“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Ayako Kobayashi is a pre-doctoral research fellow in the Belfer Center's International Security Program and a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. Her dissertation investigates determinants of constraints upon humanitarian access in civil wars, with a focus on whether warring parties seek political legitimacy internationally and/or domestically.
Prior to joining the Belfer Center, Ayako worked for the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan and the Embassy of Japan in Sudan and South Sudan, responsible for research, analysis, and policy advice on conflict management, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding issues.Last Updated: Aug 27, 2018, 4:14pm