Assoc. Prof. Hideaki Shinoda
Associate Professor Shinoda’s fourth book is intended to cover a wide range of discussions concerning state sovereignty in order to examine contemporary international order.
Dr. Shinoda’s specializes in the study of “peacebuilding,” which deals with various activities to establish durable peace in conflict-ridden societies. “Peacebuilding” is usually conducted by international organizations like the United Nations and donor countries handling bilateral assistances. It is, however, people in local societies who need to be responsible for durable peace in their societies. International actors implement peacebuilding activities in accordance with international rules and customs, while local societies need to strengthen the foundation of durable peace in their societies. It is over the understanding of state sovereignty that international and local actors interact with each other. This universally valid international principle to promote local initiatives called state sovereignty is open to multiple interpretations. But it is certain that the problem of state sovereignty is of crucial importance, when we examine our activities for international cooperation.