York Centre for Asian Research Updates
51, Friday, July 7, 2006
In this issue
UCGS calls for graduate students in its 2006-2007 colloquium series
The University Consortium on the Global South (UCGS), York University, is
looking for York graduate students interested in organizing and/or participating
in a panel discussion for our upcoming 2006-2007 Colloquium series. Potential
topics include (but are not limited to) : Global Migration, Indigeneity and the
Struggles for Autonomy, Canada’s role in Afghanistan, HIV:Dissident
Perspectives, The New Latin American Left, Oil and Political Ecology.
During the past few years, UCGS has had a
successful series of Colloquium on Wednesday afternoons at York University.
Global South panels generally include 3 to 4 speakers including participation of
graduate students along with Faculty, NGO workers and other social activists.
UCGS is looking for critical “work in progress” presentations on current events,
in order to stimulate open discussions among all Colloquium participants.
If you are interested in organizing a panel for
the 2006-2007 Colloquium series, please contact the Colloquium Coordinator,
Joelle Reid at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please
indicate the broad topic or tentative title of the panel you would like to
organize, as well as potential panelists and your availability for possible
dates: Fall 2006 (Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30 pm, between September 27 and November
22); Winter 2007 (January 17 to March 21). The faculty responsible for the
Colloquium this Fall are Profs. Ricardo Grinspun (email@example.com) and Peter
Vandergeest (firstname.lastname@example.org). Feel free to contact them if you have any
On the UCGS: The UCGS is a new initiative
that encourages critical engagement with what has been broadly defined as the
Global South. The objective of the Colloquium is to create a pluralistic open
space for dialogue and debate among faculty, graduate students, policy makers,
visiting speakers, social activists and NGOs around issues related to human
development, equity and social justice, ecology and sustainability, gender,
ethnicity, racialization, rural and grassroots development, North-South
relations, global-national-local linkages, and public policy. The Colloquium
also provides a discussion venue for promoting trans-regional and
inter-disciplinary approaches to these issues, and in so doing aims to stimulate
new forms of critical research, including critical analyses of Canadian policies
towards the Global South. For more information on the UCGS, please check our
website at: http://www.ucgs.yorku.ca/.
ADDENDUM: We have been informed by York
International that there may be more Canada Corps internships available for
students to work and promote good governance and institution-building in
developing countries. The deadline is in early August. Students interested in
the internship program are advised to go to the Canada Corps website at:
http://www.aucc.ca/programs/intprograms/canadacorps_e.html. All applications
should be sent to York International at
email@example.com in electronic form by July 31, 2006.
invites you to its
9th Annual Social Justice Summer Retreat
Thursday, August 24th to Sunday, August 27th,
Algonquin Park, Camp Arowhon
This year's theme: Power in Movements: Movements
The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) invites
proposals for workshops to be held at this year's Social Justice Summer Retreat.
Workshops may address this year's theme or other issues related to social
justice. Both discussion sessions and skill building workshops are welcome.
Workshops can be of 1 1/2 hours or 3 hours duration. Each workshop will be
assigned a trained facilitator to assist with the process.
Proposals should be submitted to the Retreat
Coordinator, Ewa Cerda (firstname.lastname@example.org) by July 31, 2006. Please
include the title, a one paragraph description of the workshop, and the names of
the organizer and/or resource persons. A draft program is available at
Ewa Cerda, Retreat Coordinator, Centre for Social
Justice, 489 College Street, Suite 303, Toronto, Ontario M6G 1A5, Tel:
416-927-0777 x227 Fax: 416-927-7771. Toll free: 1-888-803-8881. Email:
CARE Canada seeks
Programme Manager for Asia Unit
Canada's office in Ottawa is seeking a Programme Manager for its Asia Unit to
provide project/programme management support in the implementation of CARE
Canada projects. This includes meeting donor needs and requirements, and
successfully translating this information for use/capacity development. Project
implementation support includes monitoring trips to the field; acting as a point
person and central repository of information for assigned CARE Canada projects;
liaising with units within CARE Canada (Sector Specialists, Finance, Marketing,
Communication and HR) to ensure contract compliance is met and technical support
services are delivered to projects as per donor requirements; ensuring that
professional management is practiced in CARE Canada projects and programmes;
liaising on a regular basis with CARE Canada’s donors on contract compliance,
project implementation, budgeting, reporting, monitoring and evaluation.
Program Development: Identifying new programming initiatives and potential
funding sources; informing teammates of new programming ideas; assisting country
offices to produce concept papers and proposals (including detailed budgets) for
both unsolicited proposals and RFPs, brokering technical assistance and
programme development services from CARE Canada on their behalf; supporting
country offices and liaising with CARE Canada’s emergency response team and
donors in response to emergency programmes; Maintaining contacts with other
agencies and companies who bid on RFPs and provide feedback to the RFP
Coordinator regarding their competitiveness and compatibility.
Advocacy/Policy/External Relations: Extending and building networks of
partners, alliances and supporters of CARE’s work; identifying and leading
analysis on advocacy and policy issues related to the region and/or crosscutting
issues affecting CARE Canada’s work; Keeping informed on political/
humanitarian/donor events in assigned countries and bringing key developments to
the attention of the team; Coaching/Mentoring and Teamwork: Providing
support and advice to unit members and field staff, including support in
contract management and relationship management with CI/CO’s and Canadian
donors; furnishing support to traveling colleagues including back-up and
logistical support; participating actively in team meetings, initiating them as
the need arises and contributing to the agenda; responding to communications in
a timely manner, particularly ensuring that country office requests for
assistance are followed up promptly. For further information on job postings,
visit the CARE employment website at
Matsumae International Foundation opens 2007/2008 Fellowship Program Competition
year, the Matsumae International Foundation (MIF) invites about 20 foreign
researchers to Japan under the MIF Fellowship Program. These fellowships are
open to active, young researchers of outstanding character who are conducting
research in natural science, engineering and medicine (first priority); social
sciences, humanities, and arts (second priority). The fellowship is applicable
for the period of April 2007 through March 2008. A summary is provided below.
Complete details may be obtained by contacting ORS at ext. 55055
(email@example.com) or by consulting the following web site:
Applicants of non-Japanese nationality who meet
all of the following general eligibility requirements are invited to submit the
required application documents.
- Applicants must hold a Doctorate degree, or
have a minimum of two years of research experience after the receipt of a
Master's degree, or be recognized by the Foundation as possessing equivalent
- Applicants must not be over 40 years of age at
the time of the application.
- Applicants must have sufficient conversational
abilities in English or Japanese to prevent insurmountable difficulties during
their research activities in Japan.
- Applicants should not have been to Japan
previously. Application must be submitted from the applicant's home country.
- Applicants who have firm positions and
professions in their home nations should apply from their countries, and should
return to their countries on completion of their research activities in Japan.
The fellowships last from three to six months.
Successful applicants will be provided with a monthly stipend for research and
stay of 200,000 yen for the payment of tuitions, expenses for research
materials, meals, transportation, etc. In addition, a lump sum of 300,000 yen is
provided on arrival to assist with the cost of lodging and local travel
expenses. Insurance and air transportation is also provided.
VALUE: 200,000 yen monthly (approx. $1,931 CDN +
300,000 yen lump sum (approx. $2,897 CDN)
DURATION: 3 – 6 months
DEADLINE: July 31, 2006
York University researchers are reminded that all
applications for external research funding must be reviewed and approved by the
Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.
For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS
Application Checklist, which requires the Chair’s and the Dean’s signatures. To
ensure that the approved application is ready by the agency deadline, a complete
application folder must be submitted to ORS ten (10) working days prior to the
final submission date. Office of Research Services, 214 York Lanes, York
Tel: 416-736-2100. Fax: 416-736-5512.
By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, The Associated Press, Friday,
July 7, 2006
South Korea -- North Korea has a few more cards to play if it wants to turn
up the tension generated by a series of missile tests. It could fire more
missiles, threaten to stage a nuclear test, stage troop exercises near the
border with South Korea or send up fighter jets in an attempt to harass U.S.
For now, though, the North
Koreans might be inclined to assess the political fallout from their missile
launches, as the diplomatic debate picks up at the United Nations and across
Northeast Asia. Their chief goal is direct talks on security guarantees and
economic aid with their No. 1 enemy, the United States.
"Now, the ball is in the U.S. court," said
Baek Seung-joo, an analyst at the state-run Korea Institute for Defense
Analyses in South Korea.
But Washington appears unwilling to reward
North Korea's pressure tactic by agreeing to talks, a sign that the standoff
will persist. Delays could favor North Korea, which is believed to be making
nuclear bombs that could boost its political leverage in the long run, and
doesn't need to worry about a leadership change because a dictator is in
North Korea may be trying to startle
Washington into granting concessions, but the missile tests follow a pattern
of military maneuvers and posturing in North Korean diplomacy that dates
back 50 years. For dictator Kim Jong Il, the ultimate goal is regime
survival, rather than an act of war that would trigger overwhelming U.S.
With that historical perspective in mind,
North Korea's missile barrage on Wednesday appears to have been a calculated
stunt that was months in the making, a negotiating ploy designed to nudge
the international community so far, but not too far.
North Korea has plenty of experience in
crossing so-called "red lines" laid down by the rest of the world,
calibrating its provocations to avoid a heavy backlash. In early 2003, it
reactivated nuclear facilities that were frozen in a 1994 deal with
Washington, expelled U.N. inspectors and announced its withdrawal from the
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Intentional or not, the timing of the nuclear
crisis arguably favored the North Koreans because their main foe, the United
States, was preoccupied in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. Today, the
international community has a new distraction in Iran, which is suspected of
pursuing its own nuclear weapons program and is considering a package of
incentives to halt uranium enrichment.
Pyongyang's missile tests Wednesday recalled
its reputed taste for warmongering, but a government statement after the
launches was notable for its bland language and step-by-step justification
of its actions.
North Korea "is not a signatory to the
Missile Technology Control Regime and, therefore, is not bound to any
commitment under it," an unidentified Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a
statement. He said the North's moratorium on long-range missile tests had
been valid only as long as the U.S. and North Korea were in negotiations.
The statement was devoid of the insults and
fiery rhetoric that often characterize North Korean comments about the
United States and Japan, suggesting Pyongyang wanted to portray itself as
the level-headed player in the dispute.
Now that North Korea is in the spotlight, it
might refrain from attention-grabbing stunts pending the outcome of talks in
foreign capitals and at the United Nations. The United States and Japan are
supporting a draft U.N. Security Council resolution that would sanction
North Korea for its missile tests, but China and Russia are resisting such
Chief U.S. nuclear negotiator Christopher
Hill traveled to Northeast Asia, and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice plans to visit South Korea later in the month. China's head nuclear
negotiator, Wu Dawei, said he would go to North Korea soon to urge a return
to stalled six-party talks on its nuclear program.
If North Korea emerges relatively unscathed
from the debate but without diplomatic gains, though, it could be emboldened
to push further with another provocation.
The tactic of negotiating against a backdrop
of conflict dates to the 1950-53 Korean War, when armistice talks dragged on
for more than two years over issues such as prisoner exchanges and a
demarcation line, as men continued to fight and die.
North Korea's modern maneuvers contain one
simple message for Washington about direct talks, said Kim Keun-shik, a
foreign policy expert in South Korea. According to Kim, the missile message
was: "We won't take any other path. It's up to you."
Christopher Torchia was chief of bureau in
Seoul for The Associated Press from 1999-2004.
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