Olivier Urbain is the director of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research (Tokyo and Honolulu) devoted to the promotion of global peacebuilding through academic exchanges, conferences and publications. He is the founder and director of the Transcend: Art & Peace Network, an online organization promoting research on the links between peacebuilding and the arts. He holds a PhD in Literature from the University of Southern California (1990) and one in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford (2009). Publications related to music and peacebuilding include Music and Conflict Transformation (ed., 2008), Music and Solidarity (co-ed., 2011) and Music, Power and Liberty (co-ed, slated for 2014). Publications related to Daisaku Ikeda’s writings and actions for peacebuilding through dialogue include Daisaku Ikeda’s Philosophy of Peace (2010), Daisaku Ikeda and Dialogue for Peace (ed., 2013) and A Forum for Peace: Daisaku Ikeda’s Proposals to the UN (ed., 2014).
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