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  • America's Role in Asia Reports
    Funding for this project was provided by the GE Fund The Asia Foundation released two reports under the "America's Role in Asia" project, a comprehensive assessment of U.S.-Asia relations. The American report was produced by a bipartisan working group of two dozen leading policymakers and scholars. Their report builds on the views and recommendations of the Asian report, and covers issues such as security, economics and trade, political and social developments, globalization, nuclear proliferation, and international terrorism. The meetings on the American perspectives were held in Washington, DC. For the Asian perspectives, regional Asian workshops were held in Bangladesh, Korea and Singapore. The reports are the result of the deliberations and recommendations from the Asian and American meetings. This is the third time the Foundation has undertaken the "America's Role in Asia" project; the first was in 1992 and the second in 2000. As in 1992 and 2000, the 2004 Reports will be distributed to the next US administration and members of the new Congress, highlighting both the challenges they will face in the coming years regarding Asia and providing recommendations to enhance US interests regarding the prosperity and stability of the region. The reports will also be widely distributed throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Contact email: olivia_suryo@ips.org.sg
    Web site: http://www.asiafoundation.org/News/ARA/news_ara.html
  • Asia in Europe, Europe in Asia
    Edited by Srilata Ravi, Mario Rutten, and Beng-Lan Goh. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), 2004. Part of the IIAS/ISEAS Series on Asia. This compilation includes chapters by Asian and European scholars on the academic, social and cultural connections between the two regions, to complement the studies already performed on economic and political aspects of the relationship. E-book and single chapters available at http://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg
  • Asia Pacific Security: Dilemmas of Dominance, Challenges to Community
    By Anthony Smith, rapporteur at the Senior Policy Seminar 2003. Honolulu: East-West Center, 2004. The participants at the 2003 seminar agreed that the overall strategic environment in the Asia Pacific is positive, however the threat of terrorism and the Korean peninsula issues are major concerns for the U.S. Non-U.S. participants expressed concern and alarm at the power of the U.S. in international affairs and the fact that the expected multilateral world has not emerged. They discussed what this situation means for the countries of Asia in their relationships with the U.S. Also available online at http://www.EastWestCenter.org/find.asp?it=SrPolSem2003
  • Asia's Bilateral Relations
    Edited by Satu P. Limaye. Honolulu, Hawaii. U.S.: Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), October 2004. This assessment looks at fifteen different bilateral relationships in Asia, such as China-India, Russia-Japan, and China-Japan, and the implications of these for the region's overall strategic picture in the coming decades. Two major themes emerge from this exploration—the recognition of the need for a multilateral approach to terrorism, and the growing economic interdependence that has been spawned through globalization and improved information technology. Of particular interest is what these relationships mean for the U.S. and its security situation in the region. Contact: Research&Publications@apcss.org
    Web site: http://www.apcss.org/Publications/SAS/AsiaBilateralRelations/
  • A Time Bomb for Global Trade: Maritime-related Terrorism in an Age of Weapons of Mass Destruction
    By Michael Richardson. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), 2004. This book considers the possibility that Al Qaeda or other terrorist organization may launch a terrorist attack on a major port city or in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, through which a quarter of the world's trade and half its oil passes and which therefore serves as a supply line for Northeast Asia. Richardson reviews the evidence leading to such fears and the consequences of such an act—both political and human.
  • Building Six-Party Capacity for a WMD-Free Korea
    By James L. Schoff, Charles M. Perry, and Jacquelyn K. Davis. Cambridge, MA: The Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, Inc., 2004. This monograph explains the findings of a three-year research project that has identified six-party capacity building as an important opportunity to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. It explores how the nations in the region might prepare and equip the six-party process with the tools it needs to play a constructive role as a guarantor of regional security, a monitor of compliance with nonproliferation rules, a provider of assistance to North Korea, and an overall facilitator of a WMD-free and unified Korea. While the six-party talks began as a diplomatic process, the opportunity exists for the process to evolve from a purely diplomatic function into a more institutionalized political body with certain logistical and technical capabilities that can augment and provide legitimacy for the contributions of the IAEA, international financial institutions, and other UN agencies. Web site: http://www.ifpa.org/publications/carn_sixparty.htm
  • Development and Security in Southeast Asia
    Edited by David B. Dewitt and Carolina G. Hernandez. The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series, Ashgate. March 2003. Three volumes under the main themes of "The Environment", "The People", and "Globalization", this series brings together a multidisciplinary, international group of scholars to examine the connections between human security, governance and development. Web site: http://www.ashgate.com
  • East Asian Economic Regionalism
    By Edward J. Lincoln. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2004. Co-published with the Council on Foreign Relations. Why has the region suddenly shifted from taking a global approach to economic issues to discussing a regional bloc? How fast and how far will the new regionalism progress? Will the region become a version of the European Union, or something far less? What is the probable impact on American economic and strategic interests—are the likely developments something that the U.S. government should encourage or discourage? Edward Lincoln takes up these questions, exploring what is happening to regional trade and investment flows and what sort of regional arrangements are the most sensible. The U.S. government must decide how to respond to these developments in East Asia. An exclusively Asian form of regionalism could run counter to American economic interests, and the U.S. government has reacted negatively to some of these proposals in the past. Because trade and investment links between the countries of the Asia Pacific region and the United States remain very strong, Lincoln argues that the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum remains the appropriate institution for pursuing regional trade and investment issues. Web site: https://www.brookings.edu/press/books/eastasianeconomicregionalism.htm
  • East Asian Strategic Review 2004
    Annual publication produced by The National Institute for Defense Studies in Japanese and English. July 2004. Summarized version available online at the following site. Follow the links through Publications. http://www.nids.go.jp/english/index.html
  • Financial Governance in East Asia: Policy Dialogue, Surveillance and Cooperation
    Edited by Gordon de Brouwer and Yunjong Wang. London ; New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004. This volume brings together a range of expert views and assessments about the state of financial governance in East Asia and how this structure can be deepened and strengthened. We have grouped these views into four sets. The first presents some East Asian perspectives on the nature of policy dialogue and surveillance in the region. The second draws on the insights of other countries and regions in policy dialogue and surveillance. The third looks at prospects for deeper financial cooperation in East Asia. The final set outlines a range of views on unilateral, regional and multilateral approaches to crisis prevention, minimisation and resolution.
  • Piracy in ASIA: Status, Issues, and Responses
    Edited by Derek Johnson and Mark Valencia. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) and Leiden, the Netherlands: International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), 2005.This book provides analysis on maritime piracy in Southeast Asia, where the incidence and violence is growing as is the urgency to protect against potential maritime terrorism, as well as looks into the challenges of regional cooperation. The authors clearly agree on the need for initiatives to build trust and cooperation in the region to effectively fight privacy. Web site: http://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg
  • Rethinking Security in East Asia: Identity, Power, and Efficiency
    Edited by J.J. Suh, Peter J. Katzenstein, and Allen Carlson. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2004. The first in a series on Studies in Asian Security sponsored by the East-West Center (EWC) which is designed to promote analysis and understanding of domestic, transnational and international security challenges in Asia. The authors of this book demonstrate the failure of existing paradigms in international relations theory to explain the events that have taken place in Asia, using examples in China, Japan, the Korea-U.S. alliance and Southeast Asia.
    Contact: publications@eastwestcenterwashington.org
  • Southeast Asia Background Series
    Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore is releasing a series of publications on Southeast Asia to promote a better awareness among the general public of trends and developments in the region. Editor Saw Swee Hock. The first titles published are "Free Trade Agreements in Southeast Asia", Rahul Sen, 2004; and "ASEAN Economic Co-operation and Challenges", Linda Low, 2004. Contact email: pubsunit@iseas.edu.sg
  • The Asia Pacific and the United States. 2004-2005
    Edited by Satu P. Limaye. Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.: Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), 2005. A special assessment publication containing a review of relations with the Asia-Pacific region in the context of global, regional and bilateral security developments against a backdrop of many elections and changing perceptions. A similar publication was produced in March 2003 at the midpoint of George W. Bush's first term. This time the publication looks at how the countries of the region view their relations with the U.S., not just U.S. policy towards these nations, in an effort to ascertain regional views across a range of issues. Contact Research&Publications@apcss.org.
    Web site: http://www.apcss.org/Publications/SAS/APandtheUS/
  • The Eurasian Space: Far More Than Two Continents
    Edited by Wim Stokhof, Paul van der Velde and Yeo Lay Hwee. IIAS/ ISEAS Series on Asia, 2004. Academics from Asia and Europe examine the level of engagement between the two continents and highlight how the ASEM process has enhanced political, economic, and cultural ties. The editors feel that ASEM as a process should be better known and understood as playing a key role in creating a more multilateralist world order. The authors examine questions such as the applicability of the euro experience to an East Asian monetary union, and ASEM's influence on East Asian identity building and in the formulation of China's foreign policy. Web site: http://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg
  • The Future of America's Alliances in Northeast Asia
    Michael H. Armacost and Daniel I. Okimoto, eds. The Asia-Pacific Research Center, 2004
  • The Future of the Enlarged EU and its Relations with Asia, Especially Japan
    Published by Sasakawa Peace Foundation. The proceedings of a meeting co-organized by Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Sasakawa France-Japan Foundation (FFJS) on May 11, 2004 regarding the "Enlargement of the EU and Strategy in Asia —The Effects of Eastern Expansion of the EU on Asia". Web site: http://www.bookpark.ne.jp/spf/english.asp
  • The Irresistible Rise of China in Eastern Asia
    By Françoise Nicolas. Paris: Politique étrangère (journal), 2/2004. Since the beginning of the 1990's, China has been playing an increasingly central role in the process of economic integration taking place in Asia, in particular through its implication in regional networks of production, the scale of which makes this a unique phenomenon in the world. This rise of China undoubtedly serves the region well: its economic growth has fed into that of many countries while the Chinese market offers unprecedented prospects for those Asian companies capable of establishing themselves on it. However, while the adjustments, which the emergence of China imposes on neighboring economies, will no doubt prove to be beneficial to them in the long run, they do nevertheless constitute a challenge which it will not necessarily be easy for these countries to face up to. Moreover, Beijing has been asserting diplomatic ambitions on the strength of the dynamic economy of China, ambitions which aim to increase its influence in the region with a view to catching up with that of Japan. The second challenge which lies before the other regional partners is to try and benefit from this rivalry.
    Web site: http://www.ifri.org/frontDispatcher/ifri/publications/politique_etrangere/
  • The Korean Conundrum: America's Troubled Relations with North and South Korea
    By Ted Galen Carpenter and Doug Bandow. Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. East Asia poses some of the greatest foreign policy challenges for policymakers on both sides of the Pacific. In this book, the authors question whether Washington's East Asia security strategy makes sense any longer given the possibility of a nuclear-armed North Korea and the fraying ties between the United States and South Korea, providing an assessment of America's position in East Asia and the wider world. The prospect of U.S. troops stationed in South Korea becoming nuclear hostages makes it imperative to reconsider U.S. policy on the Korean peninsula and throughout East Asia.
    Web site: http://www.cato.org/event.php?eventid=1736
  • The New Challenges to International, National and Human Security Policy
    By Anne-Marie Slaughter, Carl Bildt, and Kazuo Ogura. The Trilateral Commission, 2004. This report addresses differing national, regional, and cultural views on the most pressing security issues today, including national vs. human security policy, military intervention, unilateralism, legality, legitimacy, and efficiency in evaluating potential responses to such global threats as terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and massive human rights violations. Web site: http://www.trilateral.org/projwork/tfrsums/tfr58.htm
  • The Political Economy of Interregional Relations: ASEAN and the EU
    By Alfredo C. Robles Jr. The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series, Ashgate. March 2004. This book looks at whether there is a new level of international relations, namely the interregional level, emerging, using ASEAN-EU relations as a case study. Some chapters look into transforming the international order, promoting development in Southeast Asia, constructing interregional networks for firms, and protecting human rights in Southeast Asia. Web site: http://www.ashgate.com
  • Towards an Asian Economic Community: Vision of a New Asia
    Edited by Nagesh Kumar. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), 2004. The 1990s have witnessed a strong trend in different parts of the world especially the developed countries to form regional trading blocs, while Asian countries have largely pursued multilateralism in their trade and investment policy, except for few subregional attempts such as the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) or the South Asia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA). Especially in the wake of the East Asian Crisis there is growing regionalism and this book argues that an Asian Economic Community is evolving in a phased manner with Japan, ASEAN, China, India and Korea (JACIK) providing the initial core group that can be expanded to cover other parts of Asia subsequently, as in Europe. The content of the book is largely based on the April 2003 conference on Asia Integration organized by the Research in Information System for the Non-Aligned and Developing Countries, India. Web site: http://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg