International Peace Cooperation Program Advisors(past)

Profile of Former Program Advisors

IMAI Chihiro(1st Term)

  1. Profile
    During the past 14 years, I have been engaged in program management in the fields of international peace cooperation and development at different organizations such as: NGO , a private foundation, ODA implementing agency, a government agency and currently a university. From 2003 to 2005, I was involved in the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration program in Afghanistan that was initiated by Japan and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan ( UNAMA ).

  2. Research activities at the Secretariat of the International Peace Cooperation Headquarters
    My research topic at the Secretariat was "Lessons Identified on the Deployment and Assistance of Provincial Reconstruction Teams ( PRT )". As part of the research activities, I had extraordinary experiences such as interviewing with liaison officers at the U.S. Central Command and staff of the Department of Defense, the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and lecturing at the Civil Military Cooperation course at the Danish Army Logistics School. In Tokyo, I actively participated in the Civil-Military Relations study group with experienced academicians and practitioners, contributed some chapters to an official commissioned research, and lectured at various universities. These unprecedented and stimulating activities were conducted in consultation with eminent scholars and the Secretariat officials. Following publications are examples of my research outcome.
    1. "Conceptualization of Peace-Building and the Case Study of Afghanistan"
    SADEP Report, Commissioned Research by JBIC , January 2006.
    2. "Research on International Comparison of Provincial Reconstruction Team"
    Commissioned Research by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, March 2007
    3. " PRT 's Governance Aspect: How can it engage with local leadership?",March 2008,
    presented at the 2008 conference of International Studies Association held in San Francisco, U.S.A..
    4. "Civil-Military Relationship from the Viewpoint of Development Agency",Chapter 7, Civil-Military Relationship in State Building: The Theory and Practice of Reviving Failed States, Kokusai Shoin, May 2008

  3. On completion of my contract with the Secretariat
    I am currently involved in management of the Peace and Conflict Studies ( PCS ) Global Campus Program at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. It is very exciting to work with faculties and students of the member universities in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka in order to provide online lectures, conduct a joint research and create a database of basic references on PCS issue. Further information about the Global Campus Program can be found at: window open
    Lecturing at the International Peace Cooperation Activities Training and Education Unit (JGSDF Komakado Base, September 2007)

    Lecturing at the International Peace Cooperation Activities Training and Education Unit
    JGSDF Komakado Base, September 2007)

  4. Message for the younger generation
    In the area of international peace cooperation, various actors are operating with different mandates. I strongly believe that the civilian personnel who will be posted to the conflict affected area/country should have the wisdom of organizing various resources from among these foreign actors and coordinating them with intelligence and skills of local people in a given time frame. Joining the Secretariat of the International Peace Cooperation Headquarters is a great opportunity for the civilian personnel candidate to be familiar with the Japanese Government's international peace cooperation policy and develop his/her knowledge and professional experience in close consultation with scholars and practitioners at the forefront of this field.