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II. Track 2 Meetings

  1. Regional Outlook Forum
  2. The 13th Asia Pacific Parliamentarians Forum (APPF)
  3. International Symposium on Peace and Prosperity in Northeast Asia
  4. Japan-EU Think Tank Roundtable—"Next Steps in Global Governance"
  5. 1st meeting on the "Promotion of East Asian Studies"
  6. Regional Structures in the Asia Pacific Seminar
  7. The United Nations World Conference on Disaster Reduction
  8. Towards Building an East Asian Community
  9. The High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change: Implications for UN Strategies and Capacities
  10. NCAFP Trilateral Japan-U.S.-Republic of Korea Roundtable
  11. The Tsunami Aftermath: Challenges to Human Security
  12. 7th Asian Security Conference
  13. Building East Asian Identity Workshop
  14. First ASEAN Inter-parliamentary Caucus (on Myanmar)
  15. GPPAC Northeast Asian Conference on the Role of Civil Society in the Prevention of Violent Conflict
  16. International Symposium on Security Affairs 2005—"The Security Policy of the United States during the Second Bush Administration and Its Implication for the World"
  17. EU-UNU Tokyo Global Forum: Bridging the Gap—Involving Citizens' Movements and NGOs in the Democratic Process
  18. An Integrated Road Map to East Asian Free Trade Agreement
  19. Tokyo Seminar on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)
  20. U.S.-Japan Alliance and Australia—Hawaii Workshop
  21. CSCAP Study Group on Regional Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding
  22. Eleventh ASEF University
  23. Advanced Course on Terrorist Organisations and Operations
  24. International Relations of the Asia Pacific (IRAP) Conference
  25. China's Rise: Diverging U.S.-EU Perceptions
  26. The North Korean Nuclear Issue: Non-Proliferation, South Korean and U.S. Foreign Policy
  27. Second Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) Conference on "Revolution in Military Affairs, Processes, Problems and Prospects"
  28. NIRA 30th Anniversary Symposium: Regional Governance Forum—How to Realize East Asian Economic Integration?
  29. ICAS Winter Symposium: Humanity, Peace and Security
  30. Start-up Consultation Meeting of the United Nations Regional Task Force on Mobility and HIV Vulnerability Reduction
  31. "Betwixt and Between: Southeast Asian Strategic Relations with the U.S. and China" - IDSS Workshop
  32. Engaging the United States in an Emerging East Asia Community
  33. CSCAP Workshop on Maritime Security
  34. "East Asian Economic Integration: "Views from ASEAN, China, Japan and Korea"
  35. Inter-Korean Reconciliation and Cooperation: Challenges and Prospects
  36. Financing Growth and Macroeconomic Policy in East Asia
  37. GPPAC SEA (Regional) Conference on "Peoples' Participation in Conflict Prevention in Southeast Asia: The Role of Civil Society"
  38. IDSS Conference on "Maritime Balance of Power in the Asia Pacific"
  39. ASEAN-Russia Relations
  40. Energy in China and Northeast Asia Cooperation in Energy
  41. Building Multi-Party Capacity for a WMD-Free Korean Peninsula
  42. Prospects for Energy Cooperation in Northeast Asia
  43. 2nd ASEAN Leadership Forum
  44. Japan, East Asia and the Formation of North Korea Policy
  45. 33rd Williamsburg Conference
  46. International Symposium on Northeast Asia Energy Cooperation - Designing a New Paradigm for Energy Cooperation and Coordination
  47. Network of East Asian Think-tanks (NEAT) "Concepts, Ideas and Empowering Guidelines for East Asia" Working Group Meeting
  48. The Future of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
  49. Ford-IDSS 1st Dissemination Workshop on "Dynamics of Securitisation in Asia"
  50. CSCAP Study Group on Developing Strategies to Reduce Human Trafficking in the Asia Pacific region
  51. Network of East Asian Think-tanks (NEAT) "East Asian Financial Cooperation" Working Group Meeting
  52. Inter-Parliamentary Union Meeting
  53. Inaugural Conference "Managing Globalisation: Lessons from China and India"
  54. CSCAP Study Group on Capacity Building for Maritime Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific 48
  55. China's Emerging Economy: Progress, Pitfalls and Implications at Home and Abroad
  56. Network of East Asian Think-tanks (NEAT) "Promoting Economic Integration in East Asia through Resolving New Global Imbalances" Second Working Group Meeting
  57. Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD) 15 and Defence Information Sharing Study Project
  58. 2nd EU-Japan-Asia Journalists Conference
  59. Dynamics and Structures of Terrorist Threats in Southeast Asia Conference
  60. 4th Asia-Europe Roundtable "Conflict Prevention: Actors, Institutions and Mechanisms. Sharing Experiences Between Asia and Europe"
  61. The Future of U.S.-ROK Relations and Four-Way Cooperation with Japan and China
  62. Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2005: Asia Searching for Win-Win, New Role for Asia
  63. Network of East Asian Think-tanks (NEAT) "Overall Architecture of Community Building in East Asia" Working Group Meeting
  64. CSCAP Study Group on Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Campaign Against International Terrorism With Specific Reference to the Asia-Pacific Region
  65. Japan-Korea Policy Dialogue: "The Outlook for East Asian Community Building and Japan-Korea Relations" Special Session and Conference
  66. Asia Roundtable 2005
  67. China's Rise: Diverging US-EU Perceptions
  68. CSCAP Study Group on Future Prospects for Multilateral Security Frameworks in the North Pacific/North-East Asia.
  69. U.S.-Russia Perspectives on Asia-Pacific Security
  70. 2005 Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT) Review Conference
  71. ASEAN-Taiwan Think Tank Discussions
  72. Network of East Asian Think-tanks (NEAT) Energy Security Cooperation in East Asia Working Group Meeting
  73. Asia Vision 21 Conference: Beyond State-Led Development
  74. 4th ASEAN People's Assembly (APA)
  75. Asian Energy Security Workshop 2005
  76. Twelfth ASEAN-ISIS Colloquium of Human Rights (AICOHR)
  77. Prospects for U.S. Policy toward the Korean Peninsula in the Second Bush Administration
  78. ICAS Spring Symposium: Humanity, Peace and Security
  79. 2005 ASEAN-ISIS Conference "The East Asian Community: Implication for CMLV"
  80. APEC Study Center Consortium Conference 2005
  81. The Future of Asia Conference 2005
  82. Contention and Cooperation in Northeast Asia: Analysis of Domestic-Regional Linkages—Second Workshop
  83. CSCAP Study Group on Countering the Proliferation of WMD in the Asia Pacific
  84. Global Democracy Conference (G05)—Global Democracy: Civil Society Visions and Strategies
  85. 23rd CSCAP Steering Committee Meeting
  86. 19th Asia Pacific Roundtable: Confidence Building and Conflict Resolution
  87. ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus
  88. The Fourth IISS Asia Security Conference: The Shangri-La Dialogue
  89. Conference on "Urban Poverty and Social Safety Net in East Asia"
  90. 2005 Northeast Asia Economic Forum in Niigata
  91. 2005 Pacific Symposium: Democracy and Democratic Transitions in Asia: Consequences for U.S. Security Policies
  92. International Conference in Commemoration of the 5th anniversary of the June 15th South-North Korea Joint Declaration
  93. International Conference on "Infectious Diseases and Human Flows in Asia"
  94. Third Jeju Peace Forum: "Building a Northeast Asian Community: Toward Peace and Prosperity"
  95. The 4th Japan-ASEAN Dialogue: The Prospect for East Asian Community and Regional Cooperation
  96. Normalizing the North Korean System—First Workshop
  97. 10th Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) Workshop 2005
  98. Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies Fifth Annual Conference: Japan's Emerging Security Role in East Asia
  99. IDSS-NUPI Conference on "Maritime Security in Southeast Asia"
  100. Economics and Politics of East Asian Co-operation and China's Role in the Process: Opportunities and Challenges: Brainstorming Workshop
  101. 2005 Incheon Free Economic Zone International Meeting—Economic Cooperation and Regional Integration in Asia
  102. International Workshop on "An East Asia Community and the United States"
  103. ARF Second Track Workshop on Evolving Changes in the Security Perceptions and Military Doctrines of ARF Members
  104. Asia News Network (ANN) Annual Meeting and Roundtable
  105. 8th Annual RAND-China Reform Forum (CRF) Conference
  106. Friends of the Global Fund, Japan FGFJ Symposium: The Role of Business in the Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria: Learning from Successful Cases in Meeting Global Challenges
  107. ASEAN AIDS Workshop 2005
  108. Regional Responses to the Spread of HIV/AIDS in East Asia
  109. Commemorative Symposium on the Fifth Anniversary of the Okinawa Summit: The East Asian Regional Response To HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, And Malaria
  110. 3rd Conference on Northeast Asian Security

  1. Regional Outlook Forum
    Singapore, 6 January, 2005
    Eighth annual forum organized by ISEAS where security experts, academics and others gather to discuss strategic trends in Asia and their expectations for Southeast Asian politics and economics. Sessions were specifically on geostrategic trends in Asia, international and regional dimensions of terrorism, the political outlook for Southeast Asia and the outlook for Southeast Asian economies. Several hundred participants attended from many countries including Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and U.S. and a further 150 at institutions and universities in 10 countries participated via webcast. Contact: may@iseas.edu.sg
    Web site: http://www.iseas.edu.sg/nlissue5.pdf
  2. The 13th Asia Pacific Parliamentarians Forum (APPF)
    Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, January 10-15, 2005
    APPF is aimed at promoting dialogues among members of parliament in the Asia Pacific on security, politics, economic and trade cooperation and culture, contributing to resolving regional issues and maintaining peace, stability, development and prosperity of the whole region. Security and policy discussions were on counter-terrorism, Korean peninsula, Middle East peace process, ARF, and transnational crimes. Economics focussed on the outcome of APEC 2004 in Chile and Towards APEC 2006 in Vietnam, globalization and cooperation in accelerating a new WTO negotiation round, and environment and sustainable development. Social and cultural issues included preserving national cultural identity and promoting exchanges among cultures, cooperation in combating HIV/AIDS, SARS and avian flu for human health, and developing human resources for sustainable development. A special session was added to hear about Indonesia's response to the tsunami. Attended by 275 delegates from 22 of the 28 APPF member countries (Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Micronesia, Mongolia, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, U.S. and Vietnam, including observers from Brunei).
    Web site: http://www.appf.org.pe
  3. International Symposium on Peace and Prosperity in Northeast Asia
    Seoul, January 13-14, 2005
    Hosted by the Uri Party's Policy Development Research Institute and Uri Party Foundation. Participants discussed the economic challenges and the implications for the U.S. and Northeast Asia of reunification on the Korean peninsula. Attended by leading security and Northeast Asian experts and academics from various countries including Denmark, Japan, Korea, Norway, Russia and U.S.
  4. Japan-EU Think Tank Roundtable—"Next Steps in Global Governance"
    Tokyo, January 13-14, 2005
    Organized by National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA), Japan, and co-sponsored by the Japan Foundation, and the European Policy Centre (EPC). The roundtable project was developed to complement the Japan-EU People-to-People Exchange Year and to increase intellectual exchange and joint research projects between Japan and the EU. The first of its kind held with Japan, a similar one had been held with Chinese researchers in December 2004. It brought together 20 policy analysts and academics who discussed globalization of economies, the Iraq War, terrorism, and other issues changing the state of the world, as well as how to achieve global governance for peace and prosperity in the 21st Century. Participants discussed sensitive issues such as proposals to reform and expand the UN Security Council, the 'responsibility to protect,' the changing nature of sovereignty and Asian and European experiences with integration. They suggested that in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, natural disasters also be added to list of threats the world faces created by the UN High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change. At the conclusion of the roundtable, a public forum was held with approximately 170 participants.
    Web site: http://www.nira.go.jp/newse/paper/japan-eu/index.html
  5. 1st meeting on the "Promotion of East Asian Studies"
    Tokyo, January 17-19, 2005
    Participated in by academics from the ASEAN+3 nations. The Meeting discussed the modalities for a Network of East Asian Studies (NEAS) and measures to promote East Asian Studies and came up with a set of recommendations. This action was one of the short term-measures recommended by the East Asia Study Group (EASG).
  6. Regional Structures in the Asia Pacific Seminar
    Washington, D.C., January 18, 2005
    Hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in partnership with the Embassy of Australia to initiate an in-depth discussion on Asian regionalism and multilateralism. They looked at the following questions: What are the trends and implications of Asian regionalism? Are these structures appropriate to address the strategic and economic issues the region will face in the next twenty years? How should these structures develop to better support strategic stability and to help countries meet the social and economic challenges they will face? This seminar brought together a group of senior U.S. policymakers and commentators, as well as those from Asian countries to address these questions. Contact Kazuyo Kato, email: kkato@csis.org
    Web site: http://www.csis.org/component/option,com_csis_events/task,view/id,25/, http://www.csis.org/isp/structures/
  7. The United Nations World Conference on Disaster Reduction
    Kobe, January 18-22, 2005
    Participated in by more than 4,000 people from UN member countries and international organizations, as well as disaster experts. 800 delegates from 191 UN member countries gathered to discuss new strategies for disaster reduction as human and economic losses from natural disasters pose a major threat to sustainable development. The conference was especially relevant given the very recent Indian Ocean tsunami and earthquake disaster. They aimed to have risk reduction incorporated into development planning to strengthen communities and national capacities to address disasters. They also discussed specialized topics with various international organizations. The UN agreed to create a global early warning system for tsunamis, floods, typhoons and other natural disasters. There were also be public symposia, exhibitions and other events.
    Web site: http://www.unisdr.org, www.bousai.go.jp/wcdr/
  8. Towards Building an East Asian Community
    Kyoto, January 21-22, 2005
    Organized by Ritsumeikan University Institute of International Affairs and Area Studies. Against a backdrop of rapid economic integration and globalization, and with the belief that cooperation in various sectors is essential for smooth regional cooperation, this meeting endeavored to determine ways that international and interdisciplinary cooperation in three areas—economic, political, and social—could lead to a peaceful and prosperous East Asian community. Discussions were on the Korean peninsula, U.S. unilateralism, democratization and other key security related issues, and how the focus should be shifted more to human security, peace and human rights. They also talked about the ASEAN + 3 formation and the appropriate paths for encouraging economic integration.
    Web site: http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/acd/re/k-rsc/ras/ras_index.htm
  9. The High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change: Implications for UN Strategies and Capacities
    New York, January 23-25, 2005
    This workshop examined the relationship between the research and policy community with respect to global security issues in the context of the report of the High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, which was published in December 2004. The workshop provided an opportunity for the Panel's research team to receive—prior to embarking on what will be a major outreach program—critical input on the conceptual architecture of the report, its core findings and the practicality of its policy recommendations. Discussions also addressed the accessibility of the findings and their likely reception in different political milieux—particularly in the U.S. and the developing world. Over the course of the discussions academic researchers gained a unique insight into the sorts of issues that constrain the creation of reports of this nature and discussed, with colleagues from the policy community, an agenda for follow-on research. Workshop report to follow at:
    Web site: http://www.humansecuritycentre.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=44
  10. NCAFP Trilateral Japan-U.S.-Republic of Korea Roundtable
    Tokyo, January 24, 2005
    Co-sponsored by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP), the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) and the International Policy Studies Institute of Korea (IPSIKOR). Topics discussed were perspectives on China, perspectives on North Korea, and U.S.-Japan, U.S.-ROK and Japan-ROK relations. The approximately 25 participants included officials, former officials and scholars from Japan, Korea and U.S.
    Web site: http://www.ncafp.org/projects/NEasia/roundjan05_zagoria.htm
  11. The Tsunami Aftermath: Challenges to Human Security
    Singapore, January 25, 2005
    Organized by the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Singapore under the auspices of the IDSS-Ford Project on Non-Traditional Security. The seminar was intended to assess the social, political, and economic impact of the disaster and its implications on international humanitarian assistance. It was participated in by experts and officials from think tanks, governments, and UN bodies, and members of the general public.
    Web site: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/idss/
  12. 7th Asian Security Conference
    New Delhi, January 25-29, 2005
    The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) has been organizing the Asian Security Conference as an annual event since 1999 and it provides a forum wherein a specific theme or issue is addressed in terms of its larger relevance to Asian Security. The theme for this year's conference was "Changing Security Dynamic in Eastern Asia". The three-day Conference had the following structure: Asia and the International Security Environment, Strategic Challenges and Opportunities, Geo-Economic Transformation and Energy Compulsions, Regional Perspectives on East Asian Security, and Focus on Japan's Changing Strategic and Security Profile. Two major issues that were highlighted and deliberated at length upon were: "The Rise of China" and the "The Changing Security Role of Japan". The participants were eminent scholars, experts and officials from about 35 countries both within and outside Asia.
    Web site: http://www.idsa-india.org/
  13. Building East Asian Identity Workshop
    Seoul, January 30-February 1, 2005
    Hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Korea, and organized by the Korean Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, as one of the 27 recommendations of the East Asia Study Group (EASG) in its final report. Topics ranged from constructing identity through educational networks to the role of popular culture in construction of a shared identity. Participated in by academics, top faculty and researchers from academic institutions in ASEAN, China, Japan, and Korea.
    Web site: http://www.kiseas.org/zboard/view.php?id=pds&page=1&sn1=&
    divpage=1&sn=off&ss=on&sc=on&select_arrange=headnum&desc=asc&no=3
  14. First ASEAN Inter-parliamentary Caucus (on Myanmar)
    Jakarta, February 1-2, 2005
    The formation of this caucus follows closely the formation of another by parliamentarians in Malaysia in November 2004 and coincides with another of Indonesian parliamentarians, to deal with the issue of Myanmar and potentially other regional issues. Similar ones are expected to follow in the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The caucus in Jakarta was attended by elected representatives from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. They discussed Myanmar and any progress it is making towards democratization in light of it being scheduled to take chairmanship of ASEAN in 2006. The motivation for the discussions was a fear that if there is no political change then some of the ASEAN members and dialogue partners, such as the EU and U.S., might consider boycotting meetings. The meeting participants decided to send a fact-finding mission to Myanmar in March, with advance notification to the Myanmar government of their concerns for democratization and national reconciliation in Myanmar through meaningful tripartite political dialogue among the military junta, the pro-democracy activists and ethnic groups. They would try to determine the suitability of Myanmar to serve as the ASEAN Chair in 2006 and have agreed that unless they find improvements, Myanmar is not qualified for that role.
    Web site: http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/3939/lks3362.html
  15. GPPAC Northeast Asian Conference on the Role of Civil Society in the Prevention of Violent Conflict
    Tokyo, February 1-4, 2005
    The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) is an international network of organizations working in conflict prevention and peacebuilding worldwide, and has its secretariat at the European Centre for Conflict Prevention. It was created at the suggestion of Kofi Annan in 2001 for a conference of CSOs involved in conflict prevention and for further interaction with the UN. The network members met regionally throughout 2005 to build Global Action Agenda on the role of civil society in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, to be adopted at a Global Conference at UN Headquarters in New York on 19-21 July 2005. The network consists of 15 regions which conduct research, consultation, and meetings and, create Regional Action Agendas to form the basis for the Global Action Agenda. At this meeting, the Northeast Asia Regional Action Agenda was adopted by over 50 conflict prevention actors including NGO activists and specialists after several months of case study collection and documentation by Korean NGOs. The Agenda includes a series of recommendations for action in the following areas: Building a regional system for peaceful coexistence through disarmament and demilitarization; Promoting humanitarian assistance and development assistance; Building a society that recognizes justice, human rights and diversity; and realizing a sustainable economy and economic justice.
    Web site: http://www.gppac.net/page.php?id=95
  16. International Symposium on Security Affairs 2005—"The Security Policy of the United States during the Second Bush Administration and Its Implication for the World"
    Tokyo, February 2-3, 2005
    Organized by the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Japan, this annual meeting is intended to analyze Japan's security and defense position and to deepen mutual understanding of the issues with neighbors in Asia Pacific. The sessions this year were on American international strategy and strategy for East Asia, and counter terrorism. They discussed specifically the issues in Iraq, a proposed exit strategy for the U.S. military, the goal of spreading democratization in the world, and realignment of U.S. troops. They also discussed the Six Party Talks, UN reform and the expansion of the role of Japan's self-defence forces. Participated in by defense and security experts from Australia, Japan, Korea, Russia, UK, and U.S. Approximately 400 people attended the symposium. Contact email: planning@nids.go.jp
    Web site: http://www.nids.go.jp/english/dissemination/other/symposium/pdf/0119_i_symposium.pdf
    http://www.nids.go.jp/dissemination/nids_news/2005/pdf/200502sp.pdf (Japanese only)
  17. EU-UNU Tokyo Global Forum: Bridging the Gap—Involving Citizens' Movements and NGOs in the Democratic Process
    Tokyo, February 3, 2005

    The fifth in a series of forums organized by the Delegation of the European Commission in Japan and United Nations University, in cooperation with the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) at the beginning of the 2005 EU-Japan Year of People-to-People Exchanges. This conference looked at how the EU and Japan can exchange views on optimizing the role that civil society has to play in supporting the democratic system of government. Sessions were on NGOs and human rights, humanitarian assistance and development, the environment and also on creating a civil dialogue. Panelists were journalists, parliamentarians, government officials, academics and NGOs from European countries, Japan, Middle East, and Mongolia, and they were joined by more than 100 other participants. Contact email: Forum@hq.unu.edu
    Web site: http://www.unu.edu/P&g/eu/
  18. An Integrated Road Map to East Asian Free Trade Agreement
    Manila, February 4, 2005
    Co-convened by The AIM Policy Center and the Japan Economic Foundation, Manila. Speakers and participants from China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand gathered for an in-depth discussion on the East Asian Free Trade with representatives from government, business sector, academia, and international and regional organizations and NGOs. The panelists affirmed the need to foster stronger policy coordination, greater liberalization and market openness based on the WTO principles, and a sense of community at the people-to-people level. They believed that East Asian economies would greatly benefit from the creation of EAFTA which would promote domestic structural reforms in agriculture and labor sectors and deepen mutual understanding, contributing to the reduction of political and social frictions. They agreed that key issues are market access, competition policy, rules of origin, investments and services, movement of people, cross border concerns like environmental disasters and epidemics, and regional security arrangements, among others. Political questions include relations between Japan and China and Taiwan and China. They said that integrating the various FTAs to form a single EAFTA will be complex and will require strong political leadership, bilateral and multilateral approaches, and consensus-building. The existing mechanisms, including ASEAN + 3, and plus CER (Australia and New Zealand) and India are all critical steps leading to an East Asian Community. Web site: http://www.aim.edu.ph/home/announcementc.asp?id=628
  19. Tokyo Seminar on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)
    Tokyo, February 7-8, 2005
    Co-hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Center for the Promotion of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (CPDNP). It was intended to provide a venue of debate ahead of the NPT Review Conference in New York in May. Attended by the president-designate of the 2005 NPT Review Conference, and about 50 persons including governmental high level officials of 20 countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Sweden, U.K., U.S.), officials from the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and experts from private think tanks. The sessions were on: Challenges toward the 2005 NPT Review Conference; Nuclear disarmament; Nuclear non-proliferation; Use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes; Strengthening the NPT Regime; and Disarmament and non-proliferation education.
    Web site: http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/un/disarmament/npt/seminar0502-2.html
  20. U.S.-Japan Alliance and Australia—Hawaii Workshop
    Honolulu, February 8-9, 2005
    The second workshop for a joint research project between the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), U.S.; Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS), Japan; Griffith University, Australia; and Melbourne University, Australia. Funded by the Center for Global Partnership (CGP), Japan Foundation. Participants discussed U.S. military transformation around the globe and the growing complexity of the East Asian security environment given traditional issues such as the Taiwan straits and the Korean peninsula, but also terrorism and nuclear proliferation. With rising cases of terrorism in Southeast Asia, the participants recognized a need to increase economic development and information exchange to make the militaries in the region deterring mechanisms. They felt therefore that a reassessment of the alliances between the U.S., Japan and Australia was essential. The two main proposals were: moving part of the U.S. military base from Okinawa to Australia, relieving pressure on the U.S.-Japan relationship; and creating a three way talks mechanism with a 2+2+2 formation between the heads of foreign affairs and military from each of the countries. Finally, participants talked about maritime security and the increasing threat of piracy, especially in the Malacca Straits. They discussed the types of mechanisms for dealing with the issues, stating that the ARF had limited power for action and that nothing like NATO exists in the region. They felt that the best starting point was cooperation by the three countries who could then be joined by neighboring countries. At the conclusion of the conference, all agreed that they must not allow the three-way security cooperation between Australia, Japan and U.S. to be construed as an exclusive grouping by countries in the Asia Pacific, therefore no specific name or title should be given to the cooperative mechanism.
    Web site: http://www.rips.or.jp/index.html
  21. CSCAP Study Group on Regional Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding
    Bali, February 12-13, 2005
    Web site: http://www.cscap.org/SG%20-%20PEACEKEEPING.htm
  22. Eleventh ASEF University
    Paris, February 12-26, 2005
    An annual program organized by the Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) in collaboration with various Asian and European tertiary institutions, this year with the Asia-Europe Centre at the Institute d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. 37 undergraduate students from 28 ASEM countries focussed on "Liberty, Security and the New Global Order", their discussions provoked by leading academics, government officials and policy analysts. Specific topics included nuclear weapons, the U.S., enlarged Europe, migrants, Asian security community, and ASEM—its functions and role in the new global order. Contact email: info@asef.org
    Web site: http://www.asef.org/default.asp
  23. Advanced Course on Terrorist Organisations and Operations
    Singapore, February 14-18, 2005
    Organized by the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), and sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK. The training course was held for law enforcement, security and intelligence officers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. They were given an understanding of the regional and global terrorist networks and operations.
    Web site: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/idss/publications/newsletter.html
  24. International Relations of the Asia Pacific (IRAP) Conference
    Tokyo, February 15-17, 2005
    With an overarching theme of "United States Foreign Policy and Asia 1945-2005", participants discussed the different phases of history, the changing relations, the post-September 11 security situation and the impact on relations between the U.S. and ASEAN and other Asian players. Sponsored by The Japan Association of International Relations and International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Oxford University Press, to commemorate 50 years of the association and 5 years since commencement of the publication. Academics and security and Asian experts from Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, UK, and U.S.
    Web site: http://www.jaas.or.jp/dengon/message/158.htm
  25. China's Rise: Diverging U.S.-EU Perceptions
    Washington, D.C., February 17-18, 2005
    Hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); part of a broader project on Trans-Atlantic foreign policy discourse, which commenced in 2002 with a grant from the German Marshall Fund of the United States. The China project had two colloquiums in total; the final colloquium was held in Berlin on April 28-29, 2005. All discussions were on China from both U.S. and EU perspectives and related to global governance, domestic development, China as an economic power, lifting the EU arms embargo, Taiwan, and China's role in Asia and its regional initiatives. Attended by participants from the government and academic institutions from the U.S. and Europe.
    Web site: http://www.tfpd.org/china.html
  26. The North Korean Nuclear Issue: Non-Proliferation, South Korean and U.S. Foreign Policy
    London, February 21, 2005
    Organized by the Royal Institute for International Affairs (RIIA), Chatham House, U.K. Discussions focused on North Korea, economic reform, energy and security matters and foreign policy of Korea and the U.S. towards North Korea, focussing on the latter and the potential in Bush's second term. Participants were regional nand security experts, researchers and government officials from Korea, Russia, UK and representing the EU.
    Web site: http://www.chathamhouse.org.uk/index.php?id=346
  27. Second Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) Conference on "Revolution in Military Affairs, Processes, Problems and Prospects"
    Singapore, February 22-23, 2005
    Organized by the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Singapore as the second of its kind, this conference gathered members of military forces, academics and security experts from Canada, Japan, Singapore, Sweden, UK and the U.S. They examined three major themes: the potential impact of RMA on different levels of strategy, the impact of culture on transformation, and country case studies of Japan and Sweden to examine the impact of military transformation on regional landscapes.
    Web site: http://www.idss.edu.sg/publications/conference_reports/RMA_PPP.pdf
  28. NIRA 30th Anniversary Symposium: Regional Governance Forum—How to Realize East Asian Economic Integration?
    Tokyo, February 23, 2005
    Experts from Japan and China, Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan, discussed specific steps that should be taken to realize economic integration in East Asia, as well as a possible "East Asian Economic Union". They looked specifically at the importance of good China-Japan relations, where Taiwan fits in, FTAs and other economic agreements within the region, the value of people-to-people exchange, and energy and other environment-related issues. There were also discussions on a NIRA study report on a road map for a Northeast Asian community, on the basis of the recognition that the development and prosperity of the Northeast Asian region would lead to more harmonious coexistence within broader East Asia—including Russia, Mongolia, and North Korea. The forum sought to identify some key elements for establishing a comprehensive development plan and grand design for Northeast Asia.
    Web site: http://www.nira.go.jp
  29. ICAS Winter Symposium: Humanity, Peace and Security
    Washington, D.C., February 24, 2005
    Organized by the Institute for Corean-American Studies (ICAS). Discussions were primarily on the Korean peninsula tackled from a variety of perspectives including U.S. foreign policy in East Asia, what to do if diplomacy fails, Japan's perspective on challenges in East Asia and searching for peace. Participants were government officials, experts, journalists and academics from Japan, Korea and U.S.
    Web site: http://www.icasinc.org/2005/2005w/2005wsym.html
  30. Start-up Consultation Meeting of the United Nations Regional Task Force on Mobility and HIV Vulnerability Reduction
    Bangkok, February 24-25, 2005
  31. "Betwixt and Between: Southeast Asian Strategic Relations with the U.S. and China"—IDSS Workshop
    Singapore, February 24-25, 2005
    This workshop was organized by the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Singapore as part of its inaugural project under the United States program. It brought together 10 scholars from 7 Southeast Asian nations as well as New Zealand, and U.S., who are performing a systematic comparison of Southeast Asian countries' strategic approaches to the two major powers in the region—U.S. and China—as well as other participants and observers. They found that while Southeast Asia is often portrayed as taking a unified stance, there are in fact a range of views and responses as they deal with fighting terrorism, American unilateralism, and a more engaging China. Participants discussed how the trends present complications and opportunities for Southeast Asian countries, creating important emerging differences in their regional security strategies. A monograph from the workshop was published in July 2005.
    Web site: http://www.idss.edu.sg/networking/past_conf.html
  32. Engaging the United States in an Emerging East Asia Community
    Tokyo, February 25-26, 2004
    Organized by the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE). The initial workshop for the study and dialogue project of the same name jointly organized by JCIE, East-West Center and the United States Asia Pacific Council (USAPC). Discussions were on the different visions of an East Asian community held by the various nations, U.S. goals and interests in East Asia, and what steps or changes must be made to make East Asian regionalism truly possible. Attended by prominent experts and opinion leaders from Australia, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, U.S., and Vietnam, as well as guest speakers such as Jos� Ramos-Horta, foreign minister of Timor-Leste. Contact email: mailto:admin@jcie.or.jp
    Web site: http://www.jcie.or.jp
  33. CSCAP Workshop on Maritime Security
    Singapore, February 28, 2005
    Web site: http://www.cscap.org/SG%20MARITIME.htm
  34. "East Asian Economic Integration: "Views from ASEAN, China, Japan and Korea"
    Tokyo, March 1, 2005
    Organized by the Keizai Koho center (KKC) as part of its activities to promote mutual understanding in East Asia. The key theme was how China, Japan and Korea view ASEAN and vice versa. The general feeling was that unresolved issues remain but the ultimate goal for all is East Asian economic integration. Speakers were from China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines and Thailand and the symposium attracted 150 participants.
    Web site: http://www.kkc.or.jp/english/activities/discuss5.html#2005_3, http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nn20050310d2.htm
  35. Inter-Korean Reconciliation and Cooperation: Challenges and Prospects
    Honolulu, March 1-3, 2005
    Organized by Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), this conference focused on the process of inter-Korean reconciliation. It examined the instabilities and opportunities generated in the DPRK and Korea, their impact on the growing concerns of external powers, including WMD proliferation, the potential threat of military conflict, and terrorist threats on the Korean peninsula, as well as their long-term consequences for geopolitical configuration and security architecture in Northeast Asia. Discussions were also on the possibility for economic transition and political change n the North, the impact of North and South Korea's policies on each other, possible scenarios for reconciliation. They also talked about U.S. military reconfiguration, the U.S.-Korea alliance and its impact on the peninsula. Attended by 49 policy practitioners from China, Japan, Korea, Russia, Sweden and U.S. They represented military, government bodies, NGOs, foundations, international organizations and think tanks. Contact email: mansourova@apcss.org
    Web site: http://www.apcss.org/core/Conference/CR_ES/Interkorean%20Exec%20Summ.doc
  36. Financing Growth and Macroeconomic Policy in East Asia
    Shanghai, March 3-4, 2005
    Hosted by The Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and The Australian National University, Canberra. This conference was held as part of a series associated with the project on Advancing Economic Integration in East Asia', which is co-funded by Japan's Ministry of Finance and Australia's Department of Treasury. It carries on work conducted on financial arrangements in East Asia that had been ongoing for three years. Discussions were on debt and the impact on development, China's banking reform and liberalisation, exchange rate regimes, and policy developments in different countries for economic integration. The conference included experts, government officials, finance industry specialists and academics from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Thailand and U.S.
    Web site: http://apseg.anu.edu.au/events/ev_conf.php
  37. GPPAC SEA (Regional) Conference on "Peoples' Participation in Conflict Prevention in Southeast Asia: The Role of Civil Society"
    Manila, Philippines, March 7-11, 2005
    The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) is an international network of organizations working in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and has its secretariat at the European Centre for Conflict Prevention. The Southeast Asian network (GPPAC SEA) is initiated by Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), Philippines. The goal of GPPAC SEA is for CSOs to work effectively with governments, ASEAN, UN agencies and other regional and international bodies in preventing conflicts in Southeast Asia, through increased engagement between these groups on conflict prevention and resolution; enhanced networking among local, national and regional CSOs working in those areas; and increased public awareness on conflict prevention in Southeast Asia. At this meeting 100 CSO and NGO representatives, and UN and government officials, from Australia, Cambodia, Germany, Malaysia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste, U.S., and Vietnam met and were able to formulate their Regional Action Agenda after three years of integrated research, to contribute to the global conference to be held in New York in July 2005. The special role that CSOs can play in this area—engaging marginalized groups, thinking creatively and conducting open dialogue—were also highlighted.
    Web site: http://www.gppac.net/page.php?id=97
  38. IDSS Conference on "Maritime Balance of Power in the Asia Pacific"
    Sentosa, Singapore, March 8-9, 2005
    Organized by the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Singapore to discuss emerging trends in naval forces and their implications for regional security. The key topics discussed were thematic issues relevant to Asia Pacific, national maritime doctrines and capabilities, nuclear weapons and missile defence, and the future of maritime security in the region. Chinese and Indian naval development dominated discussions, especially the issue of how the maritime balance of power will be affected by those two nations' rise. They also discussed the Straits of Malacca, energy security and supply issues, North Korea and PSI and other pressing security issues in the region. Attended by about 40 regional and maritime experts, academics and researchers, diplomats and government officials from Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, UK, U.S. and Vietnam.
    Web site: http://www.idss.edu.sg/publications/conference_reports/Bal_of_Power.pdf
  39. ASEAN-Russia Relations
    March 14, 2005
    This meeting was held against the backdrop of a rapidly changing environment—Russia has become a major energy supplier to fast-growing Asian nations; ASEAN countries have experienced a number of leadership changes. It was felt that Russia should be included in more dialogue of this kind given its important role in the region and especially in relation to security, given its role in the Six-Party Talks on North Korea. Co-organized by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) and Russia's Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO).
    Web site: http://www.iseas.edu.sg
  40. Energy in China and Northeast Asia Cooperation in Energy
    Tokyo, March 15-16, 2005
    Organized by the North-East Asia Economic Forum with the aim of bringing together senior officials and industry representatives from Northeast Asian countries to discuss enhanced collaboration in the energy sector and the possibility of developing an Northeast Asian energy community. The Northeast Asia Economic Forum (NEAEF) is a regional nongovernmental organization created in 1991 to sponsor and facilitate research, networking, and dialogue relevant to the economic and social development of Northeast Asia. Its secretariat is at the East-West Center, U.S. Forum participants were motivated by the growing demand for energy in Northeast Asia, especially China, and concern among major importers in the region—China, Japan and Korea—to diversify their energy supply sources. Russia's potential as a major natural gas supplier sparked detailed conversations on Russia's plans to develop those reserves and its delivery infrastructure. The existing Energy Charter Treaty, to which Japan, Mongolia and Russia are already signatories, and China and Korea observers, was raised as a possible platform from which to build closer regional ties for energy cooperation. Contact email: yamanec1@eastwestcenter.org
    Web site: http://www.neaef.org/
  41. Building Multi-Party Capacity for a WMD-Free Korean Peninsula
    Shanghai, March 16-17, 2005
    This workshop was organized by The Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA) and the Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS), Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), Yonsei University (in Seoul), and Shanghai Jiao Tong University's School of International and Public Affairs (Center for RimPac Studies) also provided assistance. This was the first of three meetings to be held in 2006 and 2007 with generous support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and it was one part of a research project of the same name. (Please see research section for more details.) Approximately 60 government officials and foreign policy experts from Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Russia, and US met to discuss how the six-party process could become a more useful tool in the effort to denuclearize North Korea and enhance regional stability as well as facilitate future agreements such as security assurances, nuclear dismantlement and verification, and economic engagement with North Korea.
    Web site: http://www.ifpa.org/confwrkshp/Shanghai0305.htm
  42. Prospects for Energy Cooperation in Northeast Asia
    New York, March 17
    Co-organized by the Asia Society and The Korea Society. In anticipation of many issues stemming from the huge demand for energy in Northeast Asia, this discussion looked at the current and alternative energy sources in Northeast Asia, and what are the environmental and security issues involved? The Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO), in the ten years since it was formed, has faced many challenges in attempting to normalize ties with the DPRK. The discussions looked at the lessons learned from KEDO's experience, how to integrate these into the diplomatic process, and ensuring that energy considerations are taken into account. Involved regional and energy experts.
    Web site: http://www.kedo.org/ConfMeet_Korea_Society.asp
  43. 2nd ASEAN Leadership Forum
    Kuala Lumpur, March 17-18, 2005
    Co-organized by the ASEAN Secretariat and the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI), Malaysia, in partnership with the Hanns Siedel Foundation. This year's theme was "ASEAN on the Move: Building on Success". Following on from the first event in March 2004, this forum brought together government, business, and academic leaders from Southeast Asia to discuss strategic issues that affect economic, political and social dimensions of the region, especially looking forward to the East Asian Summit planned for December in Kuala Lumpur. They discussed maintaining the relevance of ASEAN, managing the merging powers of China and India, and forwarding people-centered development in the region. Specific topics were deepening ASEAN economic integration, community building, realizing a China-ASEAN FTA, terrorism and security, strengthening business and encouraging further foreign investment in the region. Contact tel: +603-2093-5393.
    Web site: http://www.asli.com.my/cgi-bin/prevdetails.cfm?type=conference&id=101
  44. Japan, East Asia and the Formation of North Korea Policy
    Stockholm, March 17-19, 2005
    Organized by the Swedish Institute of International Affairs and the European Institute of Japanese Studies to discuss various approaches to dealing with North Korea, especially in connection with its suspected nuclear development. Participants also looked at the historical relationship between Japan and North Korea, Japanese and other key players' foreign policy, and the multilateral initiatives available. Participants included academics and East Asian and security experts from Austria, Canada, Denmark, Japan, Korea, Russia, Sweden, UK, and US. Contact email: linus.hagstrom@ui.se
    Web site: http://www.ui.se/05_17-19_final.pdf
  45. 33rd Williamsburg Conference
    Siem Reap, March 21-24, 2005
    An event held annually in different locations in Asia, it is organized by the Asia Society and convened by three individuals from Japan, Singapore and US. The conference was first held in 1971 and is intended to improve US-Asian understanding. This year the event was co-sponsored by the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP) and the Asia Society. Primarily sponsored by the Lee Foundation and the Starr Foundation with additional support by ITOCHU Corporation, Kansai Electric Power Company, Mitsubishi Corporation, and Tokyo Electric Power Company. The theme was "21st Century Asia: Imagining the Future" and agenda items were on ASEAN—the group's growing confidence in dealing with regional issues, new leaders in Asia, relations with external nations, conflict hotspots—and a growing East Asian community, with particular reference to the upcoming East Asian Summit. They also discussed US policy towards Asia—China, Taiwan, North Korea, human security issues such as AIDS and human trafficking, UN reform, and the rising economic power of China and India. Special attention was also given to the impact of the tsunami disaster on the countries of Asia and the challenges they face in reconstruction and development. Attended by 61 delegates (government officials, researchers and academics, regional experts, company executives, international organization representatives and journalists) from 16 countries (Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Pakistan. Philippines, Singapore, US, and the ASEAN Secretariat).
    Web site: http://www.asiasociety.org/publications/conferences.html#williamsburg
  46. International Symposium on Northeast Asia Energy Cooperation—Designing a New Paradigm for Energy Cooperation and Coordination
    Seoul, March 25, 2005
    Organized by the Korea Energy Economics Institute (KEEI) and supported by the Korean Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy, the Korea National Oil Corporation, and the Seoul Economic Daily. This conference was organized with the goal of promoting regional cooperation for energy security in Northeast Asia, as one means of ensuring continued economic growth, and to establish a framework for cooperation and coordination of energy policies and markets. It aimed to move beyond the dialogue into practical suggestions for energy coordination projects in Northeast Asia. Participated in by energy and regional experts, academics and government officials from China, Japan, Korea, Russia, UK and international organizations.
    Web site: http://www.keei.re.kr/web_keei/en_news.nsf/frame.htm?ReadForm&url=/web_keei/en_news.nsf/mainV/
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  47. Network of East Asian Think-tanks (NEAT) "Concepts, Ideas and Empowering Guidelines for East Asia" Working Group Meeting
    Kuala Lumpur, March 25-26, 2005
    One of the six working groups within NEAT. The working groups contain representatives of think tanks from the 13 ASEAN+3 countries and, in addition to this grouping, were created on the following themes, with country sponsor in brackets: Overall Architecture of Community Building in East Asia (Japan), East Asian Investment Cooperation (China), East Asian Financial Cooperation (China), Energy Security Cooperation in East Asia (Singapore), Promoting Economic Integration in East Asia through Resolving New Global Imbalances (Japan). This particular group is sponsored by the NEAT Malaysia together with the Institute of Strategic and International Studies-ISIS Malaysia, and co-sponsored by NEAT Japan. Participants agreed that an East Asian community should be based on peace, prosperity and friendship; should engage others; should be based on Treaty of Amity and Cooperation; and should embrace all levels of civil society to broaden engagement and a sense of ownership. They also agreed that ASEAN and ASEAN+3 should form the core of East Asian regionalism and the East Asian Summit, which should be a forum for dialogue, and discussed the conditions for being a member or dialogue partner in the Summit. They felt the first summit should only be ASEAN+3 countries and that a declaration should be made showing political will of the participants to build a community in the region. Attended by 27 participants from 12 of the 13 member countries.
    Web site: http://www.neat.org.cn/neatweb_en/hysj/contentshow.php?content_id=42, http://www.ceac.jp/e/pdf/neat_wg2.pdf
  48. The Future of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
    Jakarta, March 30, 2005
    A cooperation between the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Indonesia, as the Indonesian National Committee for PECC (INCPEC). Discussions focussed on the future of economic cooperation in the Asia Pacific region, given the changing political and institutional context, and APEC as an institution. Attended by regional and economic experts, government officials, NGO and foundation representatives and representatives from international organizations such as the WTO and APEC, from Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Philippines and US.
    Web site: http://www.csis.or.id/events_past_view.asp?id=69&tab=0
  49. Ford-IDSS 1st Dissemination Workshop on "Dynamics of Securitisation in Asia"
    Manila, March 31-April 1, 2005
    The Ford-IDSS Project on Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Issues is funded by the Ford Foundation, and is directed by the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Phase I examined NTS issues in Southeast Asia. Phase 2 looks more broadly at Asia and issues such as terrorism, migration, human security, development and democracy, environmental security, and economic globalization and security. The project aims to develop conceptual and methodological tools to understand the causes of NTS issues, how they were defined as security threats, how governments and non-state actors have addressed them, and what policy responses have been or should be formulated to tackle them. The objective of the dissemination seminars is to share the findings of the project on NTS with the policy communities in other countries encountering NTS challenges. A selection of papers prepared for the report were discussed with the aim of generating in-depth and policy-relevant discussions on the nature of NTS challenges, and how securitization/ desecuritization may help policymakers deal with these challenges.
    Web site: http://www.idss-nts.org/index.htm
  50. CSCAP Study Group on Developing Strategies to Reduce Human Trafficking in the Asia Pacific region
    April, 2005
    Web site: http://www.cscap.org/SG%20PEOPLE%20TRAFFICKING.htm
  51. Network of East Asian Think-tanks (NEAT) "East Asian Financial Cooperation" Working Group Meeting
    Shanghai, April 1-2, 2005
    Co-sponsored by China Foreign Affairs University and Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. Participants discussed East Asian financial cooperation, the main obstacles, and ways for strengthening cooperation. They felt that practical measures must be taken to advance financial cooperation and to resolve the three major issues in the East Asian economy—poor risk-management capability, ineffective use of massive foreign currency reserves, and a failure for financial cooperation to keep pace with extensive intra-regional trade. They recommended to strengthen and expand the Chiang Mai initiative, develop the Asian Bond Market, and deepen the dialogue on exchange rate policy coordination. A final report of recommendations will be submitted to the 3rd Annual Conference of NEAT. Attended by Chinese government leaders and financial institution representatives as well as experts, academics and the NEAT representatives from 10 of the 13 ASEAN+3 countries (not attended by Brunei, Cambodia or Malaysia).
    Web site: http://www.neat.org.cn/neatweb_en/hysj/contentshow.php?content_id=43, http://www.ceac.jp/e/pdf/neat_wg4.pdf
  52. Inter-Parliamentary Union Meeting
    Manila, April 3-9, 2005
    The issue of Myanmar potentially assuming the chairmanship of ASEAN in 2006 was high on the agenda of the approximately 1500 legislators from Asia, Europe and the Americas who attended this meeting. The meeting is intended as a forum for issues on peace and democracy. ASEAN legislators met on the sidelines to further discuss the Myanmar issue.
  53. Inaugural Conference "Managing Globalisation: Lessons from China and India"
    Singapore, April 4-6, 2005
    Held in conjunction with the Official Opening of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY SPP), the conference was co-sponsored by Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Asia Society (USA) and Brookings Institution in collaboration with the East Asian Institute and Institute of South Asian Studies of National University of Singapore (NUS). This conference brought together top scholars on China and India to discuss how the two Asian giants are boldly seizing opportunities while mitigating the social, economic and cultural costs of plugging into the world economy, and how the dynamics of a global economy is being reshaped by the economic emergence of these two Asian giants. They discussed Challenges, Opportunities and Responses to Globalisation; Ethnicity and Identity in the New World; Social Security and Governance; and National Security in the Age of Globalisation. Participants were economic, security and regional experts from think tanks, universities, government ministries, international organizations and the private sector from China, India, Singapore, US and other countries.
    Web site: http://www.spp.nus.edu.sg/lkysppconference/
  54. CSCAP Study Group on Capacity Building for Maritime Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific
    New Delhi, April 6-7, 2005
    Web site: http://www.cscap.org/SG%20MARITIME.htm
  55. China's Emerging Economy: Progress, Pitfalls and Implications at Home and Abroad
    New York, April 7-8, 2005
    Organized by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University, this was the first in a planned annual series of three symposia on contemporary China, and it doubled as the launch of the new Center for Chinese Economy and Society at the Institute. This symposium looked at key issues such as the environmental costs of economic emergence, public health needs in the era of economic growth, problems and progress of legal reform, and the implications of China's dynamism for Asia and the U.S. Participants debated whether China's is a model for economic development and to what extent it is a market economy. Participants included prominent Chinese economists, public health and environmental specialists and some of the leading Western economists and legal professionals working in and on China today. Contact Gena Chavez, email: gc2171@columbia.edu
    Web site: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/weai/china-symposium.html
  56. Network of East Asian Think-tanks (NEAT) "Promoting Economic Integration in East Asia through Resolving New Global Imbalances" Second Working Group Meeting
    Tokyo, April 11, 2005
    Sponsored by the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI). One of the six working groups within NEAT, this follows on from their meeting held in Tokyo on December 14, 2004. This group contains 15 specialists from throughout East Asia. The group held very detailed economic discussions on macroeconomic and structural policy in East Asia, exchange rates and justification for coordinated currency adjustments, the effect of US currency depreciation on East Asian economies, and they also looked at case studies of Korea, Thailand and Malaysia. Attended by working group members from China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, as well as experts and fellows from various countries from RIETI.
    Web site: http://www.rieti.go.jp/users/neat/index.html
  57. Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD) 15 and Defence Information Sharing Study Project
    Seoul, April 12-15, 2005
    Organized by Wired for Peace (W4P), which is the collaborative effort of the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Center for Global Security Research. Hosted by IGCC and The Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS), Korea. W4P is sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace, the United States Department of Energy, Intel Corporation, and Microsoft. The Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) became the Asian secretariat for NEACD in 2005. The goal of the NEACD is to supplement the regional fora with a sub-regional approach by involving the six nations with the largest militaries and the most at stake in the security situation in Northeast Asia. Generally, five representatives from each country participate in the NEACD meetings: one policy-level official each from the foreign and defense ministries, a uniformed military officer, and two participants from private research facilities, think tanks, or universities. Participants this time were from China, Japan, Korea, Russia, and U.S. They provided national perspectives on the Northeast Asian security situation, discussed in depth Korean peninsula issues, and considered Mongolia's application for membership to NEACD. After NEACD, defense and military related participants from China, Japan, Korea and U.S. met for the Defence Information Sharing project to discuss their military forces in the region and their missions, prospects for regional maritime cooperation, and U.S. force restructuring and future trends in the military balance on the Korean peninsula.
    Web site: http://www.wiredforpeace.org
  58. 2nd EU-Japan-Asia Journalists Conference
    Nagoya, Japan, April 17-20, 2005
    Co-organized by the Delegation of the European Commission in Japan, and the Asia-Europe Foundation. Based on the theme, "The Greening of International Cooperation", with the recognition that media coverage plays a decisive role in shaping public opinion, journalists debated and discussed environmental topics and their interrelationship with policies for energy and international trade. They discussed the relationship between the environment and civil society and economic growth. Attended by journalists form different types of media: 23 from the various EU countries plus Turkey, 14 from Japan, and 13 from Asian countries that are members of ASEM, as well as relevant government ministry representatives from Japan and Europe. Contact: laiyee@asef.org
    Web site: http://www.asef.org/default.asp
  59. Dynamics and Structures of Terrorist Threats in Southeast Asia Conference
    Kuala Lumpur, April 18-20, 2005
    Organized by the Institute for Defense Analyses in cooperation with the Southeast Asia Regional Center for Counter-Terrorism and U.S. Pacific Command.
  60. 4th Asia-Europe Roundtable "Conflict Prevention: Actors, Institutions and Mechanisms. Sharing Experiences Between Asia and Europe"
    Berlin, April 18-20, 2005
    The Asia-Europe Roundtable (AER) is a joint initiative by Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Office for Regional Co-operation in Southeast Asia (Germany-Singapore office) and the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA). Discussions were conducted around the following questions: what are the guiding principles behind conflict prevention mechanisms and institutions, how effective have they been, and how can existing procedures be improved?; is there a need to review some of these principles and create new mechanisms and institutions to deal with the changing nature of conflicts and threats?; what are the current roles of non-state actors in these mechanisms?; should the roles of civil society be enhanced and synergised and how?; and, what are some of the practical areas in which Asia and Europe can cooperate to help prevent and manage conflicts? Participants felt that the mechanisms are largely in place but political will must be exercised to truly prevent conflict, intra-state conflicts are of greatest concern now, and that Europe has many mechanisms but the coordination should be improved, whereas creation and strengthening of mechanisms in Asia is still required. They said early warning signals exist and highlighted several cases, saying that civil society has a major role to play in this respect. Attended by representatives of government ministries, regional organizations, universities, research institutes, think tanks, foundations, civil society and media outlets from Austria, Cambodia, China, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, UK, and Vietnam, as well as from the ASEAN Secretariat and the European Commission. Previous AERs: 1st—"Regions in Transition" (August 2000); 2nd—"Trans-National Problem-Solving in a Global Era: Towards Multi-Level Governance?" (September 2001); 3rd—"Peace and Reconciliation: Success Stories and Lessons from Asia and Europe" (October 2003).
    Web site: http://www.asef.org/default.asp
  61. The Future of U.S.-ROK Relations and Four-Way Cooperation with Japan and China
    Honolulu, April 20-22, 2005
    Organized by the Pacific Forum CSIS and The New Asia Research Institute; supported by the Korea Foundation, Korea Economic Institute of America, and the CNA Corporation. The ninth annual forum, this marked the first year that the focus was expanded to include relations among four nations—US, Korea, China and Japan. While many felt that the bilateral alliance has had a major impact on maintaining peace on the Korean peninsula, discussion issues included the growing importance of Korean domestic politics with its effect on Korea's foreign policy and North Korean policy, implications of growing economic ties between Korea and China, conflicting interests between Korea and China about North Korean refugees, and clarifying the impact of U.S. force restructuring on the peninsula. The alliance is under pressure from frictions between the U.S. and Korea and also by the discovery of North Korea's nuclear weapons program. There was some pessimism about the Six-Party Talks ability to resolve the issues with North. There were also discussions about integration in the region and how the US will deal with these emerging regional groupings. Attended by 35 experts from China, Japan, Korea and US.
    Web site: http://www.csis.org/component/option,com_csis_pubs/task,view/id,942/
  62. Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2005: Asia Searching for Win-Win, New Role for Asia
    Boao, China, April 22-24, 2005
    Organized by the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), this was the fourth annual conference. Sponsors this year were TNT, Merrill Lynch, Huachen Jinbei Automotive and BMW Group, and Woodside. Prior to the main conference, participants held had a one-day session on the potential for China's and more generally the whole region's peaceful rise. At the main conference participants held high-level dialogue focussing largely on regional integration and emphasizing that it can be achieved gradually through economic integration and functional cooperation. They covered issues including economic growth, trade and investment, WTO negotiations, a single Asian currency, and social development. Facilitating the development of effective rebuilding strategies for the 14-tsunami affected Asian countries was also discussed. They plan to make the content and format of the Forum more responsive to the concerns on the Asian and global economy, as demonstrated by the inclusion of energy, monetary policy and exchange rate and innovation of information industry into its topics. At the request of foreign entrepreneurs, Olympic economy, was also discussed on the Conference. Attended by about 1200 senior government officials, current and former diplomats, business leaders, economists and academics from Asia and the rest of the world (Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, China, EU, France, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, U.S.). Contact email: bfa@boaoforum.org
    Web site: http://www.boaoforum.org/boao/2005/index.htm
  63. Network of East Asian Think-tanks (NEAT) "Overall Architecture of Community Building in East Asia" Working Group Meeting
    Tokyo, April 23-24, 2005
    Sponsored by the Japan Forum on International Relations (JFIR) and cosponsored by the Institute of Strategic & International Studies of Malaysia. Discussions were based on the following three topics: Ideas and Principles towards Community Building in East Asia, Architecture to Promote Functional Cooperation in East Asia, and Architecture to promote Regional Identity in East Asia. Twenty-one experts and scholars from the 13 member countries of NEAT participated. The participants came to a common understanding on a range of issues, such as fundamental principles of East Asian cooperation, the status of the 10+3 framework ant its relation with East Asian Summit (EAS), the need to strengthen the communication and information sharing between Track-one and Track-two mechanisms and the promotion of functional cooperation in East Asia. They agreed that: the primary vehicle for the building of the East Asian community should be the ASEAN+3 process; EAS should be a forum, not an organization; and that EAS be used by ASEAN+3 countries to communicate with other countries. A policy recommendation report was drafted based on the outcomes of this meeting and was submitted to the 3rd annual conference of NEAT.
    Web site: http://www.neat.org.cn/neatweb_en/hysj/contentshow.php?content_id=44
  64. CSCAP Study Group on Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Campaign Against International Terrorism With Specific Reference to the Asia-Pacific Region
    Bangkok, April 26-27, 2005
    Web site: http://www.cscap.org/SG%20-%20INTNL%20TERRORISM.htm
  65. Japan-Korea Policy Dialogue: "The Outlook for East Asian Community Building and Japan-Korea Relations" Special Session and Conference
    Tokyo, April 27-28, 2005
    Sponsored by the Global Forum of Japan, the Council on East Asian Community (CEAC), and the Presidential Committee on North East Asian Cooperation Initiative of ROK, with the cooperation of the Council on East Asian Community (CEAC) of Japan. The dialogue was designed to complement the other dialogue programs on the outlook for the East Asian community that have been held with ASEAN (July 2004) and China (September 2004). Dialogue with Korea has been held on two previous occasions—December 2000 and November 2002. The event, participated in by 96 people, was supported by the Tokyo Club and the Japan-Korea Cultural Foundation, and was held as part of the Japan-Korea Friendship Year. Sessions were on East Asian Community building and Japan-Korea cooperation, cooperation in politics and security, and the outlook for economic interdependence. A separate closed session on the first day looked exclusively at the latest issues in Japan-Korea relations, where specialists exchanged opinions on issues such as the disputed island of Takeshima/ Dokdo and the related worsening public opinion of Japan in Korea.
    Web site: http://www.gfj.jp/e_gf/what_e/dialogues/japan-korea2.htm
  66. Asia Roundtable 2005
    Singapore, April 28-29, 2005
    Organized by the World Economic Forum's Centre for Strategic Insight (CSI) and Asia Programme. Attended by 250 business and political leaders who examined the strategic implications of key regional concerns related to economies and the growth of China and India, under a broad theme of "Tilting the global balance: the strategic implications of Asia's growth". These included the growing scarcity of highly skilled workers, the societal impact of growing income disparities in China and India, the global contest for greater raw materials and the political fall-out from China's growing trade surplus with the West. Participants also highlighted emerging issues such as the region's failure to heal its historical wounds and the importance of addressing the continent's demographic and environmental challenges. Contact asia@weforum.org
    Web site: http://www.weforum.org/site/homepublic.nsf/Content/Asia+Roundtable+2005
  67. China's Rise: Diverging US-EU Perceptions
    Berlin, April 28-29, 2005
    Hosted by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP). Part of a broader project on Trans-Atlantic foreign policy discourse which commenced in 2002 with a grant from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, this meeting followed from one of the same topic held in Washington, D.C. in February 2005 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). All discussions were on China from both US and EU perspectives and related to global governance, domestic development, China as an economic power, lifting the EU arms embargo, Taiwan, and China's role in Asia and its regional initiatives. Attended by government and academic institution members from the US and Europe.
    Web site: http://www.tfpd.org/china.html
  68. CSCAP Study Group on Future Prospects for Multilateral Security Frameworks in the North Pacific/North-East Asia.
    Tokyo, April 29-30, 2005
    Web site: http://www.cscap.org/SG%20MSF.htm
  69. U.S.-Russia Perspectives on Asia-Pacific Security
    Honolulu, May 2-4, 2005
    Organized by Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), this conference was a follow up of roundtables at the APCSS in April 2003 and the Far Eastern National University of Vladivostok in May 2004. While earlier seminars discussed a range of security challenges facing the Russian Far East and their impact on regional stability and U.S. national interests, this conference involved a more comprehensive analysis of Russian and American foreign policy and security objectives in the Asia-Pacific. Participants compared Russian and American approaches to the role of China and Japan in the region to the Korean peace process, as well as various transnational security challenges. They noted the large proportion of Russian weapons which are sold to China and India, Northeast Asia's dependence on Russia's oil and gas, Russia's role in multilateral mechanisms in Northeast Asia, Russia's territorial issues with Japan, and Korean peninsula issues. Attended by senior diplomats, defense officials and leading scholars from Russia and the U.S. Contact email: azizianr@apcss.org
    Web site: http://www.apcss.org/graphics/graphics_conferences.htm
  70. 2005 Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT) Review Conference
    New York, May 2-27, 2005
    The NPT is an international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote co-operation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament. The NPT represents the only binding commitment in a multilateral treaty to the goal of disarmament by the nuclear-weapon states. Signatories to the treaty, numbering 189, meet every five years to review progress on the treaty and set the next stage of programs. The previous review conference, held in 2000, reached a landmark agreement on a programme of action for nuclear disarmament, however there was very little consensus on the issues discussed at the 2005 conference.
    Web site: http://www.un.org/events/npt2005/index.html
  71. ASEAN-Taiwan Think Tank Discussions
    Singapore, May 4-6, 2005
    Organized by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) on behalf of ASEAN Institutes of Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN-ISIS) in collaboration with the Institute of International Relations of the National Chengchi University, Taiwan. This was the seventh time this grouping has met. Views were exchanged about developments in both Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia, and prospects for the wider East Asian community in dealing with transnational issues, including public health issues like SARS and avian flu, and humanitarian assistance in the wake of the tsunami.
    Web site: http://www.siiaonline.org/asean_-_taiwan_think-tank_discussions
  72. Network of East Asian Think-tanks (NEAT) Energy Security Cooperation in East Asia Working Group Meeting
    Singapore, May 6, 2005
    Hosted by the East Asian Institute of Singapore National University. Discussions were held on four major themes: the East Asian energy supply and demand outlook, taking into account risk factors such as terrorism, conflict and piracy; energy maritime security cooperation with an emphasis on the Straits of Malacca; harmonizing oil diplomacy in the region; and cooperating in energy conservation. They proposed that the countries of East Asia should develop a multilateral framework within which they can share information on energy, coordinate stockpiling, and promote transnational energy projects. They felt that cooperation in these areas would bring about deeper mutual trust and a sense of the East Asian community. Policy proposals were put forward at the end of the meeting to be submitted to the third Annual Conference of NEAT. Attended by representatives of all NEAT member states except Brunei.
    Web site: http://www.ceac.jp/e/pdf/neat_wg5.pdf, http://www.neat.org.cn/neatweb_en/hysj/contentshow.php?content_id=49
  73. Asia Vision 21 Conference: Beyond State-Led Development
    Seoul, May 8-10, 2005
    Organized by the Harvard University Asia Center and sponsored by many Asian and US foundations, institutes and others. Participants met to discuss issues and trends in the region related to economic development, political change and international security. Key issues raised at plenary sessions were the rise of China; future scenarios for the Korean peninsula and implications of possible unification; Islamic influences in Asia, including the pressures of globalization and the roots of radicalization, and terrorism; and the changing role of the state, particularly in dealing with the global economy. Additional breakout sessions looked at the viability of East Asian integration, modernization in Asia and the importance of human capital; and dealing with non-traditional security threats, especially the spread of disease. Attended by more than 70 government officials, corporate executives and academic experts from Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and U.S. Contact Jon Mills, Manager, Asia Vision 21, email: jdmills@fas.harvard.edu
    Web site: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~asiactr
  74. 4th ASEAN People's Assembly (APA)
    Manila, May 11-13, 2005
    Launched in 2001 as an initiative of the ASEAN-ISIS network, APA brings together diverse civil society actors from ASEAN countries to network and in the process create an ASEAN community from below. This year's theme was "Towards a People-Centered Development in the ASEAN Community". Organized by ASEAN-ISIS through the Institute for Strategic and Development Studies (ISDS), Philippines, and supported by The Canadian International Development Agency, Open Society Institute, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. Plenary sessions were held on Peace and Reconciliation in Southeast Asia: Community Building in Practice; ASEAN Community: Economic, Security, and Social-Cultural; Political Succession in ASEAN: For Good, Ill or More of the Same? ; and a closing session to create a resolution on ideas coming out of the APA. Some of the ideas included suggestions include the development of an environment scorecard, panels to discuss sustainable agriculture, food security and sovereignty, and the impact of foreign direct investments and free trade agreements on people. There were also panels on human rights, gender, Myanmar, refugees and human trafficking, corporate social responsibility and good governance, role of media in peace and conflict prevention, natural disasters, responsibility to protect, civil society views on ASEAN regionalism, and strengthening APA and its role. Panels were held for the first time on security sector reform, children and indigenous peoples. Other new editions included a media program to ensure greater interaction between guest speakers and media, and an NGO fair to allow organizations in region to exhibit their goals and enhance networking opportunities between civil society bodies in the region. Participated in by more than 200 civil society organization members, journalists and academics from the ten ASEAN countries.
    Web site: http://www.aseanpeoplesassembly.net/index.html
  75. Asian Energy Security Workshop 2005
    Beijing, May 13-16, 2005
    Organized by the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability, San Francisco, California in collaboration with the Energy and Environmental Technology Center (EETC), Tsinghua University, China as part of the ongoing Asian Energy Security (AES) project. The project entails collaborative research, involving groups from each of the countries of Northeast Asia (including, the DPRK, the ROK, the Russian Far East, China, Japan, and Mongolia) on different paths to address energy security issues in the region, looking at both national and regional approaches to energy security concerns. Participants presented updates on their country's energy sector, concerns on energy security or environmental issues and updates to the national LEAP (Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning) energy and environmental modeling system. They also discussed regional alternative paths for energy security, energy efficiency, district heating, and emergency fuel storage and sharing. Attended by approximately 40 security, nuclear and energy experts, diplomats, researchers and scientists from Australia, Canada, China, DPRK, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Russia, and U.S. Contact email: nautilus@nautilus.org
    Web site: http://www.nautilus.org/energy/2005/beijingworkshop/
  76. Twelfth ASEAN-ISIS Colloquium of Human Rights (AICOHR)
    Manila, May 14-15, 2005
    Organized annually by the Institute for Strategic and Development Studies (ISDS), Philippines, and the Taiwan Forum for Democracy, and supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. The theme for this year's annual colloquium was "The ASEAN Security Community—Pushing the Human Rights and People's Participation Agenda: Views from Civil Society and Think Tanks". The participants from East, South and Southeast Asia assessed the state of human rights in the region, including progress and setbacks, and they pushed the agenda on human rights and people's participation in the ASEAN Security Community.
    Web site: http://www.kas-asia.org/Conferences.htm
  77. Prospects for U.S. Policy toward the Korean Peninsula in the Second Bush Administration
    Washington, D.C., May 17-18, 2005
    The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Chosun Ilbo jointly hosted this conference that addressed the future of the U.S.-R.O.K. alliance, the North Korean nuclear issue, internal developments in North Korea, human rights issues, and U.S. policy toward East Asia as the Bush Administration entered its second term. They discussed domestic changes in Korea that may also influence the relationship as well as the U.S. military posture in the region. They also assessed the Six-Party Talks and the possible reasons for lack of progress. Discussions also looked at the respective roles of China and Japan in the region of East Asia, China's rise and what Japan's aspirations in the region may be. Attended by U.S. and South Korean officials, legislative leaders, and regional specialists.
    Web site: http://www.csis.org/isp/peninsula/
  78. ICAS Spring Symposium: Humanity, Peace and Security
    Washington D.C., May 19, 2005
    Organized by the Institute for Corean-American Studies (ICAS). Discussions were on United States policy in the United Nations, relations with North Korea, North Korean human rights issues, and unresolved historical issues with Japan sixty years after the war. Participants were government officials, experts, journalists and academics from Japan, Korea and U.S.
    Web site: http://www.icasinc.org/2005/2005s/2005ssym.html
  79. 2005 ASEAN-ISIS Conference "The East Asian Community: Implication for CMLV"
    Phnom Penh, May 19-20, 2005
    Organized by the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP) and ASEAN-ISIS, and supported by the Frederich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), Singapore.
    Web site: http://www.cicp.org.kh/html/upcomingevent.htm
  80. APEC Study Center Consortium Conference 2005
    Jeju, Korea, May 22-25, 2005
    APEC Study Centers are found throughout the region and are academic organizations specializing in studying APEC issues by APEC members, with focus placed on policy consultancy for APEC member governments, the latest economic developments of APEC members, follow-up analysis and study of the reform of trade and investment policies. Each year the consortium of centers holds a conference to strengthen exchanges and discuss the latest progress in all important APEC activities and this year the conference was co-sponsored by Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (ASC Korea), Korea PECC, and the Graduate School of International Studies of Korea University. The theme was "Building an Asia Pacific Economic Community" and held extensive discussions on stocktaking of the Bogor goals, moving towards and Asia Pacific community, APEC reform, enhancing human security, knowledge-based economies, SMEs and regional and free trade agreements—challenges, benefits and best practices. The conference was attended by approcimately 90 participants from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, U.S. and Vietnam, as well as by representatives from PECC and the APEC Secretariat.
    Web site: http://www.kiep.go.kr/eng/e_sub02/sub01_1.asp?sort=&hdate=2005-05-22&seq=
    20050613083613&p=3&class=01&keytype=&keyword=
  81. The Future of Asia Conference 2005
    Tokyo, May 25-26, 2005
    Annually organized by Nihon Keizai Shimbun and supported by various Japanese corporate sponsors. This was the eleventh time the conference was held. Sessions were held on the various financial and trade agreements in the region, prospects for the regional economy as the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) economies boom, and the security situation in East Asia. Participants agreed that the countries of East Asia should push for deeper integration of economies in the region in a strategic manner and that political will was the key to the success of such a goal. Many participants expressed concern over China and Japan's troubled relations, the energy and environment issues that will stem from China's rise and Japan's role in the region. Attended by current and former leaders and government officials, industry leaders, academics and regional specialists from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and U.S. Contact email: info@future-of-asia.com
    Web site: http://www.nni.nikkei.co.jp/FR/NIKKEI/inasia/future/2005/
  82. Contention and Cooperation in Northeast Asia: Analysis of Domestic-Regional Linkages—Second Workshop
    Hiroshima, May 26-28, 2005
    Organized by the Hiroshima Peace Institute as the second workshop gathering individuals working on a research project of the same name to finalize their papers prior to publication. The project's objective was to examine the problems that interfere with regional security cooperation and to explore solutions to those problems. It was created as many studies have looked at how to build a multilateral institution to deal with security issues in Northeast Asia, but previous studies did not analyze linkage problems between the domestic politics of individual countries and the region as a whole. This project presumes that identifying the problems deriving from differing regime types and perceptions of security issues should precede the construction of a multilateral institutional mechanism. Attended by 12 research project members from Hong Kong (China), Japan, Korea, Russia and the U.S.
    Web site: http://serv.peace.hiroshima-cu.ac.jp/English/
  83. CSCAP Study Group on Countering the Proliferation of WMD in the Asia Pacific
    Singapore, May 27-28, 2005
    Co-chaired by CSCAP-Singapore and US-CSCAP. Participants examined the threat posed by the spread of WMD, the instruments to check this regional and global menace, and avenues available to CSCAP to help develop multilateral approaches and solutions to address this problem. They felt that Asia Pacific countries are slow to adopt measures because of their consensus approach and sovereignty concerns, and many lack the capacity to implement effective programs. They felt the nuclear states were hypocritical in their stance, demanding others to adhere without considering dismantlement of their own arsenals. Extensive discussions were also held on the Korean peninsula and resolving the North Korean nuclear issue through the Six Party Talks. They also examined the European Union Strategy Against the Proliferation of WMD to see if it might provide a guide for East Asia, and one of its key elements—export controls. Attended by more than 35 experts and officials from CSCAP member countries. They were joined by a group of Young Leaders from throughout the region, as part of a program sponsored by USCSCAP/Pacific Forum CSIS, to involve the next generation of security specialists in policy-oriented deliberations.
    Web site: http://www.cscap.org/SG%20WMD.htm
  84. Global Democracy Conference (G05)—Global Democracy: Civil Society Visions and Strategies
    Montreal, May 29-June 1, 2005
    Organized by the Montreal International Forum (FIM), an international NGO think tank, and intended to explore civil society's role in building a democratic and participatory form of global governance. This follows a 2002 conference on Civil Society and the Democratization of Global Governance. The closely examined topics at the G05 conference included civil society engagement, international treaties and law, global security, democratically regulating the global economy, and maintaining cultural diversity. Participated in by more than 400 people, including civil society practitioners, multilateral representatives, government officials, parliamentarians, representatives from the business and the labor sectors, indigenous peoples, scholars, and journalists from 45 countries around the world.
    Web site: http://www.G05.org
  85. 23rd CSCAP Steering Committee Meeting
    Kuala Lumpur, May 30-31, 2005
  86. 19th Asia Pacific Roundtable: Confidence Building and Conflict Resolution
    Kuala Lumpur, May 31-June 3, 2005
    Organized annually since 1987 by the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS), Malaysia on behalf of ASEAN-ISIS to bring policymakers, regional, defence and security experts, academics, diplomats, private sector members and journalists to have comprehensive discussions on regional security issues. Sponsored by the Canadian Government and supported by the Asia Foundation and Boeing. Plenary sessions were held on the impact on human security and international cooperation of the tsunami, the second Bush administration and implications for regional and global security, terrorism, the UN high level panel and UN reform, poverty reduction and gender inequities, and Islam and terrorism—myths and realities, and building. They also discussed multilateralism in the Asia Pacific through mechanisms such as ASEAN, Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Smaller sessions were held on the themes of encouraging transparency in the military build-up in Asia, free trade, nuclear proliferation, especially in North Korea, environmental security, narrowing development gaps, political change in Southeast Asia and conflict prevention and the role of the ASEAN, ASEAN Regional Forum and the Pacific Islands Forum. Additional tete-a-tetes were held on Iraq and Palestine. Approximately 250 participants from Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, UK, U.S., and Vietnam, as well as from the European Commision and UN agencies. An additional 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Central and South America were solely represented by locally-posted diplomats: Contact email: pmatthews@isis.org.my
  87. ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus
    Singapore, June 2, 2005
    Organized by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore. The 16 Members of Parliament (MPs) from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand were joined by a previously elected Myanmar MP and an activist both living in exile. They met with Myanmar specialists at ISEAS, the fifth time they have come together since they formed the group in November 2004. The group wants their governments to take a stand against Myanmar and to ensure the junta keeps its promise to implement democratic reform.
  88. The Fourth IISS Asia Security Conference: The Shangri-La Dialogue
    Singapore, June 3-5, 2005
    Organized by The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), UK. Sponsored by the governments of Australia, Singapore and UK, as well as various corporations from Japan, Singapore, UK, and U.S. The largest of the Shangri-La Dialogues, which have been held since 2002, adding Pakistan to the usual list of delegations (Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, UK, US, and Vietnam). The meeting has evolved into largely a Track 1 event with some Track 2 participation from security and defence experts and academics, with a much larger focus on officials from defence and national security agencies from the Asia-Pacific region using the opportunity to discuss long-term planning as well as pressing matters in a private manner. Many bilateral and multilateral meetings between the delegations were held on the sidelines. The discussions are all in an effort to build a sense of a regional security community with open communication. Plenary sessions were held on the US and Asia-Pacific security beyond the war on terrorism, Asian experiences of peacekeeping and humanitarian intervention, counter-terrorism, the threat of weapons of mass destruction in the region—diplomacy and deterrence, maritime security cooperation. There were also specific discussions on China's defence modernization, cooperation after the tsunami, Indonesian-U.S. military ties, North Korea's nuclear activities and the Six Party Talks. Breakout groups were held on "Defence White Papers, Transparency and Confidence-building", "New Roles for Asia-Pacific Armed Forces: Peacekeeping and Disaster Relief", and "Developing Defence Industries in the Asia-Pacific".
    Web site: http://www.iiss.org/shangri-la.php
  89. Conference on "Urban Poverty and Social Safety Net in East Asia"
    Beijing, June 4-5, 2005
    Organized by the East Asian Development Network (EADN) at the conclusion of a research project of the same name. The meeting was held to contribute to a better mutual understanding of emerging urban poverty issues in East Asia and discuss issues that could be valuable to policy makers for dealing with challenges. Attended by approximately 50 academics and development experts from China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and US, as well as provincial government officials from China and a representative from the Asian Development Bank.
    Web site: http://www.eadn.org/eadnact.html
  90. 2005 Northeast Asia Economic Forum in Niigata
    Niigata, Japan, June 6-8, 2005
    Organized by Niigata Prefecture, City of Niigata, Nichienren, Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia (ERINA), Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Niigata Prefecture, and Niigata Association of Corporate Executives. Co-organized by the United Nations. Held against a backdrop of increasing momentum toward an East Asian community, the full plenary session was preceded by meetings of expert groups on the environment; creating an energy community; transportation, industry and tourism corridors; and the vision for Northeast Asian economic development as various functional means for community building. At the plenary session they shared findings from the expert group meetings and held deep discussions on the issues facing the region, especially the nuclear problem on the Korean peninsula. Participants came up with a declaration, reviewed the previous year's recommendations and made a number of specific proposals for forwarding cooperation in the region at the conclusion of the conference. Attended by scientists, regional experts and government officials from China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Russia,
    Web site: http://www.erina.or.jp/En/Ef/events-f0.htm
  91. 2005 Pacific Symposium: Democracy and Democratic Transitions in Asia: Consequences for U.S. Security Policies
    Honolulu, June 8-10, 2005
    The National Defense University, the U.S. Pacific Command and Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) jointly coordinated this conference. Panels of experts examined the political transitions of some Asian nations (specific cases were Indonesia, Philippines and Taiwan) and their consequences for the region and U.S. security policies, and then offered recommendations on ways the US can mitigate the negative and benefit where opportunities allow. Issues considered were globalization, generational changes, economic and domestic political developments, differing perceptions of threats, "benefits" of appearing to take a path independent from the U.S., and perceptions that the war on terrorism is a war on Islam. The final panel was held on the tsunami disaster and the impacts of it on regional cooperation. Attended by 245 delegates from the U.S. and 42 other countries and territories, mostly in the Asia Pacific region. Contact email: shanahand@apcss.org
    Web site: http://www.apcss.org/core/Conference/CR_ES/2005PacSympExecSumm.doc
  92. International Conference in Commemoration of the 5th anniversary of the June 15th South-North Korea Joint Declaration
    Seoul, June 9, 2005
    The theme for this conference was "The June 15th South-North Korea Joint Declaration and Peace and Prosperity on the Korean Peninsula: Current Status and Prospects". Participants reflected on the five years since the declaration was signed, finding peace on the Korean peninsula, resolving the North Korean nuclear issue, reducing military tensions, economic change, the roles of China, Japan, Russia and the U.S. in finding peace on the peninsula. Attended by academics, regional experts, journalists and government officials from China, Japan, Korea, Russia and U.S. Web site: http://www.kosefo.org/bbs/download2.htm?dbname=D0036&seq=357&
    pid=1118817498&PHPSESSID=427440221adadfb700cf3fdfbf3e2da6
  93. International Conference on "Infectious Diseases and Human Flows in Asia"
    Hong Kong, June 9-10, 2005
    Jointly hosted by University of Hong Kong's Centre of Asian Studies and School of Public Health. The conference was designed to serve as an intellectual bridge between the historical and contemporary issues surrounding infectious diseases and human flows in Asia. The topics covered were the link between diseases and migration; public health; smallpox, cholera and malaria in Southeast Asia; the development of networks of Chinese medicine; the impact of Avian flu and SARS in Asia; and the spread of AIDS in China. Attended by academics, disease experts, migration experts, and health specialists from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and U.S. Contact email: ndthomas@hkucc.hku.hk
    Web site: http://www.hku.hk/cas/Event/jun9-10.html
  94. Third Jeju Peace Forum: "Building a Northeast Asian Community: Toward Peace and Prosperity"
    Jeju Island, Korea, June 10-11, 2005
    The forum was launched in 2001 and is held every two years with the hope of building a prosperous and peaceful Northeast Asia. It is co-organized by five major research institutes—Jeju Development Institute, Korea; Keio University, Japan; People's University, China; Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia; Johns Hopkins University, U.S. It was hosted by the Jeju Provincial Government, Yonsei Unversity, Cheju National University and the East Asia Foundation. Plenary discussions were on the challenges and vision for peace and security in Northeast Asia, the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula, building a security community in the region, the possible institutionalization of the Six-Party talks process, and strategies for making Jeju Island a center for tourism and an international city. Additional panels and round tables were held according to participant category such as political leaders, policymakers, diplomats, economists and journalists. They concluded with a public declaration on the hope for a Northeast Asian Community to be kick-started by economic integration in light of the many challenges in the region, and that identity and the creation of human networks is essential. The creation of a Jeju Peace Institute to focus on Northeast Asian peace and community was also announced. The forum brought together more than 200 current and former government officials, experts, journalists, and business and media leaders from Northeast Asia to discuss regional security and economic cooperation, geopolitical developments the Korean Peninsula, and the impact on business and policy communities. The forum participants were from China, EU, Japan, Korea, Russia, and U.S.
    Web site: http://peace.jeju.kr/eng/html/sub2/sub1_3.htm
  95. The 4th Japan-ASEAN Dialogue: The Prospect for East Asian Community and Regional Cooperation
    Tokyo, June 12-13, 2005
    Supported by Japan-ASEAN Exchange Projects (JAEP); co-sponsored by The Global Forum of Japan (GFJ), ASEAN Institutes of Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN-ISIS), in cooperation with The Council on East Asian Community (CEAC). The fourth dialogue in a series which started in 2002 including China, Japan, Korea and ASEAN. Discussions were held on an open community based on universal values, functional approaches to community building, ASEAN's role and the prospects for actually creating such a community and regional cooperation. They provided policy recommendations on East Asian cooperation to the Track 1 level at the conclusion of the conference. The 104 participants were researchers, academics and regional specialists, diplomats, journalists and business executives from Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as the ASEAN Secretariat. A similar dialogue series starting in 2005 will include ASEAN, China, Iran and U.S.
    Web site: http://www.gfj.jp/e_gf/pdf/4th-japan-asean.pdf
  96. Normalizing the North Korean System—First Workshop
    Santa Monica, USA, June 13-14, 2005
    Organized by the Rand Corporation, USA and including representatives of that organization and the following additional four think tanks: Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS), Japan; China Reform Forum (China Institute for Reform and Development); POSCO Research Institute (POSRI), Korea National Defense University; and the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences. The researchers and academics met for the first time as part of a research project of the same name. To set the scene and ensure common understanding, participants analyzed North Korea from economic, social, military and security perspectives as well as examined issues related to the Korean peninsula as a whole. The basis for the discussion was a Rand Corporation publication called "North Korean Paradoxes", printed in 2005. The next workshop is planned for October 2005 in Moscow and is expected to include North Korean participants.
    Web site (Japanese only): http://www.iips.org/nlj17-3.pdf
  97. 10th Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) Workshop 2005
    Bali, June 13-17, 2005
    The Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) aims to increase naval cooperation in the Western Pacific among Navies by providing a forum for discussion of maritime issues, both global and regional, and in the process, generate a flow of information and opinion between naval professionals leading to common understanding and possibly agreement. In between meetings of this kind, the navies cooperate on various exercises. They discussed security of sea lanes, especially the Malacca Straits, and the disaster relief efforts after the tsunami, among other topics. WNPS is participated in by member countries—Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, U.S. and Vietnam—and observer countries Bangladesh, Canada, Chile and India.
    Web site: https://www.apan-info.net/wpns/
  98. Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies Fifth Annual Conference: Japan's Emerging Security Role in East Asia
    Washington, D.C., June 14, 2005
    Organized by Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (CNAPS), The Brookings Institution. The first session looked at the revolution in security affairs—how Japan views it's security environment, to what extent it plans to participate in collective security, especially to assist the US, and whether the Japanese public supports the changes. The later was a discussion of how the various countries of the region, especially China and Korea, and also Taiwan, have reacted to Japan's increased security role. Attended by regional and security experts, academics, researchers and journalists. Contact email: communications@brookings.edu
    Web site: http://www.brookings.edu/fp/cnaps/events/20050614.htm
  99. IDSS-NUPI Conference on "Maritime Security in Southeast Asia"
    Oslo, June 14-15, 2005
    Co-organized by the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Singapore and Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) as part of a joint research project which combines IDSS' comprehensive understanding of Southeast Asia with NUPI's expertise on maritime security and international terrorism. Participants discussed the contemporary threat of maritime terrorism; the security of regional sea lanes; the phenomenon of piracy; the issue of archipelagic sea lanes; flags of convenience; maritime disputes in the South China Sea; and the regimes that aid the maintenance of order at sea. This joint research project is that it combines A second workshop will be held in November in Singapore.
    Web site: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/idss/
  100. Economics and Politics of East Asian Co-operation and China's Role in the Process: Opportunities and Challenges: Brainstorming Workshop
    Brussels, June 16-17, 2005
    Organized by the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS), Brussels, and Nomisma, Italy, and commissioned by the European Commission. Participants in a research project of the same name (described in detail in the research section below) came together to exchange ideas and brainstorm after preparing papers on a range of topics, including Northeast Asian security issues, economic and political reform in China, and aging populations. A set of recommendations on economic, political, security and socio-cultural issues illustrating the findings of an objective assessment of EU policies towards East Asia, as well as the implementation and effectiveness of these policies, were presented and discussed in depth. The workshop's output and conclusions that were drawn from discussions will serve to help shape the final report and recommendations to be submitted to the EU Commission on 22 July 2005. The 30 participants were academics and regional experts form various European countries and China, as well as the European Commission.
    Web site: http://www.eias.org/research/euasia/programme.html
  101. 2005 Incheon Free Economic Zone International Meeting—Economic Cooperation and Regional Integration in Asia
    Seoul, June 16-17, 2005
    Sponsored by the Incheon City Free Economic Zone Department, Korea, Asian Leaders Forum for Science, and the Northeast Asia Intellectuals' Solidarity (NAIS). The discussions were on the building of an East Asian community in the form of academic exchange, and also on making Incheon City international free city. Participated in by about 50 people from China, Japan, Korea and other neighboring Asian nations.
  102. International Workshop on "An East Asia Community and the United States"
    Tokyo, June 18-19, 2005
    Organized by the Council on East Asian Community (CEAC) as part of the research project of the same name, which commenced in 2004. Researchers from China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and US participated. They plan to hold a second workshop in June 2006, after having taken into account the first East Asia Summit and other developments in the region.
    Web site: http://www.ceac.jp/e/index.html
  103. ARF Second Track Workshop on Evolving Changes in the Security Perceptions and Military Doctrines of ARF Members
    Ulaanbataar June 21-22, 2005
    Co-hosted by EU, Mongolia and Vietnam. The workshop served as a forum to exchange views on the present and evolving security environment of Asia-Pacific Region and to discuss ways to enhance security cooperation in the region and in the world. Specifically, the participants discussed WMD, nuclear Korean Peninsula, terrorism, piracy, human and drug trafficking, money laundering, ecological degradation, and communicable diseases. Attended by representatives from all ARF countries, except Cambodia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, as well as from the ASEAN secretariat.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/arf/12arf/Co-Chairs'%20Summary%20Report,%20Workshop%20on%20
    Evolving%20Changes,%20Ulaanbataar,%2021-22June05.doc
  104. Asia News Network (ANN) Annual Meeting and Roundtable
    Beijing, June 22-25, 2005
    The ANN is a network of 14 predominantly English-language, national Asian daily newspapers in Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, with a combined circulation of 14 million and a readership of more than 50 million. The 2005 annual meeting was organized by the ANN and the Media Programme Asia of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) in Singapore, and hosted by China's ANN member, the China Daily. Key topics for discussions were economic integration in Asia, China-Asia political relations and developments and outlook for the media industry in China, including the impact of the internet and commercialization. Attended by more than 30 editors and executives from member newspapers. It was timed to coincide with the 13th China Daily CEO Roundtable, also sponsored by ANN and China Daily. The roundtable is held every few months gathering executives to discuss various relevant topics in China concerning the business world. This event gathered more than 40 company executives, government officials, journalists and foundation representatives from the 12 ANN countries, plus EU, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, UK and U.S.
  105. 8th Annual RAND-China Reform Forum (CRF) Conference
    Santa Monica, June 28-29, 2005
    Initiated in Beijing in 1998 and held alternately in Santa Monica and Beijing, and co-organized annually by the Rand Corporation and the China Reform Forum. Participants—regional and security experts, economists and academics from China and the US—discuss key economic and security issues of mutual interest to both China and the United States. This year's conference focussed on globalization, competition for energy resources, WMD proliferation, Taiwan, and terrorism.
    Web site: http://www.rand.org
  106. Friends of the Global Fund, Japan FGFJ Symposium: The Role of Business in the Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria: Learning from Successful Cases in Meeting Global Challenges
    Tokyo, June 28, 2005
    Organized by Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) which has its secretariat at the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE). The conference was organized to discuss innovative and effective programs launched by corporations to help combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, with the recognition that the full commitment of the business community is an integral component of the response and that doing so is in the sector's best interest. Attended by leaders from the corporations, NGOs and foundations, international organizations and government from Japan and around the world. A conference report "Communicable Diseases: An Action Agenda for Corporate Social Responsibility" (Japanese only) is available online.
    Web site: http://www.jcie.or.jp/fgfj/e/corpseminar050628.html
  107. ASEAN AIDS Workshop 2005
    Kobe, June 28-July 1
    The result of the workshop was reported to the 7th International Conference on AIDS in Asia and Pacific (ICAAP) held on July 2, 2005.
  108. Regional Responses to the Spread of HIV/AIDS in East Asia
    Tokyo, June 29, 2004
    Organized by Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ) which has its secretariat at the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE). This meeting brought together researchers from Australia, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam to share responses to the spread of HIV/AIDS in East Asia. The researchers shared their ideas on the nature of the spread of the disease in their country/ region and how various sectors of their societies have engaged in the fight against it. They found common threads and discussed ways to apply a solution from one area in others. The work by the researchers formed the basis of the background material for the commemorative symposium held on June 30, 2005. Publication of the papers is expected in early 2006.
    Web site: http://www.jcie.or.jp/fgfj/e/activities.html
  109. Commemorative Symposium on the Fifth Anniversary of the Okinawa Summit: The East Asian Regional Response To HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, And Malaria
    Tokyo, June 30, 2005
    Organized by the Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Funding for the conference was provided by the Open Society Institute, the United Nations Foundation, and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The conference was held in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the Kyushu-Okinawa G8 Summit, where leading members of the international community first publicly acknowledged the need to mobilize significant resources to address the spread of communicable diseases, and this idea eventually led to the establishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Participants at the symposium examined East Asian regional cooperation in the fight against AIDS and other communicable diseases. They first heard from researchers who had written papers on their own country's response to HIV/AIDS, and discussed common challenges and differences in both the nature of the spread as well as responses. This was followed by discussions on various institutional responses by international organizations, foundations and civil society networks. Finally the focussed on how the countries in East Asia can enhance their cooperation in fighting the three major communicable diseases. Attended by more than 100 government, business, philanthropic, academic, international organization and civil society leaders from around the world.
    Web site: http://www.jcie.or.jp/fgfj/e/symposium050630.html
  110. 3rd Conference on Northeast Asian Security
    New York, June 30-July 1, 2005
    Co-sponsored by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP) and the DPRK Institute for Disarmament and Peace. The meetings are held to facilitate communication between the countries member to the Six Party Talks and to eventually find a peaceful resolution to the North Korean nuclear issue. Attended by approximately 20 participants from China, DPRK, Japan, Korea, Russia and U.S. They were regional and security experts, current and former government officials, and researchers. Contact email: monica.scott@ncafp.org
    Web site: http://www.nautilus.org/napsnet/sr/2005/0565NCAFP.html