East Asian Regionalism: Power, Interest and Institution-Building |

East Asian Regionalism: Power, Interest and Institution-Building

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Synopsis:

With the inaugration of the East Asian Summit (EAS) in 2005, a tangle of regional institutions competes for attention and resources, and as long as the 16-nation ASEAN+6 framework continues to coexist with the 13-nation ASEAN+3 (APT) and the 21-member Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) frameworks, the argument as to why the various regional institutions have emerged and co-existed in Asia.

This seminar aims to analyse the chronological order of the regional-institution building as a key due to this puzzle. Three institutions were actually formed in the following order: an old APEC based on open regionalism in 1989, ASEAN+3 in 1997, ASEAN+6 in 2005 and a new APEC which aims to promote closed integration in 2006.

The order of institution-building is important from the perspectives of power and interest, which helps identify an intrinsic pattern surrounding regional institution-building in Asia. Influential major powers tend to judge that the functions and norms of an existing regional institution do no accord with their own interests, and work to build an institution based on a new regional concept and purpose which they hope to promote.

This seminar demonstrates this pattern by demonstrating the actions and interests of major powers such as the United States, China and Japan, conductive to the establishment of three institutions with the distinctive regional concepts, Asia-Pacific, East Asia and expanded East Asia. Finally, the trilateral cooperation in Northeast Asia, developed by China, Japan and Korea, will be illustrated as an anomaly of this pattern.

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Speaker(s):

Professor Takashi Terada, Professor of International Relations at Organization for Asian Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo

Date:
Monday, 25 October 2010
Time:
5.15 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
Venue:

Seminar Room 3-1
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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