EDR Director Presented at 2015 ISA Annual Convention in New Orleans

EDR Director Jay Jinseop Jang was invited to the 2015 Annual Convention of the prestigious International Studies Association (ISA) held in New Orleans in February 2015 and presented his paper on Human Security and International Security.

ISA Annual Convention 2015, New Orleans

The Panel Slot

SA10, 08:15~10:00 am, February 21st, 2015, Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel.

Paper Title

The Impact of Human Security on National Security: Northeast Asian States’ Policies to Control Security Risks from North Korea


Human security has been discussed for the international society to recognize a “responsibility to protect” individuals in fragile or self-perpetuating states. In Northeast Asia where the state regimes are generally strong, human security is often considered to discuss non-traditional security or “soft security” threats such as epidemic, transnational crime, and natural disaster. This perception appears to keep human security distant from ‘main stream’ national security or “hard security.” Geopolitical rivalry and strong nationalism rooted in the long history of inter-state conflicts have strengthened this perception by national security communities in China, Japan, and South Korea. As a result, the regional security tension of Northeast Asia has been escalated. This paper argues that the concept of human security, if reinterpreted as human-centric national security, is more acceptable to national security policy frameworks for strong states to control traditional interstate security risks, too. This paper reviews national security policies of the three nations for 1994-2014 to control risks from North Korea, which are one of the main sources of ‘traditional’ interstate security threats to the region. This research implies that human security, if reinterpreted, can effectively improve national security through regional cooperation to control security risks from North Korea.

2014 Boston Science Seminar

Boston Science SeminarEDR successfully organized 2014 Boston Science Seminar for two week from Oct 20th to 30th for 99 young minds of the prestigious Korea Science Academy of KAIST. These 11th grade students divided into three groups and took classes in mathematics, environmental science, green chemistry, biology, biochemistry and biophysics specially designed for them in three tracks on rigorous daily schedule.

The objectives of the program were: 1) understand the original meaning of science, or the search for truth, through a direct experience of an American science education approach and methodology; 2) gain an accurate understanding of American academic culture and tradition rooted in the worlds’ best universities in Boston; 3) develop self-confidence required to foster their global leadership potential and widen their career opportunities related to science; and 4) study better o improve their intellectual power through directly engaging with students of world-renowned universities such as Harvard, MIT, UMass Boston, Tufts, and Boston College.

Academic Forum – Africa: Looking through a Prism of Inequality


EDR hosted an academic forum inviting scholars from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Research Institute, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Harvard University. Under the title of Africa: Looking through a Prism of Inequality, the participants of the forum discussed the perception of injustice, one of the largest destabilizes identified in Africa and violent conflict and reconciliation in Africa.

Event Summary

Armed conflict continues to rage in Africa regardless of how developed, politically stable, and economically prosperous some countries have become. One of the largest destabilizers identified in Africa is the perception of injustice. Based on significant analysis of conflict and reconciliation, contributors to Preventing Violent Conflict in Africa: Inequalities, Perceptions and Institutions, Prof. Yoichi Mine and Dr. Mari Katayanagi will discuss powersharing and decentralization as a vehicle for mitigating violence.


  • Prof. Yoichi Mine
    • Professor, Human Security and African Studies, Doshisha University, Japan
    • Visiting Fellow, JICA Research Institute
  • Dr. Mari Katayanagi
    • Senior Research Fellow, JICA Research Institute
  • Dr. Craig N. Murphy
    • M. Margaret Ball Professor, International Relations, Wellesley College
    • Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance,
    • McCormack Graduate School (MGS), University of Massachusetts Boston

Moderated by:

  • Dr. Timothy Shaw
    • Research Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance
    • McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts Boston

This event is cosponsored by the University of Massachusetts Boston, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance; and Educational Divide Reform (EDR). Special thanks go to Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for its generous support.