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Let’s study new trends of international relations!
International relations today are characterized by growing transborder networks and supranational phenomena such as globalization, regionalization, and transnationalization. These trends presage the end of the era of international society dominated by sovereign national states. Accordingly, the studies of international relations are expanding from mere analyses on the politics among nations, to encompass increasing activities and roles of non-state actors including international organizations, NGOs, and multinational corporations. In particular, the importance of regional organizations such as EU and ASEAN has been growing, as bodies situated between states and international society. As students of international relations, we need to keep exploring entirely new approaches to study on the actors and issues that emerge in the modern and globalized world.

Our course on the international relations in the Graduate School of Cultural and Social Studies at Kyushu University welcomes those foreign students in Japan and abroad who are interested in cultivating multidisciplinary approaches on the global issues. They may work on specific countries or regions (such as Russia or Middle East) or on certain subjects regarding the changing world (such as immigration). This course also welcomes foreign students who wish to study issues related to history, politics, economy, culture, foreign relations, etc. in the modern era.
Teaching Staffs and their Research Topic
Our course has three teaching staffs: Professor Yasuhiro MATSUI, who specializes in the theory of international relations and history of Eurasian region, Russia in particular; Associate Professor Chisako T. MASUO, a specialist on the international relations in East Asia, particularly foreign policy of China; Assistant Professor Dai YAMAO, who majors in the Middle East Politics, especially in Iraqi politics, as well as Islamist movements.
Regardless to the above-mentioned specializations of our staffs, those who are keen to study history, theory, and politics related to the international relations are welcomed to our course.
The research topics of our MA and PhD students include:
・Authority and Legitimacy of the UN Security Council
・Global Norms and Realities of Humanitarian Intervention
・US Policy on Vietnam in the 1960s
・Chinese Policy on the East Asian Community
・“Transnational Citizens” and their Activities Concerning Historical Memories
・Japanese Policy toward the Minorities in Sakhalin during and after WW2
・Politics, Opinions, and Activities of Youth in Contemporary Russia
・Relationships among Kazakhstan, Japan, Russia and China on Energy Resources
・Applicability of Human Security Theory to North Korea
・Chinese Policy toward Regional Cooperation in East Asia
・Mechanisms of Rule in Qadhafi Regime in Contemporary Libya
・Drag Cartels and Narcotraffic in Mexico
・Japanese ODA Policy toward China and its Historical Developments
・Community-Building Policy and Democratization in China
・War-displaced Japanese in China and their Decisions to Return to Japan
・Japanese-Chinese Relations Surrounding Rare Earth
For further details, please contact:
Assistant Professor Dai YAMAO
E-mail: daiyamao[at]

Associate Professor Chisako T. MASUO
E-mail: Masuo[at]

Professor Yasuhiro MATSUI
E-mail: matsui[at]

If wish to apply for our international course, please contact to daiyamao[at]