Biographies of the Mediators and Panelists

SHIRAISHI Takashi / Professor, The Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University

B.A. (1972) and M.A. (1974) from University of Tokyo. Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1986. Served as Assistant Professor at University of Tokyo in 1979 and Professor at Cornell University during 1996-98. Current position since 1996. Concurrently, Faculty Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).

SOEYA Yoshihide / Professor, Faculty of Law, Keio University

B.A. (1979) and M.A. (1981) from Sophia University. Ph.D. from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1987. Served as Assistant Professor at Keio University in 1988 and Associate Professor at Keio University. Current position since 1995. Concurrently, Faculty Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).

KIM Woosang / Professor, Yonsei University (Korea)

B.A. from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in 1982, and M.A. from Syracuse University in 1984. Ph.D. from University of Rochester in 1988. Served as a Member of the Policy Advisory Committee, the National Security Council, the Republic of Korea, Associate Director of Institute of East & West Studies at Yonsei University. Concurrently, Chairman of Department of Political Science at Yonsei University and Research Director of CSCAP (Council for Security Cooperation in Asia-Pacific)-Korea.

Panitan WATTANAYAGORN / Professor, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)

Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University in 1993. Served as Head of a Special Working Group on Security and Foreign Affairs to Prime Minister/ Minister of Defense Chuan Leekpai, and a Committee Member of the Subcommittee on Defense Capability within the Military Affairs Committee at the House of Representatives in the Parliament, and Director of the Defense Studies Program at the Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) in Bangkok. Concurrently, Advisor to the Strategic Institute of the National Security Council at the Government House, and Advisor on Security for the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center at the National Science and Technology Development Agency in Thailand.

ZHANG Yunling / Director, Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (China)

Visiting Scholar at Harvard University and School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University during 1985-86. Served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997, Guest Professor at Chuo University in 1999, President at Chinese Association of Asia-Pacific Studies, Member of the China Standing Committee for PECC (Pacific Economic Cooperation Council) and CSCAP (the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific). Concurrently, Professor of International Economics and Director of Research Center of Regional Cooperation at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

TAKAHARA Akio / Professor, Rikkyo University

B.A. from University of Tokyo in 1981, and Ph.D. from Sussex University in 1988. Served as Research Fellow at Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Professor at Obirin University, and Assistant Professor at Rikkyo University. Current position since 2000.

ITO Kenichi / President & CEO, The Japan Forum on International Relations, Inc.

Graduated from Hitotsubashi University, and entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1960. Studied at Harvard University from 1961-63. Served in the Japanese Foreign Service until 1977. Since 1982 Executive Director of the Global Forum of Japan. Since 1984 Professor of International Politics at Aoyama Gakuin University, since 1990 President of JFIR and since 1999 President of the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention.

(In order of appearance in the program)


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