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January-September 2000 Preliminary Inventory

Multilateral - Nongovernmental/Track II Meetings

  1. 7th ASEAN ISIS Colloquium on Human Rights
  2. Regional Experience in Transforming Civil-Military Relations: The Engagement of the Military to Support State-Building Through Democratic Transition
  3. Asian Perspectives on the Challenges of China
  4. Indonesia's Future Challenges and Implications for the Region
  5. 5th Asia Pacific Agenda Project Forum
  6. Asia Leaders' Forum 2000
  7. Asia Vision 21
  8. A Joint Future? The Move to Jointness and its Implications for the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF)
  9. Asia-Pacific Security Forum

II. Multilateral - Nongovernmental/Track II Meetings

  1. 7th ASEAN ISIS Colloquium on Human Rights. Manila, February 4-7, 2000. Organized by the Institute of Strategic and Development Studies (Manila). Supported by the Canadian International and Development Agency (CIDA) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS). Attended by approximately 46 delegates from ASEAN member countries and Canada. The colloquium theme was "Human Rights and Human Security in the New Millennium: Challenges, Opportunities and Prospects." Participants focused on the link between human rights and human security, including the challenges to and opportunities for its promotion. Other themes discussed were the globalization revolution: implications for human rights and human security for both the ASEAN-6 and new members, and the role of think tanks in promoting human rights and human security. There was also a roundtable discussion on "The Prospects for the Promotion of Human Rights and Human Security in ASEAN: Towards a Regional Human Rights Mechanism," during which those who have participated in the Working Group for the ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism spoke. Contact: Malaya Ronas, Institute for Strategic and Development Studies, Philippines, fax: 632-921-1436, e-mail: isdsphil@cnl.net
  2. Regional Experience in Transforming Civil-Military Relations: The Engagement of the Military to Support State-Building Through Democratic Transition. Cebu City, Philippines, February 15-18, 2000. Organized by the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), Sweden, and the Institute for Strategic and Development Studies (Philippines). The seminar was attended by retired as well as uniformed military officers, academics and recognized analysts in the region from Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. The objective of the workshop were to establish a contact group of military officers from the region that have experience of transitions from military to civilian regimes, and to engage the contact group to discuss a range of issues. Such issues included the following: experiences and criteria that were persuasive to the military in permitting/engaging in transition; modalities of civilian-military engagement in the region; comparative issues of transition; and the situation in Burma. Contact: Malaya Ronas, Institute for Strategic and Development Studies, Philippines, fax: 632-921-1436, e-mail: isdsphil@cnl.net
  3. Asian Perspectives on the Challenges of China. Washington, March 7-8, 2000. The 21st Annual National Defense University Pacific Symposium. Organized by the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS), National Defense University (NDU). Previous Pacific Symposia have individually attracted more than 200 governmental and non-governmental delegates. Tentative panel schedule includes (1) "China's Strategic Goals and Objectives;" (2) China's Internal Transformation: Forces for Political Stability and Cohesiveness;" (3) China's Impact on the Asian Economy: A Look at Trade, Investment and Economic Trends;" and (4) "Military Modernization/Capabilities." Contact: James Graham, Conference Directorate, INSS, fax: 1-202-685-3866, e-mail: grahamj@ndu.edu website: http://www.ndu.edu/inss
  4. Indonesia's Future Challenges and Implications for the Region. Jakarta, March 7-9, 2000. A seminar organized by the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP). Contact: CACAP Indonesia, Clara Joewono, CSIS, fax: 62-21-384-7517.
  5. 5th Asia Pacific Agenda Project Forum. Okinawa, March 25-26, 2000. Organized in conjunction with the Japan Center for International Exchange. The Asia Pacific Agenda Project (APAP) is a multinational, multi-pronged project designed to contribute to strengthening and broadening networks among policy research institutions and intellectual leaders involved in Asia Pacific community building and to enhancing the capacity for policy-relevant research and dialogue activities within the region. The first broad theme of the 2000 APAP Forum involves a full day discussion on the future of Asia Pacific community building. Specific topics to be covered include (1) role of existing regional/international institutions; (2) lessons from East Timor; (3) regional haze issue; (4) East Asian financial crisis and international cooperation; and (5) sub-regional cooperation for more balanced development. A multilateral team of researchers will prepare background papers for discussion. The second broad topic will be the place of Okinawa in Asia. Okinawa occupies a unique position, being a center of the American military presence in Asia, on one hand, and Japan's gateway to East and Southeast Asia, on the other. The APAP will convene future-oriented discussion on the special role that Okinawa can and should play in the broader Asia Pacific community. Finally, as an annual plenary conference of the APAP, the Okinawa Forum will also look into the agenda for collaborative research and dialogue activities in the region in the near future. Contact: Makito Noda, Japan Center for International Exchange, fax: 81-3-3443-7580, e-mail: makinoda@jcie.or.jp website: www.jcie.or.jp
  6. Asia Leaders' Forum 2000. Beijing, April 22-24, 2000. Organized by the Asia-Australia Institute, University of New South Wales. An ideas forum for 30 to 40 political, business and other leaders from the Asian region. Main topic for this year's forum is "The New East Asian Regionalism: Challenges and Opportunities." Contact: Asia-Australia Institute, fax: 61-2-9385-9220, e-mail: aai@unsw.edu.au website: http://www.unsw.edu.au
  7. Asia Vision 21. Hong Kong, May 18-20, 2000. Organized by the Harvard University Asia Center. This second of three conferences will build upon the discussions and summary report from the first such gathering at Harvard in April 1999. The initial conference focused on the economic crises confronting East and Southeast Asia by analyzing the origins of the crisis and suggesting goals for the reconstruction phase. The second conference will include discussions on a post-crisis framework and will be broadened to deal with political, security and social issues. Contact: Jon D. Mills, Manager, Asia Vision 21, Harvard Asia Center, fax: 1-617-495-9976, e-mail: jdmills@fas.harvard.edu website: www.fas.harvard.edu
  8. A Joint Future? The Move to Jointness and its Implications for the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). Palmerston North, New Zealand, August 26-27, 2000. The third annual conference hosted by Massey University's Defence and Strategic Studies Programme and the New Zealand Army's Military Studies Institute. Tentative paper presentations include: the development of joint warfighting and operations other than war (i.e. historical case studies) throughout the 20th century; jointness in 1990s conflicts (i.e. the Persian Gulf, Somalia, Bosnia, Haiti, Kosovo, peacekeeping, etc.); tensions between joint doctrine and single-service doctrines; the question of formal jointness as a necessity for the NZDF; the possibility of a NZDF joint headquarters; methods of NZDF training to enhance jointness; and the implications of current/increased jointness for New Zealand's interaction with likely coalition partners. Contact: Dr. Joel Hayward, Senior Lecturer in Defence and Strategic Studies, School of History, Philosophy and Politics, Massey University, fax: 64-6-350-5662, e-mail: J.S.Hayward@massey.ac.nz
  9. Asia-Pacific Security Forum. Paris, September 14-15. Organized by the French Institute of International Relations and the Institute for National Policy Research (Taiwan). Contact: François Godement, Senior Research Associate, and Régine Serra, Research Assistant, IFRI, fax: 33-1-40-61-60-60, e-mail: serra@ifri.org website: http://www.ifri.org