The Berkeley APEC Study Center at the University of California, Berkeley, conducts multidisciplinary research on political, economic, and business trends in the Asia-Pacific, especially related to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. Our primary mission is to produce and disseminate knowledge to decision makers in the public and private spheres to facilitate the creation of mutually beneficial cooperation in the business, academic, and policy-making communities. To this end, the center brings together scholars from various departments, institutes, and centers from around the world to foster collaborative research on APEC-related issues.

Source: Reuters

The Berkeley APEC Study Center hosted a conference on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)—a trade agreement currently being negotiated between the United States and the European Union. Scholars from Asia, Europe and the United States were invited to present papers and participate in discussions on the likely evolution of the TTIP in the current international political and economic context. To learn more about this conference, click here.

China Rising PictureThe latest book to come out of the Berkeley APEC Studies Center is Responding to China’s Rise: US and EU Strategies. This edited book examines China’s current rise to power within the contemporary international economic and political order, specifically the responses from the United States and the European Union. The book is relevant to both scholars and policymakers concerned with Chinese domestic politics and foreign policy, US foreign policy, EU foreign policy, China-US relations, China-EU relations, international security, international political economy, and emerging markets.​ Order a copy from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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The Berkeley APEC Study Center hosted a conference on Mega-FTAs and the Global Political Economy. Scholars from the U.S., Asia, and Europe explored the dynamics of mega-FTAs (Free Trade Agreements), with a primary focus on the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

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Spying has been going on centuries — but as foreign outrage against the NSA’s activities in Europe, Mexico, and Brazil shows, we’d rather not hear about it. Apart from Edward Snowden and his media allies, no one knows if there are more revelations to come — and whether the backlash against US interests will grow. The reaction of America’s corporate leaders will show whether their mindsets are as global as their companies’ operations. The knee-jerk patriotic reaction of some CEOs — and the resort to cynicism by others — reveals that enough are close to failing this test. Assuming US national security policy doesn’t change, US corporate strategies at home and abroad will have to adjust to the foreign backlash.

Responding to a Resurgent RussiaThe latest book to come out of the Berkeley APEC Studies Center is Linking Trade and Security: Evolving Institutions and Strategies in Asia, Europe, and the United States. This collection provides an examination of how the EU and US have used their trade policies to achieve non-economic goals and how these policies have influenced their security environment. Order a copy from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


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