Interview Series “The Ukraine Crisis: Perspectives From Around the World”: Africa (Prof. ENDO Mitsugi) - Tokyo College

Interview Series “The Ukraine Crisis: Perspectives From Around the World”: Africa (Prof. ENDO Mitsugi)

2022.04.07 @ 13:00
Interview Series “The Ukraine Crisis: Perspectives From Around the World”: Africa (Prof. ENDO Mitsugi)

Date(s) Wednesday, 7 April 2022 (available from 1:00pm JST)

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Language Japanese language only

We receive news reports day after day on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, most of which originate from news agencies and organizations in the United States and Western Europe. Based on these reports, it seems natural to condemn Russia’s military incursion into Ukraine, which is a sovereign nation. However, we cannot overlook the fact that 52 out of the 193 United Nations Member States (27%) did not support the UN resolution condemning Russia. While China’s position on the matter is relatively well known, numerous countries in places like South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa did not vote in favor of the resolution. Why is this the case?

As the involved parties, it goes without saying that reports from Russia and Ukraine are important. That being said, in the interest of maintaining future peace and world order, it is also necessary to investigate and understand how this situation is being covered and interpreted in places outside of Europe and North America. By learning about the various perspectives throughout the world, we may be able to find a more balanced path to the resolution of this crisis.

In this series, we ask researchers interested in the politics, economics, cultures, and societies of regions around the world to talk about how the current crisis is being perceived or understood in their area of study.

Speaker Profile

ENDO Mitsugi (Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo)

Interviewer: UDAGAWA Yoshie (Project Researcher, Tokyo College)

Organized by Tokyo College, The University of Tokyo

Upcoming Events

“The Future of Europe and the EU-Japan Partnership: The War in Ukraine and its Impact on Europe and Beyond” Lecture by H.E. Herman Van Rompuy

イベント予定共催/Joint Event講演会/Lecture

Tuesday, 12 July 2022, 1:00-2:45 pm (Doors open: 12:30 pm)

The war in Ukraine has shaken our confidence in peace and prosperity within Europe and beyond. What is needed to overcome such a crisis in international relations? H.E. Herman Van Rompuy, President Emeritus of the European Council, leads the discussion by sharing his insights on the future of Europe and Japan which will be followed by Q&A sessions with students and others.

Tokyo College Lecture “How the Russo-Ukrainian War is Changing European International Order: The Perspective from Japan”

イベント予定共催/Joint Event講演会/Lecture

Friday, 29 July 2022, 3:00-5:00 pm (Doors open: 2:30 pm)

The Russo-Ukrainian War is changing the structure of international order and security in Western Europe. Did it mend the EU's diplomatic and security divisions in Western Europe, or did it reaffirm them?
How is Japan's response to the war in Russia and Ukraine perceived in the West, and how will it affect Japan's future relations with Western nations?

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“Rereading Proust in 2022” Lecture by Prof. Antoine Compagnon


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In 2022, we are commemorating the centennial of Marcel Proust's death with an extraordinary salvo of publications, exhibitions, and acclamations. “Proust is the man of the year,” advertised the Italian magazine La Repubblica on New Year’s Day. It gives us an occasion to evaluate the magnitude of his novel, Remembrance of Things Past or In Search of Lost Time, and also to compare this anniversary with the previous one, 1971, a century after Proust’s birth. His star hasn’t stopped rising.

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