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February, 2018
[Policy Brief No.58] Trump's Nuclear Posture Review: A New Rift between Europe and the US?
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Building Stable Peace in Northeast Asia: Managing and Transforming Risks on the Korean Peninsula
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[Policy Brief No.57] Verifying the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and Providing Assurance against Breakout
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January, 2018
[SHARE] IT IS TWO MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT
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November, 2017
Director's Introduction to the London Report
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July, 2017
Research and Practice Gaps in Nonviolent Action & Conflict Transformation: Towards a New Generation of Joint Action
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March, 2017
International Colloquium on "Challenges to Regional and Global Peace in the 21st Century"
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November, 2016
Conference on "The Ecology of Violent Extremism"
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September, 2016
Workshop on "Engaging Extremism with Muslims' Nonviolence"
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2015 Annual Report posted
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The Toda Institute Celebrates its 20th Anniversary
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"Potential Book Project--Meeting" held in Oslo, Norway
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The Toda Peace Institute (formerly called the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research) is an independent, nonpartisan institute committed to advancing a more just and peaceful world through policy-oriented peace research and practice. The institute commissions evidence-based research, convenes multi-track and multi-disciplinary problem-solving workshops and seminars, and promotes dialogue across ethnic, cultural, religious and political divides. It catalyses practical, policy-oriented conversations between theoretical experts, practitioners, policymakers and civil society leaders in order to discern innovative and creative solutions to the major problems confronting the world in the twenty-first century.

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February, 2018

[ Policy Brief - No.58 ]
Trump's Nuclear Posture Review: A New Rift between Europe and the US?

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[ TOKYO COLLOQUIUM ]
Building Stable Peace in Northeast Asia: Managing and Transforming Risks on the Korean Peninsula

Together with the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and New Zealand's University of Otago, the Toda Peace Institute organized a colloquium on February 1 at Kioi Conference in Tokyo under the theme Building Stable Peace in Northeast Asia: Managing and Transforming Risks on the Korean Peninsula.
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[ Policy Brief - No.57 ]
Verifying the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and Providing Assurance against Breakout

See below our policy briefs.
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January, 2018

[SHARE] IT IS TWO MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

See the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Doomsday Clock reassessment for 2018 here:


Because of the "extraordinary danger of the current moment," the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists today moved the hand of the iconic Doomsday Clock to 2 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT. The last time the Clock was this close to midnight was in 1953. ... Read more...

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November, 2017

Director's Introduction to the London Report

It gives me great pleasure to introduce the summary report and conclusions of a High Level Meeting that the Toda Peace Institute in collaboration with the CRS, NUPI and the University of Otago organised in London in November 2017.This was the first of what we hope will be many conversations aimed at bridging the gap between the proponents of the Nuclear Prohibition Treaty and existing Nuclear Treaties such as the NPT. This meeting was initiated in order to work out ways in which nuclear powers and their allies and non-nuclear powers might make 21st century progress on ways of guaranteeing the safety and non-use of nuclear weapons while working for their total abolition.
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July, 2017

Research and Practice Gaps in Nonviolent Action & Conflict Transformation: Towards a New Generation of Joint Action

Building on past research projects, the Toda Peace Institute convened a working group on Nonviolent Action and Conflict Transformation that included key activists, strategists and theorists to develop a three-year action plan. The plan will guide Toda's work to strengthen and improve the design of nonviolent social movements and conflict transformation processes. The Toda Peace Institute plans to work in collaboration with other groups to commission research, policy briefs, and action programmes. In particular the working group seeks to bridge conceptual and practice gaps between nonviolent movements resisting injustice and authoritarianism and the actions of peacebuilding practitioners and scholars working for dialogue and negotiated solutions to economic, social and political problems. In particular, the Toda Institute is interested in how these related fields can work together to address deep social and political divisions, global populism, "democratically-elected" authoritarian regimes, and authoritarian challenges to democratic processes.
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March, 2017

International Colloquium on "Challenges to Regional and Global Peace in the 21st Century"

The Toda Peace Institute in Tokyo and the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies of New Zealand held a colloquium "Challenges to Regional and Global Peace in the 21st Century" on March 28 in Tokyo, Japan, to bring together leaders of international think tanks and civil society organizations concerned about stability and security in the new world order.

Northeast Asia and the rest of the world in the 21st century face multiple challenges precipitated by rising nationalism, growing inequality, marginalization and alienation from political processes. Its most graphic expressions in 2016 were the British decision to withdraw from the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Although unpredictable, Trump is in charge of the most powerful nuclear arsenal in the world and has proposed a budget increase in US military spending of $54 billion of which 11% will be for the modernization and expansion of nuclear weapons.

The group agreed that the world is moving into a period of significant geopolitical unpredictability. The election of Donald Trump is one factor, but underlying causes include a breakdown of the social contract between people and their governments, characterized by Brian Finlay of the Stimson Center as a growing sense of "inequality and hopelessness."

Colloquium participants outlined creative opportunities to address the causes of conflict and fragility worldwide:
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November, 2016

Conference on "The Ecology of Violent Extremism"

The Alliance for Peacebuilding; Eastern Mennonite University-The Center for Justice & Peacebuilding and the Toda Peace Institute co-sponsored a two-day conference, held in Harrisonburg, VA (November 5-6, 2016) on "The Ecology of Violent Extremism." The meeting brought together leading theorists and practitioners, with extensive experience in the field of peacebuilding with an emphasis on negotiation, governance, democratic processes, intergroup dialogue, and the use of media to address key drivers of violent conflict, to discuss an ecological or systems approach to violent extremism (VE). An ecological approach to violent extremism views the problem of VE in a broader context than the mainstream media and political analysis. Counter terrorism strategies generally offer simplistic examinations of violent extremism by focusing solely on the individuals and groups using terror, without examining the broader factors driving or mitigating violent extremism. This project aimed at reframing the traditional approaches to VE, which focus almost exclusively on the role of violent counterterrorism. Participants discussed the role of education and inclusive peacebuilding processes to address the broader national and global factors that promote radicalisation and motivate violent political behaviour.

September, 2016

Workshop on "Engaging Extremism with Muslims' Nonviolence"

Chaiwat Satha-Anand, Senior Research Fellow of the Toda Peace Institute together with Omar Farouk from the Center for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS) at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) organized a policy workshop on "Engaging Extremism with Muslims' Nonviolence" in Penang, Malaysia, September 19-22, 2016. The workshop was facilitated by Kevin Clements and Paula Green. They designed an experiential process to enable Muslim researchers and practitioners to understand violence from a Muslim perspective and then reflect on how justice might be pursued by Muslim nonviolent actors. Participants explored cases of extremism and deadly conflicts within the Muslim world, and then explored the relationship between Islam and nonviolence and how this might mitigate the violent effects of extremism. The organizers will be producing a book or a journal issue on the subject based on selected papers in 2017. On September 21, 2016, CenPRIS and the Toda Peace Institute organized a public forum with selected conference participants, members of the public and the policy community on "Violent Extremism: Islam and Nonviolent Policy Alternatives." This forum generated lively discussions between local intellectuals, members of the media, diplomats and representatives from the policy community.

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