Hideaki Shinoda holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (the University of London). Currently he is a research associate at the Institute for Peace Science at Hiroshima University where his topics include theory and practice of peace-building activities. He has held various teaching positions at Utsunomiya University, Keele University and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Shinoda received both his B.A and M.A. in Political Science at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. He has also been granted a Fulbright Research Award through which he will research US education in human rights and humanitarian operations to combine with his extensive background and experience in peace-building activities. While at Columbia University as a Visiting Scholar, Dr. Shinoda will be advised by Professor J. Paul Martin. Click here to read Dr. Shinoda's report, “Japan's Role in Peace Operations: It is Time to Be More Than a 'Free Rider' and 'Cash Dispenser'” on-line.