ways of achieving and acquiring peace. Time in college is unique and precious as students could immerse themselves in their own learning and really mull over issues in all of their complexity. I very much look forward to welcoming new students in my class and studying together by reading textbooks in the field of politics so as to gain an insight into making the world a better place.