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Interarea/Border-Crossing Session 341

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Session 341: Roundtable: Developments and Tensions in Asian Regionalism

Organizer: T. J. Pempel, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Discussants: Amitav Acharya, American University, USA; William F. Tow, Australian National University, Australia; Mely Caballero Anthony, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore; Keisuke Iida, University of Tokyo, Japan

ROUND TABLE ON DEVELOPMENTS AND TENSIONS IN ASIAN REGIONALISM The countries of East Asia have become more formally linked through a series of formal regional institutions. The number of these institutions and the range of their activities have both increased substantially since the financial crisis of 1997-98. Moreover, the United States, which is linked to East Asia through a variety of security and economic ties, has not become a member of most of the newly formed multilateral regional bodies. ASEAN has taken the lead in forging many such bodies (e.g ASEAN Plus 3, Chiang Mai Initiative, the East Asia Summit) but the major countries of Northeast Asia (Japan, China, ROK) have also become more regionally active, most notably with their annual summit meetings starting in 2008, as well as their longstanding involvement with the larger Six Party Process focused on dealing with North Korean nuclear problems. This roundtable will discuss the recent developments in all of these areas and will involve five scholars who have written and researched these subjects in substantial depth.