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Research Programs

The center seeks to initiate research into the following areas: mass poverty, environmental politics, and how people seek purpose in our increasingly Global Society. 

The institute has published working papers, which will be added to this site in the near future.

Recent White Papers

Sustainable Development and Alternatives: Elaborating New Approaches to Engendering Respect for the Integrity of the Global Environment: Alternative III
Expanding Spiritual Awareness as a Necessity for Responsible Living on Earth
Professor Baudot’s paper investigates the idea that perhaps the virtues of “old-fashioned” notions of the irrational, or the “heart”, as well as the “human spirit” are needed in exploring the deeper issues of the environment crisis.  These are generally overlooked in contemporary political programs because they escape the tools of normal scientific enquiry and undercut the current political norms that limit the measures that can be considered politically acceptable even in the face of impending environmental disaster.

Environment's Political Economic Debate: Three Contending Narratives
Professor Baudot organized and chaired a panel on "New Diplomacy in International Environmental Policy Making" at the annual convention of the International Studies Association, held in Honolulu, March 1-5 2005. The panel included professors and researchers in the field of sustainable development and environmental politics from Japan, Hungary, Germany and the US. She presented her research on poverty alleviation and sustainable development. This paper, published on the ISA web site, is entitled: Environment's Political Economic Debate: Three Contending Narratives and is a working paper of the Institute.

Nature's Universe, Morality, and the Global Political Culture
Professor Baudot is working with Professor Tu Weiming, of the Harvard Yenching Institute, on a potential project in China to consider ethical and spiritual values in the political and economic discourse on development in China. Professor Baudot's paper entitled Nature's Universe, Morality, and the Global Political Culture, supported by the NHIOP Academic Research Institute was published in the 21st volume of the Japanese philosophical journal, Eco-Ethica . It is also a working paper of the NHIOP Research Institute.

Perpetual Peace and Globalization: The Relevance of  Emmanuel Kant's Peace Plan in Our Global World Professor Baudot's paper entitled Perpetual Peace and Globalization: The Relevance of  Emmanuel Kant's Peace Plan in Our Global World, was published in the proceedings and final report of the conference held by the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, National University, Hanoi, 20-23 December 2004. It will also be published as a working paper of the institute in the fall.

Environment's Political Economic Debate: Three Contending Narratives
Professor Baudot organized and chaired a panel on "New Diplomacy in International Environmental Policy Making." at the annual convention of the International Studies Association,  held in Honolulu, March 1-5 2005. The panel included professors and researchers in the field of sustainable development and environmental politics from Japan, Hungary, Germany and the US. She presented her research on poverty alleviation and sustainable development. This paper, published on the ISA web site, is entitled: Environment's Political Economic Debate: Three Contending Narratives and is a working paper of the Institute.

Nature's Universe, Morality, and the Global Political Culture
Professor Baudot is working with Professor Tu Weiming, of the Harvard Yenching Institute, on a potential project in China to consider ethical and spiritual values in the political and economic discourse on development in China. Professor Baudot's paper entitled Nature's Universe, Morality, and the Global Political Culture, supported by the NHIOP Academic Research Institute was published in the 21st volume of the Japanese philosophical journal, Eco-Ethica. It is also a working paper of the NHIOP Research Institute.

Perpetual Peace and Globalization: The Relevance of  Emmanuel Kant's Peace Plan in Our Global World Professor Baudot's paper entitled Perpetual Peace and Globalization: The Relevance of  Emmanuel Kant's Peace Plan in Our Global World, was published in the proceedings and final report of the conference held by the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, National University, Hanoi, 20-23 December 2004. It will also be published as a working paper of the institute in the fall.