Fellow's Seminar: Mr. Ryu Yongwook

Invitation to the Fellow’s Seminar Fiscal 2008-2009 (on July 28, 2008)

The Japan Foundation
Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Dept.

The Japan Foundation would like to welcome you to join us for the Fellows' Seminar for Fiscal 2008-2009. The presenter will be Mr. Ryu Yongwook, a Ph.D. candidate in Department of Government, Harvard University. Details of the session are as follows:

Date: Monday, July 28, 2008
Time: 15:00-17:00
Venue: Seminar Room 2 at the Japan Foundation Head Office.

Note: The Japan Foundation headquarters moved to the new office. Please refer to the link below.

AdmissionAdmission Fee: Free
Language: English (no interpretation)
AdmissionSession Theme: “Identity-Relationship and Territory: Maritime Territory Disputes in East Asia since 1980”
Contact: If you would like to attend the seminar, please notify Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Dept. by noon, July 28, 2008 with your name, affiliation, and contact information (tel., fax or e-mail). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Tel: 03-5369-6069/ Fax: 03-5369-6041 E-mail
Presenter: Mr. Ryu Yongwook
Mr. Ryu Yongwook is a Ph.D. candidate in Department of Government, Harvard University. With the support of the Japan Foundation’s Japanese Studies Fellowship, he is currently affiliated with Faculty of Law, Keio University, conducting his research on how Japan’s evolving identity affects territorial disputes in Northern Asia in preparation for finishing his dissertation.
Presentation Theme: “Identity-Relationship and Territory: Maritime Territory Disputes in East Asia since 1980”

Since 1990, the Northeast Asian (NEA) territorial disputes have intensified, while two key disputes in Southeast Asia (SEA) have been resolved through the International Court of Justice.Taking four disputes (two in NEA and two in SEA), I examine how the different processes of regional identity construction in the 80s and 90s have resulted in the diverging patterns of territorial disputes in the two regions.

In NEA, the controversial historical issues regarding WWII have worked to diminish the degree of regional identity, while the experience of regional cooperation and integration in SEA has enhanced the degree of regional identity.The analysis of national newspaper editorials reveals both temporal and spatial variation in regional identities on four key dimensions of identity-worldview, relational, normative, and purposive.

As expected from the Social Identity Theory, the negative/positive development of regional identity has produced more conflictual/cooperative regional interactions in both regions, including maritime territorial disputes.

This study is a contribution to the broad literatures concerning (1) the effect of identity in international relations, (2) regionalism and regionalization of world affairs, and (3) territorial disputes.

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