The Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research
Ikeda founded the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research in honor of his mentor, second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda, and his vision of safeguarding the peace of all humanity. The institute brings together peace researchers, policymakers and community activists in the promotion of conflict resolution and peace initiatives at local, national and regional levels. Its activities focus on the four main themes of Human Security and Global Governance, Human Rights and Global Ethics, Social Justice and Global Economy, and Cultural Identity and Global Citizenship.
Majid Tehranian, a former director of the University of Hawaii's Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace, was the institute's first director from 1996 to 2008. Dr. Olivier Urbain, a peace scholar from Belgium, was appointed the second director on April 2, 2008. On October 1, 2009, renowned peace scholar Kevin Clements was appointed Secretary- General of the Toda Institute. Professor Clements, who also serves as Secretary-General of the International Peace Research Association, will lead the institute's research projects in the fields of conflict transformation, peacebuilding, human rights, sustainable development, United Nations reform and dialogue among civilizations. [www.toda.org]