Meiji University Research Institute for the History of Global Arms Transfer(RIHGAT)

Meiji University Research Institute for the History of Global Arms Transfer(RIHGAT)

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On 18th August 2018, Meiji University Research Institute for the History of Global Arms Transfer hosted the international symposium entitled “Symposium Ahead of the Fourth Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty: Reflecting on the Vision Against Reality of Arms Transfers in the World”.

In order to disseminate our research results widely, we issue the Research Institute’s bulletin titled The Journal of Research Institute for The History of Global Arms Transfer (twice a year). On 23rd July 2018, the Journal, no.6 was published. 

Project Summary

          

The Research Institute aims at elucidating the essential structure of disarmament and arms control in the modern and contemporary world through comprehensive historical research. We are working on interdisciplinary and international joint research focusing on the following four projects.
Project 1: Empirical research on the transfer of imperial control systems
This project aims at clarifying how the imperial control systems brought into Asian and African countries in the era of imperialism since the end of the 19th century - which covered a wide range of areas such as politics, economy, culture, and military affairs - spread to the world in subsequent years.
Project 2: Elucidating the global chain of arms transfer and technology transfer in military / civil aviation
Aircraft, which can be used for both military and general purposes, are not easily subjected to arms control, and all disarmament efforts in the area of aircraft have failed. As a result, in this field, such failure has triggered a chain of arms transfer and technology transfer in wide areas of the world.
Project 3: Comparative study of the military indigenization in developing countries and the military assistance
This project expands the period of arms transfer it addresses to cover the period between the two world wars and the Cold War era and the scope of countries it analyzes to include Asian countries ( China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan). It aims at promoting the advanced research by adding three new perspectives: military assistance, military-industry-research complex, and self-sufficiency of arms in developing countries.
Project 4: Comprehensive study on the modern and contemporary disarmament and arms control initiatives and their results
As the structure of the modern and contemporary world underwent transformation, the meaning of the terms “disarmament” and “arms control,” the objectives and nature of disarmament and arms control measures, and the conceptual frameworks that underlie such measures have changed rapidly. Through interdisciplinary and international joint research by historians, jurists, and international political scientists in Japan and abroad, this project will comprehensively analyze the conceptual frameworks that underlay disarmament and arms control measures in each period of the modern times and thereafter and clarify the consequences of these measures. 

Director’s Message

Meiji University Research Institute for the History of Global Arms Transfer was founded in June 2015 with research support from Meiji University and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan and selected in August 2018 as the Special Institute for Research Promotion by Meiji University.

Our Research Institute aims to promote advanced research and establish the worldwide research base on the disarmament and arms control in the modern and contemporary world through comprehensive historical research. The issues of disarmament and arms control today looks extremely complicated. This is the reason we believe that it is important to go back into history and thus reveal the essential structure of disarmament and arms control from the comprehensive point of view, including economic history, history of international affairs, imperial history, and military history. It is also important to emphasize an approach to research that combines historical research with discussions about today’s policy issues. Through initiatives based on its contemporary awareness of issues, it will promote efforts to make research in this area more interdisciplinary and international, a task that was not achieved by the previous closed research organizations.

Through the various activities listed below, the Research Institute is disseminating research results in Japan and abroad. These initiatives will hopefully help in the fostering of young researchers and the establishment of global research network.
(1) Hosting a Forum on the History of the Armament Industry and Arms Transfer organized by the Political Economy & Economic History Society
(2) Holding an open symposium organized by the Research Institute (twice a year)
(3) Issuance of the Research Institute’s bulletin (twice a year) titled “The Journal of Research Institute for The History of Global Arms Transfer”.
(4) Hosting international seminars and workshops by inviting overseas researchers
(5) Publication of the Research Institute’s series of research books.
(6) Offering courses for all undergraduate schools in omnibus style
(7) Multi-faceted public relations by using the Research Institute’s website and the University’s public relations organ.





 


 
 
Katsuhiko Yokoi
Director, Meiji University Research Institute for the History of Global Arms Transfer
Professor of Economic History,
School of Commerce, Meiji University

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