The Nippon Foundation Fellowships for Asian Public Intellectuals



Date & Time: December 19, 2008 15:00-17:00
Venue: Meeting Room I, Inamori Hall, CSEAS, Kyoto University

Presentation 1: Ukrist Pathmanand
Associate Director  Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University

" Non traditional Security : a reconsideration of Thai women trafficking in Japan"

In defense-security community, the concept of 'new' threat or 'non traditional security' threat became institutionalized.This recognition then invited intensive debate on how understand more comprehensive on human insecurity. One of big human insecurity is human trafficking in global context. This ongoing research will explore two aspects of thai women trafficking in Japan, one is on how flow and how it is remaining high flow of these women. Second this research will try to identify new pull factors which is cultivating on these flow that is regional cooperation on Japan Thai Economic Partnership Agreement (JTEPA).

Presentation 2:
Rufa Cagoco-Guiam
Director Center for Peace and Development Studies, Mindanao State University

“Exacerbating Conflict or Forging Peace: Dynamics of Development Assistance for conflict-affected communities in Mindanao”

For the past decade, Mindanao has become the “flavor of the years” of donor agencies, thanks to the recurrence of armed conflict in the central and southwestern parts of the island. Moreover, Mindanao is enjoying the status of being a prime destination of donor assistance in the Philippines – thanks largely to the US-led global war on terror. But have all these efforts, money and donor agencies’ bullishness in assisting Mindanao’s conflict-affected communities created some dent in alleviating the myriad ills that these communities are faced with? More importantly, have all these initiatives and donor magnanimity achieved what they intended to achieve, i.e. promote lasting peace and address urgent needs of communities ravaged by war? Or, have these interventions instead exacerbated the conflicts that have occurred and recurred in certain areas in Mindanao?