Daisaku Higashi

Associate Professor, University of Tokyo


In this Book Talk Podcast, recorded at the 2015 Annual Meeting in The Hague, Dr. Daisaku Higashi speaks with Alistair Edgar about Dr. Higashi’s recent book examining some of the challenges of peacebuilding in war-torn nations and societies. Higashi explores theoretical arguments about the relationship between legitimacy and compliance, drawing on his own work in Afghanistan, with the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, and numerous additional interviews. He argues that the building of legitimacy for any new post-conflict regime in such difficult contexts depends not only upon resource distribution (rewards) and levels of force (coercion), but also upon inclusivity in the domestic political and other processes of peacebuilding, and the ‘social contributions’ of international organizations – particularly the United Nations – in encouraging compliance and eventually building legitimacy.

Challenges of Constructing Legitimacy in Peacebuilding: Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, and East Timor (Routledge: 2015)

“Professor Higashi Identifies Challenges of Constructing Legitimacy in Peacebuilding,” Book Launch at UN University Library, October 23, 2015

About Daisaku Higashi
Daisaku Higashi is an associate professor in Human Security Program in the University of Tokyo. He consulted on Afghan policies with top government officials in both Japan and the United States. He also worked in Kabul as a team leader for reconciliation and reintegration in the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) from 2009 to 2010. From 2012 to 2014, he served as a minister-counsellor in the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, directing the Japan’s activities on the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC).


Recorded June 2015
Feature Photo Credit: ISAF