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For Immediate Release:
February 1, 1999
Contact: Prof. Yasumasa Kuroda, 956-8494 (UH); 396-9802 (home)
Vincent K. Pollard, 956-8494, email@example.com
Fifth International Symposium on Societies and Economies in East Asia
"Comprehensive Security in the 21st Century East Asian Commonwealth"
What: "Comprehensive Security in the 21st Century East Asian Commonwealth: Carpe Pacem ('Seize the Peace')" will explore alternative futures for a peaceful East Asia in coming decades. Combining economic, environmental and military definitions of "security," the conference scholars will address specific issues such as food sufficiency, democratization and nonviolence as aspects of "comprehensive security." Panel presentations will be followed by open question-and-answer sessions and summary comments. An edited volume of conference papers is expected later to support the goals of this international gathering.
Interested members of the working press are welcome to attend this invitational conference; please phone 956-8494 to reserve space and/or to make special arrangements for sound or video recording.
Space limitations preclude inviting the general public.
When: February 4 and 5
Where: Asia Room, second floor, Imin Conference Center,
East-West Center, 1777 East-West Rd.
Who: Scholars from China, Japan, Korea and the U.S. will participate in the conference. Three University of Hawai'i faculty members-Professors Yasumasa Kuroda and James A. Dator and Assistant Professor Kate Zhou-form the Hawai'i organizing committee for the conference. Cosponsors include the UH Centers for Japanese Studies, Korean Studies and Chinese Studies, the UH School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies, the Asian Research Institute of Osaka University of Economics and Law, and the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu.
The symposium theme focuses on the development of an East Asia commonwealth for the common purpose of achieving peace and security in the region. The commonwealth as envisioned here primarily includes China, Taiwan, the two Koreas, Japan and the United States. It is conceived of as a loose network of nations working together for the mutual advantage of each and all nations where every nation will be treated and respected equally as a partner.
In the post-Cold War era, the world has become more interdependent than ever before. Effective control of the movement of capital, labor, commodities, money, ideas or cultural practices across borders is becoming difficult if not impossible. What can East Asia do to catch the wave that could benefit each nation and the entire region? This conference is designed to take note of the trends of rapid change and try to focus on the following dimensions of the Commonwealth:
1. common problems, domestic and international, in regard to security, including economic, environmental and military issues.
2. existing regional cooperation and international organizations.
3. objectives and parameters of a new East Asian commonwealth, including driving forces for the realization of the Commonwealth.
The purpose of the envisioned Commonwealth does not stop at developing and institutionalizing means of peaceful conflict resolution, but also includes building peace and mutually beneficial relations in the region.
Scheduled presenters and their topics include:
· James A. Dator, "Carpe Futurum! Seize the Future Before It Seizes You."
· Shinkichi Eto, "Comprehensive Security and Natural Gas Pipeline in East Asian Commonwealth."
· Johan Galtung and Fumiko Nishimura-Galtung, "National, Economic and Environmental Security: East Asian Commonwealth for the 21st Century."
· Dru C. Gladney, "China and Central Asia Relations: Implications for Asian Security."
· Michael Haas, "Comprehensive Security and International Relations in East Asian Commonwealth."
· Ke-ok Han, "The Historical Significance and Lessons of the North Korea-U.S. Agreement Leading to a Comprehensive Solution of the Nuclear Weapons Program on the Korean Peninsula" (in absentia).
· Stephen D. Kiser, "The Implications of Chinese Environmental Security: An Examination of Food Production, the Three Gorges Dam, and Environmental Confidence Building Measures."
· Charles D. Lake II, "Economic Security of East Asia in the 21st Century: Prosperity through Rules-Based Open Trading System."
· Satu Limaye, "Recent Perspectives on Asian Security."
· Marc Luyckx, "A Positive Scenario for East Asia seen from Europe" (in absentia).
· Yoichiro Sato, "Comprehensive Security in Northeast Asia: A Search for Sustainable Economic Development and Political Stability."
· Robert A. Scalapino, "East Asian Security in the 21st Century"
· Jisaburo Tanimoto, "International Cooperation for the Protection of the Environment in East Asia."
· Robert Valliant, "Russia's Future in East Asia."
· Kachitsugu Yoshida, "Basic Problems of Democracy in Korea and Taiwan" (in absentia).
· Kate Zhou, "Political Gap in a Globalized East Asia."
For abstracts or other details on papers and presentations, phone 956-8494.