October 01, 2009

Promotions at the Toda Insitute for Global Peace and Policy Research

The Toda Institute is pleased to announce that on October 1, 2009, Professor Kevin Clements became Secretary General of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research. Dr. Clements is the Foundation Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of the New Zealand Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago, Dunedin New Zealand. He is also Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association. Prior to taking up these positions he was the Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies and Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia. He was Secretary General of International Alert from 1999-2003 and earlier Professor and Director of ICAR, George Mason University. His career has been a combination of academic analysis and practice in the areas of peacebuilding and conflict transformation. He has been an advisor to the New Zealand, Australian, British, Swedish and Dutch governments on conflict prevention, peace, defense and security issues. He has written or edited seven books and over 160 chapters/articles on conflict transformation, peacebuilding, preventive diplomacy and development with a specific focus on the Asia Pacific region. He will contribute to Toda Institute's research projects in the fields of conflict transformation, peacebuilding, human rights, sustainable developments, UN reform, and dialogue of civilizations. The Toda Institute is also happy to announce the promotion of Satoko Takahashi from Program Manager to Research Director. Dr. Takahashi has been with the Toda Institute since 1996 and her many contributions are deeply appreciated. We look forward to working with Dr. Takahashi, as Research Director, for years to come. Please join us in congratulating her on this important milestone.