Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Contention and US Military Bases: Anti-Base Movements and Their Impact in South Korea and the Philippines (A Roundtable Discussion)

Yuko Kawato
Visiting Research Fellow
Third World Studies Center

30 March 2007 (Friday)
2:30-4:00 p.m.
Third World Studies Center
Basement Palma Hall
University of the Philippines-Diliman

For the roundtable discussion, Yuko will discuss findings from her field research in South Korea and the Philippines. She asks the questions: Do civil-society organizations have an influence on base policies? If they do, when, how, and to what extent? To answer these questions, she studied organizations' arguments and strategies as well as the responses to their activities of the United States, host governments, pro-base groups, and the general public.

Yuko Kawato is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science of the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, USA, where she also works as teaching assistant leading discussion sessions on introduction to international relations and comparative politics, international conflict, and the politics and law of international human rights. She obtained her MA in Political Science from the same university in 2002 and graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 2000 with a Bachelor's degree in International Relations. She is in the Philippines for three months to gather data for her dissertation, which examines the impact of local anti-base movements on base policies in Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines.

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