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II. Track 2 Meetings

  1. APEC Future Leaders Think Tank
  2. EPC Dialogue—Europe, Asia and Global Governance: Proposals for the next ASEM Summit
  3. The East-West Dialogue
  4. UN and the New Threats: Rethinking Security—UN High Level Panel on Future Threats and Challenges and International Responses
  5. Global Fund Partnership Forum
  6. Infectious Diseases and the Society—Research Symposium
  7. XV International AIDS Conference
  8. 9th International Seminar on Military Science
  9. UNESCO, UNIAP and UNDP-SEAHIV Parallel Conference on Trafficking, Migration, Minorities and HIV/AIDS
  10. "Human Security and HIV/AIDS"
  11. International Conference on Accountability for Atrocity
  12. Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Forum
  13. Round-table Symposium on China's Asia-Pacific Security Strategy
  14. 3rd Japan-ASEAN Dialogue: A Roadmap towards East Asian Community
  15. Russia in Asia—Asia in Russia: Energy, Economics, and Regional Relations
  16. Second Future Leaders Forum: Korea-China-Japan
  17. United Nations Conference on Disarmament Issues
  18. "An Emerging Security Triangle? Australia-Japan-US Strategic Interests and Regional Response"
  19. The Post-Cold War International Order and Domestic Conflict in Asia
  20. International Symposium for Peace: Reestablishing the Trend to Abolish Nuclear Weapons—Toward Deeper Coordination between Cities and their Citizens
  21. 2004 EWC/ EWCA International Conference—"New Challenges for Building an Asia Pacific Community"
  22. Young Leaders Seminar
  23. 6th Asia-Pacific Programme for Senior Military Officers (APPSMO)
  24. Young Leaders Seminar
  25. 5th International Symposium of the Awaji Pacific Forum
  26. 5th Asian Statesmen's Forum
  27. 2nd Asia Economic Summit
  28. Conference on Northeast Asian Security
  29. ASEAN-Private Sector Roundtable Meeting on ASEAN Economic Community
  30. Asian Civil Society Forum (ACSF) Special Seminar on Report of High-level Panel on UN/Civil Society Relations- Asian Perspective and Response
  31. 2nd Annual Conference of Network of East Asian Think-tanks (NEAT)—"Towards an East Asian Community"; and Retreat of ASEAN Plus Three Director-Generals 2nd Annual Conference of NEAT
  32. Harvard HPAIR Conference in Shanghai
  33. Forum on Regional Strategic and Political Developments
  34. 2nd Senior Journalists Seminar
  35. ASEAN Roundtable 2004—"Reforming Corporate Governance in Southeast Asia: Economic Realities, Political Institutions, Regulatory Frameworks"
  36. 2nd China-ASEAN Seminar on Mass Media Cooperation
  37. Japan-ASEAN 1st Security Workshop 2004
  38. 14th New Generation Seminar
  39. The 2nd Workshop of the Whole (WOW-2) on Vientiane Action Programme 2004-2010
  40. The Fourth Asian International Forum
  41. Track Two Workshop on Confidence Building Measures in the ASEAN Regional Forum
  42. IDSS—Ford Workshop on Non-Traditional Security in Asia
  43. Third International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP)
  44. Sixth EU—ASEAN Think Tank Dialogue—Completing The Triangle—East Asia, EU and the US: Recent Developments, Challenges, and Prospects for Inter-Regional Cooperation
  45. Asia Europe People's Forum (AEPF) 5
  46. 28th Pacific Armies Management Seminar (PAMS XXVIII)—"Regional Cooperation in a Changing Security Environment"
  47. Women Parliamentarians of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organization (AIPO)
  48. General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organization (AIPO)
  49. Japan-Korea-U.S. National Defense Research Meeting
  50. 3rd Asia-Pacific Security Forum: Asian Elections 2004: Regional Security Implications
  51. 4th Japan-China Dialogue: Future Prospect of East Asian Community and the Japan-China Relationship
  52. The Sixth ASEM Informal Seminar on Human Rights Series
  53. The 13th Northeast Asia Economic Forum—Prosperity Through Cooperation in Northeast Asia
  54. 33rd Pacific Area Senior Officials Logistics Seminar (PASOLS)
  55. Trilateral Retreats: Toward New Regional Relations in Northeast Asia
  56. Regionalism in Northeast Asia: Opportunities and Challenges
  57. Maritime Security, Maritime Terrorism and Piracy in Asia: Issues and Perspectives
  58. Asia Pacific Security Outlook (APSO) 2005 Bali Workshop
  59. International Conference on Revitalizing Northeast China and Promoting Regional Cooperation in Northeast Asia
  60. Japan-ASEAN 2nd Security Workshop 2004
  61. Reducing Tensions in Northeast Asia—759th Wilton Park Conference
  62. Southeast Asia Defense Research Exchange Meeting
  63. 54th Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs: Bridging a Divided World Through International Cooperation and Disarmament
  64. ICAS Fall Symposium 2004: Humanity, Peace and Security
  65. The 16th Hokkaido Conference for North Pacific Issues
  66. The 20th North Pacific International Forum—"Concrete Measures for Regional Cooperation in the North Pacific"
  67. Media Forum 2004 The Regional Security Environment: Common Agenda and Challenges for Japan and ASEAN
  68. "The Challenge of Hiroshima: Alternatives to Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defenses, and Space Weaponization in a Northeast Asian Context."
  69. Illegal Migration and Non-Traditional Security: Processes of Securitisation and Desecuritisation in Asia
  70. Sectoral Implications of a China-Japan-Korea FTA
  71. Conference on the Straits of Malacca: Building a Comprehensive Security Environment
  72. Financial Markets and Integration in East Asia
  73. "The Relevance of Social Democratic Parties and Progressive Movements in East and Southeast Asia"
  74. "Elections in Asia—Is Democracy making progress?"
  75. EU-ASEAN Reviving the Partnership
  76. East Asian Regionalism and its Impact
  77. 5th AEF-ETPA Symposium: "Free Trade Agreements in East Asia and Enlargement of the European Union: Challenging the American Era?"
  78. International Security Colloquium
  79. 2nd Japan-ASEAN Security Symposium 2004
  80. North-East Asia: Problems of Nuclear Non-Proliferation
  81. The First ROK-U.S.-China Future Forum
  82. The 2005 Review Conference: Understanding the Challenges and Devising Responses—Workshop on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
  83. Asia Regional Cooperation to Prevent People Trafficking (ARCPPT) Project Reviewing Meeting
  84. Forum for the Promotion of Economic Partnership Arrangements in East Asia
  85. Non-Traditional Security: Regional Policy Perspectives
  86. George W. Bush and Asia: An Assessment
  87. 2nd United States Asia Pacific Council Conference on "The United States and the Asia Pacific: Issues for the Next Administration"
  88. Asia-Pacific Homeland Security Summit & Exposition 2004
  89. Second East Asia Journalists' Forum
  90. 11th Asia-Pacific Security Seminar (APSS)
  91. 9th Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS)
  92. High Level Conference on Asian Economic Integration: Vision of a New Asia
  93. Pacific Asia Regional Meeting of the Trilateral Commission (5th Meeting of the Pacific Asia Group)
  94. "Future of the Korean Peninsula and Japan-Korea-U.S. Security Cooperation"—Building on the Trilateral Coordination and Oversight Group (TCOG)
  95. Commonwealth Workshop on Capacity-Building to Combat Terrorism
  96. Taiwan-China Cross-Straits Relations: Outlook for Regional Security in East Asia
  97. Asia-Pacific Journalists Meeting 2004: "Toward an East Asian Community and the Role of the Media"—Prospects and Visions of Regional Integration
  98. Symposium on China's Relations with ASEAN: New Dimensions
  99. The 8th Scholarship Conference on the East Asian Economy: "Towards the Establishment of an East Asian Economic Community"
  100. 2nd ASEAN Business & Investment Summit
  101. International Workshop on "Asian Values and Community Building"
  102. International Workshop on Maritime Counter-Terrorism
  103. First Asia/ Pacific Women, Girls and HIV/AIDS Best Practice Conference
  104. U.S. Defense Transformation: Implications for Security in the Asia-Pacific Region
  105. China, Northeast Asia and the Next American Administration—CNAPS Conference
  106. Third International Conference on Geo-Agenda for the Future: Securing the Oceans
  107. Second East Asia Forum (EAF)
  108. International Dialogue on Interfaith Cooperation
  109. U.S.-Korea Alliance and Future of Northeast Asia
  110. The Third United Nations-Republic of Korea Joint Conference on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Issues
  111. China and the Global Economy
  112. 22nd CSCAP Steering Committee Meeting
  113. Nuclear Non-Proliferation: The 2005 Review Conference—Prospects Following Recent Crises—771st Wilton Park Conference
  114. Reconstituting Korean Security
  115. First Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Think Tank Symposium—"Towards Asian Dynamism: The Potentials of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue"
  116. 2004 East Asian Development Network (EADN) Annual Forum

  1. APEC Future Leaders Think Tank
    Sydney, June 30-July 3
    Organized by the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Australia. A gathering of senior officials from government financial institutions from all APEC member countries. The theme for this year's Think Tank, the fourth in the series was "Managing capital flows: the domestic and regional policy responses." Participants were asked to brainstorm for solutions to a number of the region's economic and financial challenges such as capital mobility and creating and implementing regulations. Contact fax: +61-2-9358-7034, email: director@lowyinstitute.org
    Web site: http://www.axiss.com.au/content/media/events/2004-04-05.asp
  2. EPC Dialogue—Europe, Asia and Global Governance: Proposals for the next ASEM Summit
    Brussels, July 1
    Organized by the European Policy Centre (EPC). More than 100 diplomats, business leaders, think tank, foundation and international agency representatives, journalists and government officials from Asian, European and other countries. Members of the Council for Asia-Europe Cooperation (CAEC) (whose Asian secretariat is the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)) reported the findings of three task forces that had been convened on the topics of Asia Europe cooperation in terms of the necessity for cooperation, cooperating to overcome the challenges of global governance, and energy security cooperation. This was followed by discussions on those findings. Experts agreed that closer cooperation between the two blocs was needed as a counterbalance to US domination, particularly in multilateral institutions. An appeal was also made to Asian and European leaders not to allow controversy over Burma to hijack the next ASEM Summit scheduled for October. Contact email:
    info@theepc.be Web site: http://www.theepc.net/en/default.asp?TYP=ER&LV=276&
    see=y&t=6&PG=ER/EN/detail&l=&AI=431
  3. The East-West Dialogue
    Barcelona, July 1-3, 2004
    Organized by Casa Asia, Spain, The East-West Dialogue was prompted by the UN resolution to promote dialogue between civilizations and is intended to be a platform to prevent conflicts by reducing prejudice and encouraging mutual understanding. It aimed to gather a diverse group of people for exchange of ideas and visions. The forum, attended by 600 participants, was intended to launch debate on issues that divide East and West and hopes to evolve into an annual East-West Forum. Participants discussed past relations, regional integration, institutions, ethics and values, social development, governance, globalization, religions and the role of arts and culture. Contact Rafael Bueno, email: rbueno@casaasia.es
    Web site: http://www.casaasia.es/forum
  4. UN and the New Threats: Rethinking Security—UN High Level Panel on Future Threats and Challenges and International Responses
    New Delhi, July 1-3, 2004
    Organized by the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi, in collaboration with the UN Foundation. This meeting represented the South Asia regional consultation of the UN High Level Panel. The participants at this meeting focussed on socio-economic challenges and their impact on security, collective action to counter terrorism, the role of peacekeeping and humanitarian intervention in keeping the peace and enduring human security, and possible reorganization of international security mechanisms, including the United Nations. They included high level panel members, experts and specialists from South Asia, government and civil society representatives, diplomats and ambassadors, and members of the media.
    Web site: http://www.ipcs.org/ExecutiveSummary.pdf
  5. Global Fund Partnership Forum
    Bangkok, July 7-8, 2004
    Organized by The Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This was the first biennial meeting to discuss the effectiveness of Global Fund policies and practices and how they can improve. The Forum produced several recommendations including the following: ensure that there is a new call for grant proposals to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in early 2005, and increase meaningful participation by civil society in recipient countries in the creation and implementation of these proposals. The Forum itself brought together more than 400 participants, including government representatives, private sector and a broad cross-section of civil society, including faith-based organizations, communities living with and affected by the diseases, program implementers and academia.
    Web site: http://www.theglobalfund.org/en/about/forum/
  6. Infectious Diseases and the Society—Research Symposium
    Shanghai, July 7-9, 2004
    This conference looked at the development of infectious disease research and the impact and implications of infectious diseases on social and public health. Participants included public health experts, social scientists, community health workers, biomedical researchers and the medical/scientific community. They shared information and explored possibilities for collaboration. Organized by the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU). Contact fax: +65-6774-8255, email: apru@nus.edu.sg, cwzhu@fudan.edu.cn, wqtang@fudan.edu.cn
    Web site: http://apru.nus.edu.sg/activities/symposiums/2004/
  7. XV International AIDS Conference
    Bangkok, July 11-16, 2004
    Organized by the International AIDS Society and the Thai Ministry of Public Health in partnership with the Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS, International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS, International Council of AIDS Service Organizations, Thai NGO Coalition on AIDS and UNAIDS. The conference included multiple concurrent workshops and sessions including one on obstacles to donor efforts where participants found that coordination is difficult and donor/ recipient relationship is complex though there are large pools of funds. More than 20,000 participants, ranging from AIDS patients to civil society and governmental leaders around the globe. Contact phone: +46-8-508-846-40, email: info@aids2004.org
    Web site: http://www.aids2004.org/ or http://www.ias.se/aids2004
  8. 9th International Seminar on Military Science
    Yokosuka, Japan, July 12-17, 2004
    Organized by the National Defense Academy of Japan. Defense university educators from Australia, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, and U.S. meet annually to improve mutual understanding of security policies and to contribute to the reciprocal improvement of the defense universities in the region. They discussed education policies and methods on such issues as conflict resolution, security and defense strategy among other issues, taking into account the ever-increasing complexity and interconnectedness of the world.
    Web site: http://www.nda.ac.jp/ad/boudaitimes/btms200409/taimuzu200409top.htm
  9. UNESCO, UNIAP and UNDP-SEAHIV Parallel Conference on Trafficking, Migration, Minorities and HIV/AIDS
    Bangkok, July 14, 2004
    This meeting was held in parallel to the XV International AIDS Conference. The one day conference drew speakers in the area of trafficking, migration and minorities and HIV/AIDS throughout Asia. A Geographic Information System (GIS) was introduced by UNESCO as a tool to conduct vulnerability mapping in HIV/AIDS and Trafficking. Contact email: trafficking@unescobkk.org
    Web site: http://archives.healthdev.net/sea-aids/msg01100.html
  10. "Human Security and HIV/AIDS"
    Bangkok, July 15, 2004
    A satellite event to the International AIDS Conference organized by the Government of Japan, with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). This symposium addressed the HIV/AIDS issue in light of the concept 'Human Security', highlighting the roles of the governments, civil societies and donors in protecting people and communities vulnerable to and affected by HIV/AIDS and in empowering them. AIDS experts, academics, and government officials attended this event.
    Web site: http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/oda/category/health/sympo0407/index.html
  11. International Conference on Accountability for Atrocity
    Galway, Ireland, July 15-16, 2004
    Organized by UNU, Tokyo and the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Approximately 20 experts on legal, human security and human rights issues, as well as representatives from international institutions such as UNHCR, and more than 150 participants from around the world gathered to discuss topics such as: Prosecutorial Strategy of International Criminal Tribunals and Courts, Prosecutorial Discretion and Independence and Impartiality of International Criminal Tribunals, Obstacles to Accountability: Amnesties and Immunities, and Alternatives to Prosecution. Contact email: edel_hughes@hotmail.com
    Web site: http://www.unu.edu/p&g/galway/index.htm; http://www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/past_conferences.html
  12. Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Forum
    Washington, D.C., July 20, 2004
    Co-organized by The Korea Society, National Committee for Peace in Korea (NCPK) and the National Association of Korean Americans (NAKA). Participants were researchers, intellectuals, diplomats, parliamentarians, and security and nuclear experts from DPRK, Korea, and U.S. Contact Lilian Won, email: lillian.ny@koreasociety.org
    Web site: http://210.145.168.243/pk/207th_issue/2004073106.htm
  13. Round-table Symposium on China's Asia-Pacific Security Strategy
    Beijing. July 22, 2004
    Organized by the Australian Embassy in China.
  14. 3rd Japan-ASEAN Dialogue: A Roadmap towards East Asian Community
    Tokyo, July 22-23, 2004
    Organized by the Council on East Asian Community (CEAC) and co-sponsored by ASEAN-ISIS and The Global Forum of Japan. Supported by Japan-ASEAN Exchange Projects (JAEP). CEAC was created in 2004 as an all-Japan intellectual platform covering business, government, and academic leaders, aimed at the strengthening of intellectual collaboration, the building of intellectual foundation, and the sharing of strategic ideas among members, which consists of 12 think-tanks, 61 individuals and 15 corporate members. Their discussions looked at reinforcing the economic partnership, how the nations viewed the Japan-ASEAN relationship, how to strengthen political and security cooperation, and enhancing cooperation in culture, exchanges and public relations. 138 prominent academics, intellectuals, and members of parliament, government and the ASEAN Secretariat from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. Contact CEAC, email: info@ceac.jp, web: http://www.ceac.jp/e/index.html
    Web site: http://www.gfj.jp/e_gf/conver_e/asean.htm
  15. Russia in Asia—Asia in Russia: Energy, Economics, and Regional Relations
    Washington, D.C., July 22-23, 2004
    Co-sponsored by the Kennan Institute and the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C. Participants examined the prospects for the large energy supplies of the Russian Far East (RFE) and the large and growing energy demand in Northeast Asia to drive closer economic and political integration within the region. Agenda topics included the RFE in Asia, RFE-Asia energy trade as a possible path for integration, and energy relations between Russia and Northeast Asia, and Northeast Asia's approach to Russia either as integration or isolation. Conference was participated in by academics, diplomats, government officials, energy and economy experts, business executives and journalists from China, Japan, Russia, U.K., Ukraine, and U.S.
    Web site:http://wwics.si.edu/index.cfm?fuseaction=events.event_summary&event_id=82749
    http://www.wilsoncenter.org/topics/pubs/KI_occasionalPaper_292.pdf
  16. Second Future Leaders Forum: Korea-China-Japan
    Seoul, Beijing, Fukuoka, July 26-August 6
    The Japan Foundation organized the first forum in this series in 2002 to give young leaders from the three countries the opportunity to exchange ideas and build relationships of trust. Organized by China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, Japan Foundation and Korea Foundation. The 14 young leaders from fields including politics, government, media, academia and business, visited three cities, learning more about each other's countries and hearing lectures form various experts. The theme for the duration of the program was 'Trilateral Cooperation: Toward Building a Northeast Asian Regional Community' and included discussions on political and security cooperation, economic cooperation and economic integration, and the possibility and scenarios for bringing about economic integration similar to that of the EU in Northeast Asia.
    Web site: http://newsletter.kf.or.kr/english/contents.asp?vol=47&sec=1&lang=English&no=510
  17. United Nations Conference on Disarmament Issues
    Sapporo, Japan, July 26-29, 2004
    Organized by the United National Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific. The theme for this conference, which is held annually, was "Mounting challenges to peace and security and disarmament today". Participants, security and disarmament experts from both governments and the private sector and representatives of UN bodies and other international organizations, from Brazil, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, and U.S., discussed nuclear non-proliferation, tackling the nuclear black market, international responses and the role of the UN Security Council, and challenges and prospects for the 2005 NPT Conference. They also discussed the High-Level Panel's recommendations, strengthening multilateralism, combating terrorism, regional security in Northeast Asia, nuclearization of the peninsula, DPRK's neighbours responses, as well as the humanitarian issues in the DPRK. Finally, they looked at the role of civil society in peace, security and disarmament, gender issues, and peace education. This was followed by a civil society forum. Contact email: ishiguri@un.org
    Web site: http://disarmament2.un.org/rcpd/Sapporo.htm
  18. "An Emerging Security Triangle? Australia-Japan-US Strategic Interests and Regional Response"
    Brisbane, July 29-30, 2004
    Hosted by the Griffith Asia-Pacific Research Institute, Australia and sponsored by the Japan Foundation through an Intellectual Exchange in Asia Grant. Included discussions on alliance politics in the region, the views of all three players with respect to an emerging security triangle, the geopolitics of Northeast Asia. Academics and security experts from Australia, Japan, Singapore and U.S.
    Web site: http://www.griffith.edu.au/centre/asiainstitute/
  19. The Post-Cold War International Order and Domestic Conflict in Asia
    Singapore, July 29-30, 2004
    Organized by the National University of Singapore (NUS) and supported by Department of Sociology/Faculty of Arts and Social Science, NUS, Asia Research Institute, NUS, Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong, and Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University. The participants examined the issues of American presence in Asia-Pacific, U.S. hegemony and whether it is necessary for stability or prosperity in the region or if it is having an adverse effect on regional social and political conflicts. They were sociologists, political scientists, political economists, anthropologists and experts on security, globalization, economic development and social movements from various Asian nations—Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand—as well as Australia, Europe and U.S. Contact Christian Chua, email: a0203849@nus.edu.sq
    Web site: http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/soc/Research/workshop.htm, http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/soc/conf
  20. International Symposium for Peace: Reestablishing the Trend to Abolish Nuclear Weapons—Toward Deeper Coordination between Cities and their Citizens
    Hiroshima, August 1, 2004
    Sponsored by the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, Asahi Shimbun, and Hiroshima City with support from Hiroshima Home Television, this was the 10th symposium in the series held annually in August to commemorate the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. The symposium was held in preparation for the 2005 Review Conference on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and to further promote abolition of nuclear weapons. Attended by academics, disarmament experts, journalists and others from Japan and around the world.
    Web site: http://www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jp/hpcf/heiwabunka/pce53/English/07E.htm
  21. 2004 EWC/ EWCA International Conference—"New Challenges for Building an Asia Pacific Community"
    Tokyo, August 2-4, 2004
    Sponsored by the East-West Center, EWC Association, EWCA Japan Chapter and Nihon University, and gathering 375 participants—East-West Center Alumni from 25 countries. Discussions on the impact of the Japanese recession on the region, education initiatives, population trends in Asia including aging populations, women's issues, media issues, regional security and the changing dynamics of international relations in the region. Contact email: Tokyo2004@eastwestcenter.org
    Web site: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/Japan2004
  22. Young Leaders Seminar
    Beijing, August 2-4, 2004
    These seminars were follow-ups to an April 2004 seminar in Hawaii as part of the Young Leaders program, which was initiated by Pacific Forum CSIS, prompted by the absence of young scholars, with the support of the Freeman Foundation, the Hawaii-based Strong Foundation, and the CNA Corporation. The plan is to conduct a series of events over a three-year period to develop a network of young scholars. The Beijing seminar was co-sponsored by the Pacific Forum CSIS, the Research Institute for Peace and Security (RIPS), Japan, and the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR). The theme was "Toward a Stronger Foundation for United States, Japan and China Relations," and included 10 young leaders from China, Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. The participants noted the very real difficulties of dealing with the roots of bilateral problems between China and Japan, which were equally reflected in the tone of the conference. Many expressed concern that China-Japan relations could become a key obstacle to greater East Asian regional integration. Young leaders from both China and Japan were greatly concerned with what each viewed as a failure of both governments to stem the rising time of nationalism in their countries. There was a general impression that nationalism served the political aims of both governments and yet both failed to appreciate the negative impact on public perceptions in foreign countries.
    Web site: http://www.csis.org/pacfor/issues/v05n01_ch2.cfm
  23. 6th Asia-Pacific Programme for Senior Military Officers (APPSMO)
    Singapore, August 4-10, 2004
    Organized by the Institute for Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), this annual meeting provides a forum for senior military officers to interact and share views on contemporary security issues in the region and to promote confidence building. Their topics this year included strategic trends in the region, managing ASEAN relations with a rising China, terrorism, Iraq, hot spots like North Korea and the Taiwan Straits, the media relationship to international conflict, the UN and global security, and revolution in military affairs and strategic transformation. The approximately 70 military officers and defense officials stressed effective information-sharing and multilateral cooperation as well as solid civil-military relations.
    Web site: http://www.idss.edu.sq/appsmo.htm, http://www.idss.edu.sg/newsletter/IDSS-APPSMO.pdf
  24. Young Leaders Seminar
    Shanghai, August 5-7, 2004
    One part of the Young Leaders program, co-hosted by Pacific Forum CSIS, the American Center at Fudan University, and Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, U.S., on U.S.-China bilateral relations and regional security. 8 young leaders from the U.S., China and Japan participated in the conference. Participants highlighted the significant improvements in the U.S.-China relationship over the previous year and since Sept. 11. Nonetheless, the trajectory of the bilateral relationship was marked by pessimism and mistrust; a reflection of the fact that the U.S-China relationship is at an important crossroads and will be shaped by events on the Korean Peninsula and in the Taiwan Strait. Although the U.S.-China relationship is not marked by any overriding historical enmity, there remains a profound current of mistrust that stems from history, in particular the role that both nations have played, and see themselves destined to play, in Asia.
    Web site: http://www.csis.org/pacfor/issues/v05n01_ch3.cfm
  25. 5th International Symposium of the Awaji Pacific Forum
    Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, August 6-7, 2004
    Organized by the Awaji Pacific Forum, Awaji Conference Japan, which was established in 2000 for the discussion of urgent and timely issues and to develop policy proposals. Attended by 230 people including diplomats, academics, journalists and business people from 11 countries including Indonesia, Japan, and Mongolia. They listened to a lecture and then discussed security in Northeast Asia, the security policies of China, DPRK, Japan and Korea, the nuclear issue, and crisis management.
    Web site: http://www.awaji-conference.com/symposium_e/symposium2004.html
  26. 5th Asian Statesmen's Forum
    Cebu City, Philippines, August 9-10, 2004
    This year's theme was "Security, Sustainability and Social Order in Asia: Charting Common Directions for the Future". They discussed the reality that 9-11 has forced ASEAN to develop itself in the security arena as well as an economic association in the face of terrorism and other security challenges in Asia, Asian values and whether democracy, free press, and human rights will gain more weight, in light of the fact that there were so many elections in Asia in 2004. Finally they discussed policy directions for encouraging sustainable development practices and efficient use of energy resources, as well as the maritime disputes that persist in Asia, especially in terms of oil and gas exploration, and the effect on regional security. 28 members of parliament, academics and company executives from various countries including Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, and Philippines.
  27. 2nd Asia Economic Summit
    Kuala Lumpur, August 9-11
    Co-organized by The New Straits Times Press and the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI), Malaysia, the theme was"Securing Asia's Future in an Uncertain World", focusing on the economic future of the region. Participants talked about cooperation in the region on environmental, health and science and technology matters. Session topics included "Can Asia Unite?—Forging Consensus, Sharing a Common Future", where they spoke about the various institutions and efforts taking place to build a community in the region and how they could be streamlined to be more effective; "Can Asia's Economic Recovery and Prosperity be Sustained? Will Asia Stop Growing?"; two sessions on China including "China and ASEAN: Going Forward for Mutual Prosperity" and "How can Companies Develop a Winning China Strategy?". Other sessions were on where security threats come from, such as North Korea, cross-Strait relations, territorial disputes and Kashmir, developing infrastructure, new leadership in Asia, in light of the many elections that took place in 2004, and finally, the India-ASEAN partnership and the possible areas besides commerce for cooperation. Economic experts, academics, business council leaders and government officials from various nations inside and outside Asia. Contact Felicia Wong, ASLI, email: felicia_wong@asli.com.my
    Web site: http://www.asli.com.my/cgi-bin/prevdetails.cfm?type=conference&id=67
  28. Conference on Northeast Asian Security
    Washington, D.C., August 9-11, 2004
    Co-sponsored by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP), U.S. and the DPRK Institute for Disarmament and Peace. This was the second in a series of track 2 meetings sponsored by NCAFP to promote mutual understanding among the parties to the 6-party talks and facilitate a peaceful resolution of the North Korean nuclear crisis. Participants discussed the deep mistrust and even suspicion that exists between the U.S. and North Korea, the possible effects of the U.S. Presidential Election, and whether the North really is genuinely prepared to give up its nuclear program. They also discussed finer details of the U.S. proposals made at the 6-party talks in June 2004, tried to determine the existence of a uranium enrichment program, and talked about the possible benefits of more "quiet diplomacy"—quiet, bilateral negotiations with North Korea. Attended by 30 former and current government officials, in their private capacities, think tank representatives, diplomats, and academics, and 8 observers from China, DPRK, Korea, Japan, and U.S. Contact NCAFP Project Director Professor Donald S. Zagoria, email: dzagoria@webtv.net
    Web site: http://www.ncafp.org/projects/NEasia/roundaug04_DPRK.pdf
  29. ASEAN-Private Sector Roundtable Meeting on ASEAN Economic Community
    Bangkok, August 11, 2004
  30. Asian Civil Society Forum (ACSF) Special Seminar on Report of High-level Panel on UN/Civil Society Relations- Asian Perspective and Response
    Bangkok, August 13, 2004
    The report of the Panel of Eminent Persons (High-level Panel) on the United Nations-Civil Society Relations (A/58/817) entitled "We the peoples: civil society, the United Nations and global governance" was submitted in June 2004 and contained 30 proposals which have implications and impact on the ongoing relations between the UN, civil society, particularly NGOs and governments at all levels—national, regional and global. This seminar was organized as a lead-up to the November 2004 ASCF conference, in order that NGOs and the UN in Asia better understand the background of the report and the proposals, to exchange views on their implications on ongoing and future relationship between UN, NGOs and Governments in Asia Asia, and to develop a common position/response to the report of the Panel among interested NGOs, to send it to the UN General Assembly. Contact Mr Seonghoon LEE (Anselmo), CONGO Working Group on Asia (Geneva), email: leesh@iprolink.ch
    Web site: http://www.acsf.info
  31. 2nd Annual Conference of Network of East Asian Think-tanks (NEAT)—"Towards an East Asian Community"; and Retreat of ASEAN Plus Three Director-Generals 2nd Annual Conference of NEAT
    Bangkok, August 16-17, 2004
    The "Network of East Asian Think-tanks" (NEAT) is a Track 2 network for strengthening regional integration, proposed by the Reports of the East Asia Vision Group (EAVG) and the East Asia Study Group (EASG) under the auspices of the ASEAN Plus Three Summit Meeting. China took an initiative in establishing the NEAT upon the approval of the ASEAN Plus Three Foreign Ministers' Meeting in May 2003. This year's conference was jointly organized by the Institute of East Asian Studies, Thammassat University, Saranrom Institute of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, and Thailand Research Fund. Discussions focussed on how to promote East Asia cooperation and community. Methods varied but all called for efforts to increase the sense of community and East Asian identity, focussing on the people-to-people approach. On economic issues they discussed an East Asian Free Trade Area (EAFTA) to come together through the existing FTA building blocks and therefore the need to harmonize FTAs, as well as an East Asian Monetary Fund, and a single currency. Concrete recommendations: joint study on mutual perceptions and common threats, the exchange of security experts, and initiatives for dealing with the human security issues of drug and human trafficking and infectious diseases. Institutionalization of the ASEAN+3 process was a somewhat contentious issue, some called for greater ownership for the +3 countries making sure not to marginalize ASEAN. Some suggested the proposed East Asian Summit would be the best vehicle. Attended by academics, intellectuals and government officials from the ASEAN+3 countries, except the Philippines. 3rd meeting to be organized by Japan Forum on International Relations, Inc.
    Web site: http://www.asia.tu.ac.th/information/IF003_ASEAN.htm, http://www.neat.org.cn/neatweb_en/hysj/contentshow.php?content_id=25
  32. Harvard HPAIR Conference in Shanghai
    Shanghai, August 18-21, 2004
    Annual summer conference in Asia organized by The Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) since 1992, as a way of facilitating discussion on political, economic and social issues relevant to Asia-Pacific. This time co-hosted by Fudan University with sponsorship from a variety of corporations. 400 students, young professionals and Asian leaders from about 30 countries had discussions on the theme "The Once and Future Asia: Expanding Horizons, Historic Transitions". Workshops focussed on the following six topics: Exploring Asia's Urban Landscapes: Tracing Their Histories and Imagining Their Future, Modernization and Identity in East Asia: Looking Back and Looking Forward, Rivalry despite Interdependence: The Paradox of Asian Security, The Scientific Revolution in Asia, In Search of Civil Society in Asia, Trial by Fire: Forging a New Legal Reality in East Asia. Web site: http://www.hpair.org
  33. Forum on Regional Strategic and Political Developments
    Singapore, August 19, 2004
    An annual forum organized by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), this year's being the 8th, provided an opportunity for academics and opinion leaders to examine trends and discuss the region's major issues. Discussions among the 260 participants, mostly leading academics and opinion makers, focussed on Taiwan and North Korea, with participants concurring that the likelihood of war erupting over these issues is low, as well as on elections and Islam in Indonesia, Thailand and Thaksin's approach, and challenges for Malaysia, including corruption.
    Web site: http://www.iseas.edu.sg/nlissue4.pdf
  34. 2nd Senior Journalists Seminar
    Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Los Angeles, August 21-September 5, 2004
    Organized by the East-West Center as a follow-up to the 1st Senior Journalists' Seminar which took place in September 2003.10 Asian journalists from countries with large Muslim populations—Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and Singapore—as well as U.S. journalists met with U.S. government officials, academics, journalists and NGO representatives to exchange perspectives on U.S.-Islam relations. Contact EWC contact: Dennis Donahue, email:
    donahued@EastWestCenter.org
    Web site: http://ewcupdates.eastwestcenter.org/ewcheadlines/093004.htm
  35. ASEAN Roundtable 2004—"Reforming Corporate Governance in Southeast Asia: Economic Realities, Political Institutions, Regulatory Frameworks"
    Singapore, August 25-26, 2004
    Annual conference initiated by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore in 1986; this year supported by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. Topics discussed included Political Institutions/Capacity and Corporate Governance in Southeast Asia, Economic Crisis and Corporate Governance Reforms in Southeast Asia as well as corporate governance in selected Southeast Asian countries. The Roundtable aimed to identify the divergence in patterns of corporate governance systems in Southeast Asia; discern the weaknesses in corporate governance in countries most affected by the financial crisis; examine the initiatives taken by the Southeast Asian states to reform corporate financial structure, corporate ownership, and accounting system; identify the economic problems, political variables and legal constraints in corporate governance reforms; evaluate the successes and failures of these policy measures; and provide a forum for individual countries to share their experiences of success and failure in corporate reforms, and in the process facilitate lesson-drawing. 15 papers were presented. Some dealt specifically with Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
    Web site: http://www.iseas.edu.sg/nlissue4.pdf
  36. 2nd China-ASEAN Seminar on Mass Media Cooperation
    Nanning, China, August 26-31, 2004
    The second meeting was initiated and organized by the People's Daily, China following up on a seminar held in 2002. Planned to be held every year alternately in China and ASEAN, and to include the participation of government press officials as well as leaders in the media. The main theme of this conference was "Coordinating Media Cooperation with the Development of the 10+1 Free Trade Area" Participated in by representatives of the major news media and information agencies from China and all the ASEAN countries. All the participants agreed to promote information exchange so as to enhance understanding between Chinese and ASEAN peoples and to strengthen the coverage on China-ASEAN economic cooperation in line with the development of the Free Trade Area. Specific agreements included to establish partnerships between news media, cooperate on information sharing, facilitate joint news coverage, expand the media cooperation on the internet (including the possibility of establishing a common website featuring news from China and ASEAN) establish program exchange and joint program production, and support each other on reporting regional and international events such as 2008 Beijing Olympiad.
    Web site: http://www.aseansec.org/16352.htm
  37. Japan-ASEAN 1st Security Workshop 2004
    Tokyo, August 27-28, 2004
    Co-organized by the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Singapore and the Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA). The first of two workshops (second one: Oct 3-4, Singapore) planned to prepare for the 2nd Japan-ASEAN Security Symposium 2004 to be held at the end of October 2004. The first symposium was held in 2003 as part of the Japan-ASEAN Exchange Year. Workshops brought government officials, private sector individuals, policy experts and intellectuals from Japan and ASEAN to discuss ways to increase security cooperation. The critical challenges identified were: maritime security, international terrorism, transnational crime, military modernization, weapons of mass destruction, peace-keeping, and environmental and natural disasters. They reviewed the possibility of solidifying an institutional arrangement for security cooperation and produced policy recommendations which were debated at the October Symposium. The recommendations arising from these two workshops to be submitted to the country leaders for the 2004 ASEAN-Japan Summit can be found at:
    Web site: http://www.jiia.or.jp/pdf/asia_centre/h16_asean/asean_2004.pdf
  38. 14th New Generation Seminar
    Honolulu and U.S. Mainland, August 29-September 12, 2004
    An annual seminar organized by the East-West Center and funded by the Freeman Foundation to promote better understanding among participants and of security issues in the region and to together formulate a vision for how 21st Century threats may be dealt with by an Asia Pacific Community. The theme for this 14th seminar was "Security and Leadership", in light of the many elections which took place in 2004, and the participants met with regional and security experts, government officials and community leaders during the program. The participants this year were elected officials, opposition party members, NGO representatives, a journalist, a priest, a business leader and an emergency management official from Cambodia, China, India, Korea, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Zealand, Philippines, and U.S.
    Web site: http://eastwestcenter.org/stored/misc/2004NGSnewsletter.pdf
  39. The 2nd Workshop of the Whole (WOW-2) on Vientiane Action Programme 2004-2010
    Jakarta, August 30-31, 2004
    Organized by the ASEAN Secretariat but also involving representatives from the private sector, NGOs and other international institutions. The first meeting of this kind was held in Brunei and is participated in by the East Asian Working Group (EAWG).
  40. The Fourth Asian International Forum
    Fukuoka, Japan, September 1-2, 2004, 2004
    Co-sponsored by Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City, the Organizing Committee of the Asian International Forum in Fukuoka, this meeting was conceived at the Finance Ministers' Meeting in Fukuoka as part of the 2000 Kyushu-Okinawa Summit. This international conference annually gathers researchers, mainly economic experts, from policy research institutions from 13 nations and regions in East Asia, Europe and America (China, EU, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam). This time they probed the theme of "The Advance of Globalization and Asia—FTA Strategies in East Asia." Specific discussion topics were Resolving New Global Trade Imbalances in an Era of Asian Economic Integration, New Regional Strategies in an Era of FTA and Potentiality of Japan and Fukuoka. Contact The Organizing Committee of the Asian International Forum in Fukuoka, email: asif-fko@joho-fukuoka.or.jp; tel: +81-92-643-3159
    Web site: http://www.joho-fukuoka.or.jp/kigyo/asif-fko/
  41. Track Two Workshop on Confidence Building Measures in the ASEAN Regional Forum
    Phnom Penh, September 2-3
    Organized by the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Singapore. 40 participants mainly from governmental, non-governmental and academic institutions within Cambodia but also by governmental and academic representatives from Germany and the European Union (EU). The objective was to exchange views between Cambodian, German and EU participants on ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) issues in relation to: (1) the role of the EU in the ARF; (2) the role of the Track II process in the ARF; (3) the status of OSCE-ARF cooperation; and (4) the upcoming Inter-Sessional Group Meeting on Confidence Building Measures scheduled for 26-27 October 2004 in Phnom Penh. Several policy recommendations were made.
    Web site: http://www.fesspore.org/
  42. IDSS—Ford Workshop on Non-Traditional Security in Asia
    Singapore, September 3-4, 2004
    Organized by the Institute for Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS) and funded by Ford Foundation as part of a project called "Dynamics of Securitization in Asia" within the broader non-traditional security (NTS) in Asia theme. Researchers were looking into the causes of NTS threats, how governments and non-state actors perceive them, and what the policy responses have been. Discussions were on securitization of transnational crime, illegal migration, stateless populations, health and infectious diseases, poverty and corruption, and environmental issues. Approximately 25 participants—academics, journalists, and security experts—from Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, U.K., and U.S. Contact tel: +65-6790-6982.
    Web site: http://www.idss-nts.org/PDF/NTS%20Workshop%20report.pdf
  43. Third International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP)
    Beijing, September 3-5, 2004
    Hosted by The Communist Party of China (CPC). This meeting, initiated in 2000 with conferences every two years, is intended to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between Asian political parties. China especially hoped that by hosting the meeting it would lead to the growth of regional cooperation and to the comprehensive and multi-level development of bilateral ties between China and its Asian partners. The theme this time was "Exchanges, Cooperation, Development" and the main topics included "regional security and multilateral cooperation," "economic growth and social progress," and "political party building and national development." Participated in by 350 representatives from 81 political parties from 35 Asian countries. Delegates called on Asian countries to strengthen cooperation in energy area to maintain the sustainable development in Asia in the Beijing Declaration issued at the conclusion of the conference.
    Web site: http://www.vic-info.org/RegionsTop.nsf/e725351f8cffc90b8a25682d0065b627/
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  44. Sixth EU—ASEAN Think Tank Dialogue—Completing The Triangle—East Asia, EU and the US: Recent Developments, Challenges, and Prospects for Inter-Regional Cooperation
    Munich, Brussels, Lisbon, September 5-10, 2004
    Organized by ISDS Philippines, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), Institute of International and Strategic Studies (IEEI) Lisbon and European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS), Brussels. An annual meeting between the policy institutes of ASEAN+3 countries and the EU. In Brussels, members took part in a Workshop/Seminar at the European Parliament organized in collaboration with the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Delegation, European Parliament. In Lisbon participants had discussions on political succession in Asia, EU and U.S., regional developments and the implications for EU-ASEAN+3 relations, the challenges of global terrorism and formulating a joint agenda, and completing the triangle between Asia, EU and U.S. Attended by approximately 30 leading intellectuals, researchers and academics from Belgium, Cambodia, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, U.K., U.S., and Vietnam, as well as members of the EC and European Parliament.
    Web site: http://www.eias.org/conferences/euasean060904.html, http://www.kas.de/proj/home/events/73/2/year-2004/month-8/veranstaltung_id-11490/
  45. Asia Europe People's Forum (AEPF) 5
    Hanoi, September 6-9, 2004
    Held every two years as a parallel to and to make recommendations to the ASEM Summit, the theme for this year's forum was "People's Action for Human Security in Asia and Europe". Over 500 participants from Asian and European countries expressed their desire for their countries to cooperate in creating a just world with sustainable economic and social development and people-centered security. They discussed ridding the world of weapons, conflict resolution, and many other issues such as global events which are impacting on both regions—the U.S.-led war on terrorism and the war in Iraq; the aftermath of the failure of the WTO Ministerial in Cancun as well as the continuing repression of the democratic movement and military rule in Burma. They made various concrete recommendations for the governments to discuss at their October summit.
    Web site: http://www.tni.org/asem/index.htm; http://europa.eu.int/comm/external_relations/asem/
    asem_summits/asem5/asem_people_forum_09-09-04.htm
  46. 28th Pacific Armies Management Seminar (PAMS XXVIII)—"Regional Cooperation in a Changing Security Environment"
    New Delhi, September 6-10, 2004
    PAMS is an annual seminar aimed at facilitating and enhancing interactions among the armies of the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean region. Participation has grown from 9 nations in 1978 to 29 nations in 2004. Co-hosted this year by the U.S. Army, Pacific (USARPAC) and the Indian Army. Discussions attempted to project the security environment in the next decade, impacts on armies of asymmetrical and non-traditional security threats, and cooperation in addressing common security challenges. Attended by 92 senior ground force officers from 29 countries—Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, China, Fiji, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Korea, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, U.K., U.S., Vanuatu and Vietnam. Contact Terrence M. Slattery, PACC / PAMS Program Manager, email: slattert@shafter.army.mil
    Web site: http://www2.apan-info.net/pams/pams_xxviii.htm
  47. Women Parliamentarians of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organization (AIPO)
    Phnom Penh, September 12, 2004
    Participants agreed to two resolutions. They were on improving livelihoods and promoting gender equity, to provide women with equal access to education, resources, legal rights and protection, and improving legislation or make new laws to protect young women and children from trafficking. Delegates considered the two issues as vitally important as the lack of economic security, viable livelihood options and gender equity make women and children vulnerable to trafficking. They agreed that the issues had to be tackled regionally as they affected ASEAN's future and hindered future prosperity and development.
    Web site: http://www.cambodian-parliament.org/aipo/index.htm
  48. General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organization (AIPO)
    Phnom Penh, September 12-17, 2004
    Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand established AIPO in 1977, with the first general assembly held in Singapore in 1978. Held plenary sessions and also split into committees for detailed discussions on political, social, economic and organizational matters. Delegates discussed regional issues including efforts to boost farm output in the new ASEAN member countries, plans for a regional security community, tourism and various social matters including HIV/AIDS, child labor and disparities between urban and rural dwellers. The lawmakers stressed and issued comminques on a number of issues including boosting rural areas, transferring technology from developed countries, energy security and improvement of HIV/AIDS programs in Southeast Asia. A total of more than 300 delegates from 22 countries including ASEAN government parliamentarians, as well as delegates from dialogue partners including Australia, Canada, China, EU, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Russia, and Timor Leste, observers from Brunei and Myanmar (as they do not have functioning legislatures), and representatives of the ASEAN Secretariat and International Parliamentary Union (IPU).
    Web site: http://www.cambodian-parliament.org/aipo/index.htm
  49. Japan-Korea-U.S. National Defense Research Meeting
    Tokyo, September 15-16, 2004
    Joint research and exchange between the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Japan, The Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at The National Defense University (NDU), U.S. and the Korean International Defense Agency (KIDA). Members of each of these organizations gathered for the first time for joint research purposes. The Japanese and Koreans met the first day to discuss their findings on research into transformation of the U.S. forces and their responses to that. All three countries met the following day to discuss trilateral cooperation for security and issues concerning security in East Asia today including: North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles and the 6-party talks, dynamics of the China-Taiwan relationship, U.S. security policy and responses to U.S. presence in the region, and threats from non-state actors.
    Web site (Japanese only): http://www.nids.go.jp/english/dissemination/other/
    symposium/pdf/0119_i_symposium.pdf
  50. 3rd Asia-Pacific Security Forum: Asian Elections 2004: Regional Security Implications
    Paris, September 16-17, 2004
    Organized annually to discuss security issues in the Asia-Pacific by Centre Asie, Ifri, Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), U.S., Institute for Strategic and Development Studies (ISDS), Philippines and Institute for National Policy Research (INPR), Taiwan. This year they focussed on Asian elections in 2004 and their impact on regional security, especially with respect to North Korea, Cross-Strait relations between Taiwan and China, U.S. strategy and other developments in Southeast Asia. Participants and observers were security experts, researchers and academics from Austria, EC, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, U.K. and U.S. Contact Florence Biot, Ifri, biot.centreasie@ifri.org
    Web site: http://www.ifri.org/files/centre_asie/APSF_agenda.pdf
  51. 4th Japan-China Dialogue: Future Prospect of East Asian Community and the Japan-China Relationship
    Tokyo, September 16-17, 2004
    Organized by the Council on East Asian Community (CEAC), The Global Forum of Japan and the China Association for International Friendly Contact (CAIFC). Supported by the Tokyo Club. 124 participants discussed Japan and China's roles in East Asian economic integration, cooperating in politics and security, and the possibility of resolving issues in Japan-China relations through the broader East Asian framework. They also discussed the 6-party talks and the role of China and Japan in these.
    Web site http://www.gfj.jp/index-j.htm, http://www.gfj.jp/e_gf/conver_e/c-program.htm
  52. The Sixth ASEM Informal Seminar on Human Rights Series
    Suzhou, China, September 16-17
    Organized by Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). Sponsored by French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (Sweden) with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden, and the Asia-Europe Foundation with the support of the European Commission. The aim was to highlight the need to integrate the issue of protection of the human rights of migrants into all stages of migration management, from the view that both Asia and Europe have to continue to seek joint, equitable and appropriate solutions, through regional and bilateral dialogue, to the problems posed by international migrations. This two-day seminar was structured around the status of international migrants and trafficking of human beings. It sought to encourage the 80 participants from 24 countries—Asian and European academics, policy-makers, international organization representatives and experts—to give ideas and recommendations on driving ASEM forward on these matters.
    Web site: http://www.asef.org; http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/wjb/zygy/gyhd/t159994.htm
  53. The 13th Northeast Asia Economic Forum—Prosperity Through Cooperation in Northeast Asia
    Seoul, September 17-18, 2004
    Jointly organized by the Northeast Asia Economic Forum (NEAEF) [a regional non-governmental organization with its secretariat at the East-West Center, U.S.A., which brings together some 40 institutions from China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, and Russia, as well as the ADB, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, to facilitate research, networking and dialogue relevant to the economic and social development of Northeast Asia. NEAEF], Korea International Trade Association (KITA), and the National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA), Japan. Discussions looked at long-term development strategies, the mobilization of financial resources and investment, cooperation over the region's energy resources, transportation, logistics, tourism, and the facilitation of e-trade among Northeast Asian countries. NIRA representatives expounded on the Grand Design for Northeast Asia project, highlighting areas such as developing a common fund for use by the countries in the region, energy security, Russia's oil and natural gas resources, and the clean development mechanism (CDM) intended to protect the environment. Attended by experts and representatives of international organizations from Northeast Asia and the U.S.
    Web site: http://www.nira.go.jp/pubj/newsletter/nn06.pdf; http://global.kita.net/kita/kitanews_viw.jsp?back=true&
    no=425&page=2&searchKey=&searchField=title
  54. 33rd Pacific Area Senior Officials Logistics Seminar (PASOLS)
    Brunei, September 20-24, 2004
    Organized by the PASOLS Secretariat as an apolitical, multinational, multiservice and defence departmental forum for senior logistics officers from the Asian, Pacific and Indian ocean regions to exchange and discuss new ideas and review logistics initiatives introduced by their regional neighbors. The theme for this year's seminar was "Logistics Cooperation: Integrated Logistics and Combat Support". Sponsored by Headquarters United States Commander-In-Chief Pacific Area Command (HQ USCINCPAC).
    Web site: http://www.pasols.org/index.htm
  55. Trilateral Retreats: Toward New Regional Relations in Northeast Asia
    Hawaii, September 21-24, 2004
    This program consisted of five three-day workshops over a 2-year period designed to foster understanding and build cooperative relationships among a core group of emerging opinion makers and leaders from Japan, Korea and China. The first four were bilateral and the final retreat was trilateral. The program, co-sponsored by the Mansfield Foundation, Pacific Forum CSIS and the Asia Foundation, aimed to initiate meaningful progress in an area where historical legacies have long hampered bilateral and regional relations. Funding came from Asia Foundation, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, USA, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Korea Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, and Ford Foundation. Participants included six representatives from each nation, between 35 and 45 years old and serving in positions of influence in their societies: legislators, journalists, social scientists, business leaders, writers and artists, and civil society leaders. The participants were able to produce a consensus statement on the need for regional reconciliation and made concrete recommendations for improved understanding in general terms and also based on their sectors of expertise.
    Web site: http://www.mansfieldfdn.org/programs/trilats.htm
  56. Regionalism in Northeast Asia: Opportunities and Challenges
    Washington, D.C., September 22, 2004
    Hosted by The Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and co-hosted by the SAIS Korea Initiative Program, the Maeil Business Newspaper, the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, in cooperation with the Korea Economic Institute and Pantech&Curitel. Session topics included Energy and Regional Cooperation, Economic Regionalism, Strategic Positions and Regionalism: Security Issues, Participants were security, energy and regional experts, current and former policymakers, diplomats, economists, academics and journalists from Japan, Korea and U.S. and they were joined by a public audience. Contact Felisa Neuringer Klubes, email: fklubes@jhu.edu
    Web site: http://apps.sais-jhu.edu/insider/archive_news_and_events.php?year=2004
  57. Maritime Security, Maritime Terrorism and Piracy in Asia: Issues and Perspectives
    Singapore, September 23-24, 2004
    Organized by the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Netherlands as part of a larger research project. Multidisciplinary papers from international specialists and maritime industry practitioners from Australia, France, India, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, U.K. and U.S., were discussed on topics such as maritime terrorism, transnational threats, oil spills and pollution, country perspectives on piracy, private sector responses, and prospects for regional cooperation. Contact IIAS, email: iias@let.leidenuniv.nl
    Web site: http://www.iseas.edu.sg/23sep04.html
  58. Asia Pacific Security Outlook (APSO) 2005 Bali Workshop
    Bali, September 24-26, 2004
    Organized by the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), in cooperation with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Jakarta, for the annual publication of the same name conducted in collaboration with the East-West Center and ASEAN-ISIS. This workshop was an opportunity for country and region chapter writers to present their papers and discuss their assessment of the regional security environment, defense issues, and regional and global cooperation. The authors this year were defense and security experts from Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, EU, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Asia, Thailand, U.S. and Vietnam. Contact email: mailto:admin@jcie.or.jp
    Web site: http://www.jcie.or.jp/thinknet/apso/
  59. International Conference on Revitalizing Northeast China and Promoting Regional Cooperation in Northeast Asia
    Dalian, China, September 25-26, 2004
    This meeting was the result of a promise made by the Chinese Prime Minister at the Bali Summit in October 2003 to hold a conference on revitalization of Northeast China with the cooperation of Japan and Korea. Sponsored by the National Development and Reform Commission, China; supported by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Commerce and the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council; jointly sponsored by the International Cooperation Center; organized by the Dalian Municipal People's Government. The 200 participants (academics, experts, government and business leaders) were from Brazil, Cambodia, China, Denmark, DPRK, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macau, Mongolia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, U.S. and Vietnam as well as from international organizations such as the Asian Development Bank, UNDP and World Bank. As well as cooperation in Northeast Asia and revitalization of Northeast China, they discussed reform of public corporations, establishing a financial system in Northeast China and Northeast Asia, and possible policy creation and development to make Dalian an international distribution center for East Asia.
    Web site: http://www.china.org.cn/english/2004/Sep/108179.htm
  60. Japan-ASEAN 2nd Security Workshop 2004
    Singapore, October 3-4, 2004
    Co-organized by the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Singapore and the Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA) and sponsored by the Japan-ASEAN General Exchange Fund (JAGEF). See above entry of same name on August 27-28 for further details. The final recommendations made as well as details of each meeting held can be found at: http://www.jiia.or.jp/pdf/asia_centre/h16_asean/asean_2004.pdf
  61. Reducing Tensions in Northeast Asia—759th Wilton Park Conference
    Wilton Park, U.K., October 4-7, 2004
    Organized by Wilton Park Conferences in association with United Nations University, Tokyo, and supported by the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its Embassies in Asia, the Ford Foundation, Beijing, and the Asia Foundation. Discussions were on the major security threats facing Northeast Asia, how to reduce tensions and risks of conflict over North Korea and Taiwan, the linkage between economic development and security in the region, lessons to be learned from elsewhere, and what role external actors such as the EU and U.S. should play. Participants were government and ministry officials, academics, experts in economics, energy and security, and think tank representatives from China, DPRK, Japan, Korea, Singapore, U.K., and U.S. and others. Contact: admin@wiltonpark.org.uk
    Web site: http://www.wiltonpark.org.uk/web/papers/pdfs/pdfreports/WP759/WP759.pdf
  62. Southeast Asia Defense Research Exchange Meeting
    Tokyo, October 5-6, 2004
    The 16th time this annual event has been held by the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Japan. Researchers from Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand met to present on their research project and discuss responses to terrorism in Southeast Asia and cooperation with the United States; changes in policy with the new administration; and general issues facing the region at this time.
    Web site (Japanese only): http://www.nids.go.jp/dissemination/nids_news/2004/pdf/200411.pdf
  63. 54th Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs: Bridging a Divided World Through International Cooperation and Disarmament
    Seoul, October 5-8, 2004
    Plenary sessions were on security on the Korean peninsula, nuclear weapons and the NPT, and the consequences of the Iraq War. Working groups met on the following topics: Eliminating Nuclear Weapons, Building Cooperative Security: the Case of the Middle East, International Terrorism and Consequences of the 'War on Terror', Economic Cooperation and Development in East Asia, and Non-Military Threats to Security. The focus of discussions was on the weakening of the non-proliferation regime, especially in light of the upcoming NPT review conference, and the very real threat to global security of nuclear weapons getting into the hands of terrorists. The conference brought more than 150 scientists, NGO officials, and public figures from 65 countries. Contact Dr. Jeffrey Boutwell, Executive Director, email: pugwashdc@aol.com
    Web site: http://www.pugwash.org/reports/pac/54/seoul2004-statement.htm
  64. ICAS Fall Symposium 2004: Humanity, Peace and Security
    Washington, D.C., October 8, 2004
    Organized annually by the Institute for Corean-American Studies (ICAS). Attended by nuclear and Northeast Asian experts, academics, senior government officials and journalists from Japan, Korea, U.S. and others. They discussed the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, U.S. interests in Northeast Asia, prospects for peace in the region, and the outlook for the South Korean economy and that of the region as a whole given the tension on the peninsula.
    Web site: http://www.icasinc.org/2004/2004f/2004fsym.html
  65. The 16th Hokkaido Conference for North Pacific Issues
    Sapporo, Japan, October 7, 2004
    Organized annually by the North Pacific Region Advanced Research Center (NORPAC) and sponsored by the National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA), Japan. Additional sponsors included Japan Foundation, Sapporo City and Northern Regions Center. Intended as an annual event for exchange between leading experts and academics on North Pacific regional issues, this year's topic was on moving towards concrete cooperation in the region. The participants were from Canada, China, DPRK, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Russia, and U.S. After looking at the workings and achievements of, as well as the outlook for the 6-party talks, participants had detailed discussions about the role of each country in the region in terms of creating a framework for regional cooperation. They looked at the impact on the region of economic cooperation on the Korean peninsula, the rise of China, and the East Serbia oil pipeline and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as examples of solid cooperation for regional development.
    Web site: http://www.norpac.or.jp; (Japanese only): http://www.norpac.or.jp/main2/conf04/2.htm
  66. The 20th North Pacific International Forum—"Concrete Measures for Regional Cooperation in the North Pacific"
    Sapporo, Japan, October 8, 2004
    Regional and security experts and researchers from 8 countries (Canada, China, DPRK, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Russia, and U.S.) met for the 20th annual forum, which is organized by the North Pacific Region Advanced Research Center (NORPAC) and sponsored by the National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA), Japan. More than 300 interested participants attended. Additional sponsors included: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport, Japan, Japan Foundation, Hokkaido Government, Sapporo City and many others. They discussed the 6-party talks, and the role of multilateralism in solving the North Korean nuclear crisis, and the importance of realizing cooperation in the region.
    Web site http://www.norpac.or.jp; (Japanese only): http://www.norpac.or.jp/main2/conf04/3.htm
  67. Media Forum 2004 The Regional Security Environment: Common Agenda and Challenges for Japan and ASEAN
    Manila, October 8-10, 2004
    Organized by ISDS Philippines, the third time this event has been held. Participants were parliamentarians, academics, current and former government officials, journalists and think tank and foundation representatives from Japan and ASEAN countries. They discussed the regional security environment including U.S. security policy in the region and emerging common challenges, domestic developments in Japan and ASEAN, particularly elections and armed conflicts, Japan's role in the region, maritime issues including security, piracy, terrorism and pollution, and Japan-ASEAN cooperation in this area, as well as the role of the media in promoting regional security. Contact email: isdsphil@cnl.net
  68. "The Challenge of Hiroshima: Alternatives to Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defenses, and Space Weaponization in a Northeast Asian Context."
    Hiroshima, October 8-11, 2004
    Sponsors were International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Mayors for Peace, Hiroshima Peace Institute, Peace Depot, and Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation. Approximately 30 nuclear disarmament experts and peace researchers from nine countries, including China, India, Japan, Russia, and U.S. engaged in debate, leading to the adoption of a statement. It called for, among others, improvement in relations between the U.S. and North Korea, opposition to the deployment of the U.S. and Japan missile defense system, normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and North Korea, promotion of negotiations for the abolition of nuclear weapons, creation of a Northeast Asian Nuclear Weapon Free Zone, withdrawal of foreign military forces from Northeast Asia, and conclusion of a treaty prohibiting the weaponization of space.
    Web site: http://www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jp/hpcf/heiwabunka/pce53/English/06E.htm
  69. Illegal Migration and Non-Traditional Security: Processes of Securitisation and Desecuritisation in Asia
    Beijing, October 10-11, 2004
    Hosted by the Centre of Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong in conjunction with the Institute of Asia Pacific Studies, CASS, Beijing, with assistance from Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Sponsored by the Ford Foundation. Part of the IDSS Phase II project on Non-Traditional Security (NTS) under the broad umbrella of the IDSS project on "Dynamics of Securitisation in Asia", the larger themes were Theoretical Frameworks: NTS, Human Security and Securitisation; Human Trafficking and Transnational Organised Crime; The Role of Labour Migration in Processes and State and Non-State Actors in Processes of Securitisation/ Desecuritisation. Detailed discussions looked at specific cases in Northeast Asia, across the Taiwan Strait, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, Russian Far East and Central Asia. Participants were project paper writers as well as academics, security experts and international organization and foundation representatives from Australia, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, U.K. and U.S. Contact email: hkcsp@hku.hk
    Web site: http://www.hku.hk/cas/seminars/oct11.html
  70. Sectoral Implications of a China-Japan-Korea FTA
    Seoul, October 11, 2004
    Organized by the Development Research Center (DRC) of China, National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA) of Japan, and Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) as part of an ongoing research project (details in Research section). Attended by research team members as well as government officials and business leaders from all three countries. They discussed the various characteristics of industries in the three countries, the implications of a FTA, especially on automobiles, agriculture and electronics, as well as tariff structures.
    Web site: http://www.kiep.go.kr/eng/e_sub02/sub01_1.asp?
    seq=20041011396509&class=01
  71. Conference on the Straits of Malacca: Building a Comprehensive Security Environment
    Kuala Lumpur, October 11-13, 2004
    Organized by the Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA) in collaboration with the Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), and attended by foreign affairs officials, navy representatives, maritime experts and diplomats from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and U.S. They discussed the importance of the Straits to the movement of goods, the increasing traffic, environmental degradation, risks owing to sea robbery and maritime terrorism and how best to respond to them, raising tension over U.S. involvement in the area and state sovereignty. They reviewed the existing frameworks for maritime security and how best to cooperate in changing circumstances. They made recommendations such as joint patrols, increased dialogue with the U.S., and cooperation on non-traditional security issues. Contact email: conference@mima.gov.my
    Web site: http://www.mima.gov.my/mima/htmls/papers/pdf/MNB/nizam-som04.pdf
  72. Financial Markets and Integration in East Asia
    Singapore, October 14-15, 2004
    Organized jointly by the Australia-Japan Research Centre, Australian National University and the Singapore Management University and sponsored by the Ministry of Finance of Japan and the Department of Treasury of Australia. Policy makers and experts from East Asia gathered to discuss regional financial integration including the objectives, the European experience, financial market development, financial sector and market reform in China, and methods for aiding financial services liberalization and capital movement in ASEAN. Other sessions were a general policy dialogue on East Asian integration and institution building, and specific discussions on macroeconomics and growth in Indonesia, Vietnam and Hong Kong. This was the first in a series of workshops to be held as part of a research project on "Advancing Economic Integration in East Asia". This projects follows on from one conducted over the past three years on future financial arrangements in East Asia. Contact email: marilyn.popp@anu.edu.au
  73. "The Relevance of Social Democratic Parties and Progressive Movements in East and Southeast Asia"
    Manila, October 14-15, 2004
    Organized by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Office for Regional Cooperation and the FES Manila office. Discussions included a stocktaking of democracy and governmental processes in the region, the question of what social democracy is and a call for greater international solidarity to propel the process. 50 participants from 13 political parties and social movements from Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand and the Socialist International Secretariat.
    Web site: http://www.fesspore.org/
  74. "Elections in Asia—Is Democracy making progress?"
    Berlin, October 19-20, 2004
    Organized by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Office for Regional Cooperation and the Department for Asia and the Pacific of FES Germany. Approximately 50 participants from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand gathered to discuss the elections which had taken place in Asia in 2004 and whether they were a sign of democracy taking root in those countries.
    Web site: http://www.fesspore.org/
  75. EU-ASEAN Reviving the Partnership
    Brussels, October 21, 2004
    The European Policy Centre (EPC), Belgium, and the Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung, Germany, hosted this one-day conference designed to reflect upon current ASEAN and EU developments, with emphasis on their shared future. There was agreement that the EU's soft power approach was welcomed throughout Asia, although its legalistic approach was often criticized by ASEAN members. Europe's insistence on human rights issues in dealing with Asian partners often provoked finger-pointing from the Asian side, and the issue of Myanmar's ASEAN chairmanship in 2006 was a point of concern for Europe and other Asian partners. China's growth, it's new diplomacy and Sino-Japanese relations would be further important issues for their leaders to watch closely in the near future, as is the role of the United States and the next administration's stance on global governance and multilateralism. They also discussed EU-ASEAN security cooperation, the possibility of using the EU as a model for Asian community and whether the ASEAN+3 process will work. Participants were senior officials, foundation, think tank and NGO representatives, diplomats, policymakers and journalists from many countries including Belgium, Germany, EC, EU, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Contact EPC Communications Executive, Cathryn Cluver, email: C.Cluver@theepc.be
    Web site: http://www.hsf.org.ph/; http://www.theepc.net/en/default.asp?TYP=ER&LV=291&
    see=y&t=5&PG=ER/EN/detail&l=&AI=450
  76. East Asian Regionalism and its Impact
    Beijing, October 21-22, 2004
    Organized by the Institute for Asia-Pacific Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in an environment where the possible creation of an East Asian community is gaining more attention from around the world. Participants were from East Asian countries as well as Australia, Canada, India and U.S. They looked at issues such as what people perceive to be the special characteristics of an East Asian community and the possibility for creating one from economic, political, security as well as country perspectives, as well as comparing the idea with the 1980's theory of open regionalism.
  77. 5th AEF-ETPA Symposium: "Free Trade Agreements in East Asia and Enlargement of the European Union: Challenging the American Era?"
    Tokyo, October 23, 2004
    Organized by secretariat for the AEF-ETPA [Asia-Europe Forum for young professionals (AEF) and the ETP Association (ETPA)] Symposium. The ETP Association (ETPA) grew out of the Executive Training Programme in Japan (ETP). The ETP is an initiative of the European Commission, aimed at educating groups of European business people about Japan. Alumni of the program felt a need to establish a European-Japanese business forum. Co-sponsored by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and backed by the Delegation of the European Commission to Japan. The sessions, led by academics, focussed on politics and economics and looked at EU and East Asian community building—is it being established through political will or de facto economic integration—FTAs and EPAs in East Asia, the opportunity they provide for business and using them as a path to broader integration. They examined the reality that East Asia as a region was integrating economically and demanding a larger voice in international affairs, and discussed EU enlargement and whether these present a challenge for America. Contact email: spaf@spf.or.jp
    Web site: http://jpn.cec.eu.int/home/speech_en_Speech20172004.php
  78. International Security Colloquium
    Tokyo, October 25-26, 2004
    An annual event hosted by the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Japan, this being the sixth time the event was held. The main theme was the "Rise of China and Asian Security". With a total of 110 participants—leading thinkers, scholars, defense academy researchers and policymakers—from Australia, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines. They reported on how their country views China, how China's rise will affect the security environment, and what the U.S.' role is.
    Web site (Japanese only): http://www.nids.go.jp/dissemination/nids_news/2004/pdf/200411.pdf
  79. 2nd Japan-ASEAN Security Symposium 2004
    Singapore, October 27-28, 2004
    Co-organized by the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Singapore and the Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA) and hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan. About 40 government officials, private sector individuals, policy experts and intellectuals from Japan and ASEAN deliberated a set of policy recommendations, which had been compiled as a result of two earlier workshops in August and October. The recommendations were around the possibility of solidifying an institutional arrangement for security cooperation in areas including maritime security, international terrorism, transnational crime, military modernization, weapons of mass destruction, peace-keeping, and environmental and natural disasters. The recommendations can be found at
    Web site: http://www.jiia.or.jp/pdf/asia_centre/h16_asean/asean_2004.pdf
  80. North-East Asia: Problems of Nuclear Non-Proliferation
    Moscow, October 28, 2004
    Organized by the Carnegie Moscow Center, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP). Participants discussed whether they believed North Korea already possessed nuclear weapons and the potential threat from that, as well as the nuclear arsenal of China and its security plans, and the potential of Japan and Korea to produce nuclear weapons. They also discussed and evaluated the 6-party talks, the relations between the countries of Northeast Asia and relations with the U.S. Contact email: info@carnegie.ru
    Web site: http://www.carnegie.ru/en/pubs/media/71474.htm
  81. The First ROK-U.S.-China Future Forum
    Seoul, October 30, 2004
    Hosted by the Institute for Diplomacy and Security Studies and the Center for Contemporary China Studies, Hallym University, and sponsored by the Ministry of Defense. Academics, journalists, present and former government and ministry officials, and non-governmental organization representatives from China, Korea and the U.S. met for paper presentations and discussions on the theme "The Changing ROK-U.S.-China Relationships and the Future of the Korean Peninsula". The looked at the changing domestic and external contexts, the Korea-China relationship and the U.S.-Korea relationship,especially after 9-11.
    Web site: http://www.silkroadstudies.org/docs/conference_papers/2004/Program%20Acrobat.pdf
  82. The 2005 Review Conference: Understanding the Challenges and Devising Responses—Workshop on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
    New York, October 30, 2004
    Jointly sponsored by the Center for Non-proliferation Studies (CNS) of the Monterey Institute of International Studies and the Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the United Nations. Discussions looked at the current position in terms of convergence and disagreement on non-proliferation as well as possible solutions to those differences leading up to the 2005 Review Conference of the States party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and how to reconcile the gap between the right to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and limiting the risk of proliferation. They also looked at how to move ahead towards disarmament, the crucial issues going into the conference and how to evaluate the success of the review conference. Discussions led to a set of recommendations. The almost 70 participants were nuclear and security experts, current and former diplomats , members of the preparatory committees for the conference, and representatives of international organizations such as the IAEA from countries such as Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Malaysia, U.K., and U.S. Contact email: cns@miis.edu
    Web site: http://cns.miis.edu/research/npt/workshop_041030.htm
  83. Asia Regional Cooperation to Prevent People Trafficking (ARCPPT) Project Reviewing Meeting
    Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, November 1-16, 2004
    In Cambodia, sponsored by the embassies of Australia, Thailand, U.K. and U.S. 60 foreign diplomats, representatives of international organizations and government officials gathered to discuss human trafficking in each of the countries and ways to combat the problem, with both regional and local action. The overall theme was "Finding Local and Regional Solutions to a Global Problem". They recognized that in most cases people were trafficked for work in the sex industry, begging, soliciting, and forced labor, among others, and that women and children are more likely to be victims. There was criticism of the governments involved for lack of political will and weak law enforcement mechanisms.
    Web site: http://www.arcppt.org/eng/index.html
  84. Forum for the Promotion of Economic Partnership Arrangements in East Asia
    Tokyo, November 2, 2005
    Organized by Nihon Keizai Shimbun and the National Council for Promotion of Economic Partnerships and sponsored by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and Economy, Trade and Industry, as well as by the Japan external Trade Organization (JETRO) and the Japan Center for Economic Research. Participants included government officials, parliamentarians, diplomats, private sector representatives, journalists and economy experts, from China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand. The consensus was that momentum toward building a community is bringing the process from the stage of discussion to the stage of action in the East Asian region and that Japan and China have a leadership role to play. Many agreed that free trade agreements should be used as a tool for constructing this community. One session was on Japan's role, including in domestic structural reforms especially in agriculture and foreign labor reforms.
    Web site: http://www.keizairenkei.jp/n041102-01-01.pdf
  85. Non-Traditional Security: Regional Policy Perspectives
    Hong Kong, November 5, 2004
    Policy research workshop organized by the Center of Asian Studies at the University of Hong Kong. Participants—academics, security experts and government officials—from China, Hong Kong, Philippines, and ASEAN Secretariat discussed China's approach to non-traditional security issues, counter-terrorism and transnational crime cooperation in ASEAN, drug control cooperation between China and ASEAN and trafficking of women as a security challenge using a case from the Philippines.
    Web site: http://www.hku.hk/cas/seminars/nov5.html
  86. George W. Bush and Asia: An Assessment
    Washington, D.C., November 9, 2004
    The Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted this conference on the George W. Bush presidency and East Asia—the policies, the assumptions behind the policies, the key personnel, the style, and the results of the first term. Participants—diplomats, scholars, congressional leaders, and past and present policy practitioners from various countries including China, Indonesia, Singapore and the U.S.—were asked to issue a preliminary report card on the Bush administration's Asian policies, and on how successfully the administration has safeguarded key U.S. interests in the region. Discussions were on China and cross-strait relations with Taiwan, Southeast Asia, war on terrorism, Middle East, promoting democracy, and North Korea. Contact email:
    asia@wwic.si.edu. Web site: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=
    events.event_summary&event_id=99697
  87. 2nd United States Asia Pacific Council Conference on "The United States and the Asia Pacific: Issues for the Next Administration"
    Washington, D.C., November 10, 2004
    Organized by the United States Asia Pacific Council, which is hosted by and administered through the East-West Center and formed through the support of the U.S. Department of State. The Council comprises individuals and corporations that have made a contribution to the advancement of U.S. relations with the Asia Pacific region, who aim to inform and enhance that relationship. Participants discussed trade liberalization in the Asia Pacific, East Asian regionalism and whether that movement is excluding America, issues causing tension between the U.S. and the region, both diplomatic and economic, and U.S.-Asia Pacific relations beyond the war on terrorism. They stressed that security also includes aspects of economics and values and speculated on Bush's stance toward North Korea in his second term. This conference included current and former ambassadors, policymakers, intellectuals, and economists from U.S. and various Asian nations including Indonesia, Japan, and Korea. Contact Susan Kreifels, email: kreifels@eastwestcenter.org
    Web site: http://www.usapc.org/
  88. Asia-Pacific Homeland Security Summit & Exposition 2004
    Honolulu, November 14-17, 2004
    Hosted by the Hawaii State Government with various non-governmental partners and sponsored by multiple private sector organizations. Attended by more than 900 delegates from throughout the United States and 41 other countries (including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Chile, Comoros, East Timor, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Korea, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Nike, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam). They were state and local homeland security officials, military and business leaders, scholars, senior diplomats and they gathered for detailed discussions of counter-terrorism and homeland security. Discussions focused on the development of innovative response strategies to the threat of terrorism in the region and were dealt with in three tracks—leadership and policy, law enforcement, and counter-terrorism regional outreach.
    Web site: http://hlssummit.hawaii.gov/index.html; http://www.vic-info.org/RegionsTop.nsf/e725351f8cffc90b8a25682d0065b627/
    f37560497da8a89c0a256f51000b7b08?OpenDocument
  89. Second East Asia Journalists' Forum
    Seoul, November 16-21, 2004
    Hosted by International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) affiliate the Journalists' Association of Korea (JAK), which launched the forum in October 2003 to help promote unity and solidarity among journalists in the Asia-Pacific region, while seeking to advance press freedom in the region. The meeting was attended by representatives from almost twenty countries mostly across East Asia but included representatives from Greece, Russia and U.S. Discussions were held under the broad theme of "War and the Role of the Media and Journalists". The meeting passed a resolution on the safety of journalists expressing distress at the high number of media workers killed worldwide and particularly noting the high number killed in the Philippines. The meeting released an action plan promoting the East Asia Peace Initiative.
    Web site: http://www.journalist.or.kr/jak/main.html?doc=exchange&read=east
  90. 11th Asia-Pacific Security Seminar (APSS)
    Tokyo, November 17-23, 2004
    An annual event organized by the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Japan, to improve mutual understanding between the armies of the nations in the region, increase the internationalization of the members, and to allow for discussions and opinion exchange between them contributing to the greater security of the region. They talked about Japan's defense policy and the self-defense forces, cooperating on security, spread of weapons of mass destruction, and terrorism. Participated in by field-grade officers from the armies of 21 Asia-Pacific countries.
    Web site (Japanese only): http://www.nids.go.jp/dissemination/nids_news/2004/pdf/200412.pdf
  91. 9th Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS)
    Singapore, November 17-20, 2004
    This annual symposium 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. This year's theme was "Coming Together In A Connected Community", addressing Collaboration Among Navies, Competency Building and Strengthening, Co-ordination Between Navies and Non-Navy Agencies, as well as Co-operation and Confidence Building, and included discussions on the very real threat of maritime terrorism and its impact on the region. Participated in by 18 members -Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, U.S., and Vietnam—and 3 observers—Chile, Canada, and India—as well as Bangladesh. Contact CAPT Skinner , email: joseph.skinner@navy.mil
    Web site: https://www.mindef.gov.sg/display.asp?number=2253
  92. High Level Conference on Asian Economic Integration: Vision of a New Asia
    Tokyo, November 18-19, 2004
    Organized by the Research and Information System for the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (RIS), India in cooperation with The Council on East Asian Community (CEAC), Japan, Development Research Centre of the State Council of China, Beijing, Global Security Research Institute, Keio University, Japan, and Malaysian Institute of Economic Research, Kuala Lumpur. Sponsored by Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan. Second in a series of meetings which began in India in Autumn 2003. The third is scheduled to be held in Beijing ahead of the East Asia Summit (EAS). Discussions were on Relevance of an Asian Economic Community and Possible Approaches, Regional Trade and Investment Liberalisation: Trends and Potential, Monetary and Financial Integration in Asia, Prospects of Cooperation in Energy and Infrastructure, Science, Technology and Industry, Asian Identity and Development Paradigms, and the Way Forward. It had participation of scholars, experts and policy makers, as well as representatives of international organizations from China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.
    Web site: http://www.newasiaforum.org/towards_AEC_conference.htm
  93. Pacific Asia Regional Meeting of the Trilateral Commission (5th Meeting of the Pacific Asia Group)
    Bangkok, November 18-20, 2004
    The Trilateral Commission was launched in 1973 with private citizens from Europe, Japan and North America to foster closer cooperation among these core democratic industrialized areas of the world with shared leadership responsibilities in the wider international system. Members are leaders in business, media, academia, public service, labor unions, and other non-governmental organizations. Reflecting broader changes in the world, the Japan group became the Pacific Asian Group in 2000, with its secretariat at the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), and has now met a total of five times. Discussions this time, among 35 participants from Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, and U.S., were on political changes in East Asia and their effect on East Asia community building, how to engage the U.S. in East Asia, China in the regional and global context, Islam, and the UN High-Level Panel.
    Web site: http://www.trilateral.org/PAGP/REGMTGS/04bangkok.htm
  94. "Future of the Korean Peninsula and Japan-Korea-U.S. Security Cooperation"—Building on the Trilateral Coordination and Oversight Group (TCOG)
    Tokyo, November 19, 2004
    Co-organized by the Global Forum of Japan and the Japan Forum on International Relations (JFIR), The Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, U.S.A., and Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), Korea. This Dialogue aims at comprehensively discussing how Japan-U.S.-Korea security cooperation should be reinforced against a backdrop of uncertainty over the Korean Peninsula, new multilateral frameworks such as 6-party talks to deal with North Korean nuclear issue, and newly arising issues such as how the large scale transformation of U.S. forces will alter military balance and deterrence structure in the region and the influence on Japan-U.S. and U.S.-Korea alliance structures. The latter three institutions named above are currently collaborating on research the role of the Trilateral Coordination Oversight Group (TCOG). Interim results of this research can be found at http://www.ifpa.org/projects/tcog.htm.
    Web site: http://www.gfj.jp/e_gf/conver_e/japan-u.s.-korea.htm
  95. Commonwealth Workshop on Capacity-Building to Combat Terrorism
    Kuala Lumpur, November 22-27, 2004
    Organized by the Commonwealth Secretariat's Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division and South-East Asian Regional Centre on Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT), the seminar was the fourth in a series—three others were held in Namibia, Singapore and Kenya in early 2004. Its main objective was to enhance the skills of law enforcement officers and prosecutors in preventing, investigating and prosecuting terrorist acts and financing. It also aimed to promote international co-operation in the fight against terrorism. Around 40 participants from Bangladesh, Cyprus, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Sri Lanka attended the workshop. The delegates were mainly prosecutors, law enforcement officers and instructors at law enforcement training institutions, as well as from international organizations such as the IMF and Interpol. Web site: http://www.thecommonwealth.org/Templates/System/LatestNews.asp?NodeID=141825
  96. Taiwan-China Cross-Straits Relations: Outlook for Regional Security in East Asia
    Paris & Madrid, November 23 and 25, 2004
    Organized by the European Alliance for Asian Studies, Asia-Europe Centre, Paris (AEC) and the Centre for East Asia Studies, Madrid (CEAO). The conference reviewed the current state of China-Taiwan relations following the presidential election in Taiwan, in March 2004, with an emphasis on implications for regional security. They also discussed good governance and transparency. The conclusion of many speakers and participants suggested that the outlook for cross-strait relations is bleak with the possibility that mixed, confusing or misinterpreted messages might open the way for military conflict. Speakers from Taiwan, Mainland China and Europe included academics, representatives from think tanks and non-governmental organizations, experts, consultants and journalists.
    Web site: http://www.eias.org/conferences/chinatwstraits251104.html
  97. Asia-Pacific Journalists Meeting 2004: "Toward an East Asian Community and the Role of the Media"—Prospects and Visions of Regional Integration
    Tokyo, November 26, 2004
    This was the tenth time this annual event was held, organized by the Foreign Press Center/ Japan, in an effort to nurture mutual understanding among journalists from participating nations. They felt this is especially important now given the increasing momentum of FTA negotiations against a backdrop of what many feel is a region made up of nations with vastly different political systems, cultures and religions, which may pose a problem for community building. Panelists were journalists from China, Japan, Korea, Philippines and Thailand and symposium included approximately 40 current and former diplomats, journalists and students.
    Web site: http://www.fpcj.jp/e/gyouji/asia/asia.html
  98. Symposium on China's Relations with ASEAN: New Dimensions
    Singapore, November 26-27, 2005
    Organized by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS).
    Web site: http://www.iseas.edu.sg
  99. The 8th Scholarship Conference on the East Asian Economy: "Towards the Establishment of an East Asian Economic Community"
    Jeju Island, Korea, November 27, 2004
    Sponsored by and participated in by researchers from the National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA), Japan, as well as from Korea Institute for International Economy Policy (KIEP), the China Development Institute (CDI), the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER) Taiwan, and others. The main topics discussed in the conference were the current status of economic integration, with a focus on the role to be played by ASEAN, presentation of the strategies and roadmap for realizing economic integration formulated by the research team for this project, and examination of an East Asian model for establishing an economic community. Opinions were also exchanged on Taiwan's role in East Asian economic integration and concerning the measures necessary to solve the energy problems in Northeast Asia.
    Web site: http://www.nira.go.jp/newse/niranews/200502/200502.html
  100. 2nd ASEAN Business & Investment Summit
    Vientiane, November 27-28, 2004
    Organized by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC), with the support of ASEAN Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and following on from the first one held in October 2003 in Bali, to complement the ASEAN Summit and to foster an exchange of views and perceptions between the private sector and government within ASEAN, facilitate trade and transaction between the business community within the ASEAN region, and explore intra-ASEAN and ASEAN-plus business and investment opportunities. Hosted by Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Lao NCCI), co-hosted by Lao Handicraft Association, Lao Association of Travel Agents (LATA), Lao Hotel and Restaurant Association (LHRA). Supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lao PDR, Ministry of Commerce, Lao PDR, ASEAN Secretariat, East Asia Business Council (EABC), and ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA). Attended by more than 200 business leaders from ASEAN, Australia, China, EU, Japan, Korea, India, New Zealand, U.S. gathered to discuss business integration and explore opportunities in trade and investment, in various industry groupings.
    Web site: http://www.aseanbis2004.com/bis.htm
  101. International Workshop on "Asian Values and Community Building"
    Kobe, November 27-28, 2004
    Organized by the Asia Pacific Research Center (APRC), Kobe Gakuin University, Japan, to reflect on the results of research which has taken place on the same theme. This theme is part of a broader research project on "Asian Values in the Age of Globalization" which the center has been pursuing for a number of years. Discussions were broken up on a country/ region basis, sessions being on Japan, Australia and New Zealand, China and South Asia, Southeast Asia and South Pacific, and Central Asia and Middle East. 17 country and regional experts from Australia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Tajikistan, Turkey.
    Web site: http://www.law.kobegakuin.ac.jp/~aprc
  102. International Workshop on Maritime Counter-Terrorism
    India, November 29-30, 2004
    Organized by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), India, in consultation with the think-tanks in Asia-Pacific, with cooperation from the Asia Foundation in the U.S. The idea for this workshop was put forward at the regional Workshop on International Terrorism in South-East Asia and its Likely Implications for South Asia also organized by ORF on April 28-29, 2004. This counter-terrorism workshop was intended to achieve greater networking of the think-tanks in the Asia Pacific for monitoring developments relating to maritime terrorism counter-terrorism; identification of terrorist organizations from which such threats could arise and an assessment of their intentions and capabilities; identification of the deficiencies in the present maritime counter-terrorism architecture and a convergence of views as to how to remove those deficiencies; promotion of greater interactions between governmental and non-governmental experts; and mutual assistance among the participating countries for strengthening their database of organizations with a maritime terrorism capability. Included military and defence officials, government officials, non-governmental representatives and intellectuals from Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, U.K. and U.S.
    Web site: http://www.observerindia.com/events/mctnote.htm
  103. First Asia/Pacific Women, Girls and HIV/AIDS Best Practice Conference
    Islamabad, November 29-December 1, 2004
    Organized by the Federal Ministry of Health-Pakistan, National AIDS Control Program-Pakistan, UNAIDS and AMAL Human Development Network as one in a planned series on women and girls special vulnerability to HIV/AIDS. The conference's objectives were: to understand the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls in Asia and the Pacific region; to determine the future impact of HIV/AIDS in the region; share best practices; highlight current areas of need; and identify current and emerging issues of concern to policy-makers, program managers, and civil society. The conference brought together about 300 health ministry officials, leading researchers and clinicians, funding agencies, program managers and victims of HIV/AIDS from across Asia/Pacific region and around the world, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Iran, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal and Thailand. Contact Raza Hussnain/Nighat Rizvi , Conference Secretariat, AMAL Human Development Network Islamabad (Pakistan), email: mails@amal-hdn.org
    Web site: http://www.apwgconference.org
  104. U.S. Defense Transformation: Implications for Security in the Asia-Pacific Region
    Honolulu, December 1-3, 2004
    Organized by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS).
    Web site: http://www.apcss.org/Conference/conference%20division.htm#2004
  105. China, Northeast Asia and the Next American Administration—CNAPS Conference
    Hong Kong, December 2, 2004
    Organized by the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (CNAPS), The Brookings Institution. The CNAPS conference is an annual event held in a different Asian city each year. This year co-sponsored by the Asia Society Hong Kong Center and the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Social Sciences. Discussions were on U.S. policy in East Asia, China's domestic situation and China's external policies. Speakers included regional experts, scholars, think tank representatives and journalists from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and U.S. and they interacted with an audience of more than 50 people.
    Web site: http://www.asiasociety.org/publications/china_neasia.html
  106. Third International Conference on Geo-Agenda for the Future: Securing the Oceans
    Tokyo, December 2-3, 2004
    The third in a series of conferences involving experts and academics on international law and ocean policy from Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and U.S., as well as from Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA). Organized over three years by the Institute for Oceans Policy at the Ship & Ocean Foundation, Japan, with the support of the Nippon Foundation, in an effort to reassess traditional military-oriented security concepts and develop a more comprehensive security concept also incorporating environmental factors and the maintenance of peace in the oceans. They agreed to a Tokyo Declaration on Securing the Oceans which calls for comprehensive management for the peaceful use of oceans, be it for military activities, exploration, or resource extraction.
    Web site: http://www.sof.or.jp/topics/2004_e/pdf/041220_e1.pdf
  107. Second East Asia Forum (EAF)
    Kuala Lumpur, December 5-6, 2004
    The EAF is one of the 26 measures recommended by the East Asia Study Group as a mechanism to enhance the ASEAN+3 cooperation and to achieve the region's common goal of an East Asian Community. The First East Asia Forum was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, in December 2003. The Forum this year was jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia (Wisma Putra) and the East Asia Business Council of Malaysia. The theme was "Towards an Integrated East Asian Community" and two closed sessions were on political and security cooperation and economic and financial cooperation. Attended by current and former leaders and senior officials of the ASEAN+3 governments as well as other representatives from governments, private sector and academia. As the keynote speaker, Malaysia's Prime Minister Badawi outlined a seven-point plan for achieving and East Asian Community. It entails the following elements: East Asia Summit, Charter of East Asia Community, East Asia Free Trade Area, Agreement of East Asia Monetary and Financial Cooperation, East Asia Zone of Amity and Cooperation, East Asia Transportation and Communication Network, and an East Asia Declaration of Human Rights and Obligations.
    Web site: http://www.eastasiaforum.org/community/community.asp; http://www.aseansec.org/16952.htm
  108. International Dialogue on Interfaith Cooperation
    Yogyakarta, December 6-7, 2004
    Hosted by the foreign ministers of Australia and Indonesia and co-organized by the Muhammadiyah—one of the largest Islamic organization in Indonesia—to improve interfaith understanding and to promote moderation and fight violent religious radicalism. The theme was "Community Building and Harmony" and the objectives were: to build a harmonious relationship among all followers of different faiths and religions in the region through promoting confidence and trust; to foster mutual understanding and respect between Islam, as the prominent religion in Indonesia, and other faiths and religions; to engage all faiths and religious groups in developing an inclusive conceptual proposal to bridge differences and find specific common grounds for practical cooperation. The 133 delegates from 13 countries were prominent faith and religious leaders from Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam.
    Web site: http://www.kbri-canberra.org.au/press/press041206e_deplu.htm
  109. U.S.-Korea Alliance and Future of Northeast Asia
    Washington, D.C., December 6-7, 2004
    The School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Korea Initiative and Ilmin International Relations Institute, Korea University hosted this two-day conference, sponsored by The Institute 21 for Peace Studies, the Dong-A Ilbo, and The Korea Foundation. Participants looked specifically at the U.S.-Korea alliance, taking up issues of terrorism, anti-Americanism in Korea, social and cultural perspectives, North Korea and the nuclear weapons issue, regionalism in Northeast Asia, and the "China factor". Attended by current and former diplomats, academics, journalists and think tank representatives. Contact Felisa Neuringer Klubes, email: fklubes@jhu.edu
    Web site: http://apps.sais-jhu.edu/insider/archive_news_and_events.php?year=2004
  110. The Third United Nations-Republic of Korea Joint Conference on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Issues
    Jeju Island, Korea, December 6-8, 2004
    Organized by the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific. The theme of this meeting, the third in a series held since 2002, was "How to address challenges in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation today". Specifically, they discussed recent trends in weapons of mass destruction and their challenges to security, challenges to nuclear non-proliferation, the Security Council role, and chemical weapons. Also discussed were expectations for the 2005 NPT Conference, compliance with existing agreements, peaceful use of nuclear energy, and the role of civil society. Finally they discussed regional security in Northeast Asia, prospects for the 6-party talks, possibilities for a nuclear-free Korean peninsula, and missile non-proliferation. This meeting included security and disarmament experts, diplomats, government officials and representatives of UN bodies and other international organizations from Australia, China, Iran, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Russia, U.K., and U.S. Contact email: ishiguri@un.org
    Web site: http://disarmament2.un.org/rcpd/Jeju.htm
  111. China and the Global Economy
    Salzburg, December 9-16, 2004
    Organized by Salzburg Seminar. The session examines how China's economic coming of age has affected the Asian region and the world by looking at the impact of China's WTO accession, the economic synergies and competitiveness between China and India, or how positive synergies are being developed between Hong Kong and mainland China. Faculty were economists, business executives, academics, and China and regional experts from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, U.K., and U.S. There were about 50 participants from all over the world. Contact email: info@salzburgseminar.org
    Web site: http://www.salzburgseminar.org/sessions.cfm?IDEvent=721
  112. 22nd CSCAP Steering Committee Meeting
    Kunming, December 10-11, 2004
    At the previous steering committee held in Kuala Lumpur in May, participants discussed various proposals for structural changes to CSCAP. The existing five working groups will be wound up and a number of new study groups and task forces will be instituted. These will focus more narrowly on specific policy dilemmas in regional security and will look to make a concrete contribution to track one policy discussions through the ARF. This meeting confirmed those decisions to implement them to allow CSCAP to be a more dynamic and relevant participant in the regional security dialogue process. Contact CSCAP Secretariat, Mr. Afifi Raswan Dean, tel: +603-26939366, email: cscap@isis.org.my; CSCAP China, Mr. Zhao Wenfei or Ms. Gong Rui, fax: +86-10-65598133.
    Web site: http://www.cscap.ca/
  113. Nuclear Non-Proliferation: The 2005 Review Conference—Prospects Following Recent Crises—771st Wilton Park Conference
    Wilton Park, U.K., December 13-17, 2004
    Organized by Wilton Park Conferences. Agenda topics included the changing nuclear threat environment, the role of the non-proliferation treaty (NPT), possibilities for nuclear disarmament, terrorism and nuclear weapons, making adjustments to the treaty in a world where nine states possess nuclear weapons, strengthening the institutionalization of the NPT and involving civil society, nuclear industry and peaceful use of nuclear power, shipment interdiction, Korean peninsula, proliferation from Pakistan, and issues in the Middle East, Russia, and Iran. Conference was attended by nuclear and security experts, government officials, academics, and representatives of international organizations such as the UN and IAEA from many countries including Brazil, Egypt, Korea, U.K., U.S. Contact admin@wiltonpark.org.uk
    Web site: http://www.wiltonpark.org.uk/web/welcome.asp
  114. Reconstituting Korean Security
    Beijing, December 13, 2004
    Jointly organized by The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), U.K., and the United Nations University (UNU).
  115. First Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Think Tank Symposium—"Towards Asian Dynamism: The Potentials of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue"
    Bangkok, December 15-17
    Co-hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand and Saranrom Institute of Foreign Affairs, Thailand. Held in order to raise awareness among academic institutions in Asia of the ACD process and to provide a forum for them to share their thoughts on the future direction of ACD and of Asia as a whole. Sessions were on developing Asian resources and technological research, enhancing financial cooperation and integration, strengthening Asian foundations and building networks, and concretizing Asian dynamism and potential. The majority of participants were from Thailand but also included ministry and government officials, diplomats, and think tank representatives and from Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.
    Web site: http://www.acddialogue.com/web/37.php
  116. 2004 East Asian Development Network (EADN) Annual Forum
    Bangkok, December 16-17, 2004
    Organized by the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), the newly appointed secretariat for the East Asian Development Network (EADN), which aims to strengthen research capacity and research networking in the developing countries of East Asia. Participants discussed the findings of thee major research projects the EADN was running on Labour Migration and East Asian Integration, Political Transition and Development in East Asian, and Urban Poverty and Social Safety Nets in East Asia, and discussed the future direction of EADN and ideas for research projects. More than 50 economic and development experts and academics, development practitioners and think tank representatives from Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Contact email: chalongp@tdri.or.th
    Web site: http://www.eadn.org/2004annualforum.html