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January-June 1999 Inventory: Additions or Revisions

Multilateral - Nongovernmental/Track II Meetings

  1. A Vision for Northeast Asia: International Cooperation for Regional Security and Prosperity
  2. Russia and Asia-Pacific Security
  3. ASEAN Regional Forum Intersessional Support Group on Confidence Building Measures (ISG on CBMs)
  4. Seminar on Civil-Military Relations in Asia
  5. North Korea Energy, Security and Environment Workshop
  6. 6th ASEAN Regional Forum Senior Officials Meeting (ARF SOM)
  7. 5th Meeting of the CSCAP Working Group on Transnational Crime
  8. Stability and Security on the Korean Peninsula: Developing a Research Agenda
  9. European CSCAP General Meeting
  10. Pacific Island States' Perspectives on Security

Multilateral - Governmental/Track I Meetings

  1. ARF Seminar on the Production of Defence Policy Documents. Canberra, August 31-September 3. Jointly organized by Australia and Malaysia. All ARF countries except Vietnam were represented. The main theme of the seminar evolved around the methodology of producing defence policy documents.

Multilateral - Nongovernmental/Track II Meetings

  1. A Vision for Northeast Asia: International Cooperation for Regional Security and Prosperity. Monterey, California, February 12-13. Hosted by the Center for East Asian Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies. The participant list included scholars from the United States (12), Japan (4), ROK (2), Canada (1), and Hong Kong (1), and a single governmental representative from both Mongolia and Japan. Sessions convened on the following topics: "Developing Regional Cooperation in Northeast Asia: Lessons from Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific and Southeast Asia," "US Perspectives," "Chinese Perspectives," "Prospects for Russia's 'Energy Diplomacy' in Northeast Asia," "Japan's Approach to Building Northeast Asian Economic Cooperation," "Korean Perspectives," "Non-Governmental Initiatives in North Korea" and "Mongolian Perspectives." The final session took the form of concurrent group discussions regarding security, economic and social-environmental cooperation. Contact: Tsuneo Akaha, Professor of International Policy Studies and Director, Center for East Asian Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, California, fax: 1-831-647-4199, e-mail: takaha@miis.edu website: http://www.miis.edu
  2. Russia and Asia-Pacific Security. Tokyo, February 19-21. An international conference organized by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in cooperation with the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) and the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. The conference was funded by a grant award from the Japan Foundation and by a financial contribution from the Asahi Shimbun. The conference involved the participation of approximately 40 scholars and current and former government representatives from China, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Sweden and the US. Main conference goals were the examination of the principal political, economic and military factors affecting Russia's interactions with the countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Special attention was given to analyzing key trends arising in the evolving Asia-Pacific regional security environment and to considering their implications for regional and global security. One of the primary aims in this regard was to identify current and potential conflict issues in the region and to examine possible approaches to their resolution. The papers presented at the conference were published by SIPRI in September as conference proceedings, titled "Russia and Asia-Pacific Security." The conference was part of a two-year study on Russia's security relations with Asia funded by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The results of the project were presented in the form of a comprehensive multi-author volume, "Russia and Asia: Emerging Security Agenda," edited by Professor Gennady Chufrin. This volume was published by Oxford University Press in December. Contact: Shannon N. Kile, Researcher, e-mail: snkile@sipri.se website: http://www.sipri.se Conference papers available at the following SIPRI webpage: http://www.sipri.se/projects/Russia/index.html
  3. ASEAN Regional Forum Intersessional Support Group on Confidence Building Measures (ISG on CBMs). Bangkok, March 3-5. Co-chaired by Thailand and the United States. The ASEAN Secretariat reports that representatives from all 22 ARF member states attended one or both of this meeting and the previous ISG on CBMs held November 1998 in Honolulu. Most delegations at both meetings included defense officials. The overall focus of the event was the regional security situation and the ramifications of the economic crisis for regional stability. Participants reviewed progress made toward the implementation of confidence building measures agreed upon previously, and contemplated two lists of new CBMs intended for implementation in the near future and over the medium term. Discussions also included an exploration of the overlap between confidence building measures and preventive diplomacy; internal and transborder developments with the potential to impact upon the region as a whole; regional and global non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament regimes; and the positive relationship between the ARF and Track Two bodies such as the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) and the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD). From the deliberations were compiled a list of 13 main recommendations for the ARF Senior Officials Meeting to be held May 20-22 in Singapore. Contact: ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, phone: 62-21-726-2991, 724 3372, fax: 62-21-739-8234, 724-3504, e-mail: public@asean.or.id website: http://www.aseansec.org/ The full text of the "Co-Chairmen's Summary Report of the Meetings of the ARF Intersessional Support Group on Confidence Building Measures" is available at the ASEAN Secretariat website.
  4. Seminar on Civil-Military Relations in Asia. Manila, March 24-26. Jointly organized by the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the Institute for Strategic and Development Studies (ISDS) and the Partnership for Democratic Governance and Security (PDGS). The seminar brought together key political leaders, academics and retired and uniformed military officers from several countries in the region, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and South Korea. Topics for discussion included: principles of democratic civilian control of the military; assessment of country-specific realities regarding the political role of the military in Asia today; best practices for establishing effective civilian leadership, management and direction of the military; specific success stories in building civilian capacity to exert leadership over the military. Dr. Harold Crouch delivered the keynote address at the opening ceremony. Contact: Malaya Ronas, Institute for Strategic and Development Studies, Philippines, fax: 632-921-1436, e-mail: isdsphil@cnl.net
  5. North Korea Energy, Security and Environment Workshop. Berkeley, April 14-16. Sponsored by the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, University of California (San Diego), the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development and the University of California Berkeley Energy and Resources Group. 5 DPRK participants, including one government official and a member of the Red Cross Society, and 22 US scholars and businesspeople. Contact: IGCC, fax: 1-858-534-7655, website: http://www-igcc.ucsd.edu
  6. 6th ASEAN Regional Forum Senior Officials Meeting (ARF SOM). Singapore, May 20-22. Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore. Contact: fax: 65-339-4330, e-mail: mfa@mfa.gov.sg website: http://www.gov.sg/mfa
  7. 5th Meeting of the CSCAP Working Group on Transnational Crime. Bangkok, May 23-25. Organized by the Thailand Institute of Security and International Studies. 39 delegates from 13 countries, as well as an expert from Chinese Taipei and an observer from Papua New Guinea. Opening address by Ambassador Vithaya Vejjajiva, former Secretary of the Thailand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Vice-Chairperson of CSCAP Thailand. Ambassador Vithaya indicated that Thailand accepts that transnational crime has a significant impact on security in the Asia-Pacific and welcomed the Working Group's involvement in the consideration of illicit firearms trafficking, synthetic drug production and trafficking, and the impact of the Asian financial crisis on crime in the region. Contact: Pacific Forum/CSIS, Washington, DC, fax: 1-202-775-3199, http://www.csis.org
  8. Stability and Security on the Korean Peninsula: Developing a Research Agenda. San Diego, May 26-27. Organized by the Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP), Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich; and the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI), Washington, DC. In cooperation with the Korea-Pacific Program at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS), University of California, San Diego; and the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, University of California. 24 participants, including some government officials, from 7 countries: China, England, France, Germany, Japan, ROK and the United States. The first panel topic was "Stability and Security on the Korean Peninsula," which was divided into sessions on "North-South Relations: Engagement or Confrontation?" and "Unification and Beyond," with a keynote speech by François Godement, French Institute of International Relations, entitled "Europe's Views Toward the Asia-Pacific." The second panel topic was "The Regional Dimension of Stability on the Korean Peninsula," which was divided into sessions on "Korea and Its Neighbors: Chinese and Japanese Perspectives," and "Engaging North Korea: Implications for Transatlantic Policies," with a keynote speech by Yu Myung-Hwan, Deputy Chief of Mission, Korean Embassy, Washington, entitled "The Path to Peace on the Korean Peninsula--Engagement policy Toward North Korea." The German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Korea Foundation provided financial support. Contact: The Korea Economic Institute of America, Washington, DC, fax: 1-202-371-0692, website: www.keia.org Selected conference papers available at the CAP webpage: http://www.cap.uni-muenchen.de/transatlantic/papers/korea.html or in the KEI publication "Korea Approaches the Millennium."
  9. European CSCAP General Meeting. Paris, June 16. About 40 participants (members of the European CSCAP). Organized principally by the French Institute of International Affairs (IFRI). Topics discussed included Europe's stake in the Korean crisis, European policy toward China, the East Asian financial crisis: political outcomes and impact on regional order, and the European press network on Asia Pacific events. Funded by IFRI and European CSCAP. 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
  10. Pacific Island States' Perspectives on Security. Honolulu, June 22-24. Organized by the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS). More than 40 official and non-official representatives from Pacific Island countries, leaders of regional institutions and NGOs, senior level government officials and policymakers from Washington, and scholars. Featured presentations by participants from Australia, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Japan, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga and the US. The conference was organized into four sections: "Pacific Island Perspectives of Security," "Regional Resilience and Regional Cooperation," "The Pacific Islands and the Major Powers," and "The United States and the Pacific Islands." Key issues that emerged included: (1) the greatest external threat to Pacific Island states' security stems from globalization, (2) collective voice is critical for the 21st century, (3) globalization exacerbates Pacific Island capacity-building problems, (4) potential exists for "strategic neglect" by the major powers, and (5) US rhetoric does not match resources. Funded by the US Department of Defense. Contact: APCSS, Honolulu, fax: 1-808-971-8999, e-mail: pao@apcss.org website: http://www.apcss.org Conference report available at APCSS webpage.