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The 70th anniversary of 1945: Trouble ahead?
- Karoline Postel-Vinay (Professor at the National Foundation for Political Science (Sciences Po) in Paris)
It took decades for the countries involved in the European theater during the Second World War to produce a reasonably consensual narrative around the commemoration of the end of the conflict. Is a comparable evolution between the Asian countries of the Pacific theater possible in the foreseeable future? Does a comparison between Europe and Asia make sense? Only up to a point. But however different the historical circumstances, the conversation about the War and how one should commemorate it has become global. It remains to be seen whether Japan and its neighbors will seize the opportunity of the 70th anniversary to give a fresh start to the stalled regional dialogue or just use it as a platform to amplify the controversies that have (re)emerged in the last ten years.
This event is co-sponsored by the Sciences-Po Alumni Association of Japan and ICAS.
Professor at the National Foundation for Political Science (Sciences Po) in Paris
Karoline Postel-Vinay is professor at the National Foundation for Political Science (Sciences Po) in Paris and specializes in International Relations and Northeast Asian politics. She holds a PhD in political science from the Paris Institute of Political Studies and a master in Japanese studies from the French National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations. Her research interests are at the crossroad of area studies and International Relations and include narratives in international affairs, non-Western views of international politics (see http://www.sciencespo.fr/ceri/en/users/karolinepostelvinay)