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Akihiro Iwashita

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Director, Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University

Akihiro Iwashita is Professor and Director of the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center at Hokkaido University. His research focuses on border studies and Russian foreign policy towards China and Japan. His published work includes Japan’s Border Issues: Pitfalls and Perspectives (Routledge, 2016). He spent 2007-2008 as a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and served as President of the Association for Borderlands Studies in 2015-2016. Iwashita received his Ph. D. from Kyushu University, Japan.

Full Biography

Dr. Akihiro Iwashita is the Director of the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center at Hokkaido University. He currently teaches courses on border studies, Russian foreign policy, and Eurasian international relations. His research focuses on the development of the Russian economy with a special emphasis on macroeconomic growth and structural changes, as well as the Russian Far East and Japanese-Russian relations. Dr. Iwashita received his S.J.D. and LL.B. in Political Science from Kyushu University and his LL.M. in international law from Kitakyushu University. Dr. Iwashita has previously spoken at the Kennan Institute on the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and participated in a Kennan Institute conference on the evolution of Slavic studies and the Meso-Area approach.