Ivo Plšek was a Reconciliation Fellow in 2016. His research falls into the field of memory and reconciliation studies. He is interested in how nation-states deal with negative national histories and what factors influence this policy area most. Specifically, he compares Japanese and German political elites and their approach to World War II after 1945. He examines how pre-war experiences and political alliances influenced their behavior and what role post-war foreign pressure and domestic politics played in their decision-making process.
As a Harry & Helen Gray/AGI Reconciliation Fellow, he will continue with this research, focusing on the divisions that existed over reconciliation policies within the German Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and the Free Democratic Party (FDP). Mr. Plšek holds degrees from universities in Europe, Asia and the United States and speaks English, Japanese, German, and Czech.
Compare or Not to Compare? Or How to Compare? The Problems in Contemporary German-Japanese Memory Discourse
Japan has struggled with the legacies of its imperial aggression for decades. Neither domestically nor internationally has the nation been able to find a formula which would put the so-called …