Much Ado about Not Much? Asian Regionalism Today

Much Ado about Not Much? Asian Regionalism Today

Friday, 21 May 2010 - 6:00pm
Venue: 
Deakin Room, Founders' Building, St Antony's College
Speaker(s): 
Professor Don Emmerson (Stanford)
Convenor: 
Professor Rosemary Foot
Series: 
Asian Studies Seminar

From AFTA, AICHR, ADMM, APA, APEC, APc, APT, ARF, ASEM, and an “Asian G20”; through CEPEA, CMI, EAC, EAS, and EAVG; to TAC, TPP, VAC, and VAP . . . the acronyms continue to proliferate. But what do they mean? Is Asian regionalism—in Southeast Asia, in East Asia, around the Pacific Rim—a juggernaut? Or a joke? And if it is neither, what is it, and why? What mix of identity and interest drives the process? Is it productive? Will ASEAN retain the driver’s seat? Toward what destination? Along a spectrum from deep-rooted Asian renaissance to elitist talk-shop diplomacy, where does Asian regionalism lie?

Donald K. Emmerson is a professor at Stanford University, where he heads the Southeast Asia Forum in the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and is affiliated with the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

His publications in 2009-2010 include Asian Regionalism and US Policy: The Case for Creative Adaptation (Singapore), Hard Choices: Security, Democracy, and Regionalism in Southeast Asia (edited, Stanford / Singapore), Islamism: Contested Perspectives on Political Islam (co-authored, Stanford).

For recent research by Professor Emmerson on East Asian Regionalism please go to:

http://www.rsis.edu.sg/publications/workingpapers/wp193.pdf