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The 14th East-West Center
International Graduate Student Conference 


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Conference Program Overview

Hawai‘i Imin International Conference Center
1777 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96848
February 12-14, 2015 

Opening Ceremony:  Thursday, February 12th, 4:30PM - 6:00PM
Keynote Address:  "National Security of Cyberspace:  How Can We Defend against Cyber Threats?"


Cyberspace is now called the “Fifth Operational Domain” after land, sea, air, and outer space. That is, cyberspace is becoming a battlefield. We hear news of cyber attacks almost every day. The U.S. government has set up a cyber unit (USCYBERCOM) and other governments are following suit. As cyberspace is borderless, victims are borderless. Military forces, governments, private sectors and even individuals are targets by cyber attackers. This talk will review famous cyber incidents in the world and consider possible ways to defend ourselves.

Dr. Motohiro Tsuchiya is professor of Graduate School of Media and Governance at Keio University and visiting scholar at East-West Center. He is interested in the impact of the information revolution and international relations; regulations regarding telecommunications and the Internet; and cyber security. His recent publications include Cybe Terror:  Japan-U.S. vs. China (Tokyo:  Bungei Shunju, 2012, in Japanese) and Cybersecurity:  Public Sector Threats and Responses (Boca Raton, FL:  CRC Press, 2012, co-authored) and many others. He earned his BA in political science, MA in international relations, and Ph.D. in media and governance from Keio University. Dr. Tsuchiya's webpage

Conference Paper Presentations:  Friday-Saturday, February 13th-14th, 8:30AM - 5:15PM

116 students, representing 40 universities and 24 countries from around the world, will present their research at the 14th Annual East-West Center International Graduate Student Conference (IGSC). Papers are organized into 26 panels with parallel sessions scheduled on Friday and Saturday, February 13-14, on the second floor of the East-West Center's Imin International Conference Center.

Program Schedule (forthcoming)

East-West Center Visitor Information

We look forward to welcoming you to the East-West Center. In preparation of your arrival, please visit our East-West Center Visitor Information webpage ( where you can find useful tips for your stay here. 

Conference Venue and Accommodation

The conference will be held at the Hawaii Imin International Conference Center, at 1777 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848, which adjoins the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus and the East-West Center residence halls. Refer to the Conference Center website for more information.

A limited number of rooms at the East-West Center residence halls has been reserved for registered conference participants on a space available basis. Special rates will be made available for conference participants but will be applicable only from February 11 to February 16, 2015. (However, once you check out, the special rates will not be applicable if you check in again during the specified period). Make sure that you mention the International Graduate Student Conference when you reserve a room.

The rates per night for the conference participants are as follows:

Hale Manoa & Hale Kuahine
- Single room dorm - $18/night
- Double dorm room - $27/night

Lincoln Hall
- Studio room - $38/night
- Corner Studio room - $50/night
- 1 bedroom w/kitchen room - $60/night

Rent is due upon check in.

The single and double rooms (in Hale Manoa and Hale Kuahine) are dormitory style with shared bathroom/toilet facilities while the studio (in Lincoln Hall) has its own bathroom/toilet facility. Sheets/blankets/pillows are provided in the dormitories, and all of those plus towels are also provided in Lincoln Hall. None of them has air conditioning. Shared kitchen facilities and coin-operated laundry machines are available in Hale Manoa and Hale Kuahine.

Please refer to the EWC Housing website for details (including pictures of the rooms) and reservation procedure.

Participants are requested to get in touch with EWC Housing authorities directly for their accommodation reservation as well as questions thereto by email at: Please wait until you are notified about the results of abstract selection committee before making a reservation.

US Visa

Non-US participants who need a B-1 visa to enter the United States are encouraged to start looking for information related to obtaining a US visa in your country. The following websites may be useful for you:

US Embassy
- for embassy location, policies, and procedures for visa applications/issuance

Waiting Times
- for wait times for required visa appointments/issuance by consular post

Visa Waiver Program
- for countries participating in a visa waiver program with the United States

However, please do not make any appointment with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate before you are notified about the results of the abstract selection committee.

Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Contact Information

The 14th International Graduate Student Conference
c/o EWC Education Program
1601 East-West Road, Burns Hall 2089
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96848
Ph. (808) 944-7549
Fax. (808) 944-7070

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