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.

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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.

Linking Trade and Security — October 2012

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.

ASCC 2011 Report Available For Download – November 21, 2011

The 2011 APEC Study Centers Consortium (ASCC) has released an in-depth report summarizing the conference held in San Francisco on September 22nd and 23rd. The report is entitled “Key Findings and Policy Recommendations: Green Growth, Trade Integration and Regulatory Convergence.” Click here to download the report in Adobe PDF format.

APEC Study Centers Consortium (ASCC) Event – September 22, 2011

The 2011 APEC Study Centers Consortium was held on September 22-23 at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, California, as part of activities hosted by the United States. The conference was jointly organized by the Berkeley APEC Study Center and the University of California San Diego APEC Study Center on behalf of the US Consortium of APEC Study Centers, directed by Professors Vinod Aggarwal and Richard Feinberg. For more information, please visit the ASCC 2011 website (http://www.ascc2011.org).

Asian Studies Association (ASA) Report – June 28, 2011

The Berkeley APEC Study Center website is proud to announce the publication of our report on a roundtable at the Asian Studies Association’s annual conference that was held on April 3, 2011, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Click here to download the report in PDF format. Alternatively, click here to view an online version of the report.

Responding to a Resurgent Russia – December 2011

Responding to a Resurgent RussiaWe are proud to announce the publication of Responding to a Resurgent Russia: Russian Policy and Responses from the European Union and the United States. You may order your copy from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Following a brief introduction laying out the circumstances of Russia’s rise, this three-section book contains chapters on Russian scholars’ view of how a newly resurgent Russia sees the world, Russia’s role in the contemporary global political economy in terms of trade and financial flows and nuclear energy, and American and European responses to a Resurgent Russia.


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