Updated on 2024/03/28


Graduate School of International Development Department of International Development and Cooperation Associate professor
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Graduate School of International Development
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Degree 4

  1. Doctor of Philosophy ( 2021.3   London School of Economics and Political Science ) 

  2. 修士(法学) ( 2015.3   東京大学 ) 

  3. Master of Science ( 2013.11   London School of Economics and Political Science ) 

  4. 学士(法学) ( 2012.3   東京大学 ) 

Research Areas 2

  1. Humanities & Social Sciences / Politics

  2. Humanities & Social Sciences / International relations

Research History 2

  1. Nagoya University   Associate professor


  2. ロンドン・スクール・オブ・エコノミクス   国際関係論学科   フェロー

    2020.9 - 2021.7

Education 4

  1. ロンドン・スクール・オブ・エコノミクス   国際関係論学科博士課程

    2015.9 - 2020.9

  2. The University of Tokyo

    2012.4 - 2015.3

  3. ロンドン・スクール・オブ・エコノミクス   政府学科比較政治(紛争研究)専攻修士課程

    2012.10 - 2013.9

  4. The University of Tokyo

    2008.4 - 2012.3

Professional Memberships 3

  1. International Studies Association

  2. 日本比較政治学会

  3. 日本国際政治学会

Awards 1

  1. 卓越

    2012.3   東京大学法学部  

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Papers 5

  1. Building Peace after Self-Determination and Partition: Faulty Assumptions? Reviewed

    Kentaro Fujikawa

    Journal of Global Security Studies   Vol. 9 ( 1 )   2024

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    Publishing type:Research paper (scientific journal)   Publisher:Oxford University Press (OUP)  


    Since the 1990s, scholars have debated whether partition, the most radical solution to ethnic conflicts, promotes peace or not. Drawing on the peacebuilding and war recurrence literature, I contribute to this debate by theorizing reasons that newly independent states emerging from partition are likely to suffer from new conflicts between former pro-independence allies. At the domestic level, former pro-independence groups, assumed to be a unitary actor by partition proponents, are likely to fragment as their unity was based on achieving the goal of independence. Furthermore, newly independent states tend to suffer from very weak institutions, and citizens develop strong frustrations toward their new states because their unrealistically high expectations are unmet. At the international level, international peacebuilders tend to wrongly assume that the unity within the pro-independence camp will last after independence and that the pro-independence people are essentially “good guys.” As a result, they often misunderstand the post-conflict political dynamics of new states, which reduces the effectiveness of their peacebuilding efforts. My arguments are illustrated through analyzing why Timor-Leste and South Sudan, the closest to typical partition cases in the twenty-first century, faced the 2006 Crisis and the 2013 Civil War, respectively.

    DOI: 10.1093/jogss/ogae007

  2. Just a strategic move? Exploring good reasons for self-determination referendums through the case of East Timor Reviewed

    Kentaro Fujikawa

    Territory, Politics, Governance     2023

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    Using referendums to settle the question of sovereignty might look intuitive, but self-determination is not always accompanied by a referendum empirically, and the existing literature largely points to politicians’ instrumental motivations to hold self-determination referendums. Referendums are also notorious for their zero-sum nature. What exactly then makes referendums essential for self-determination? By analysing East Timor’s 1999 referendum, this article uncovers three reasons referendums should be held to accurately ascertain the population’s wishes in non-democratic contexts: the fear that representatives might be bribed or threatened in a hypothetical indirect vote; the simple nature of referendums; and the lack of democratic tradition.

    DOI: 10.1080/21622671.2023.2181208


  3. Settling with Autonomy after Civil Wars: Lessons from Aceh, Indonesia Reviewed

    Kentaro Fujikawa

    Global Policy   Vol. 12 ( 2 ) page: 204 - 213   2021

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    Publishing type:Research paper (scientific journal)   Publisher:Wiley  

    DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12949

    Other Link: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full-xml/10.1111/1758-5899.12949

  4. Drifting between accommodation and repression: explaining Indonesia's policies toward its separatists Reviewed

    Kentaro Fujikawa

    Pacific Review   Vol. 30 ( 5 ) page: 655 - 673   2017

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    Authorship:Lead author, Last author, Corresponding author   Language:English   Publishing type:Research paper (scientific journal)   Publisher:ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD  

    A central government facing separatist activities adopts various policies to respond to them. In some cases, the government represses them harshly, while in other cases, it tries to accommodate the separatists' demands. We currently have two strands in the literature to understand which policies are implemented by the government: the reputation theory and the cost-benefit calculation model. However, neither of them is sufficient to explain Indonesia's policies toward its separatists in Aceh and Papua following democratization. Indonesia's policies toward separatists have been drifting between accommodation and repression. To understand these policy shifts, this paper emphasizes the importance of the inner workings of the central government, introducing two variables: the preferences of national leaders and the existence of veto players. This paper demonstrates that these perspectives are essential in order to fully explain the Indonesian government's policies toward its separatists.

    DOI: 10.1080/09512748.2017.1293713

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  5. The Sons-of-the-Soil Conflicts : Conflict Resolution in Aceh

      Vol. 129 ( 5 ) page: 526 - 601   2016.6

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KAKENHI (Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research) 1

  1. 紛争解決手段としての国家分割:その論理と実際

    Grant number:22K13347  2022.4 - 2026.3

    日本学術振興会  科学研究費助成事業 若手研究  若手研究

    藤川 健太郎


Teaching Experience (Off-campus) 1

  1. Conflict and Peacebuilding

    London School of Economics and Political Science)