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Note from JCIE (June 2010)

First launched in 1994, JCIE's Dialogue and Research Monitor has regularly compiled data on multilateral policy dialogues and exchanges in East Asia in order to give policy experts and practitioners a broad picture of regional trends and to help them better understand how regional cooperation and community-building is proceeding. This began with the work of Paul Evans, Shirley Yue, and a team of researchers at York University (and later the University of British Columbia). It became a collaborative effort with JCIE from 1998 onward as part of the Asia Pacific Agenda Project (APAP), a consortium of policy research institutions in the Asia Pacific region that received support from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Under this framework, the task of compiling and publishing the Monitor was eventually shifted to a team of researchers at JCIE. Funding for APAP, and thus for the Monitor as well, has now come to an end as a result of broader governmental budget cuts.We wish to express our gratitude to the ministry for their long-term support of this effort, which we believe has helped strengthen the intellectual underpinnings for greater regional cooperation.

Asia has changed dramatically in the 15-year life span of the Dialogue and Research Monitor, and these trends have been reflected in the data. For example, while the region has long been considered �under-institutionalized� by international relations scholars, there clearly has been a dramatic growth of regional forums and dialogues that now serve as a basis for the emergence of a greater sense of regional community. For example, in 1998, the Dialogue and Research Monitor registered 34 Track 2 dialogues that were truly multilateral in focus, but the 2008 issue tallies some 268 Track 2 dialogues. Similar trends can be seen among government-level dialogues, which have increased nearly twentyfold. Some of this change is surely exaggerated by a gradual improvement in our data collection, but it is undeniable that there has been an explosion of regional dialogues on a diverse range of issues.

This issue will be the final Dialogue and Research Monitor, and we wish to thank the many people who have contributed to it over the years. In order to allow readers to keep abreast of trends in the region, we have posted a list of links on our website to the major organizers of East Asia�related multilateral dialogues and research on our Directory of Key Organizations. We hope this will continue to serve as a useful resource for those who follow regional cooperation and community-building initiatives in this increasingly dynamic region.