ASIA PACIFIC AGENDA PROJECT (APAP) FORUMS
The Asia Pacific Agenda Project (APAP) was launched as a celebration of JCIE’s 25th anniversary—a moment at which we looked back on our accomplishments and ahead to the future agenda for improved regional relations. The first forum was a major event that brought together senior and emerging researchers, foundation officials, journalists, and other experts from Asia Pacific to discuss important trends, issues, and developments in the region. The annual forums served as the centerpiece of APAP, which was 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 was traditionally organized around a central theme that was explored beforehand by a multinational research team composed of researchers and scholars from various institutions in the Asia Pacific region. Themes included globalization and domestic adjustments, the new security agenda, governance and sustainable systems of development, and community building in Asia Pacific, among others.
The 5th APAP Forum may be remembered as the last international conference attended by Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi. The forum was viewed by the late prime minister as an important occasion for him to hear the views of Asian intellectual leaders and those of the intellectual leaders of Okinawa as he prepared for the Group of Eight (G-8) Summit.
The Bali Forum was the 2nd APAP Forum and it addressed the positive roles played by independent research institutions in regional international relations while also discussing the preliminary reports of two projects: “Domestic Adjustments in the Face of Globalization” and “The New Security Agenda.”
The Asia Pacific Agenda Tokyo Forum was held to commemorate JCIE’s 25th anniversary. The forum, attended by more than 150 leading representatives of policy research institutions from Asia, the United States, and Europe, was designed in part to celebrate JCIE’s accomplishments and to consider its future course. It also served as the founding meeting of the Asia Pacific Agenda Project (APAP), a multipronged research and dialogue project aimed at developing an effective collaborative network among policy research institutions in the region.
APAP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
East-West Center (United States)
Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia (Canada)
Ilmin International Relations Institute, Korea University (Korea)
Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University
Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Indonesia)
Institute of American Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (China)
Japan Center for International Exchange (Japan)
Institute of Strategic and Development Studies (Philippines)
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore)