Call for Panels and Papers

The Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS), Universiti Sains Malaysia in collaboration with its conference partners will be hosting the Asia Pacific Peace Research Association (APPRA) Conference from 23 to 25 August, 2017 at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia.

Theme: ‘Promoting Peace and Upholding the Transcendent Dignity of the Human Person in the Asia-Pacific Region’

Dates: August 23-25, 2017

Venue: Dewan Persidangan Universiti, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia


The First World War or the Great War which broke out between 1914 to 1918 was supposed to be ‘the War to end all Wars.’ Yet not too long afterwards, in just about two decades, the world was to witness a more horrendous global conflict in the Second World War. The extent of deaths and destruction and the manner in which these were inflicted were unprecedented in human history. The creation of the Atomic Bomb and its use in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the subsequent proliferation of nuclear weapons constitute a potent reminder of the risks and horrors of any nuclear confrontation. It was against this backdrop that the United Nations was set up in October 1945, among other things, to save “succeeding generations from the scourge of war and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights and in the dignity and worth of the human person.” Nevertheless, peace in the post Second World War era has become elusive. It seems to be more an academic concept than a living reality. The need to uphold human dignity which is universally invoked appears to be a mere rhetoric rather than a desirable virtue. Especially in the Asia-Pacific Region conflicts of all kinds continue unabated, from conventional Wars to sporadic insurgencies fuelled by any number of causes. Terrorism has become common and rampant. It is violence, in its various forms and in all its manifestations, that seems to be the preferred path of resolving conflicts. There is still so much human suffering that is evident everywhere as a result of the denial of the rights of the people to a decent life, education, health care, freedom of movement, thoughts and actions, cultural and linguistic autonomy, justice and fair economic opportunities. Peace research needs to be re-focused on the most fundamental issue that has to be addressed beyond looking at the external nature and phenomenon of conflicts and crises.

This year’s APPRA Conference intends to focus on the theme of ‘Promoting peace and upholding the transcendent dignity of the human person in the Asia-Pacific Region’ with a view to re-affirming our faith in the realizability of our common vision for mankind that the United Nation has eloquently spelt out in the Preamble to its Charter. The plenary will address this theme and it is hoped that all the other panels will try to relate to it. Panel or paper proposals are hereby invited from interested parties. Please send us by e-mail, the outline or abstract of your proposal as soon as possible to the Secretary of the Conference at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dates of the Conference : 23 – 25 August 2017
Convener of the Conference : Associate Professor Dr. Azeem Fazwan Ahmad Farouk
Conference Secretary : Professor Emeritus Dr. Omar Farouk
Co-Secretary Generals of


: Dr. Janjira Sombatpoonsiri

Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand

Dr. Pradeep Dhakal

Chetanalaya Institute, Kathmandu, Nepal

There will be several special lectures but the highlight will be the Keynote Address on the theme of “Promoting Peace and Upholding the Transcendent Dignity of the Human Person in the Asia-Pacific Region”.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Tan Sri Dato Professor Dzulkifly Abdul Razak, former Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia and current Chairman, Board of Directors, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia,Malaysia “Peace Starts with Me – Lessons from a hibakusha”
  • Dato’ Prof. ( Dr.) Anwar Fazal, Right Livelihood College, Penang, Malaysia “Streets of Harmony: Building Bridges, Crossing Them: The Penang Experience”
  • Professor Dr. Kevin Clements, Chair and Director, The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies,University of Otago, New Zealand “The Current State of Peace Research in the Asia-Pacific Region”
  • Professor Dr. Katsuya Kodama, Secretary-General, International Peace Research Association (IPRA) “ Hiroshima – Nagasaki Process”, Japan
  • Professor Dr. Chaiwat Satha-Anand, Peace Information Centre, Thammasat University, Thailand “Nonkilling Asia as a Peace Research Agenda?”

Other Conference Activities:

  • Visit to the Streets of Harmony.
  • APPRA Council General Meeting
  • Poster Exhibition
  • Film Show
  • Post-Conference Visit to Taiping

Here are some of the confirmed panels:

  1. Peace Education at Peace Museums -convened by Prof. Yamane Kazuyo, Ritsumeikan University
  2. “US military vs Asian lands and people” – convened by Patrick Hiller, Oregon Institute of Peace
  3. Kampung Mizan : Re-thinking the idea of development- convened by Associate Professor Dr. Mahazan, Malaysian Islamic Science University [USIM]
  4. Aging with Dignity- convened by Associate Prof. Dr. Saidatulakmal Mohd, USM-RIKEN International Centre for Aging Science , URICAS, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  5. Religion, Spirituality and Peace – convened by怀Chetalanaya Institute, Nepal
  6. Mother Earth convened by Sahabat Alam Malaysia
  7. Challenges of Peace Building in the Deeply Polarized societies: The Case of Identity, Ethnicity and Territory based Conflicts in Deep South of Thailand and Arakan
  8. State of Myanmar –AMAN
  9. Gandhian non-violent action – Prof. Dr.Vidya Jain
  10. Multi-national/ethnic federalism as a framework of peacemaking – Prof. Dr. Tatsushi Arai
  11. Transforming the inter-communal and Buddhist/Muslim conflict in Western Myanmar,
  12. Eastern Bangladesh, and ASEAN- Prof. Dr. Tatsushi Arai.
  13. Education for Social Healing & Reconciliation-Professor Dr. Roy Tamashiro of Webster University, USA, Dr. Chang Ku Do, in Korea, Prof. Yang Shanyou, China, Prof. Kazuyo Yamane, Ritsumeikan University, Japan.
  14. “Populism in Asia and its non-violent responses”-Dr. Janjira Sombatpoonsiri Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University (Panel Coordinator), Panelists: Dr. Ajay Gudavarthy, Politics Department, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, Dr. Aries Arugay, Faculty of Political Science, University of the Philippines, Diliman, the Philippines and Dr. Luky Djani, Executive Director, Institute for Strategic Initiatives, Indonesia
  15. “Nonkilling Asia” Prof. Chaiwat Satha-Anand, Thammast University (moderator) The panelists are Pradeep (Nepal), Emma Leslie (Cambodia), Jose Abueve (Philippines), Siwach Sripokangkul (Thailand).
  16. Conflict Early Warning and Agro-terrorism, Dr. Ali Maksum and Surwandono, Universitas Muhammadiyah and Ms. Zuliana, CenPRIS.

Panels under Consideration

  1. Teaching non-violence
  2. The South China Sea and the Potential for Peace, Coexistence and Cooperation
  3. Teaching and Learning Human Rights
  4. Human Dignity
  5. The Nuclear Threat in Northeast Asia
  6. Re-examining the Role of Peace Institutions
  7. Pacifism and the School Curriculum
  8. Ending Insurgencies
  9. Indigenous Knowledge and the Decolonization of the Mind
  10. The ASEAN Community and its Peace Vision
  11. Transforming the United Nations
  12. Humanitarian Relief
  13. Culture of Political Parties
  14. Parliamentary Dignity
  15. Multi-Culturalism and Human Dignity
  16. Law and Peace

Target Participants:

Scholars, Activists, Peace Advocates, Public Officials, NGOs, Religious Leaders, Teachers, Students

International Advisors:

  • Janjira Sombatpoonsiri, Thammasat University, Thailand
  • Pradeep Dhakal, Chetanalaya Institute, Nepal
  • Professor Dr. Katsuya Kodama, Secretary General, IPRA
  • Professor Dr. Chaiwat Satha-Anand, Thammasat University, Thailand
  • Professor Dr. Kyoko Okumoto, Osaka Jogakuin University, Secretary-General, Peace Studies Association of Japan
  • Professor Dr. Chung Ko Doo, Director of No Gun Ri Peace Memorial, South Korea
  • Professor Dr. Tatsushi Arai, School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute,USA
  • Professor Akihiko Kimijima, President, Peace Studies Association of Japan
  • Professor Kazuyo Yamane, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
  • Professor Dr. Ryotaro Katsura, Ritsumeikan University (Vietnam-Japan University)
  • Professor Dr. Kevin Clements, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Professor Dr. Sung Chull Kim, Institute of Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University, Korea
  • Professor Hyeyeon Kim
  • Sabur, Asia Muslim Action Network, AMAN
  • Sri Nuryanti, Research Centre for Political Studies, LIPI, Indonesia

Local Advisors:

  • Dato’ ( Dr.) Anwar Fazal, Right Livelihood College, Penang
  • S.M. Idris, Consumers Association of Penang
  • Mohideen Abdul Kader, Citizens International
  • Professor Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Nasruddin Ghouse, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Professor Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Murad Merican, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Professor Dr.Ahmad Fauzi bin Abdul Hamid, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Associate Professor Dr. Sundramoorthy, Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Associate Professor Dr. Mohd. Reevany Bustami, Universiti Sains Malaysia

Conference Partners:

  • Chetanalaya Institute, Nepal
  • Right Livelihood College, Malaysia
  • Penang Ghandi Peace Centre, Malaysia
  • Asia Muslim Action Network ,AMAN, Thailand
  • Toda Institute
  • Think City
  • Restu International College


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