Menu:

Latest news:

May, 2018
Summary Report: Harmonizing the NPT and the Nuclear Ban Treaty
Read report...

"Resurgent Nationalism? The Future of Ethnopolitics in the 21st Century" Seminar
Read more...

TODA POLICY BRIEF NO. 13
The Iran Nuclear Deal: Europe to the Rescue?
Read brief...

TODA POLICY BRIEF NO. 12
Nuclear-Armed Cruise Missiles Should be Banned
Read brief...

April, 2018
TODA POLICY BRIEF NO. 11
Conceptual Twist of Japanese Nuclear Policy: Its Ambivalence and Coherence Under the US Umbrella
Read brief...

March, 2018
'Bridging the Gap: Harmonizing the NPT and the Nuclear Ban Treaty' Workshop
Read more...

TODA POLICY BRIEF NO. 9
Harmonizing the NPT and Ban Treaty in Nuclear Risk Reduction Measures by Possessor States
Read brief...

Workshop to Discuss Implications of Trump's Nuclear Posture Review
Read more...

TODA POLICY BRIEF NO. 8
Towards a Nuclear Restraint Regime: From a Normative Ban Treaty to a Substantive Agenda
Read brief...

TODA POLICY BRIEF NO. 7
US-North Korea Nuclear Summit: Assessing China's Exclusion Anxiety
Read brief...

TODA POLICY BRIEF NO. 6
Cooperation or Conflict? Walking the Tightrope of NPT and Ban Treaty Supporters
Read brief...

TODA POLICY BRIEF NO. 5
Folding the Umbrella: Nuclear Allies, the NPT and the Ban Treaty
Read brief...

February, 2018
Summary Report: 2018 Tokyo Colloquium on Building Stable Peace in Northeast Asia: Managing and Transforming Risks on the Korean Peninsula
Read report...

Doomsday Clock SQD
Read more...

TODA POLICY BRIEF NO. 2
Trump's Nuclear Posture Review: A New Rift between Europe and the US?
Read more...

Building Stable Peace in Northeast Asia: Managing and Transforming Risks on the Korean Peninsula
Read brief...

TODA POLICY BRIEF NO. 1
Verifying the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and Providing Assurance against Breakout
Read brief...

January, 2018
[SHARE] IT IS TWO MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT
Read the LINK...

November, 2017
Director's Introduction to the London Report
Read more...

July, 2017
Research and Practice Gaps in Nonviolent Action & Conflict Transformation: Towards a New Generation of Joint Action
Read more...

March, 2017
International Colloquium on "Challenges to Regional and Global Peace in the 21st Century"
Read more...

November, 2016
Conference on "The Ecology of Violent Extremism"
Read more...

September, 2016
Workshop on "Engaging Extremism with Muslims' Nonviolence"
Read more...

2015 Annual Report posted
Read more...

The Toda Institute Celebrates its 20th Anniversary
Read more...

"Potential Book Project--Meeting" held in Oslo, Norway
Read more...

About Toda Peace Institute

The Toda Peace Institute (formerly called the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research) is an independent, nonpartisan institute committed to advancing a more just and peaceful world through policy-oriented peace research and practice. The institute commissions evidence-based research, convenes multi-track and multi-disciplinary problem-solving workshops and seminars, and promotes dialogue across ethnic, cultural, religious and political divides. It catalyses practical, policy-oriented conversations between theoretical experts, practitioners, policymakers and civil society leaders in order to discern innovative and creative solutions to the major problems confronting the world in the twenty-first century.

The Toda Peace Institute's current research and practice foci are:

News

May, 2018

Summary Report: Harmonizing the NPT and the Nuclear Ban Treaty

Read report...

TODA POLICY BRIEF NO. 14
A Real Path to Peace on the Korean Peninsula: The Progress and Promise of the Moon-Kim Summit
By: Chung-in Moon

Chung-in Moon, Special Adviser for Foreign Affairs and National Security to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, comments in his recent article in Foreign Affairs (April 30, 2018) that the latest summit between North and South Korea represents 'real progress and lays the groundwork for lasting peace.' Chung-in Moon served as adviser to Kim Dae-Jung and has attended the past three summits between the two Koreas (in 2000, 2007, and 2018). From this perspective, he feels that the recent summit could be considered a historic achievement. "Moon and Kim did not just make high-level commitments; they also laid out specific timetables for implementing them and took concrete steps that will have immediate effects in facilitating cooperation and preventing conflict" on the Korean peninsula, he writes. The article suggests this offers hope that a comprehensive deal including denuclearization by North Korea may be achievable in a couple of years. Read more...

To see Chung-in Moon's interview with CNN, click here .

"Resurgent Nationalism? The Future of Ethnopolitics in the 21st Century" Seminar

On April 26, The Toda Peace Institute organized and hosted a seminar on "Resurgent Nationalism? The Future of Ethnopolitics in the 21st Century" delivered by Professor Neophytos Loizides from the University of Kent.
Read more...

TODA POLICY BRIEF NO. 13
The Iran Nuclear Deal: Europe to the Rescue?

Read brief...

TODA POLICY BRIEF NO. 12
Nuclear-Armed Cruise Missiles Should be Banned

Read brief...

April, 2018

TODA POLICY BRIEF NO. 11
Conceptual Twist of Japanese Nuclear Policy: Its Ambivalence and Coherence Under the US Umbrella

Read brief...

March, 2018

'Bridging the Gap: Harmonizing the NPT and the Nuclear Ban Treaty' Workshop

The Toda Peace Institute, the Asia Pacific Leadership Network (APLN), the European Leadership Network (ELN), and Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) launched the project 'Bridging the Gap: Harmonizing the NPT and the Nuclear Ban Treaty' with the objective to enhance convergence between the NPT and Nuclear Ban Treaty to positively influence the 2020 NPT Conference and strengthen the global disarmament and non-proliferation regime. To this end, the partner institutions organized a workshop with key policy experts, government representatives and practitioners on 22 and 23 March 2018 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Read more...

TODA POLICY BRIEF NO. 9
Harmonizing the NPT and Ban Treaty in Nuclear Risk Reduction Measures by Possessor States

Read brief...

Workshop to Discuss Implications of Trump's Nuclear Posture Review

The Toda Peace Institute organized a workshop of leading academics and policy makers to hear Professor Steven Miller, Director of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University share his views about the implications of President Trump's Nuclear Posture Review (February, 2018) for the management of security risks in East Asia and the rest of the world. The meeting took place on March 20, 2018 at the new Toda Peace Institute Office in Tokyo, Japan.
Read more...

TODA POLICY BRIEF NO. 8
Towards a Nuclear Restraint Regime: From a Normative Ban Treaty to a Substantive Agenda

Read brief...

TODA POLICY BRIEF NO. 7
US-North Korea Nuclear Summit: Assessing China's Exclusion Anxiety

Read brief...

TODA POLICY BRIEF NO. 6
Cooperation or Conflict? Walking the Tightrope of NPT and Ban Treaty Supporters

Read brief...

TODA POLICY BRIEF NO. 5
Folding the Umbrella: Nuclear Allies, the NPT and the Ban Treaty

Read brief...

February, 2018

Summary Report: 2018 Tokyo Colloquium on Building Stable Peace in Northeast Asia: Managing and Transforming Risks on the Korean Peninsula

Read report...

Doomsday Clock SQD

Read more...

TODA POLICY BRIEF NO. 2
Trump's Nuclear Posture Review: A New Rift between Europe and the US?

Read brief...

[ TOKYO COLLOQUIUM ]
Building Stable Peace in Northeast Asia: Managing and Transforming Risks on the Korean Peninsula

Together with the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and New Zealand's University of Otago, the Toda Peace Institute organized a colloquium on February 1 at Kioi Conference in Tokyo under the theme Building Stable Peace in Northeast Asia: Managing and Transforming Risks on the Korean Peninsula.
Read more...

TODA POLICY BRIEF NO. 1
Verifying the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and Providing Assurance against Breakout

Read brief...

January, 2018

[SHARE] IT IS TWO MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

See the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Doomsday Clock reassessment for 2018 here:


Because of the "extraordinary danger of the current moment," the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists today moved the hand of the iconic Doomsday Clock to 2 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT. The last time the Clock was this close to midnight was in 1953. ... Read more...

[Quotation] http://www.icontact-archive.com/xNL0qQCSSQU61TQn1ZB3dPqLvpegIdUw?w=4

November, 2017

Director's Introduction to the London Report

It gives me great pleasure to introduce the summary report and conclusions of a High Level Meeting that the Toda Peace Institute in collaboration with the CRS, NUPI and the University of Otago organised in London in November 2017.This was the first of what we hope will be many conversations aimed at bridging the gap between the proponents of the Nuclear Prohibition Treaty and existing Nuclear Treaties such as the NPT. This meeting was initiated in order to work out ways in which nuclear powers and their allies and non-nuclear powers might make 21st century progress on ways of guaranteeing the safety and non-use of nuclear weapons while working for their total abolition.
Read more...

July, 2017

Research and Practice Gaps in Nonviolent Action & Conflict Transformation: Towards a New Generation of Joint Action

Building on past research projects, the Toda Peace Institute convened a working group on Nonviolent Action and Conflict Transformation that included key activists, strategists and theorists to develop a three-year action plan. The plan will guide Toda's work to strengthen and improve the design of nonviolent social movements and conflict transformation processes. The Toda Peace Institute plans to work in collaboration with other groups to commission research, policy briefs, and action programmes. In particular the working group seeks to bridge conceptual and practice gaps between nonviolent movements resisting injustice and authoritarianism and the actions of peacebuilding practitioners and scholars working for dialogue and negotiated solutions to economic, social and political problems. In particular, the Toda Institute is interested in how these related fields can work together to address deep social and political divisions, global populism, "democratically-elected" authoritarian regimes, and authoritarian challenges to democratic processes.
Read more...

March, 2017

International Colloquium on "Challenges to Regional and Global Peace in the 21st Century"

The Toda Peace Institute in Tokyo and the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies of New Zealand held a colloquium "Challenges to Regional and Global Peace in the 21st Century" on March 28 in Tokyo, Japan, to bring together leaders of international think tanks and civil society organizations concerned about stability and security in the new world order.

Northeast Asia and the rest of the world in the 21st century face multiple challenges precipitated by rising nationalism, growing inequality, marginalization and alienation from political processes. Its most graphic expressions in 2016 were the British decision to withdraw from the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Although unpredictable, Trump is in charge of the most powerful nuclear arsenal in the world and has proposed a budget increase in US military spending of $54 billion of which 11% will be for the modernization and expansion of nuclear weapons.

The group agreed that the world is moving into a period of significant geopolitical unpredictability. The election of Donald Trump is one factor, but underlying causes include a breakdown of the social contract between people and their governments, characterized by Brian Finlay of the Stimson Center as a growing sense of "inequality and hopelessness."

Colloquium participants outlined creative opportunities to address the causes of conflict and fragility worldwide:
Read more...

November, 2016

Conference on "The Ecology of Violent Extremism"

The Alliance for Peacebuilding; Eastern Mennonite University-The Center for Justice & Peacebuilding and the Toda Peace Institute co-sponsored a two-day conference, held in Harrisonburg, VA (November 5-6, 2016) on "The Ecology of Violent Extremism." The meeting brought together leading theorists and practitioners, with extensive experience in the field of peacebuilding with an emphasis on negotiation, governance, democratic processes, intergroup dialogue, and the use of media to address key drivers of violent conflict, to discuss an ecological or systems approach to violent extremism (VE). An ecological approach to violent extremism views the problem of VE in a broader context than the mainstream media and political analysis. Counter terrorism strategies generally offer simplistic examinations of violent extremism by focusing solely on the individuals and groups using terror, without examining the broader factors driving or mitigating violent extremism. This project aimed at reframing the traditional approaches to VE, which focus almost exclusively on the role of violent counterterrorism. Participants discussed the role of education and inclusive peacebuilding processes to address the broader national and global factors that promote radicalisation and motivate violent political behaviour.

September, 2016

Workshop on "Engaging Extremism with Muslims' Nonviolence"

Chaiwat Satha-Anand, Senior Research Fellow of the Toda Peace Institute together with Omar Farouk from the Center for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS) at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) organized a policy workshop on "Engaging Extremism with Muslims' Nonviolence" in Penang, Malaysia, September 19-22, 2016. The workshop was facilitated by Kevin Clements and Paula Green. They designed an experiential process to enable Muslim researchers and practitioners to understand violence from a Muslim perspective and then reflect on how justice might be pursued by Muslim nonviolent actors. Participants explored cases of extremism and deadly conflicts within the Muslim world, and then explored the relationship between Islam and nonviolence and how this might mitigate the violent effects of extremism. The organizers will be producing a book or a journal issue on the subject based on selected papers in 2017. On September 21, 2016, CenPRIS and the Toda Peace Institute organized a public forum with selected conference participants, members of the public and the policy community on "Violent Extremism: Islam and Nonviolent Policy Alternatives." This forum generated lively discussions between local intellectuals, members of the media, diplomats and representatives from the policy community.

Archived News

Archived news may be accessed here.