Patron: Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

These Islands Are Ours: The Social Construction of Territorial Disputes in Northeast Asia

Guest Speaker: Dr Alexander Bukh
Senior Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington

Event Date: Wednesday 30th September 2020
Event Time: 5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Event Location: *ONLINE EVENT* | Zoom Meeting.
Zoom Meeting hosted by Asia Forum, Wellington.


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Dr Alexander Bukh’s expertise is on Japan, Russia, Korea, territorial disputes, foreign policy, national identity, civil society, domestic politics and regional relations. He is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington.

Bukh has published numerous articles and book chapters on Japan’s national identity and foreign policy. His first book examined the role of Russia in Japan’s identity and foreign policy. Alexander’s current research focuses on territorial disputes in Northeast Asia. In this project he seeks to explore the role of civil society groups engaged in territorial dispute related activism in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan in shaping their respective state’s foreign policies.

He is the author of Japan’s Identity and Foreign Policy: Russia as Japan’s ‘Other’ (2009) and the producer and co-director of the documentary This Island Is Ours: Defending Dokdo/Retrieving Takeshima (2016).

Bukh was born in Moscow, grew up in Israel and spent more than 20 years living in Asia (mainly Japan but also Thailand and Korea), before moving to New Zealand in 2012. Prior to his current appointment at Victoria University, he was an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsukuba University, Japan.

*ONLINE EVENT* | Zoom Meeting.

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