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II. Track 2 Meetings

  1. Forced Migration and Global Processes—8th Conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM)
  2. Regional Outlook Forum 2004
  3. 12th APPF (Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum)
  4. The Asia Pacific Alternative Community Forum on HIV/ AIDS
  5. International Sea Lanes of Communication (SLOC) Conference—Maritime Security in East Asia
  6. International Symposium on Security Affairs 2004—"Security Environment in the 21st Century and the Transformation of the Military"
  7. Seminar on Understanding Myanmar
  8. IDSA 6th Asian Security Conference (ASC)—"International Security, Multilateralism and United Nations"
  9. Enhancing Security, Cooperation, and Peace on the Korean Peninsula
  10. The Future Prospects of EAFTA
  11. Niigata Energy Forum
  12. 2004 Northeast Asia Economic Conference and Forum
  13. 14th Annual AT10 Research Conference—The Emergence of China and the Evolution of Regional Economic Integration in East Asia
  14. Sub-Regional Workshop on Disseminating the First Regional Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report
  15. Asian Regional Security and Economic Development
  16. EU-UNU Tokyo Global Forum—From Civil Strife to Civil Society: Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Peace-building and Reconciliation
  17. ASEAN-India Forum: ASEAN-India Economic Relations: The Road Ahead
  18. Agenda Asia
  19. Humanity, Peace and Security—Institute for Corean-American Studies (ICAS) Winter Symposium 2004
  20. ASEAN-ISIS ASEAN Security Community (ASC) Emergency Brainstorming Meeting
  21. "Inter-Agency Cooperation for Maritime Security"
  22. The 11th ASEAN ISIS Colloquium on Human Rights (AICOHR)—Assessing the State of Human Rights in Southeast Asia
  23. 1st Keio - UNU - JFIR Panel Meeting: Economic Development and Human Security—"How to Improve Governance at the Inter-Governmental, Governmental and Private Sector Levels in Japan and Asia."
  24. The Sixth ASEAN ISIS / IIR Taiwan Dialogue—Transnational Threats: Issues and Responses
  25. The First Asian Conference on Politics, Religion, and Ethnicity (ACPRE)—"The Role of Government, Academe, NGOs, and Media in Conflict Management"
  26. "America's Role in Southeast Asia"
  27. Asia Pacific Security Conference (APSEC 2004)—Security Challenges in the Asia Pacific
  28. Future Prospect of the East Asian Economy and its Geopolitical Risk
  29. Fourth UN-ASEAN Conference: "Conflict Prevention, Conflict Resolution and Peace-Building in Southeast Asia: ASEAN Security Community and the UN"
  30. The Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) for Small States
  31. Tokyo Workshop on Human Security in the United Nations
  32. Workshop "Human Security Now: Strengthening Policy Networks in Southeast Asia"
  33. "Regionalism in the 21st Century: A Canada-ASEAN Dialogue As Part of Opening Up of New Cross-Pacific Exchanges"
  34. Prospects for East Asian Nuclear Disarmament
  35. Seminar on "Southeast Asian Security and International Relations"
  36. ASEAN Plus Three Research Group Workshop and Meeting
  37. International Symposium on "Emerging New Threats: Challenges for the United Nations"
  38. APAP Forum: "Toward East Asian Community Building—New Challenges of Regional Cooperation and Partnership"
  39. 13th Meeting of the Comprehensive and Cooperative Security Working Group
  40. Human Security Challenges of AIDS and Other Communicable Diseases in Asia
  41. The ASEAN Leadership Forum—Leadership Challenges in 21st Century Southeast Asia: Regional Integration, Competitiveness and Community Building
  42. International Workshop on "Asian Democratic Governance: Empowering People and Institutions for Building Sustainable Society"
  43. Defence Transformation in the Asia-Pacific Region: Meeting the Challenge
  44. USF Center for the Pacific Rim Conference: North Korea's Nuclear Crisis
  45. ASEAN Chair Conference on "Regionalism in Southeast Asia: A Decade of Continuities and Dramatic Changes"
  46. 32nd Williamsburg Conference
  47. 1st EU-Japan-Asia Journalists Conference
  48. Democracy in Southeast Asia—Are We Making Progress?
  49. Third Pugwash Conference on East Asian Security—From Confrontation to Dialogue: Prospect of a New Security Framework in North East Asia
  50. Asia-Europe Security Dialogue: New Security Challenges for Asia and Europe
  51. Regional Meeting in Asia of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  52. "Dialogue on Security in Asia: Concepts, Threats, and Assurances After 9-11"
  53. 2004 Pacific Symposium—"Meeting U.S. Security Objectives in a Changing Asia"
  54. Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2004
  55. International Symposium on International Counter-Terrorism Situation and Cooperation
  56. Asian Energy Security Workshop 2004
  57. Crafting Cooperation: The Design and Effect of Regional Institutions in Comparative Perspectives
  58. "America's role in Asia: Perspectives from Asia"
  59. Workshop on Security Ramifications of North Korea's Nuclear Activities
  60. "Responding to American Hegemony: Regional Perspectives"
  61. Humanity, Peace and Security—Institute for Corean-American Studies (ICAS) Spring Symposium 2004
  62. Maritime Security Conference
  63. Conference on Scaling Up Poverty Reduction: A Global Learning Process
  64. 22nd Meeting of the Working Group on Confidence and Security Building Measures
  65. 15th Meeting of the CSCAP Transnational Crime Working Group
  66. CSCAP Working Group on Maritime Cooperation
  67. 21st CSCAP Steering Committee Meeting
  68. 18th Asia Pacific Roundtable 2004—"ASEAN, East Asia and the USA"
  69. 10th International Conference on the "The Future of Asia"
  70. 3rd Shangri-La Dialogue/ 3rd IISS Asia Security Conference
  71. Tenth Kanazawa Symposium
  72. Economic Cooperation and Security in East Asia—Focus on the Korean Peninsula
  73. Biennial Conference: Security Trends in the Asia-Pacific Region
  74. Fourth Workshop for the Establishment of an ASEAN Regional Mechanism on Human Rights
  75. Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) High-Level Seminar on Asian Cooperation and Development
  76. Carnegie International Non-Proliferation Conference
  77. Second East Asia Congress
  78. "Towards an ASEAN Community: Agenda for Development & Social Responsibility through ASEAN Integration"
  79. ASEAN-China Forum 2004: Developing ASEAN-China Relations: Realities and Prospects
  80. Conference on "Strategies for Combating Human Trafficking in Asia"
  81. Council for Asia-Europe Cooperation (CAEC) Recommendations of the Task Forces for the ASEM Summit 2004 in Hanoi
  82. EPC Dialogue—Europe, Asia and Global Governance: Proposals for the next ASEM Summit
  83. APEC Future Leaders Think Tank

  1. Forced Migration and Global Processes—8th Conference of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM)
    Chiang Mai, Thailand, January 5-9
    Asian academics, policy-makers and practitioners came together to discuss forced migration, as distinct from refugees, under the three sub-themes of development, human rights and security. Organized by the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM), The Asian Research Centre for Migration, Chulalongkorn University.
    Web site: http://www.uni-bamberg.de/~ba6ef3/iasfm/8thirap.htm
  2. Regional Outlook Forum 2004
    Singapore, January 7
    An annual event organized by the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS). Several hundred regional experts in security and other policy issues including from China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, U.S., as well as members from international organizations such as the International Maritime Bureau. They discussed strategic trends in the region, U.S.-China relations, economic challenges posed by the rise of China and India, and possibilities for the Korea peninsula and in Taiwan. They also discussed prospects for regional politics in a year of many national elections, as well as terrorism and piracy. Related publication: Regional Outlook: Southeast Asia 2004-2005, available at http://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg/. Chapter topics include: Asia-Pacific Security Environment, political and economic outlook for the ASEAN-10 and the region, U.S.-ASEAN and ASEAN-India relations. Contact Ms. May, phone: +65-6870-2473, may@iseas.edu.sg
  3. 12th APPF (Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum)
    Beijing, January 11-14
    238 participants (88 parliamentarians as delegates of their government or in their personal capacities) from 23 of the 28 APPF member countries of this loosely structured forum of parliamentarians, and Brunei as an observer country. They conducted intense debate on issues of cooperation in the Asia Pacific, terrorism, the Korean peninsula, abduction of Japanese nationals, Middle East peace, sustainable development and climate change, and international trade and exchange rates, adopting multiple resolutions in a joint communique at the conclusion of the forum.
    Web site: http://www.appf.org.pe/
  4. The Asia Pacific Alternative Community Forum on HIV/ AIDS
    Bangkok, January 12-14
    Organized by Coalition of Asia-Pacific Regional Networks on HIV/AIDS (Seven Sisters). This was the first time the forum was held and it was organized to compensate for the fact that the 7th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) planned for late 2003 was postponed owing to SARS and to help participants plan for the July XV International AIDS Conference. This gathering included 270 participants from Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, China, East Timor, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, U.K., U.S., and Vietnam. They were representatives of international aid agencies, UN bodies, and NGOs, healthcare workers, funders, human rights activists, and people living with HIV/AIDS. Participants shared experiences and results, strengthened capacity through skills-building workshops and created network. They aimed to promote community involvement in the response to HIV/AIDS, discussed access to treatment, migrants, youth, and sex workers, and they determined the common issues and discussed how they could collaborate on them. Sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline Positive Action, The Rockerfeller Foundation, The POLICY Project, TREAT Asia/amfAR, The Australian Red Cross, The Tides Foundation, The International HIV/AIDS Alliance, The Japanese Foundation for AIDS Prevention, The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS, The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, The UNDP HIV and Development Programme, South and North-East Asia. Contact The Seven Sisters Secretariat, tel: +603-4043-9602, email: apcaso@pd.jaring.my
    Web site: http://www.7sisters.org/
  5. International Sea Lanes of Communication (SLOC) Conference—Maritime Security in East Asia
    Honolulu, January 18-20
    Organized by The Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C. and the American-Pacific Sealanes Security Institute Inc. 38 experts, researchers and armed forces and defence officials from Australia, Canada, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and U.S. They discussed the global maritime environment and then looked at it from a number of regional perspectives—Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia and the Indian Ocean. They discussed trends in international shipping and trade, the challenges and threats to that such as piracy and cyber/ technological ones and port and cargo security. They looked at the laws governing the sea, new trends in interdiction and regional cooperation against terrorism and proliferation of weapons. They finished by contemplating possible situations and maritime challenges and considering how they could cooperate in the future. Supported by the Lockheed Martin Corporation.
  6. International Symposium on Security Affairs 2004—"Security Environment in the 21st Century and the Transformation of the Military"
    Tokyo, January 20-21
    This was an open symposium with 200 participants from defense agencies and research institutes, including panelists from Australia, China, France, Japan, Russia, and the U.S. The annual meeting organized by National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Japan is designed to encourage dialogue on security among Japanese and with experts from other nations. Participants heard updates from each country on how they are cooperating and transforming their militaries in the context of a globalized world.
    Web site: http://www.nids.go.jp/dissemination/nids_news/2004/pdf/200401.pdf
  7. Seminar on Understanding Myanmar
    Yangon, January 27-28
    Organized by Myanmar Institute for Strategic and International Studies and the Myanmar Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Present were more than 100 individuals including Myanmar government officials, diplomats, UN representatives, historians, economists, rectors and researchers from Brunei, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, U.K., U.S. and Vietnam. The discussions were purely on Myanmar in areas such as efforts towards stability and elimination of drugs, foreign policy, cooperation with the UN, women and human rights. The Prime Minister referred to his road map to democracy and insisted that democracy cannot be imposed from outside and asked participants to spread greater understanding of the country.
    Web site: http://www.myanmar.com/gov/perspec/2004/1-2004/und.htm
  8. IDSA 6th Asian Security Conference (ASC)—"International Security, Multilateralism and United Nations"
    New Delhi, January 27-28
    Organized by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA). The more than 100 participants were from Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bhutan, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, UK and U.S., as well as representatives from the UN. Discussions involved the challenges the UN faces and a detailed look at successful and non-successful cases of conflict resolution and post-conflict management, such as East Timor, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Talks were initiated by 37 paper presenters. They also discussed terrorism, organized crime, drugs and weapons of mass destruction, as well as how to strengthen multilateral institutions. Contact email: idsa@vsnl.com
    Web site: http://www.idsa-india.org/
  9. Enhancing Security, Cooperation, and Peace on the Korean Peninsula
    Honolulu, January 27-29
    Organized by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS). 59 practitioners and academics from six countries Australia, Japan, Korea, Russia, Taiwan and the U.S. gathered to examine recent domestic changes and evolving military threat from the DPRK; evaluated the prospects for the establishment of a self-reliant armed force structure In Korea; considered the long-term sustainability of the U.S.-Korea alliance in the context of Korean domestic trends and global U.S. defense transformation strategy; and examined the impact of the U.S.-Korea military force realignment on the peninsula on the global war against terrorism. They also discussed regional Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) proliferation concerns, the South-North Korean conflict resolution, U.S.-Japanese security alliance, the engagement with rising China, as well as explored the prospects for developing a multilateral regional security architecture in Northeast Asia, given the considerable success of the 6-party talks. Contact email: conferencedivision@apcss.com
    Web site: http://www.apcss.org/Conference/CR_ES/040127-29ES.htm
  10. The Future Prospects of EAFTA
    Bangkok, January 29-30
    Organized by the Japan Economic Foundation (JEF) and the Thai APEC Study Centre at Thammassat University. Attended by government officials, former officials and leading think tank experts from ASEAN nations and China, Japan, Korea and Mexico. They discussed the prospects for an East Asian Free Trade Area (EAFTA), whether current bilateral discussions between ASEAN and Japan and China could be used as building blocs for that, and if the EU should be used as a model. Almost all participants welcomed the idea of a region-wide FTA. Japanese participants pressed for further integration within ASEAN, especially with respect to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
    Web site: http://www.siiaonline.org/scm/articles/the_future_prospects_of_eafta.pdf
  11. Niigata Energy Forum
    Niigata, Japan, February 1
    The forum was the culmination of a 2-year research and dialogue project entitled "Energy Security and Sustainable Development in Northeast Asia: Prospects for Cooperative Policies", collaborated on by Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia (ERINA), Japan, and the Northeast Asia Economic Forum (NEAEF), Japan, with support from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP). It was also supported by international organizations such as ESCAP and the International Energy Agency. Attended by 88 participants—government officials in their private capacities, experts, researchers, and NGO representatives—from countries that supported the project, including China, DPRK, Japan, Korea, Russia, and the U.S. discussed the major energy projects in the region including cross-border power grids and gas pipelines and the various nations energy policies. They concluded that cooperation is needed for continuous energy supply, greater environmental responsibility, regional economic development and strengthened regional stability and security. They suggested it may also be a mechanism for resolving the issue of North Korea. Contact email: naec@erina.or.jp
    Web site: http://naec.erina.or.jp/
  12. 2004 Northeast Asia Economic Conference and Forum
    Niigata, Japan, February 2-3
    Organized by Niigata Prefecture and the city of Niigata and the Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia (ERINA), Japan, Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Niigata Prefecture, and the Niigata Association of Corporate Executives. Co-organized by Northeast Asia Economic Forum (NEAEF) of the East-West Center, The United Nations, and National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA). Approximately 500 participants—individuals from national and regional governments, experts, business and agriculture industry representatives—from China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia and the U.S., as well as officers from the UNDP. They met to discuss Northeast Asian regional cooperation on broad topics such as transport, the environment and energy and energy security. They discussed China's economic development and social change and the importance of reform in that country. They talked about a grand design for planning the appropriate infrastructure for the region leading to a regional community, including the idea of a Northeast Asia OECD, as well as issues of finance and a regional development bank. Presentation on Grand Design for Northeast Asia available at http://www.nira.go.jp/newse/paper/grandd/f2e.html
    Web site: http://naec.erina.or.jp/
  13. 14th Annual AT10 Research Conference—The Emergence of China and the Evolution of Regional Economic Integration in East Asia
    Tokyo, February 3-4
    AT10 is a network of 10 think tanks in Asia supported by the Tokyo Club Foundation for Global Studies. This conference was attended by leading researchers and experts from those think tanks in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. Their discussions were on greater regional cooperation in East Asia on such topics as a common currency, the impacts and challenges related to the rise of China on ASEAN nations and Taiwan, and general strategic challenges to forming an East Asian community.
    Web site: http://www.tcf.or.jp/Activities/2004AT10/gatewaypagAT102004.html
  14. Sub-Regional Workshop on Disseminating the First Regional Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report
    Manila, Philippines, February 4-5
    Organized by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Institute for Strategic and Development Studies (ISDS) for the release of the report Promoting the Millennium Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific: Meeting the Challenges of Poverty Reduction. More than 60 participants including national coordinating agencies, policymakers, NGOs, and UN agencies from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam discussed the report and progress towards and challenges to reaching the millennium development goals. They produced a series of recommendations to governments, civil society and media for reducing poverty and improving human development. These include more partnerships between the different sectors, greater transparency, and a commitment from all to raise awareness of the issues. Contact email: isdsphil@cnl.net.
    Report available at http://www.unescap.org/MDG/ESCAP_Publication.pdf
    Web site: http://www.unescap.org/MDG/Manilaworkshop.asp
  15. Asian Regional Security and Economic Development
    Honolulu, February 4-7
    Organized by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS). Contact email: conferencedivision@apcss.com
    Web site: http://www.apcss.org/Conference/conference%20division.htm
  16. EU-UNU Tokyo Global Forum—From Civil Strife to Civil Society: Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Peace-building and Reconciliation
    Tokyo, February 5
    Organized by the Delegation of the European Commission in Japan and United Nations University in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This meeting brought together politicians, scholars, media figures, NGO and UN body representatives. Participants discussed recent experiences in peace making and reconstruction in Afghanistan, Iraq, Western Africa, the Balkans, East Timor and many other regions and shared what they have learned about the enormous human security challenges that persist even after the fighting has ended. They focussed on the role of education, peace-building, reconciliation, democratic governance and development in post-conflict societies. Contact fax: +81-3-3499-2828, email: mbox@hq.unu.edu
    Web site: http://www.unu.edu/p&g/eu/index.htm
  17. ASEAN-India Forum: ASEAN-India Economic Relations: The Road Ahead
    Singapore, February 9-10
    Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) organized this meeting, supported by Singapore Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). It brought together academics, business community and government officials from both ASEAN nations and India in analyzing the opportunities for expanding ASEAN-India economic relations in merchandise trade, services trade and investment flows. The revised papers from this forum are expected to be published by ISEAS as a book in early 2005.
    Contact email: seminar@iseas.edu.sg
    Web site: http://www.iseas.edu.sg/events.html
  18. Agenda Asia
    Kuala Lumpur, February 9 - 11
    Asian News Network (ANN) organized this annual conference, with the support of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, on the theme of "Agenda Asia". It included intellectuals, parliamentarians and journalists from Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. They discussed "The New Asia Regionalism" as well as terrorism, corruption and other key issues on Asia's agenda.
    Web site http://www.kas-asia.org/new.htm
  19. Humanity, Peace and Security—Institute for Corean-American Studies (ICAS) Winter Symposium 2004
    Washington, D.C., February 10
    A biannual symposium organized by the Institute for Corean-American Studies (ICAS). Journalists, business leaders, members of government and researchers from Japan, Korea and U.S. They discussed the dangers on the Korean peninsula, the prospects for peace, the issue of North Korean abduction of Japanese nationals and the options for diplomacy with North Korea. They also talked about the outlook for global business and particularly the prospects for South Korea. Contact email: icas@icasinc.org
    Web site: http://www.icasinc.org/2004w/2004wsym.html
  20. ASEAN-ISIS ASEAN Security Community (ASC) Emergency Brainstorming Meeting
    Manila, February 11
    The meeting brought together the heads of ASEAN ISIS to decide what inputs ASEAN-ISIS can make in the emerging ASC process, for which there was to be an official ASEAN meeting on February 21.
  21. "Inter-Agency Cooperation for Maritime Security"
    Singapore, February 12
    Organized by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Singapore. Contact Cecilia Kuek, email: Cecilia_kuek@ips.org.sg
    Web site: http://www.ips.org.sg/activities/index.htm
  22. The 11th ASEAN ISIS Colloquium on Human Rights (AICOHR)—Assessing the State of Human Rights in Southeast Asia
    Manila, February 12-13
    Organized by ASEAN ISIS, ISDS Philippines, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, and the Institute of International Relations—Taiwan. The colloquium was funded by The Asia Foundation, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) and the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. More than 50 representatives of research institutes and human rights related agencies, and government officials in their private capacity, from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. They started with a review session on the state of human rights in Southeast Asia, noting the absence of human rights instruments, and then looked at the cases of all participating countries. They brought up the current work by the ASEAN People's Assembly (APA) to develop a scorecard and discussed the issues and challenges to that and then discussed a possible roadmap for a Southeast Asian human rights mechanism. Contact ISDS, email: isdsphil@cnl.net
    Web site: http://www.kas.de/proj/home/events/69/1/year-2004/month-2/veranstaltung_id-9853/
  23. 1st Keio - UNU - JFIR Panel Meeting: Economic Development and Human Security—"How to Improve Governance at the Inter-Governmental, Governmental and Private Sector Levels in Japan and Asia."
    Tokyo, February 13-14
    The first in a planned series co-organized by Keio University, United Nations University (UNU) and the Japan Forum on International Relations (JFIR). 120 participants—academics, financial and energy experts, government officials in their private capacity, and representatives of UN agencies—from China, India, Japan, Korea, Russia, Thailand and U.S. They looked at fiscal policy and governance in the region, development and its impact on the environment, and issues of energy and human security. There was consensus that the movement towards an East Asian Community was well-developed and that Japan should play an active role in the development of the community. Contact Prof. Sayuri Shirai, Keio University, email: sshirai@sfc.keio.ac.jp
    Web site: http://coe21-policy.sfc.keio.ac.jp/ja/event/20040214.html
  24. The Sixth ASEAN ISIS / IIR Taiwan Dialogue—Transnational Threats: Issues and Responses
    Manila, February 14-15
    ASEAN ISIS, ISDS Philippines, Institute of International Relations (IIR)—Taiwan, and the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) organized this dialogue including almost 50 representatives of research institutes and think tanks and security and crime experts from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. They commenced with discussions on regional developments—both economic and political, the various elections being held in the region in 2004 and their potential impacts on foreign policy. They talked about developments specific to ASEAN and relations across the Taiwan Straits, the upcoming Taiwanese election and referendum and ASEAN and Taiwanese perspectives on those. They discussed the move towards regionalization and the effectiveness of the existing mechanisms for this. This was followed by detailed discussions on transnational crime such as terrorism, transborder issues of human security, maritime security and piracy, and preventive diplomacy. This led to discussions on weapons of mass destruction and the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI). Finally they discussed areas for ASEAN-Taiwan collaboration, especially in coping with transnational threats, health issues and labor migration, as well as joint research on topics such as water, energy and sustainable development. Contact ISDS, email: isdsphil@cnl.net
  25. The First Asian Conference on Politics, Religion, and Ethnicity (ACPRE)—"The Role of Government, Academe, NGOs, and Media in Conflict Management"
    Manila, February 17-18
    Organized by ISDS Philippines, Japan Foundation and the Institute of International Relations, Taiwan. This conference brought together approximately 40 participants—academics, defense experts, government officials and journalists—from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand. They discussed various ongoing conflicts in Asia and possible causes such as diversity in ethnicity and religion. This led to talks on confidence building and identity to better manage the challenges and opportunities posed by such conflict. They talked about the role of the nation state, military, ASEAN, and civil society and the possibility of creating a regional peacekeeping force. They also explored the role of academia in changing the mindset of the people and educating and training people to prevent conflict and find solutions for it. Cases were given on the role of media in three conflict areas (Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand) and the difficulty in providing an impartial account. Contact ISDS, email: isdsphil@cnl.net
  26. "America's Role in Southeast Asia"
    Jakarta, February 19-21
    Organized by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), Singapore as one of a series of meetings to be held amongst researchers investigating the role of America in Southeast Asia. The researchers are policymakers, experts and scholars from Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia. Their discussions will culminate in a report to be released before the U.S. elections in fall 2004, in a project sponsored by the Asia Foundation.
  27. Asia Pacific Security Conference (APSEC 2004)—Security Challenges in the Asia Pacific
    Singapore, February 22-23
    Jointly organized by Asian Aerospace Pte. Ltd. and the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS). This meeting brought together senior Singapore government and Singapore Ministry of Defence officials, senior international diplomatic officials and key industry personnel as well as scholars, analysts, political and military leaders from Australia, China, France, Indonesia, Israel, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, U.K., and U.S. Policymakers from several Asia Pacific countries provided their perspective on short, medium and long-term security issues. They discussed the effects of the Iraq War and whether the region's challenges were unique in the world. There was consensus that the security environment has become increasingly fluid and unpredictable. They examined the strategic trends in the region and explored whether terrorism will continue to be the major threat. They also discussed whether non-traditional threats such as disease, drugs and environmental security require more attention than traditional ones such as the China-Taiwan or Korean peninsula issues. Contact Chester Chu, Vice President, Conferences, tel: +65 6780 4691, email: chester.chu@reedexpo.com.sg
    Web site: http://www.asiapacsecurity.com
  28. Future Prospect of the East Asian Economy and its Geopolitical Risk
    Tokyo, February 23
    The Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, SAIS/ Johns Hopkins University and The Policy Research Institute (PRI) of the Japanese Ministry of Finance jointly organized this meeting attended by scholars, experts and policymakers from Japan, Korea, Singapore, and U.S. They met to discuss the prospects for the East Asian economy in an age of growing interdependence as well as political and social stability in the region, especially in China. They then considered the factors that pose geopolitical risks from the sub-regional perspectives of Northeast Asia, especially the risks on the Korean peninsula, and Southeast Asia, and the impact they may have on the economy.
    Web site: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/centers/reischauer/intlConferences.html
  29. Fourth UN-ASEAN Conference: "Conflict Prevention, Conflict Resolution and Peace-Building in Southeast Asia: ASEAN Security Community and the UN"
    Jakarta, February 24-25
    Organized by the Department for Foreign Affairs, Indonesia, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Indonesia, United Nations - Department of Political Affairs, United Nations Development Programme and the ASEAN Secretariat. Representatives of UN agencies, foreign ministry officials, diplomats, and scholars, from various UN bodies and all of the ASEAN nations were present. They met to discuss greater cooperation between the UN and ASEAN on matters of conflict and post-conflict reconstruction, while looking at some examples of conflict where the UN has intervened and how the UN interacts with other regional/ sub-regional institutions. One area for possible collaboration was on human security issues such as refugees and trafficking in women and children. They also aimed to draw up ideas for the Plan of Action for the ASEAN Security Community (ASC), with regards to its goals and purposes, possible structure and challenges. They looked at the issues of this and how to manage it given ASEAN's tradition of non-interference. One recommendation from the Indonesian government is for the formation of an ASEAN peacekeeping force.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/un_jakarta.htm or http://www.csis.or.id/events_past_view.asp?id=25&tab=0
  30. The Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) for Small States
    Singapore, February 25-26
    Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Singapore gathered more than 20 military experts, diplomats and academics from Australia, Singapore, U.K., U.S. and other nations in the Asia-Pacific. The theme of this conference was "The RMA for Small States: Theory and Application." The conference examined the military transformation underway in the Asia-Pacific region, the revolution being brought about due to the introduction of emerging technologies, the domination of the U.S. in this area, and the possible impact on smaller states and non-state actors to develop their only available technologies, leading to the risk of production of weapons of mass destruction. They also talked about the operational aspects of the military transformation, the influence of biotechnology and Military Operations Other Than War (MOOTW), which include conflict resolution and deterring wars as well as humanitarian assistance provision. The main focus of this conference was to examine the relevance of RMA theories and practice for small and medium powers, as well as the limitations.
  31. Tokyo Workshop on Human Security in the United Nations
    Tokyo, February 27-28
    Organized by Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) to discuss preliminary findings of research that was commissioned by Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It was an assessment of several projects funded by the Trust Fund for Human Security (TFHS), with a focus on how the human security concept has been incorporated and applied in TFHS-funded projects from the conception phase through the design and implementation processes. The analysis focused particularly on the impact of a human security approach on specific projects. The ultimate aim of the project was to provide UN institutions and other organizations with useful lessons for carrying out effective human security projects in the future. About 40 participants—scholars, practitioners and representatives of various UN agencies—from East Timor, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, U.S. and Vietnam discussed effective methods for cooperation on implementing human security projects and for managing the Trust Fund. Contact JCIE, mailto:admin@jcie.or.jp
    Web site: http://www.jcie.or.jp/thinknet/unhsecurity.html
  32. Workshop "Human Security Now: Strengthening Policy Networks in Southeast Asia"
    Bangkok, March 4-5
    Organized by the Advisory Board on Human Security and Chulalongkorn University. Participants were members of the diplomatic community, government officials, scholars, NGO representatives and other interested individuals. They aimed to promote partnerships between concerned parties in ASEAN and to move from the concepts into practical cooperation, though they stressed that a full understanding of the concept was essential for effective implementation. They talked about human security in the Southeast Asian context, the need for globalization policies to balance equity and efficiency and the importance of food and environmental security. They emphasized a multi-stakeholder approach and the need to conduct community-level consultations in order to develop appropriate projects.
    Web site: http://www.humansecurity-chs.org/abhs/Activities/bangkokworkshop.html
  33. "Regionalism in the 21st Century: A Canada-ASEAN Dialogue As Part of Opening Up of New Cross-Pacific Exchanges"
    Jakarta, March 9
    This meeting brought together academics and intellectuals from ASEAN nations and Canada and representatives from the ASEAN Secretariat to discuss regionalism and the various mechanisms for it. They looked at the NAFTA model and explored how and why it was formed. They also explored its successes and challenges from the perspective of the various stakeholders in the North American cooperation. They also examined ASEAN as an institutional mechanism and the progress that is being made in ASEAN economic cooperation.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org
  34. Prospects for East Asian Nuclear Disarmament
    Hiroshima, March 11-12
    Organized by the Hiroshima Peace Institute as part of a research project entitled "Prospects for East Asian Nuclear Disarmament", this meeting gathered the 20 or so members of the project—researchers, journalists, nuclear and security specialists from China, Japan, Korea and U.S. The workshop was an opportunity for researchers to present and discuss their work so far on various issues of nuclear disarmament. They discussed U.S. nuclear policy, developments on the Korean peninsula, North Korean nuclear policy and regional efforts to resolve the issue, nuclear policy in China, Japan, Korea, regional security relations and prospects for cooperation. Please refer to Research section of this publication.
    Web site: http://serv.peace.hiroshima-cu.ac.jp/English/index.htm
  35. Seminar on "Southeast Asian Security and International Relations"
    Boston, March 15
    Organized by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA), Harvard University, this seminar was part of an ongoing collaborative research project between the Weatherhead Center and the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The seminar brought together 39 international security and area studies specialists from nations in ASEAN, Northeast Asia and U.S. with the objective of an exchange of ideas and networking between researchers and academics from both organizations. The participants were asked to reassess the security challenges confronted by the states and societies in Southeast Asia from a thematic and theoretical perspective. Their discussions were on strategic security in post-Cold War Southeast Asia, the role of U.S., and the implications of a rising China. They then talked about security impacts of greater economic integration, the ASEAN Security Community that was expounded in Bali in October 2003. Finally they discussed terrorism in Southeast Asia, including the struggle within Islam and Southeast Asian approaches to counter-terrorism. Contact email: muva@wcfia.harvard.edu
    Web site: http://www.wcfia.harvard.edu/conferences/idss/
  36. ASEAN Plus Three Research Group Workshop and Meeting
    Manila, March 16-17
    This is an initiative under the umbrella of ASEAN+3 finance cooperation to facilitate exchange of views among researchers and policymakers, funded by Japan-ASEAN Financial Technical Assistance Fund (JAFTA) and China. Members from research institutes from the several ASEAN states (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) plus China, Japan, and Korea who form this joint government-private sector body. Participants held vigorous discussions on further regional financial cooperation and agreed that further discussion should continue next year. This will further enhance mutual understanding among member countries and foster the build-up of intellectual capital across the region. Currently searching for researchers to investigate a number of topics related to East Asia such as economic surveillance and trade and investment integration. See Research section of this publication.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/16115.htm
  37. International Symposium on "Emerging New Threats: Challenges for the United Nations"
    Tokyo, March 19
    Hosted by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations University. Participants were academics, current and former government officials in their private capacity, representatives of UN agencies and members of the general public from China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Norway, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and U.S. They discussed the new threats to the world, such as terrorism and proliferation of WMDs, and examined the roles and functions of the UN in this context. They discussed the necessary reforms. Contact Kato, email: unchallenges@infoasia.co.jp
  38. APAP Forum: "Toward East Asian Community Building—New Challenges of Regional Cooperation and Partnership"
    Tokyo, March 19-21
    Organized by Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), gathering almost 60 participants from Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Indonesia, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and U.S. They were parliamentarians, policymakers, academics, and representatives of think tanks. At the ninth APAP forum participants had an overview session on challenges for East Asian community building, followed by discussions on cooperation toward regional economic order, how to strengthen the intellectual underpinnings for East Asian community building, and the issue of regional collaboration for peace building. Their discussions included consideration of the rise of China, the debate between bilateralism and multilateralism and the possibilities for functional cooperation in East Asia. Contact email: mailto:admin@jcie.or.jp
    Web site: http://www.jcie.or.jp/apap/forums/9th_agenda.html
  39. 13th Meeting of the Comprehensive and Cooperative Security Working Group
    Suzhou, China, March 20-22
    Organized by CSCAP China and co-chaired by CSCAP China, CSCAP Malaysia and CSCAP New Zealand. 32 members from 14 CSCAP member countries—Australia, Canada, China, DPRK, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, and U.S. The main theme was "The Changing World after the Iraq War: Its Political and Security Implications for the Asia Pacific". Participants recognized that after September 11 and the Iraq War creative thinking was required for better security cooperation in the region. The heated debate included topics of unilateralism, the legitimacy of the war in Iraq, marginalization of the UN, human security and energy security. The Korean peninsula was raised as the greatest challenge and emphasis was given to the importance of the six-party talks. The rise of China was seen as an opportunity and that China was acting responsibly in the region. This was followed by policy-oriented discussions on the direction of new regional cooperation.
    Web site: http://www.cscap.ca/_media/13thccsWGMtg_Report.pdf
  40. Human Security Challenges of AIDS and Other Communicable Diseases in Asia
    Tokyo, March 22
    Co-organized by the Asia Society and the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE). More than 100 participants—policymakers, diplomats, media representatives, business executives, academics, and representatives from NGOs, health organizations, and other international agencies—from Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and U.S. They discussed strategies for enhancing regional and global collaboration in the fight against HIV/AIDS and other major diseases. Contact email: mailto:admin@jcie.or.jp
    Web site: http://www.jcie.or.jp/thinknet/policy_studies/aidsconf.html
  41. The ASEAN Leadership Forum - Leadership Challenges in 21st Century Southeast Asia: Regional Integration, Competitiveness and Community Building
    Kuala Lumpur, March 22-23
    Jointly organized by the ASEAN Secretariat, the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI), Malaysia, and the ASEAN Business Forum (ABF), in association with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS). This conference brought together business, government and opinion leaders, experts, diplomats and journalists from throughout ASEAN as well as Australia, China, India, Japan and U.S. They discussed the future of Southeast Asia and reviewed the recent success of the Bali Concord, signed at the ASEAN Summit held in October 2003, seeking fresh insights and exploring new ideas to revitalize and rejuvenate ASEAN. They focused on AFTA, the achievability and desirability of an ASEAN Security Community, fighting terrorism, good governance, and strengthening ASEAN's relationships with its key strategic partners.
    Web site: http://www.asli.com.my/cgi-bin/prevdetails.cfm?type=conference&id=75
  42. International Workshop on "Asian Democratic Governance: Empowering People and Institutions for Building Sustainable Society"
    Tokyo, March 26-27
    Jointly organized by the Committee to Aid Democracy for Peace Building (ADP Committee), United Nations University (UNU), UNU-Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), Japan Committee for UNICEF, and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Members of parliament, government officials, scholars, international organization and UN agency representatives, NGO representatives and some students from ASEAN nations—Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand—as well as China, India, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Netherlands and U.S. Participants shared the experiences and perceptions of democratic governance in their various countries. They then looked at it from an international institution perspective. Participants were then split into working groups to examine the topic from local, national and international levels. At the completion, they proposed that workshops be held in each country to determine best practices and organize programs to educate people in the democratic values they felt were essential for sustainable development, poverty reduction and human development. This would help to strengthen capacity and bring about institutional reforms. They expressed a hope for the findings and programs to be fed into the intergovernmental level, possibly leading to an East Asian standard for democratic governance. Contact ADP President, Prof. Hirono, email: ryokichi@iea.att.ne.jp
  43. Defence Transformation in the Asia-Pacific Region: Meeting the Challenge
    Honolulu, March 30 - April 1
    Organized by the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), and bringing together 33 participants from Australia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K. and U.S. Each country provided an update on how they are transforming their defence capabilities in the new context of security issues. Contact email: regionaldividion@apcss.com
    Web site: http://www.apcss.org/Conference/conference%20division.htm#2004
  44. USF Center for the Pacific Rim Conference: North Korea's Nuclear Crisis
    San Francisco, April 2
    Organized and sponsored by the USF Center for the Pacific Rim. Co-sponsored by the Asia Foundation, The Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, The Intercultural Institute of California, and The USF School of Law's Center for Global Law and Justice. A conference of leading international scholars. They took stock of the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula and the latest issues. Several relevant events in East Asia and elsewhere were discussed, including the second round of six-nation talks in Beijing, recent presidential elections in Taiwan of March 20, the decision by Libya to abandon its nuclear weapons program, and the revelations of Pakistan's role in nuclear proliferation. Special emphasis was given to South Korean perspectives and to the roles of China, Japan, and Russia in a successful resolution. Contact email: pacrim@usfca.edu
    Web site: http://www.asiafoundation.org/Locations/korea_events.html
  45. ASEAN Chair Conference on "Regionalism in Southeast Asia: A Decade of Continuities and Dramatic Changes"
    Toronto, April 2-4
    Organized by the Asian Institute at the Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto at Trinity College and cosponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Dr. David Chu Distinguished Leaders Program. More than 100 researchers and experts on economics and social development from Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. They discussed regional integration, industrialization in Asia and addressed the changing economic relationship between ASEAN nations and China and the implications for this on ASEAN+3. This was followed by discussions on security and governance, including state-civil society relations, corruption, and Islamic politics. Contact email: eileen.lam@utoronto.ca
    Web site: http://webapp.mcis.utoronto.ca/search/ShowEventDetail.asp?EventID=417&qt=d&StartDate=1072976400&EndDate=1088611200 or www.utoronto.ca/ai
  46. 32nd Williamsburg Conference
    New Delhi, April 4-6
    An annual conference organized by the Asia Society. Held in a different location each year, this year it was co-organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Sponsored by the Lee Foundation and The Starr Foundation with a contribution from Mahindra & Mahindra, Ltd. Supported by Itochu Corporation, Kansai Electric Power Company, Inc., Mitsubishi Corporation, NTT DoCoMo, Inc., and Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc. 55 leaders in government, business academia and journalism from 16 countries in the Asia Pacific region, namely Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, U.K., and U.S. They discussed big power relations in Asia, both bilateral and multilateral, especially with China, India, Japan and the U.S.; India in the region, including relations with Pakistan; the U.S. Presidential election; transnational and social issues in Asia such as HIV/AIDS; Islam in Asia; economic prospects for the region; and areas for future cooperation and major world issues such as on terrorism, rebuilding Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Korean peninsula.
    Web site: http://www.asiasociety.org/policy_business/williamsburg.html
  47. 1st EU-Japan-Asia Journalists Conference
    Fukuoka, Japan, April 6-9
    Co-organized by Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Delegation of the European Commission, Japan. Approximately 40 top-level journalists from European and Asian ASEM member countries were joined by parliamentarians, policymakers, businessmen and academics. The 17th annual EU-Japan Journalists Conference has been expanded starting 2004 to include other countries in Asia that belong to ASEM. They discussed issues relevant to international cooperation according to the theme "New Asia and New Europe", including security issues and the success of regional cooperation, issues of economic development and trade, and governance, transparency and accountability. Discussions focused much on the issues of North Korea and Iraq, and in particular Japan's policies in these areas. They also explored the challenges to community building in East Asia and whether the EU is an appropriate model to that end. Contact email: siewkeng@asef.org
    Web site: http://www.asef.org/
  48. Democracy in Southeast Asia—Are We Making Progress?
    Phnom Penh, April 7-8
    Organized by the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP) and Freidrich Ebert Stiftung (FES). Speech by Simon Tay, Singapore Institute of International Affairs, available at http://www.siiaonline.org/scm/articles/democracy_in_southeast_asia.pdf
  49. Third Pugwash Conference on East Asian Security - From Confrontation to Dialogue: Prospect of a New Security Framework in North East Asia
    Beijing, April 13-16
    Organized and hosted by the Chinese Pugwash Group and the Chinese Peoples' Association for Peace and Disarmament (CPAPD). More than 30 participants from China, DPRK, Italy, Germany, Japan, Korea, Russia and U.S. Participants hoped to create a new framework to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue peacefully. In discussing developments on the Korean peninsula, they noted that communications between the South and North had increased dramatically and that people felt confident the issue could be resolved peacefully. They commented that many in the South felt the U.S. presence on the peninsula was the cause of tension and instability, as are the ongoing military exercises conducted by the South and U.S. They agreed that the six-party talks were making progress and that the multi-lateral forum was the only way to resolve the problems. They asked both the U.S. and North Korea to be more flexible in negotiations. Finally they discussed the fact that resolving the Korean issue was the key to sustainable peace and stability in Northeast Asia. They urged the U.S. to negotiate directly with North Korea as was done in the resolution of the Libyan case, and idea rejected by North Korean participants who demanded a peace treaty ending the Korean war first. They stressed the need for continued informal dialogue between experts and policymakers for confidence building. Contact email: pugwashdc@aol.com
    Web site: http://www.pugwash.org/reports/rc/ea/beijing2004/beijing2004-report.htm
  50. Asia-Europe Security Dialogue: New Security Challenges for Asia and Europe
    Beijing, April 21-23
    Co-organized by Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) and supported by the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. More than 60 scholars, researchers, and policymakers involved in the field of security from the 25 ASEM member nations. They met to discuss "New Security Challenges" for the two regions, to improve understanding, and to formulate new ideas for more constructive partnership on international matters of mutual concern, possibly under a comprehensive cooperative framework. They shared their perceptions on the challenges and the various approaches and mechanisms in place in each region for dealing with security threats. They looked closely at North Korea, Iraq and unconventional security threats and whether the UN was playing a strong enough role in ensuring governance. Contact email: dominik@asef.org
    Web site: http://www.asef.org/
  51. Regional Meeting in Asia of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
    Siem Reap, April 21-23
    The Asia Fund Portfolio Team of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria organized this meeting to to clarify the workings of the Global Fund, share knowledge on operations and implementation, exchange country experiences, and prepare for the global AIDS conference in Bangkok in July. 113 participants from 17 countries in the Asia Region—Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, DPRK, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. They were representatives from governments and civil society as well as U.N. agencies, and various other national and multinational bodies helping to fight AIDS. Meeting report at below web site: http://www.theglobalfund.org/cn/in_action/events/regionalmeetingasia/default.asp
  52. "Dialogue on Security in Asia: Concepts, Threats, and Assurances After 9-11"
    Singapore, April 21-24
    Organized by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) and New York University's Center on International Cooperation (CIC) as part of a wider collaboration themed "Transformations in Multilateral Security Arrangements: Charting Perceptions, Capacities and Responses in an Era of Assertive US Policy". This project is designed to examine differences in threat perceptions in the various regions and in the United States, and the consequences for regional and global security institutions and arrangements. This meeting brought together security experts and analysts, researchers, defense and other government officials and UN representatives from Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, U.S. and Vietnam. Participants took stock of the security situation in Asia post 9-11 and in the context of U.S. security policy in the region, and considered different conceptions of security, including the meaning of "comprehensive" and "human" security. They noted global terrorism, especially maritime attacks in Southeast Asia as posing the most immediate danger, as well as proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, which in turn amplifies the threat of terrorism. To face these threats, participants called for multilateral consultation and cooperation, as well as a comprehensive approach to terrorism, entailing social, educational and economic approaches, not just military ones. The Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) was raised as one successful example of multilateral multi-faceted cooperation and was attributed with leading Libya to give up its nuclear program. Web site: http://www.siiaonline.org/scm/articles/23_apr_asia_must_guard_its_seas_from_terrorists.pdf
  53. 2004 Pacific Symposium—"Meeting U.S. Security Objectives in a Changing Asia"
    Washington D.C., April 22-23
    Annual symposium organized by the National Defense University Institute for National Strategic Studies (NDU-INSS). Experts, policymakers, journalists and scholars mostly from U.S. but including individuals from Asia Pacific nations such as Japan, Philippines, and Singapore. They met discuss the changing geopolitical structure of Asia, including the rise of China, strained U.S.-Korea relations and Japan's new engagement in the world. They then discussed the flashpoints and threats in the region, namely the Korean peninsula, China-Taiwan relations and weak governments in Southeast Asia. They looked at regional organizations for dealing with security, cooperation on terrorism and Chinese-U.S. involvement in Central Asia, as well as the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI). Discussions ended on how to set U.S. forces in Asia Pacific for maximum strategic reach. Contact email: NDU_Conferences@ndu.edu
    Web site: http://www.ndu.edu/inss/symposia/pacific2004/agenda.html
  54. Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2004
    Boao, Hainan Province, China, April 24-25
    Organized by the Boao Forum for Asia, this conference gathered approximately 1000 representatives from political (former and current world leaders), business and academic spheres from 35 countries and regions (including Australia, Cambodia, China, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Iran, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Taiwan, U.S.). The theme for this year's conference was "Asia searching for win-win: an Asia open to the world." Many of the attendees commented on China's peaceful rise and its benefits for the region-at-large, but there was a feeling that Chinese hopes to promote an "Asian family" is an unlikely goals given the diversity of cultures and emerging economic competitiveness of other nations in the region. There was recognition of the scramble for free trade agreements in the wake of failed WTO negotiations, however there was consensus that European-style economic integration among Asian nations and attainment of an "Asian dollar" are still a long way off. Informal Meeting for Heads of Asia's Regional/Sub-regional Organizations, along with the heads of BFA, Northeast Asia Economic Conference Organizing Committee, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was also held during the conference. Contact email: bfa@boaoforum.org
    Web site: http://www.vic-info.org/RegionsTop.nsf/0/9fd1d100cc7aeb990a256e84000ac47e?OpenDocument
  55. International Symposium on International Counter-Terrorism Situation and Cooperation
    Beijing, May 11-13
    Jointly sponsored by the China Institute for International Strategic Studies and the Hotung Institute for International Relations. Experts, and scholars, and members of the military and police from 16 countries worldwide discussed the fact that terrorism was an obvious non-traditional security threat and that It could not be resolved without international cooperation. Chinese officials said they would like to pursue a situation of peaceful coexistence with mutual benefit and trust and equality and that fighting terrorism requires comprehensive, not just military means.
  56. Asian Energy Security Workshop 2004
    Beijing, May 12-14
    Organized by the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability of Berkeley, California with the Energy and Environmental Technology Center (EETC) at Tsinghua University. The 32 participants were engineers, energy experts, researchers and business people from Chile, China, DPRK, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Mongolia, Russia, U.S. and Vietnam. Representatives provided brief country updates, especially in terms of changes in energy supply and demand, national concerns about energy and environmental security, and results of applying the Long-Range Energy Alternatives Planning (LEAP) model. They looked at the regional alternative paths that the LEAP model helped to draw up for each country and what that meant for energy cooperation. They also discussed the relative benefits to each nation and to the region as a whole of international gas pipeline and power grid networks, of increased imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG), and of development and adoption of measures for gas and electric energy efficiency improvement, as well as results of research conducted by some of the participants in their own work.
    Web site: http://www.nautilus.org/archives/energy/AES2004Workshop/index.html
  57. Crafting Cooperation: The Design and Effect of Regional Institutions in Comparative Perspectives
    Singapore, May 17-18
    This meeting was organized by Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore as part of a joint research project called "Crafting Cooperation: Regional Institution Design in Comparative Perspective" collaborated on by The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA), Harvard University and IDSS. It was a gathering of 16 experts, both academics and practitioners, in international relations from Canada, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, and U.S. They gathered to discuss various regional institutions - their various forms, how they come about, what the institution says about the region in which it operates, and ways to measure its efficacy. They looked at models in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East and tried to determine whether the design of the institution impacts its efficacy.
  58. "America's role in Asia: Perspectives from Asia"
    Washington, D.C., May 18
    Organized by the Asia Foundation as part of a series of forums and workshops to produce Asian and American reports on the issue. Policymakers and scholars from the United States as well as various countries in Northeast, South and Southeast Asia gathered to discuss America's role in Asia and the various responses from the region to America today. Discussants all agreed that anti-American sentiment is on the rise in Asia, despite generally improved relations between the governments of the region and the U.S. government, and that this is a serious matter. Factors may be the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the trend towards unilateralism and the recent prisoner abuse by American soldiers issue. They urged the U.S. to improve its understanding of the region and to adopt a comprehensive approach in relations, not purely a security one and to hold a summit to improve discourse between them.
    Web site: http://www.asiafoundation.org/News/events_aria.html
  59. Workshop on Security Ramifications of North Korea's Nuclear Activities
    London, May 18-19
    Organized by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), U.K. and United Nations University, Tokyo as part of the Northeast Asia Program: Dialogue Series on the Short and Long-term Effects of North Korea's Resumption of Nuclear Activities. Nuclear and security experts, intellectuals and current and former government officials from China, DPRK, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, U.K. and U.S. They discussed the Korean peninsula nuclear issue and the essential elements to finding a resolution. They also talked about North Korea–European Union relations and North Korea's human rights record. There were also a number of parallel bilateral meetings. Contact Adam Ward, email: Ward@iiss.org
    Web site: http://www.iiss.org/showpage.php?pageID=67&submit=Go
  60. "Responding to American Hegemony: Regional Perspectives"
    Singapore, May 19
    Organized by the Institute for Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Singapore. This was a public forum including academics, diplomats, and international relations experts from various countries including Canada, Germany, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, U.K., and U.S. Panelists spoke of the response of their country/region's of origin or expertise to U.S. dominance in world affairs, from the perspective of the government, analysts and the general public. This was followed by questions and discussions about U.S. unilateralism, foreign policy, and whether there would be a difference in the handling of these issues under a Kerry rather than Bush administration.
  61. Humanity, Peace and Security—Institute for Corean-American Studies (ICAS) Spring Symposium 2004
    Washington, D.C., May 19
    Biannual symposium organized by the Institute for Corean-American Studies (ICAS). Defence officials and experts, journalists, members of government and researchers from Japan, Korea and U.S. They discussed long-term prospects and issues for the U.S.-South Korea alliance and the U.S. security strategy in Northeast Asia. They also looked at various issues on the Korean peninsula, especially human issues related to North Korean refugees. Finally, they looked at China's economic growth from past, present and future perspectives. Contact email: icas@icasinc.org
    Web site: http://www.icasinc.org/2004w/2004wsym.html
  62. Maritime Security Conference
    Singapore, May 20-21
    Organized by the Institute for Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Singapore.
  63. Conference on Scaling Up Poverty Reduction: A Global Learning Process
    Shanghai, May 24-27
    Organized by the Government of the People's Republic of China and sponsored by the World Bank and many other donors. Approximately 1000 heads of state, representatives of U.N. agencies, developing country practitioners, civil society representatives, media and other stakeholders. They reviewed 9-month's worth of research done through about 100 country case studies and field visits to determine best practices in order to speed up attainment of the millennium development goals, in particular poverty reduction. They found that several elements are important for success such as: enabling the communities to make necessary changes, political commitment, transparency, exchange of knowledge and partnership amongst stakeholders. They also looked into individual issues that are often related to poverty such as access to water, empowerment of women and HIV/AIDS.
    Web site: http://www.worldbank.org/wbi/reducingpoverty/
  64. 22nd Meeting of the Working Group on Confidence and Security Building Measures
    Hanoi, May 25-28
    Organized by CSCAP Vietnam and Pacific Forum/USCSCAP. Approximately 60 CSCAP members, researchers, experts, diplomats and observers from Brunei, Canada, China, DPRK, European Union, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, U.K., U.S. and Vietnam. Key topics included an assessment of global nonproliferation regimes, regional views of those regimes and responses to them, and developments on the Korean Peninsula. They discussed export controls, especially in light of Pakistani involvement in proliferation of weapons and further economic integration in the region. There was heated discussion about the effectiveness and fairness of the non-proliferation treaty (NPT) and the tension between global and regional approaches. Much attention was given to the effective use of the NPT's Additional Protocols. However there was complete consensus that the biggest fear was that nuclear weapons would end up in the hands of terrorists. Finally they examined recent developments on the Korean peninsula, the progress of the six-party talks, which North Korea representative talked positively about, and what contribution CSCAP can make to the process. Details of discussions in the joint CSBM-Maritime Cooperation meeting are detailed below in the section on the CSCAP Working Group on Maritime Cooperation. Contact email: iirmofa@hn.vnn.vn or bradg@hawaii.rr.com
    Web site: http://www.cscap.org/csbms.htm
  65. 15th Meeting of the CSCAP Transnational Crime Working Group
    Bangkok, May 26-27
    Organized by CSCAP Thailand. 18 CSCAP members and 19 other participants such as government officials, security, terrorism and intelligence experts and journalists from Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. Various teams reported their findings from research on the following topics: weak and failed states, arms trafficking, weapons of mass destruction, new terrorism/transnational crime and finding consensus between multilateral consensus and unilateral approaches. This was followed by discussions on the impacts of human smuggling, drug trafficking, cyber crimes, money laundering and the violence in southern Thailand and its possible connection to terrorism and other networks.
    Web site: http://www.cscap.org/crime.htm
  66. CSCAP Working Group on Maritime Cooperation
    Hanoi, May 26-27
    Organized by CSCAP Vietnam and AUS-CSCAP. 32 CSCAP members from Australia, Canada, China, European Union, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore and U.S., as well as 8 local observers. They reviewed maritime security developments in the region and new initiatives for naval and maritime cooperation from sub-regional perspectives. They noted the increase in naval spending and capability, which is in response to increasing security but also may be counter-operative to confidence building measures. They also explored measures to enhance regional cooperation against piracy and maritime terrorism. They reviewed, in conjunction with the CSBM Working Group on May 27th, maritime confidence and security-building measures appropriate for the Asia-Pacific, such as the U.S.-initiated Regional Maritime Security Initiative (RMSI). Maritime cooperation is viewed as one area where functional cooperation is appropriate and can be a confidence building measure. Particular attention was given to the issues in the South China Sea and the ASEAN-China Declaration on Conduct in the South China Sea. This was followed by discussions on the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) and the various responses to it and other non-proliferation initiatives, as well as the need to provide capacity building to less-developed nations. Finally they discussed trade and terrorism. Contact email: iirmofa@hn.vnn.vn or sbateman@uow.edu.au
    Web site: http://www.cscap.org/maritime.htm
  67. 21st CSCAP Steering Committee Meeting
    Kuala Lumpur, May 30
    Contact CSCAP Secretariat, Mr. Afifi Raswan Dean, Tel: +603-2693 9366, email: cscap@isis.po.my
  68. 18th Asia Pacific Roundtable 2004—"ASEAN, East Asia and the USA"
    Kuala Lumpur, May 31 - June 2
    Organized by ISIS Malaysia and ASEAN-ISIS. 245 participants from around the Asia Pacific region including leaders, government officials, businesspeople, intellectuals, journalists, diplomats, representatives of international organizations from Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, DPRK, Fiji, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, U.S. and Vietnam. They discussed various security issues including terrorism, Iraq, the Korean peninsula, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The first session was on the impact of U.S. foreign and other policies on global and regional security. Some of the other sessions were on whether we are winning the war on terror, how best to achieve the ASEAN Security Community, Myanmar's key problems, prospects for democracy, change, and stability in Southeast Asia, the latter items reflecting a growing willingness among the ASEAN countries to discuss internal affairs and their impact on ASEAN's image and future prospects. They also discussed the maritime environment and combating piracy, the U.S. Presidential elections, the economic and security outlook for Asia Pacific, gender and human security, trafficking in women, labor migration, the implications of a rising India, and security issues in the South Pacific. Some participants felt that the U.S.-led war on terrorism has in fact alienated the Arab and Muslim world and created more terrorists. They expressed concern at unilateralism and called for the UN to be the sole actor in matters of international peace and security and for member countries to mainstream it in international affairs.
  69. 10th International Conference on the "The Future of Asia"
    Tokyo, June 3
    Secretariat for "The Future of Asia" organized this meeting which was sponsored by Nihon Keizai Shimbun Inc. Participants included current and former leaders and government officials as well as business leaders from Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, U.S. and Vietnam. The key themes of the conference were "Entrusting the Dream to Asia's Next Generation", "Regional Unity: The Role Japan Can Play" and "Agendas and Perspectives for Japan's Resurgence". Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi reaffirmed his commitment to signing free trade agreements with Southeast Asian nations, to creating an environment conducive to investment here and to signing a free trade pact with all of ASEAN by 2012. Malaysian Prime Minister Badawi said that countries in the region should extend beyond the economic sphere to areas such as politics, finance, education, health, labor, science, technology and the environment. He suggested that the annual East Asia Congress could deliver insights to the annual ASEAN + 3 summits and that the ASEAN+3 process could be converted into an East Asian Economic Community. He said they need to push integration in this period of peace. Contact email: asia@convention.co.jp
    Web site: http://www.nni.nikkei.co.jp/FR/NIKKEI/inasia/future/2004/
  70. 3rd Shangri-La Dialogue/ 3rd IISS Asia Security Conference
    Singapore, June 4-6
    Organized by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), U.K. with funding received from the Governments of Australia, Japan, Singapore and U.K., various corporate institutions as well as support from The Starr Foundation, Robert and Ardis James Foundation and the Institute for Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS). About 200 defence ministers, vice ministers, government officials with security, police or Intelligence responsibilities as well as intellectuals from more than 20 countries, including Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K., U.S. and Vietnam. All felt discussions were not complete given the absence of China (who only attended some earlier meetings between defence ministers). They gathered to discuss security issues in the region such as maritime security in the Strait of Malacca and interdiction of suspicious ships, particularly according to the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI). Several nations in the region have rejected the possible presence of U.S. forces in the region but are open to receiving equipment, advice and training from the U.S. and international organizations making these discussions quite sensitive. They also discussed possible resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue, the China-Taiwan issue, tension between India and Pakistan, the campaign against terrorism, the implications of the U.S. altering its presence in the region, arms control and proliferation, as well as the Middle East. They evaluated the impact on the reputation of the U.S. in the region given the U.S.-led war in Iraq and on terrorism. There were also bilateral meetings between defence ministers. In break out groups they looked at missile defense in Asia Pacific, defence diplomacy and organization of various security relationships in the region, as well as new technologies and the influence on Asia-Pacific security.
    Web site: http://www.iiss.org/shangri-la.php
  71. Tenth Kanazawa Symposium
    Kanazawa, Japan, June 6-10
    Organized annually by the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific. Sponsored by United Nations Association of Japan and supported by Ishikawa Prefecture and Kanazawa City, Japan. Attended by academics, diplomats, journalists, disarmament experts, UN agency representatives, defence officials, and current and former national and local government officials from Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Philippines, Russia, and U.S. They discussed new security concerns including challenges to non-proliferation such as non-compliance and the nuclear fuel cycle, international institutions and their adaptation to rapid changes in the world, the role of the military especially in PSI, and food, energy and ecological security. Next they looked at the Korean peninsula, the six-party talks, and the humanitarian aspects affecting negotiations such as Japanese abductees and family reunions. They talked about possible ways to develop a common strategy in the region such as through exchanges and peace and disarmament education, as well as the prospects for the ASEAN+3 relationship. They came up with a number of recommendations including: development of a roadmap for peace and prosperity in Northeast Asia; and establishment of working groups to deal with issues in Northeast Asia such as energy, human security and maritime security therefore broadening the policy-relevant activities of the Kanazawa process. Contact Tsutomu Ishiguri, fax: +1-212-963-4989, email: ishiguri@un.org.
  72. Economic Cooperation and Security in East Asia—Focus on the Korean Peninsula
    Kyoto, June 11-12
    Organized by the Institute of International Affairs and Area Studies, Ristumeikan University, Kyoto, in cooperation with the Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia (ERINA) and the Korean Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP). Attended by researchers, experts and policymakers from China, Japan and Korea. They discussed issues relevant to Northeast Asia such as economic cooperation, security, prospects for the six-party talks and the outlook for economic cooperation and security in the region. The focus of their discussions was on the close relationship between economic integration and security, which is amplified by the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula.
    Web site: http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/acd/re/k-rsc/ras/ras_index.htm (Japanese only)
  73. Biennial Conference: Security Trends in the Asia-Pacific Region
    Honolulu, June 15-17
    Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) brought together 200 attendees from over 35 countries, including government and armed forces officials, experts and researchers. The participants identified and prioritized national, regional and human security threats from the various country perspectives. They talked about extremism and the root causes of terrorism. They expressed concern over transnational crimes, trafficking of arms and people and piracy. Some Asian nations said it would be difficult to support the U.S. in security matters owing to differences over Iraq and negative public opinion. The noted regional hotspots were Kashmir, North Korea and China-Taiwan relations. They discussed approaches and strategies for averting emerging and continuing threats and possibilities for cooperation, including the various multilateral institutions. Asian nations expressed a wish to be consulted more frequently by the U.S. in its security decision-making process. Some felt that responses should be made through institutions like ASEAN, ARF, while others expressed doubt about ASEAN's ability to really solve intra-regional crises, such as Myanmar. There was discussion that the six-party talks could evolve into a more permanent structure. They also looked into the increasing demand for energy in the region and the chance of increased competition for oil reserves in the South China Sea. Contact email: regionaldividion@apcss.com
    Web site: http://www.apcss.org/Conference/CR_ES/Executive%20Summary%20v-6.htm
  74. Fourth Workshop for the Establishment of an ASEAN Regional Mechanism on Human Rights
    Jakarta, June 17-18
    Co-organized and hosted by The Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia (MFAI). Supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), The Asia Foundation and the Norwegian Human Rights Fund. Participants represented governments, national human rights institutions, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as the ASEAN Secretariat. Guests and observers included representatives of other countries, various international and regional institutions, and civil society groups. Issues of common concern in the ASEAN region, such as migrant workers, women and children, terrorism, and human rights education were taken up in the workshop. They also discussed existing regional human rights mechanisms in other regions and their applicability in the Southeast Asian framework. A separate session focussed on the ASEAN Security Community as a commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights in the region. They concluded by discussing future actions to be undertaken to further the initiative with a series of recommendations directed at governments, human rights organizations and civil society groups. Contact Office of the Secretary General, The Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism, fax: +632-899-4342.
    Web site: http://www.aseanhrmech.org/
  75. Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) High-Level Seminar on Asian Cooperation and Development
    Qingdao, China, June 21
    Organized by the Saranrom Institute of Foreign Affairs (SIFA) in cooperation with the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) and the Network of East Asian Think-tanks (NEAT). Some 100 scholars, experts, former officials and diplomats, delegates from the 22 ACD member countries, attended this seminar. The Seminar was divided into 4 sections, namely 1) Building Asia's competitiveness through complementarities and collective efforts across the region; 2) Promoting public-private partnership in Asia; 3) Energy security and strategy in Asia; and 4) Common agricultural policy. This meeting provided academic inputs to the ACD foreign ministers meeting which was conducted from June 21-22. Participants at the seminar agreed that it is important to pursue joint undertakings in improving energy efficiency, developing renewable energies and alternative fuels and building energy infrastructure to safeguard energy security in Asia. They also attached great importance to the establishment of a regional bond market, saying it can help maintain financial stability in the region.
    Web site: http://www.acddialogue.com/web/3.php
  76. Carnegie International Non-Proliferation Conference
    Washington DC, June 21-22
    Organized by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, this meeting gathered 750 participants from 23 countries including researchers, experts, government officials, UN agency representatives and IAEA representatives. Discussions centered on the new Carnegie Endowment report, Universal Compliance; A Strategy for Nuclear Security, offering a radical rethinking of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime in all its elements. It recommends treating non-proliferation as an issue of universal compliance rather than pressuring nations to sign up to the non-proliferation treaty (NPT), and putting pressure on all actors, whether they possess nuclear weapons or not, to make changes. The concurrent panel sessions were conducted on the following themes: Controlling Deadly Pathogens, Dealing with Iran, Enforcing Disarmament, Global Threat Assessment, How Do We Enforce the NPT's Nonproliferation Provisions?, Inspections after Iraq, The Iraq War's Impact on Proliferation Policy, A Nuclear North Korea, Nuclear Terrorism, The Pakistan Network, Reforming the Fuel Cycle, Risk Reduction with Russia and the U.S. Nuclear Posture.
    Web site: http://www.ceip.org/files/projects/npp/resources/2004conference/home.htm
  77. Second East Asia Congress
    Kuala Lumpur, June 21-23
    Organized by the East Asia Economic Centre at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia. About 560 participants—intellectuals, researchers, industry and business representatives, experts, journalists, UN agency representatives, policymakers and diplomats from Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Cuba, Hong Kong SAR, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Korea, Libya, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, Ukraine, U.K., U.S., and Vietnam. Nine full sessions were held throughout the roundtable. They started with economic-related topics such as the micro and macro challenges to sustaining growth and dynamism in East Asia, East Asia's responses to an expanded Europe and the free trade area in the Americas and proposals for monetary and financial cooperation. These were followed by sessions on labor mobility, raising education standards, health issues including an East Asian early warning and response system (EWARS), and challenges for electronic and broadcast media. The final two sessions were dedicated to discussions on building trust and deepening relations in East Asia as well as developing specific programmes of action for building a political community in East Asia. Contact email: pmathews@isis.org.my
    Web site: http://www.isis.org.my/eaec/
  78. "Towards an ASEAN Community: Agenda for Development & Social Responsibility through ASEAN Integration"
    Vientiane, June 22-23
    Organized by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA), Laos. 40 experts, scholars and officials from almost all ASEAN member nations attended. Participants agreed that ASEAN needed to apply new mechanisms in order to cope with both domestic problems, such as ethnic conflict, as well as global challenges and non-traditional security threats like terrorism and transnational crime. They questioned the "ASEAN Way" and principles of non-interference as well as the lack of legally binding mechanisms as reasons for ASEAN lacking credibility and not attracting foreign investment. They critically assessed the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) structure. It was agreed that as well as creating an awareness of common values, ASEAN has to build up caring societies and focus on poverty eradication, human resource development, welfare promotion, labour standards, social protection, health and food security, women and youth policies, equitable growth and environmental sustainability. Finally, they called on ASEAN to be more dynamic to cope with the changing environment and to become more of an implementer, not just an agreement signer.
    Web site: http://www.fesspore.org/
  79. ASEAN-China Forum 2004: Developing ASEAN-China Relations: Realities and Prospects
    Singapore, June 23-24
    Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) organized this forum with approximately 30 scholars and experts including strategists, economists and policy leaders, from China and ASEAN and some Chinese government officials. Discussed the rise of China and the impact for ASEAN in economic and security terms from the perspectives of ASEAN, China and other major powers. They talked about maritime security, strengthening cooperation in the ARF, human resource development, and the maximization of business opportunities arising from the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement. Also on the agenda were talks on moving beyond the historical issues e.g. South China Sea and ethnic Chinese issues. Finally discussed ASEAN+3 process and strengthening East Asian Cooperation. Contact Mrs Betty Kwan, phone: +65-6870-2472, email: betty@iseas.edu.sg
    Web site: http://www.iseas.edu.sg/23jun04a.html
  80. Conference on "Strategies for Combating Human Trafficking in Asia"
    Tokyo, June 23-24
    Organized by United Nations University and co-sponsored by Vital Voices, the U.S. Embassy in Japan, and the International Labor Organization's Tokyo Office. More than 50 participants representing national and local governments, security agencies, academia, international organizations, the legal field, media, NGOs and members of the general public from Australia, Cambodia, Colombia, Hungary, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Thailand, U.S. They addressed regional problems of human trafficking, various forms of human trafficking, including forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation, and how human trafficking drives other types of crimes. They then discussed specific victims' cases and how to combat trafficking though improved enforcement and cooperation between governments and NGOs. They talked about how to identify possible victims and the need for increased health and social service delivery for victims. Other suggestions for raising awareness were training law enforcement officers and public information campaigns
    Web site: http://japan.usembassy.gov/e/p/tp-20040624-13.html
  81. Council for Asia-Europe Cooperation (CAEC) Recommendations of the Task Forces for the ASEM Summit 2004 in Hanoi
    Berlin, June 30
    Organized by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). More than 40 participants including diplomats, business leaders, think tank representatives, and government officials Bangladesh, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and U.K. They gathered to listen to and discuss the findings of the three CAEC task forces on the following topics important to Asia and Europe: the necessity for cooperation, global governance as a challenge to co-operation, and cooperating for energy security. The task forces were created to assess the present state of international politics, identify problems of importance to both regions, and to develop suggestions for practical cooperation between the two regions that may help to resolve those issues. Details in the publications section.
  82. EPC Dialogue—Europe, Asia and Global Governance: Proposals for the next ASEM Summit
    Brussels, July 1
    Organized by the European Policy Centre (EPC). More than 100 diplomats, business leaders, think tank, foundation and international agency representatives, journalists and government officials from Australia, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, EC, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, U.K., and U.S. Members of the Council for Asia-Europe Cooperation (CAEC) reported the findings of three task forces that had been convened on the topics of Asia Europe cooperation in terms of the necessity for cooperation, cooperating to overcome the challenges of global governance, and energy security cooperation. This was followed by discussions on those findings. Experts agreed that closer cooperation between the two blocs was needed as a counterbalance to US domination, particularly in multilateral institutions. An appeal was also made to Asian and European leaders not to allow controversy over Burma to hijack the next ASEM Summit scheduled for October. Contact email: info@theepc.be
    Web site: http://www.theepc.net/en/default.asp?TYP=ER&LV=276&see=y&t=6&PG=ER/EN/detail&l=&AI=431
  83. APEC Future Leaders Think Tank
    Sydney, June 30 - July 3
    Organized by the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Australia. A gathering of senior officials from government financial institutions from all APEC member countries. The theme for this year's Think Tank, the fourth in the series was "Managing capital flows: the domestic and regional policy responses." Participants were asked to brainstorm for solutions to a number of the region's economic and financial challenges such as capital mobility and creating and implementing regulations. Contact fax: +61-2-9358-7034, email: director@lowyinstitute.org
    Web site: http://www.axiss.com.au/content/media/events/2004-04-05.asp