Activities

The project components are as follows:

  • Collaborative Papers

    The lead researchers from the Elliott School and Asia based co-researchers on China, Japan, India, Korea, ASEAN and the U.S. Foreign Policy will produce Collaborative Papers on each of those countries or institutions. The Collaborative Papers will be submitted to academic and policy research journals for publication by Summer of 2012.’

  • Memory & Reconciliation Handbook

    The project will produce a Handbook that will provide an authoritative and objective assessment of the problematic issues of historical memory in Northeast Asia. The Handbook will also identify and evaluate ongoing reconciliation efforts as well as rectify the inaccurate and inadequate information that has exacerbated regional conflicts about memory, redress, and history education. The lead researchers will also draw out short pieces from the Handbook to address specific memory, identity and power-security issues to be placed on the Website and distributed electronically.

  • Regional Conferences

    Two regional conferences were held to discuss how identity issues can lead to conflict or cooperation in the region.

  • Regional Action Plan

    A Regional Action Plan: Roadmap for Overcoming Historical Identity Conflicts will be developed through intensive discussions with scholars, journalists, and practitioners in China, Japan, Korea and the United States. A key goal of this action plan will be to promote the establishment of regional institutions for historical reconciliation in Northeast Asia through both governmental and non-governmental initiatives.

  • Policy Briefings

    There will be three briefings for the Washington policy community on the basis of our research and regional colloquia. The April 2010 Briefing will be given by the U.S. experts on China, India, Japan and Korea; the March 2011 Briefings will given by the U.S. experts on China, Japan, and India and the February 2012 Briefing will be given by the Korea and ASEAN U.S. based experts.

    • February 2012- Korea, ASEAN
    • Identity and Rising Asian Powers: Implications for Regional Cooperation  (April 14, 2011)
    • Identity Shifts in Asia: Implications for Regional Cooperation (April 27, 2010)

  • Policy Commentaries

    Policy Commentaries are written by experts drawn from our core research team as well as by other experts in partner or other institutions in the region. The aim of the Policy Commentaries is to bring our ongoing scholarship on identity and security issues to bear on real time policy challenges – to deliberately try to make the critical link between research and policy that is all too often missed.

    • Is There a Relationship between Political and Economic Integration? by Nikola Mirilovic, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Central Florida
    • Caging the Dragon? Asian Regional Integration and the United States by Brad Glosserman, Executive Director, Pacific Forum CSIS (Honolulu, Hawaii)
    • Re-Examining Nationality in Aging Asia- Insights from Japan and South Korea by Aizawa Nobuhiro, Institute for Developing Economies, Japan (January 2011)
    • Confucius Institutes: China’s Soft Power? by Ren Zhe, Hokkaido University, Japan (June 2010)
    • China-ASEAN Agreement is Nucleus of Economic Integration in Asia by Jiawen Yang, Elliott School of International Affairs (March 2010)
    • Indo-ASEAN Agreement Boosts India’s Image by Amita Batra, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  • International Workshop

    The International public Workshop will be held over a day and half at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies in Washington, DC in April 2012. The workshop will bring together all the authors in the U.S. and Asia. The sessions will consider the country cases, followed by discussion on the implications for U.S. policy.

    The second day will be devoted to an Authors Roundtable consisting of the research team and invited analysts from George Washington University and outside. The purpose of the Roundtable is to refine and revise the presentations based on feedback and reviews from colleagues toward preparing the papers for journal publications

  • Workshop Report & Companion Policy Report

    The project will culminate in June 2012 with a Sigur Center Report based on the proceedings of the Workshop, along with a condensed companion Policy Report focusing on policy implications and recommendations for U.S. policymakers. Both will be widely disseminated in electronic format.