Takuo Iwata

  College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University
Research Fields

I have studied politics and international relations in Africa. My principal research subjects are democratization, decentralization, local governments’ international cooperation, border issue since colonial time, ICT in politics, symbolic power, Africa – Asia relations, Laughter in African politics etc., I have conducted field research in West African countries such as Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, and Togo. In recent years, I have visited Asian countries to learn Africa – Asia relations, and “African studies” in Asian countries.

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Main Works
  • Iwata Takuo (2016, English version), “Laughter in Political Transformation in Africa,” Ritsumeikan Studies in Language and Culture, Vol.27, No.4, pp.133-155.
  • Iwata Takuo (2016), “A New Page in the History of Africa and Democratization,” in Kitagawa Katsuhiko, Takahashi Motoki ed (2014). Contemporary African Economies: A changing Continent under Globalization, [Translated from Japanese original version, Contemporary African Economies, Gendai Afurica Keizai-ron), Minerva Publisher, Kyoto Japan), pp.289-306.
  • Iwata Takuo (2015), “Social media practices during the political change in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Ritsumeikan Annual Review of International Studies, Vol.14, pp.47-72.
  • Iwata Takuo (2012), “Comparative Study on ‘Asian’ Approaches to Africa: an introductory reflection,” African Studies Monographs, Kyoto University, Vol.33, No.4, 2012, pp.209-231. [Translated into Chinese, 「亚洲对非洲外交政策的比较研究」(2014), Annual Review of African Studies in China, Peking University, pp.183-209.]
  • [Research database, Ritsumeikan University. http://research-db.ritsumei.ac.jp/Profiles/103/0010261/prof_e.html]
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