July 5, 2011
Shinichi Takeuchi, senior research fellow and Maswana Jean-Claude, research fellow, reported their research findings at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Japan Association for African Studies, held at Hirosaki University in Aomori on May 20-22. Their research themes were “Political Institutions for Conflict Prevention: A comparison between Rwanda and Burundi” and “Emerging Patterns in China-Africa's Trade,” respectively.
Takeuchi examined the risks of conflict recurrence in Rwanda and Burundi, which share similar ethnic compositions, while having contrasting political institutions. [Related article 1, Related article 2] “In Burundi, the introduction of a power-sharing structure has eased the risk of ethnic confrontation instigated by the political elite. However, their power struggle, which has always remained uninstitutionalized, may lead to serious political violence; this deep-rooted problem has yet to be settled,” he explained.
Refugee camp for Tuti in Burundi
Related Research Area: Peace and Development, Growth and Poverty Reduction
Related Research Project: Prevention of Violent Conflicts in Africa, Exploring Areas of Potential Sources of Growth for African Economies
|Day||May 20, 2011(Fri) - May 22, 2011(Sun)|
|Place||Hirosaki University, Aomori|
|Organizer||Japan Association for African Studies|