Educational Background

Ph.D. (Global Society Studies), Graduate School of Global Studies, Doshisha University, Japan, September 2022
MA (History), Keio Graduate School of Letters, Tokyo, March 1992
BA (History), Faculty of Letters, Keio University, Tokyo, March 1990

Career Background

July 2020 Executive Senior Research Fellow, JICA Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development
May 2016 Senior Research Fellow, JICA Research Institute
February 2012 Senior Representative, JICA Syria and Jordan Office
April 2008 Deputy Director, Office for Gender Equality and Poverty Reduction, Infrastructure and Peace Building Department, JICA
October 2005 Yokohama International Center, JICA
October 2002 Grant Aid Department, JICA
May 2000 Africa, Middle East and Europe Department, JICA
October 1998 Social Development Study Department, JICA
September 1995 JICA Syria Office
April 1992 Agriculture Development Department, JICA

Major Publications

Ako Muto, Kota Sugitani, Kaito Takeuchi, and Nobuaki Oyama, “The History of Human Security Research with a Focus on the Work of the JICA Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development,” in the Report Human Security Today, JICA Ogata Research Institute, Vol.1、2022、pp. 22-43. (in Japanese)

Ako Muto, "Exploring Mediation Efforts Amid Systemic and Domestic Constraints: The Case of the Syrian Conflict," in Cedric de Coning, Ako Muto, and Rui Saraiva eds., Adaptive Mediation and Conflict Resolution: Peace-making in Colombia, Mozambique, the Philippines, and Syria, Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, pp.137-163.

Ako Muto and Rui Saraiva, "Assessing Context-Specific Peacebuilding Approaches in Contemporary Armed Conflicts: From High-Level Mediation to Middle-Out Linkage in Syria and from Adaptive Mediation to Nationally-Owned Peacebuilding in Mozambique," Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, Vol.8, No.2, 2020, pp. 241-264, DOI: 10.18588/202011.00a128

Ako Muto, "Human Security Norms in East Asia: Towards Conceptual and Operational Innovation," Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security, Vol.8, No.1, 2020, pp.68-84. 

Ako Muto and Rui Saraiva, "Contextualizing the Sustaining Peace Approach in Contemporary Armed Conflicts: From High-Level International Mediation to Pragmatic Peacebuilding Initiatives in Syria," Journal of Human Security Studies: Special Issue, 2020-1, pp, 39-56, DOI: https://doi,org/10,34517/jahss,9,2_39

Ako MUTO, “Variations to Humanitarian and Development Assistance during Conflict: A Case Study Analysis of Assistance Provided to Syria”, The United Nations Studies, Number 20, 2019、pp. 193-213. (in Japanese)

Yoichi Mine, Oscar A. Gómez and Ako Muto, “Human Security in East Asia: Assembling a Puzzle”, Chapter 1, in Yoichi Mine, Oscar A. Gómez and Ako Muto eds., Human Security Norms in East Asia, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, pp. 1-22.

Ako Muto and Yoichi Mine, “The Way Forward: The Power of Diversity”, Chapter 14, in ditto, pp.295-309.

Carolina G. Hernandez, Eun Mee Kim, Ren Xiao, Yoichi Mine and Ako Muto, “Conclusion: Ownership and Collaboration for Human Security in East Asia”, Chapter 13, in Carolina G. Hernandez, Eun Mee Kim, Ren Xiao, Yoichi Mine eds., Human Security and Cross-Border Cooperation in East Asia, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, pp. 271-287.

Ako Muto and Sachiko Ishikawa, “Japanese contributions to peacebuilding, development, and human security in Southeast Asia”, Chapter 4, in Brendan Howe ed., Regional Cooperation for Peace and Development: Japan and South Korea in Southeast Asia, Routledge, 2019, pp. 71-95.

Ako MUTO, “The meaning and problem of resilience-based international assistance to a country under the influence of conflict - the case of assistance to Syria”, Journal of Global Studies Vol.8, 2017, pp. 161-175. (in Japanese)

Oscar A. Gómez, Ako Muto and Sachiko G. Kamidohzono, “Sharing the journey: the way ahead for human development and human security frameworks”, Background paper for Human Development Report 2016, United Nations Development Programme, Human Development Report Office, 2016.


Japan Association for United Nations Studies, Japan Association for Human Security Studies

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