Workshop “The ‘legitimacy’ and ‘credibility’ of authoritarian regimes after conflicts” will be held by B03 “Trust and Peace Building in Conflict Affected Areas” (Jul. 5)

2022.06.15

Category: Workshop

Research Group: B03 Peace Building

The workshop “The ‘legitimacy’ and ‘credibility’ of authoritarian regimes after conflicts” will be held by B03 “Trust and Peace Building in Conflict Affected Areas.”

Date: 10:00–12:00 on Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Venue: HyFlex style at Conference Room (Maru), 7F of 80′ Building, Hosei University Ichigaya Campus

*The entrance of 80’ Building is located on the right of the foot of the large stairway.

Presentation: Kosuke Togashi (Doshisha University)
Discussant: Hiroyuki Suzuki (The University of Tokyo)

Language: Japanese
This workshop is only open to members of the “Islamic Trust Studies” research groups.

Program
10:00 – 10:05 Introduction(Jun Kumakura)
10:05 – 10:45 Kosuke Togashi
“The ‘legitimacy’ and ‘credibility’ of authoritarian regimes after conflicts: How the ‘illiberal peace’ is accepted by residents under the Kadyrov Government in the Chechen Republic?”
10:45 – 11:00 Comments and Discussion by Discussant (Hiroyuki Suzuki)
11:00 – 11:30 Discussion and Q&A
11:30 – 12:00 B03 Group Meeting

Abstract:
 In the post-Cold War era, peaceful measures have been expected to solve civil wars and regional conflicts which cause serious damage, and the international community has actively given support to solve them peacefully. However, ‘liberal peace-building,’ which attempts to build a mature democratic government in a society after a conflict, is confronted with enormous difficulties as observed in the case of Afghanistan. On the other hand, it is ‘illiberal peace-building’, a way to bring peace by the military triumph of one side and political stabilization under an authoritarian government, that is recently attracting attention. Nevertheless, the forms of this government, namely, how illiberal peace specifically functions, have not been examined until recently. The researches on them have analyzed authoritarian conflict management: spatial control (repression), authoritarian political economic control (co-optation with elites), and discursive control (legitimation of the regime by the spread of predominant discourse to the masses). These precedent researches, however, have not fully discussed why those approaches had the desired effects and contributed to the stabilization after the conflicts. It is possible to estimate the effects of spatial controls and political and economic controls by the existence of rebellions or the continuance of the government, but there has been no accurate scale to measure discursive control. The effects of discursive control cannot be measured without questioning how the residents have gotten and accepted the predominant discourse of the government for the legitimation of their ‘illiberal peace’. Therefore, this presentation will discuss how ‘illiberal peace’ is accepted (or rejected) by the residents. I will also approach to the ‘legitimacy’ and ‘credibility’ of authoritarian regimes after conflicts through how the residents consider them.

Contact: Saki Yamamoto (yamamoto_saki[at]rikkyo.ac.jp)

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