International Relations and Comparative Politics

International Relations and Comparative Politics

31 May 2022 Last updated

Overview of the course

We welcome students who are looking for chances to study Japanese politics and foreign affairs. You would consult with one of five professors of this department who are specialists in international relations, international political economy, security studies, public policies and urban administration. The area of research fields of graduate students are varied covering such countries as Japan, China, India, Europe, America, Middle East, etc. The staff, along with graduate and undergraduate students will be actively engaged in research work in line with the international standard. Students can master a variety of methodologies and approaches through the team teaching method run by five academic staff. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. This department offers foreign students the opportunity to study the internal politics and diplomacy of their home country from a comparative perspective.

Students’ research themes

Thematic approach: Regional integration, Preventive diplomacy, Conflict and Peace building, Security, Ethnopolitics, Party politics, Democratization,Welfare state, Educational policy, Transnational relations, Contemporary history of International relations

Regional approach:EU studies, French politics, British politics, German politics, Spanish politics, Italian politics, Politics in Northern Europe, American politics, Politics in the Middle East, Politics in ex-Yugoslavia, Indian politics, Sino-Japanese relations, Sino-American relations, Politics in the Mediterranean

Teaching staff

Satoru NAKAMURA,  Professor
Subjects: Security Study in the Middle East, Middle Eastern Politics and History.
Research fields: Preventive Diplomacy in the Middle East, Middle Eastern Political economy, Saudi Arabian History

Masaharu YASUOKA,  Professor
Subjects: Comparative Public Policy, American Politics.
Research fields: Comparative Public Policy, American Politics and Government , Urban Politics Contemporary modern American politics (especially the federal system and urban issues)

Sho Niikawa, Lecturer
Subjects: Political Institutions.
Research fields: Making and Breaking Governments in Democracies, Politics in Germany and Europe, Political Science Methodology(especially Qualitative and Multimethod Research)


Faculty of Intercultural Studies/ Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, Kobe University
1-2-1, Tsurukabuto, Nada-ku, Kobe, JAPAN 657-8501