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1999 Preliminary Inventory

(Last updated April 20, 1999)

Multilateral - Governmental/Track I Meetings

  1. Four-Party Peace Talks
  2. ROK-US-Japan talks
  3. ROK-US-Japan Security Meeting
  4. ARF Intersessional Group on CBMs (ISG on CBMs): Second Meeting
  5. DPRK-UNC Generals' Meeting
  6. ARF Peacekeeping Training Course
  7. ARF Regional Security Training Seminar for Foreign Affairs and Defence Officials
  8. 6th ARF Senior Officials Meeting (SOM)
  9. 6th ASEAN Regional Forum (Foreign Ministers Meeting)

Multilateral - Nongovernmental/Track II Meetings

  1. Japan's Foreign Policy in Pacific Asia
  2. Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs, "Nuclear Proliferation and Security in the Pacific Rim: Problems and Prospects"
  3. The Northeast Asia Economic Conference
  4. 6th ASEAN Human Rights Colloquium
  5. CSCAP Workshop on Preventive Diplomacy
  6. Sub-regional Seminar on Civil-Military Relations
  7. 2nd International Cadets Conference
  8. 4th International Seminar on Defense Science
  9. Is An Encompassing Coalition of Major States Needed to Assure Peace and Prosperity in the New Millennium?
  10. Economic Instruments Achieve Security Objectives: Incentives, Sanctions and Non-Proliferation
  11. Multilateralism: Regional Security in the New Millennium
  12. Towards Comprehensive Security and Cooperation in the Asia Pacific
  13. "Missiles, Theater Missile Defense and Regional Stability" The Second Annual US-China Conference on Arms Control
  14. 27th Williamsburg Conference
  15. 5th Meeting of the CSCAP Working Group on Transnational Crime
  16. 11th CSCAP Steering Committee Meeting
  17. 13th Asia Pacific Roundtable
  18. Democracy in the Electronic Age
  19. Europe and Asia: Working Towards a Partnership?
  20. International Forum on the Peace and Security of the Taiwan Strait
  21. The Role of NGOs in the 21st Century: Inspire, Empower, Act

Reserve
Governmental/Track I Meetings

  1. ROK-Japan Defense Talks
  2. DPRK-US Talks
  3. Japan-DPRK Talks

I. Multilateral - Governmental/Track I Meetings

  1. Four-Party Peace Talks. Geneva, January 19-22. Attended by China, DPRK, ROK and USA. The main theme of the meeting was reduction of tension on the Korean peninsula, and the achievement of a permanent peace arrangement. The major outcome of the talks was the creation of two working groups and the beginning of concrete discussions. Also, a common understanding was reached on operational procedures for the future. (As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network Daily Report on January 7,20, 28, 1999. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 1-510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org, web site: http://www.nautilus.org/)
  2. ROK-US-Japan talks. Seoul, February 9. The talks were led by Charles Kartman, US special envoy for Korean affairs, Terusuke Terada, Japan's ambassador at large, and Kwon Jon-rak, head of the US affairs division at the ROK Foreign Ministry. The theme of the meeting was cooperation against the military threat from the DPRK, with the main issue being the DPRK suspected nuclear underground site at Kumchang-ri. The three countries agreed that outside inspection of the site must be allowed. (As reported in the Associated Press on February 6, 1999)
  3. ROK-US-Japan Security Meeting. Seoul, February 26. Attended by defense officials from Japan, the ROK, and USA. On the agenda were security issues of mutual concern, including the DPRK suspected nuclear missile development project. Participants also discussed ways to strengthen cooperation in exchanges of military intelligence among their countries. (As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network Daily Report on February 26, 1999. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 1-510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org, web site: http://www.nautilus.org/)
  4. ARF Intersessional Group on CBMs (ISG on CBMs): Second Meeting. Bangkok, March 2-4. Will be jointly organized by Thailand and USA.
  5. DPRK-UNC Generals' Meeting. Panmungom, March 9. This generals' level meeting between the DPRK and the UN Command (UNC) was called to discuss preparedness for Y2K computer problems. (As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network Daily Report on March 9, 1999. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 1-510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org, web site: http://www.nautilus.org/)
  6. ARF Peacekeeping Training Course. Tokyo, March 22-26. Jointly organized by Canada, Japan and Malaysia.
  7. ARF Regional Security Training Seminar for Foreign Affairs and Defence Officials. USA, spring. Organized by the USA.
  8. 6th ARF Senior Officials Meeting (SOM). Singapore, May 20-22.
  9. 6th ASEAN Regional Forum (Foreign Ministers Meeting). Singapore, late July.

II. Multilateral - Nongovernmental/Track II Meetings

  1. Japan's Foreign Policy in Pacific Asia. Tokyo, January 11-12. Organized by the Institute of Oriental Cultures, University of Tokyo. Topics discussed included The Setting of Japan's Asia Policy in Context; United States Policy toward Pacific Asia; East Asia's Economic Crisis; Japan's policy towards Northeast Asia and Pacific Asia; The United States and Japan's Northeast Asian Regionalism; and ASEAN and Japan's Southeast Asian Regionalism. Contact: Professor Takaehi Inoguchi , University of Tokyo.
  2. Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs, "Nuclear Proliferation and Security in the Pacific Rim: Problems and Prospects". Hilo, Hawaii, January 20-23. Approximately 25 non- governmental participants, including former officials from China, Germany, Italy, Japan, ROK, Russia, Switzerland, and USA. Agenda items included: Nuclear Weapons Activities in the Pacific Rim (nuclear forces deployments of US, Russia and China; Indian and Pakistani nuclear testing; Japanese and Korean attitudes on nuclear weapons; the legacy of nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific); Plutonium and Civilian Nuclear Activities (Japans' acquisition policy; civilian nuclear power and Pacatom; safeguards; shipments and law of the sea; environmental clean-up of nuclear waste); A Nuclear Weapon-Free Policy? (Treaty of Raratonga and nuclear weapon-free zones; North East Asia nuclear weapon free-zone; eliminating naval nuclear weapons). Contact: Claudia Vaughn, e-mail: pugwash@iol.it.
  3. The Northeast Asia Economic Conference. Niigata, Japan, February 8- 10. Organized in cooperation with the Economic Research Institute on Northeast Asia. Attended by 26 panelists from China, Japan, Mongolia, ROK, Russia, the UN, and USA. Participants included academics, government officials, and business people. Main agenda items were the awarding of the Niigata prizes, keynote addresses on "The Prospects for Sustainable Development in Northeast Asia" and "Open Regional Cooperation in Northeast Asia", in addition to sessions on international transportation, regional development and environmental cooperation, and attracting direct investment. Political security matters were also briefly discussed. Contact: Organizers' Office, fax: 81-25-285-2787.
  4. 6th ASEAN Human Rights Colloquium. Manila, February 13-14. Organized by Institute for Strategic and Development Studies in the Philippines and funded by the Canadian International Development Agency. Topics to be discussed are the Economic Crisis, Accountability and Human Rights; Development, Economic and Social Rights and Safety Nets; Protecting the Vulnerable: Gender, Children and Migrant Labour; HR Rights in Indonesia's Crisis; Intra-ASEAN Policy and Mechanisms; ASEAN's International Relations; and Re-evaluating Asian Values. Contact: Contact: Malaya Ronas, ISDS, fax: 632-921-1436/927-3894, e- mail: isdsphil@cnl.net.
  5. CSCAP Workshop on Preventive Diplomacy. Bangkok, February 28- March 2. Organized by CSCAP, in cooperation with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). The workshop was conducted under the auspices of the CSCAP's International Working Group on Confidence and Security Building Measures. Approximately 80 participants attended, including representatives from 15 of the 18 CSCAP member/associate member committees, and 19 of the ARF's 22 members. Also attended by several government officials participating in their private capacities. Issues discussed included the ASEAN Regional Forum's development of preventive diplomacy mechanisms, including the role of NGOs as actors in Preventive Diplomacy, as well as discussions on creating a Statement of Principles of Preventive Diplomacy to better define the parameters and limits of the process in the Asia Pacific context. Case studies examining previous examples of preventive diplomacy within and beyond the region were also reviewed. Contact: Ralph Cossa, Pacific Forum CSIS, fax: 1-808-599-8690, e-mail: Rcossa@compuserve.com.
  6. Sub-regional Seminar on Civil-Military Relations. Early March. Organized by the National Democratic Institute (NDI), Institute for Strategic and Development Studies in the Philippines and US-AID. Contact: Contact: Carolina Hernandez, ISDS, fax: 632-921-1436/927- 3894, e-mail: isdsphil@cnl.net.
  7. 2nd International Cadets Conference. Japan, March 5-12. Organized by the National Defense Academy. Attended by cadets from 13 nations including Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, ROK, Singapore, the Philippines, UK and USA. Three issues were discussed: military exchange as a confidence-building measure; science and technology and security; and nuclear proliferation. Contact: National Defense Academy, fax: 81-468-44-5921.
  8. 4th International Seminar on Defense Science. Japan, March 9-18. Organized by the National Defense Academy. Attended by middle rank officers of service academies from 13 nations including Australia, Canada, Japan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, ROK, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, USA, and Vietnam. Topics discussed focused on the concept of the teaching of military history, and methodology of the teaching of military history. Contact: National Defense Academy, fax: 81-468-44-5921.
  9. Is An Encompassing Coalition of Major States Needed to Assure Peace and Prosperity in the New Millennium? (Wilton Park Conference 559) Wilton Park, March 19-21. Organized by the Wilton Park Conference Centre. Some of the questions to be addressed include: has the time come to form a coalition of the US, Europe, Canada, Japan, China and Russia? Is this achievable? What would be the implications for less developed countries? Could Russia, China and Japan be fully integrated into such a coalition?. Contact: Fiona Fung, Wilton Park Conferences, fax: 44-1903-815931, e-mail: admin@wiltonpark.org.uk.
  10. Economic Instruments Achieve Security Objectives: Incentives, Sanctions and Non-Proliferation. Kanagawa, Japan, March 25-27. Organized by the Center for Global Partnership and the Social Science Research Council. Approximately 25 participants, Mainly Abe fellows from Japan, the US, as well as Canada and Russia. Also, in their private capacities, 2 persons from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and one from the American Embassy in Tokyo. On the agenda were sessions on analytical and theoretical issues; case studies of North Korea, China and South Asia; and policy implications. A summary of the highlights of the conference is being produced by the CGP. Contact: Takuya Toda, Abe Fellowship Program, fax: 813-5562-3504. e-mail: taktoda@gol.com.
  11. Multilateralism: Regional Security in the New Millennium. Washington, D.C., April 18-23. A Professional Development Program for ASEAN Regional Forum Foreign Affairs and Defense Professionals. Co-hosted by the governments of the United States and Brunei Darussalam. Delivered by the United States Institute of Peace, Approximately twenty-five participants from defence and foreign ministries in Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United States. Presentations by US staff and security experts from Canada, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States. Agenda included panels and small group discussions on regional security and multilateralism; civilian and military roles in regional security; Cambodia as a case study of multilateralism; case study of track two in the Middle East; case study of peacekeeping in Bougainville; future of the ARF. Also included briefings at the Organization of American States, the Pentagon, and Department of State; an exercise on consensus-building; and a crisis simulation. Contact: Pamela Aall, USIP, fax: 1-202-822-5199, e-mail: Pamela_aall@usip.org.
  12. Towards Comprehensive Security and Cooperation in the Asia Pacific. Vladivostok, April 25-28. Sponsored by the Far Eastern State University (Vladivostok) in cooperation with the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The conference is a follow-up of the Seminar on principles of security and stability which was held in Moscow in April 1996. Representatives of each ARF country are expected to take part, including diplomats, defense officials and policy-makers (in their private capacity), as well as academics, security experts and members of the private sector. On the agenda will be a review of the ARF's achievements over the years and an confidence building measures, principles of relations and dialogue developed by participating countries so far.
  13. "Missiles, Theater Missile Defense and Regional Stability" The Second Annual US-China Conference on Arms Control. Monterey, CA, April 27-29. Co-sponsored with the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute.
  14. 27th Williamsburg Conference. Cheju Island, ROK, May 7-10. Jointly sponsored by the Asia Society, the Sejong Institute, and the Korea International Trade Association. About 50 participants from about 18 countries are expected. Participants will include government officials, business leaders, and academics. The main themes to be discussed are the state of economic recovery within Asia, the social and political consequences of the economic crisis, and implications for the global economy. Other issues concerning the region's security and stability will also be discussed. Contact: Kate Simpson, the Williamsburg Conference Secretariat, fax: 212-517-8315, e-mail: ksimpson@asiasoc.org.
  15. 5th Meeting of the CSCAP Working Group on Transnational Crime. Bangkok, May 23-25. The themes to be covered will be the illicit trafficking in firearms throughout the Asia-Pacific Region, the manufacture and trafficking in synthetic drugs in the region, and the impact of the Asian financial crisis on the development of transnational crime in the region. Contact: A.J. McFarlane, Australian Federal Police, fax: 61-6-275-7585.
  16. 11th CSCAP Steering Committee Meeting. Kuala Lumpur, May 28-29. Contact: CSCAP Secretariat, ISIS Malaysia, fax: 603-293-9430.
  17. 13th Asia Pacific Roundtable. Kuala Lumpur, May 30-June 2. Contact: Mohamed Jawhar Hassan, ISIS Malaysia, fax: 603-293-9430, e-mail: jawhar@isis.po.my, web site: http://www.jaring.my/isis/.
  18. Democracy in the Electronic Age. (Wilton Park Conference 567) Wilton Park, June 1-4. Organized by the Wilton Park Conference Centre. Topics to be discussed include government use of the Internet and other new technologies and how it will change the way governments operate in the future, the implications for national democratic mechanisms, and protection of privacy. Contact: Fiona Fung, Wilton Park Conferences, fax: 44-1903-815931, e-mail: admin@wiltonpark.org.uk.
  19. Europe and Asia: Working Towards a Partnership? (Wilton Park Conference 568) Wilton Park, June 7-10. Organized by the Wilton Park Conference Centre. Topics to be discussed include: achievements following the 1998 ASEM, prospects for ASEM III in Seoul, prospects for Asia-Europe cooperation and dialogue, policy challenges facing Asian countries on the economic, political and human fronts, and the potential for greater intra-Asian cooperation in these areas. Contact: Fiona Fung, Wilton Park Conferences, fax: 44-1903-815931, e-mail: admin@wiltonpark.org.uk.
  20. International Forum on the Peace and Security of the Taiwan Strait. Taipei, Taiwan, July 26-28. The conference will carry out a comprehensive examination of the problems and danger of the security situation in the Taiwan Strait. It will also look at viable strategies and measures that can facilitate the process of building peace and security in the region. The forum will focus on four key areas: The origin, nature, and structure of the security threat in the Taiwan Strait; Regional involvements, concerns, and approaches to the issue; Future trends and scenarios of security development in the Strait; and Competing strategies for advancing the security architecture of the region. Issues to be discussed include the sources and pattern of the conflict between Taiwan and the PRC, the role of Asia-Pacific powers, especially the US and Japan, best to worst case scenarios in the conflict, and various theories and approaches to security building and maintenance in the Taiwan Strait.
  21. The Role of NGOs in the 21st Century: Inspire, Empower, Act. Seoul, October 10-16, 1999. Organized by UN NGO/DPI, CONGO, and Kyung Hee University, in collaboration with the Global Cooperation Society (GCS) International and the Association of Korean NGOs. About 2,000 participants expected from NGOs from all UN member states. The goals of the conference are to monitor and explore ways to implement pledges made by UN member states at major world conferences, and to strengthen NGO partnership with the UN and its agencies. In addition, this will be a forum to reflect about humanity's common values, ideals and goals at the threshold of a new century. Contact: Office of the President, Kyung Hee University, fax: 82-2- 961-0100.

Reserve
Governmental/Track I Meetings

  1. ROK-Japan Defense Talks. Seoul, December 30, 1998-January 1, 1999. Attended by Japanese Defense Minister Hosei Norota and ROK Defense Minister Chun Yong-Taek. Discussion centered on cooperation against the DPRK military threat, with topics including the DPRK rocket launch last August. (As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network Daily Report on January 6, 1999. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 1-510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org, web site: http://www.nautilus.org/)
  2. DPRK-US Talks. New York, February 27-March 15. Attended by US and DPRK officials. Ambassador Charles Kartman, US Special Envoy for the Korean Peace Talks led the US delegation, and Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan led the DPRK delegation. On the agenda was the Kumchang-ri underground construction site. The two countries reached an agreement on allowing US inspectors to make several visits to the suspected underground site, in return for US aid to the DPRK in increasing potato yields and improvement of political and economic ties between the two countries. (As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network Daily Report on February 26, March 16, 1999. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 1-510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org, web site: http://www.nautilus.org/)
  3. Japan-DPRK Talks. Singapore, March. The informal talks were attended by senior officials at the Japanese Foreign Ministry and the DPRK's Asia-Pacific Peace Committee. According to a senior Japanese official, the meeting focused on ways to resume negotiations between the two countries on normalization of diplomatic ties, as well as issues related to the DPRK's missile development program. (As noted in the Northeast Asia Peace and Security Network Daily Report on March 11, 1999. Contact: Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, fax: 1-510-204-9298, e-mail: nautilus@nautilus.org, web site: http://www.nautilus.org/)