Research Associate, CCDP
Associate Professor of Peace Studies, College and Graduate School of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
Spoken languages
English, Japanese, Russian
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Eastern Europe
  • Russia and Eurasia
  • Asia-Pacific


Kazushige is an Associate Professor of Peace Studies at Ritsumeikan University, Japan; and a Research Associate at the CCDP. He contributes to the development and implementation of the CCDP project “Peace by Other Means? Alternative Practices of Building Peace in a Changing Global Order.”

Kazushige received a Ph.D in International Relations and Political Science from the Graduate Institute in 2018. His current research focuses on global IR theory, peacebuilding/conflict management, and the role of non-Western powers (especially Russia, Japan, and China) in the transformation of international orders.

Prior to joining the CCDP in 2014, Kazushige has worked for the International Rescue Committee in Washington, D.C., Columbia University's Institute for The Study of Human Rights in New York, the Mitsubishi Research Institute's Strategic Consulting Division in Tokyo, and the Russian International Affairs Council in Moscow. Since 2012, he has also contributed to the development of International Relations courses as an invited lecturer at Tohoku University.



Reviewed Articles

  • 2021. (with Herbert M'cleod) Rethinking Business Reforms in Post-Conflict Settings: The Case of Sierra Leone. Conflict, Security and Development.

  • 2020. Is Normative Power Cosmopolitan? Rethinking European Unity, Norm Diffusion, and International Political Theory. Cooperation and Conflict.

  • 2020. Japanese pathways to peacebuilding: from historical legacies to contemporary practices. Pathways to Peace and Security 58(1): 9-25.

  • 2019. The normative limits of functional cooperation: the case of the European Union and Eurasian Economic Union. East European Politics 35(2): 1-16.

  • 2019. More is Less? An Institutional Realist Perspective on Competitive Regional Governance in Eurasia. The Study of Global Governance 5: 45-65.

  • 2016. Whose Global Governance? Explaining the Evolution of Russia’s Approach to Global Governance, 1945-2016. Rising Power Quarterly 2(1): 183-209.

  • 2013. The ILO Global Labor Regime and Extractive Industry Regulations –A Rationalist Perspective on Global Corporate Governance. SAIS Bologna Center Journal of International Affairs 16(3): 119-130. 

  • 2012. Global Politics and Humanitarian Action.Annual Review of the Economic Society 72(Additional Volume): 1-76.

Book Chapters, Policy Reports, and Non-Reviewed Articles

  • 2020. Rosia no kokusai anzenhoshou kan: Mouhitotsu no jiyuushugi ni yoru sekai no kinkou wo motomete [Russia’s national security strategy: Promoting the balance of power through alternative liberalism]. SYNODOS, 28 November 2020.

  • 2019. Geopolitics of Regional Orders: The EU, the Eurasian Economic Union, and Eurasian Security Governance. In Kalinichenko, P.A., Korneeva, O.V.,  and Leonova, A.S., (eds.). (2019). Европейский союз и Россия в глобальном контексте: внутренние и внешние вызовы [The European Union and Russia in the Global Context: Internal and External Challenges]. Moscow: Prospekt, 22-34. 

  • 2018. (with Vladimir Nelidov). Russia-Japan Cooperation in Eurasia. RIAC Working Paper No.43. Moscow: Russian International Affairs Council. 

  • 2018. Keep Calm and Carry On? A Japanese Perspective on A Post-Liberal World. RIAC Analytics, 14 September 2018. Moscow: Russian International Affairs Council.

  • 2017. Whose Liberal International Order? The Remaking of Eurasia and the Shifting Balance of International Ideas. Valdai Paper No.77. Moscow: Valdai Discussion Club.

  • 2017. (with Wennmann, A., Ganson, B., Luiz, J., M’cleod, H., Seymour, C., van Brabant, K.). Business Environment Reform Facility: Study on the Operational Experience of Business Environment Reform Programming in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States. London: U.K. Department for International Development.

  • 2016. Pax Integrationem? Exploring Institutional Responses to Regional Security Challenges. UNU-CRIS Working Paper W-2016/5. United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies: Brussels, Belgium.

  • 2015. (with Oliver Jütersonke). Employment and decent work in fragile settings. Geneva: Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding and the International Labor Organization.

Op-Eds and Interviews

  • 2020. The Promise of A Non-Binary World: A Japanese Perspective on the Global Corona Crisis. Valdai Expert Opinions, 16 June 2020. 

  • 2019. South Korea and Japan: An Alliance without Friendship.  Valdai Expert Opinions, 2 December 2019. 

  • 2019. Democratic conflicts: Japan, South Korea, and the Alignment of Distrust. Valdai Expert Opinions, 27 August 2019. 

  • 2019. The struggle for legitimacy in post-Soviet Eurasia. An interview by the Graduate Institute Geneva, 26 August 2019. 

  • 2016. Why the West is Not Ready for a Liberal Democratic Russia. The National Interest, 4 May 2016.

  • 2015. (with Manuel A.J. Teehankee). The AIIB’s Launch Sets the Stage for Supply-Side Competition in Development Finance. RIAC Analysis, 14 July 2015. 

  • 2015. The Japanese Vision on State and Order. RIAC Analysis, 8 July 2015. /RIAC. (trans.). Государство и порядок по-японски. Аналитика, 9 июля 2015. 

  • 2015. Peace-Broker or Peace-Breaker? The Future of Japanese Military Power. RIACAnalysis, 27 April2015. /RIAC. (trans.). Гарант мира или угроза безопасности? Будущее японских вооруженных сил. Аналитика, 27 апреля 2015. 

  • 2015. The Failure of Democracy and the Coming Silver Age in Japan. Politiikasta, 11 March 2015.

  • 2014. The Weakest Link in the Western Sanction Chain. Russian-Japanese Solidarity during the Ukrainian Crisis. RIAC Analysis, 6 August 2014. /RIAC (trans.). Слабое звено в цепи западных санкций. Российско-японская солидарность в свете украинского кризиса. Аналитика, 6 августа 2014. 

  • 2010. A Promise of the World. SYNERGY. No. 147 (MDGs Special Issue): 31. Tokyo: Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation.