Ph.D. candidate at the University of Tokyo. M.A. in Security and Foreign Policy, B.A. in International Studies and Development. Editor-in-chief at Global Politics Review and director of the Association for Social Sciences, Research and Innovation

Broadly, my research concerns non-traditional security, resilience engineering, conflict resolution, and IR theory. More specifically, my work investigates the intersections between security and adaptive capacity in social groups. I like to use computational approaches to the study of social science, and I am fond of agent-based modeling.


Peer-reviewed articles 

“A New Taxonomy for International Relations: Rethinking the International System as a Complex Adaptive System.” Journal on Policy and Complex Systems 4, no. 1 (2018): 109–33. https://doi.org/10.18278/jpcs.4.1.6.

“Decolonizing One Petition at the Time: A Review of the Practice of Accepting Petitions and Granting Oral Hearings in the Fourth Committee of the UN General Assembly.” POLITIKON: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science 34, October (2017): 49–67. https://doi.org/10.22151/politikon.34.4.

“Political Reforms vs. Undemocratic Institutional Arrangements in Hong Kong.” Seoul National University, Journal of International Affairs 2, no. 1 (2017): 2-12.

“Assads Strategic Narrative: The Role of Communication in the Syrian Civil War.” Contemporary Review of the Middle East 2, no. 4 (2015): 313–327. https://doi.org/10.1177/2347798915610037.

Policy articles

"Hereditary Politics in Japan: A Family Business," The Diplomat. February 2017.

“Water, the Next Iraqi Problem,” Novasia. Seoul, June 2016.

“Build your own AI and win at Go over Lee Se-dol,” Novasia. Seoul, April 2016.

“How to do Counterinsurgency,” Novasia. Seoul, December 2015.

 “The New State Nobody Saw Coming,” The Policy Wire. Seoul, January 27, 2015.

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A New Taxonomy for International Relations

Author: Scartozzi, Cesare M. Journal: Journal on Policy and Complex Systems. Vol. 4, no. 1 (2018). Pages: 109–33. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18278/jpcs.4.1.6. Abstract: The international system is a complex adaptive system with emergent properties and dynamics of self-organization and information processing. As such, it is better understood with a multidisciplinary approach that borrows methodologies from the field […]

How to build your own AI and win at Go.

Disclaimer: This article appeared in the April 2016 issue of Novasia Magazine. The article provides an introduction to some of the basic concepts used in programming AI. By all means, this is popsci level. The most experienced reader will find more useful looking directly at the sources listed at the bottom of the page. How to build your […]


WHAT IS IT? The model provides an abstract representation of the international system focused on information diffusion, economic inequality, and international conflicts. The model, hereafter called IDEIIC, was designed to explore questions about war outbreaks in the international system. Under what conditions do the interactions of people, information diffusion, and economic inequality lead to the […]

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