Peace and Disarmament
Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research Announces New Appointments
On October 1, 2009, Professor Kevin Clements was appointed Secretary General of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research. Dr. Clements will work closely with current director of the institute, Dr. Olivier Urbain. Dr. Satoko Takahashi, with experience organizing international conferences and supporting research activities at the Toda Institute, was appointed as research director.
Dr. Clements, who received his Ph.D. from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, is world renowned as a peace researcher specializing in the Asia-Pacific Region. Dr. Clements is currently secretary general of the International Peace Research Association, as well as the foundation chair of Peace and Conflict Studies and director of the New Zealand Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS) at the University of Otago.
SGI President Daisaku Ikeda established the Toda Institute on February 11, 1996, in honor of his mentor Josei Toda. The institute conducts peace research on international policy focusing on the power of dialogue to transform, resolve and prevent conflict, and on finding pathways to effective global governance. Through international conferences and publications, the institute promotes global solutions for issues such as nuclear disarmament, UN reform and environmental ethics.
[Adapted from an article in the October 9, 2009 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]