Workshop on Security Sector Reform: Regional and International Perspectives – 8 July 2019

Workshop on Security Sector Reform: Regional and International Perspectives

Monday 8 July 2019
Senate Committee Room 1, University of Kent

Workshop programme

Keynote speaker: Professor Yuji Uesugi

This workshop is free and open to all (all University staff and students and the general public) but if you wish to attend all or part of the workshop, you must e-mail Professor Neophytos Loizides in advance at

Keynote Speaker’s Bio

Yuji Uesugi is a professor at the Faculty of International Research and Education, Waseda University in Tokyo. As a field-oriented academic, he has edited two books on peacebuilding both featuring Asia: Hybrid Peacebuilding in Asia (Palgrave, 2019) and Peacebuilding and Security Sector Governance in Asia (LIT, 2014).  As a peace activist, he has established a peacebuilding NGO operating mainly in Timor-Leste and Cambodia, and served as the secretary-general (2002-2004) and the deputy executive director (2002-present). As a reflective practitioner, he served for the Ministry of Defence and Security of the Timor-Leste as a conflict prevention expert, and was appointed as the Japanese government representative to the Independent Commission on Policing for the Bangsamoro peace process in the Southern Philippines. As a professional trainer, he has been active in civilian peacebuilding training, which has been operated through the Hiroshima Peacebuilders Centre and commissioned by the Japanese Government since 2007. In 2018, he was awarded a testimonial from the Chief of Joint Staff of the Japanese Self-Defence Force for his decade of dedication to education and training of the military officers preparing for peace operations. He obtained his master’s degree from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, and his PhD in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent.