On January 13th, Top Global University Project Special Symposium “Thucydides Trap: Aspects of International Security in a Fundamentally Changing World” was held at Matsushita Library & Information Center Hall, International University of Japan.
We invited Dr. David A. Welch, Professor of Political Science, University of Waterloo, as a keynote speaker for the symposium. He is a world famous researcher in the field of International security.
The title of his keynote speech is The Rise of China and the Thucydides Trap. In his keynote speech, he argues that a plausible scenario would be Donald Trump stumbling into war through sheer ignorance. However, China is a status-quo country and its interests are in a war, reducing the likelihood of war. Ultimately, the likelihood of war between the two countries, while a possible scenario, has been particularly overstated, particularly when looked at through the Thucydides trap.
After his keynote speech, four panelists, Dr. Stephen M. Saideman, Paterson Chair in International Affairs, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, and Dr. Takako Hikotani, Associate Professor, National Defense Academy of Japan, and Dr. Seung Hyok Lee, Assistant professor, Hokkaido University and Dr Tomohito Shinoda, Professor of International Relations, International University of Japan, made panel presentations and panel discussions.
About 60 participants came to the symposium on the day. Active discussions were seen between Dr. Welch and panelists and participants along with various views expressed.
IUJ was selected by Top Global University Project by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The symposium was held as a part of this project effort to equip our students with the knowledge necessary to play an active part in the world.
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