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Associate Professor Satoru Nakamura

Associate Professor Satoru Nakamura

Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, Kobe University, Japan

Specialist on the history and politics of Saudi Arabia and security in the Gulf

Tolerance and multiculturalism within the context of increased securitisation of immigrants; Islamic and minority studies, the role of law enforcement to prevent terrorism


Satoru Nakamura, Associate Professor at Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, Kobe University, is a specialist on the history and politics of Saudi Arabia and security in the Gulf. Prior to this, in 2015, he was a Research fellow at IHEID (Institut de Hautes Etudes Internationales et du Devèloppement), a Visiting Scholar for the College of Law and Politics at King Saud University, as well as a Visiting Scholar to the Gulf Research Center at Qatar University (2014-15). He did his doctorate in 2002 on the State Formation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the Department of Islamic Area Studies, Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, Tohoku University, Japan. Prior to attaining his PhD, Dr Nakamura was a guest researcher to the Upper House of the Japanese Parliament (2002) and Special Assistant to the Embassy of Japan in Riyadh (1994-97). Among his recent publications are: 1) “Security Dilemma between Saudi Arabia and Iran,”Chutokenkyuu (Middle East Studies), no.525 (January 2016), 39-51. 2) “Middle East Politics: Anlysis of Counter-’Terrorism’ Measures: ISIS, Gulf Politics,and Muslim Brotherhood,” Sekai(World),December 2014: 206-215 (In Japanese). 3) “Constraints Arising from Domestic Security Concerns on Saudi Arabian Policy toward the Syrian Crisis: A Perspective on Omnibalance Theory (in Japanese),” Kokusaiseiji (International Relations) 178 (October 2014): 58-72.

Research Interests

Dominating academic and media trends addressing migrants have focused on the security of host countries, but the perspective that is clearly lacking is ensuring the security of immigrants, foreign labours, and refugees. This lack of security is faced in addition to risks of deprivation of respect and dignity, discrimination by the security sector, low wage, unemployment, deprivation of educational opportunity, etc. Media and emerging anti-immigrant political parties often ascribe terrorism incidents to immigrants, refugees, and those with Islamic values, but their accusations are baseless. Perspectives on immigrants should begin to consider the possibility to design a new intellectual framework to secure tolerance and multiculturalism by integrating with debates on the security of immigrants, Islamic and minority studies, and unprejudiced analysis on the role of law enforcement to prevent terrorism.