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York Centre for Asian Research Updates                    Issue 51, Friday, July 7, 2006


In this issue

Colloquium on Global South

 UCGS calls for graduate students in its 2006-2007 colloquium series
  Call for Workshops  CSJ invites you to its annual social justice summer retreat

Asia Job Posting

 CARE Canada seeks Programme Manager for Asia Unit

Research Competition

 Matsumae International Foundation invites foreign researchers to Japan

Asia News

 North Korea's next move pondered

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: joelle@yorku.ca. 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 (ricardo@yorku.ca) and Peter Vandergeest (pvander@yorku.ca). Feel free to contact them if you have any questions.

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/
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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 yiip@yorku.ca in electronic form by July 31, 2006.


CSJ 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 in Power?

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 (justice@socialjustice.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 http://www.socialjustice.org/subsites/summerretreat/index.php .

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: justice@socialjustice.org. Website: www.socialjustice.org.


CARE Canada seeks Programme Manager for Asia Unit

CARE 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 http://www.care.ca/empl/crnt_e.asp.


Matsumae International Foundation opens 2007/2008 Fellowship Program Competition

Every 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 (research@yorku.ca) or by consulting the following web site: http://www.mars.dti.ne.jp/~mif/

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 academic qualifications.

- 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 University. http://www.research.yorku.ca. Tel: 416-736-2100. Fax: 416-736-5512.


North Korea's Next Moves Pondered

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, The Associated Press, Friday, July 7, 2006

SEOUL, 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. spy planes.

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 charge.

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. retaliation.

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 punitive action.

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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