Yuji Uesugi is a professor at the School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University (Japan).
He holds a PhD in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent (UK). He formerly was an associate professor at the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University (Japan). He received his MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University (USA). His current research focus includes security sector reform, civil-military relationship and international peace operations, and he has mainly covered the issues of peace and conflict in Asia, such as Afghanistan, Timor-Leste, Cambodia and Aceh (Indonesia).
While being an active member of academia, he is recognized as a reflective practitioner. He has been dispatched as an international election observer to various post-conflict elections in Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Indonesia. As a deputy executive director at the Okinawa Peace Assistance Center (Japan), he currently leads a grass-root technical cooperation project of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), with the National Directorate for Prevention of Community Conflict, the Secretary of State for Security in the Ministry of Defense and Security (Timor-Leste).
In addition, he has been playing an instrumental role in the Japanese Government initiative entitled the Program for Human Resource Development in Asia for Peacebuilding, as a program officer of the Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center (Japan), being in charge of the designing and execution of training courses. Since 2005, he has worked with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) as a mentor and lecturer for the program called the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Fellowship for Afghanistan. He was also recently appointed to the Independent Commission for Policing, a Canadian-led body tasked with designing policing for the future Bangsamoro Government in Mindanao.