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Asia Pacific Agenda Program (APAP) Forums

Each year, the Asia Pacific Agenda Project (APAP) sponsors a major forum that brings together senior and emerging researchers, foundation officials, journalists, and other experts from Asia Pacific to discuss important trends, issues, and developments in the region. It serves as the centerpiece of APAP, which is dedicated to strengthening and broadening networks among policy research institutions and intellectual leaders involved in Asia Pacific community building and to promoting objective policy-relevant research and dialogue activities within the region.

The APAP forum was conceived with three major goals in mind. First, the forum was to allow research directors and other key personnel of independent policy-oriented research institutions to compare views on emerging issues and their research and dialogue implications, particularly those issues at the boundaries of security, economics, and culture, areas usually considered separately from each other. Second, the forum was to assist in the institutional development of such research bodies by facilitating discussion of key issues such as funding, human resource development, relations with user communities, and the value of experiences from outside the region. Third, the forum was to assist in the development of a strong network among independent institutions and between them and foundation personnel. Because these goals cannot be attained in a single conference, it was decided that an APAP forum would be held annually in different locations in Asia Pacific.

The APAP forum is traditionally organized around a central theme that is explored beforehand by a multinational research team composed of researchers and scholars from various institutions in the Asia Pacific region. Past themes include globalization and domestic adjustments; the new security agenda; governance and sustainable systems of development; and community building in Asia Pacific.

Forums:

15th Forum (Seoul), November 29–30, 2009


14th Forum (Shanghai), November 16–17, 2008


13th Forum (Singapore), December 14–15, 2007


12th Forum (Bali), November 27–28, 2006


11th Forum (Washington, D.C.), October 23–24, 2005


10th Forum (Tokyo, Japan), February 25–26, 2005


9th Forum (Tokyo, Japan), March 19-21, 2004


8th Forum (Kunming, China), March 21-23, 2003


7th Forum (Siem Reap, Cambodia), February 26–28, 2002


6th Forum (Cebu, Philippines), February 11–12, 2001


5th Forum (Okinawa, Japan), March 25–26, 2000


4th Forum (Singapore), October 9–10, 1998


3rd Forum (Yokohama, Japan), December 16–17, 1997


2nd Forum (Bali, Indonesia), January 10–12, 1997


1st Forum (Tokyo, Japan), November 20–21, 1995