About BASC

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. BASC works in partnership with Berkeley’s Institute of East Asian Studies.


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Rescue workers walk past a damaged vehicle in the industrial park hit by a landslide in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, December 22, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Source: Reuters

East Asian countries frequently face earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, and landslides, leading to the proliferation of actors in the disaster management sphere. Indeed, the private sector, military, non-governmental and governmental organizations, and national and regional bureaucracies are involved in providing different services across phases of disaster management, including emergency response, rehabilitation, and disaster preparedness. This conference seeks to assess coordination between different actors involved in disaster response, and identify factors that stymie coordination as these actors transition between one phase of disaster management to another. Our four objectives are:

(1) examine how various actors integrate their operational platforms to facilitate service provision in response to different disasters;

(2) identify the factors that influence breakdown in cross-sector collaboration (or those that prevent collaboration in the first place);

(3) analyze how lack of coordination in one phase of disaster management, such as emergency response, influences coordination in subsequent phases, such as long-term service provision;

(4) and trace how break-down in cross-sector collaboration at one level, such as the regional level, influences cooperation at the international, national, and local levels.

The findings of this conference will help policy makers and practitioners minimize the likelihood of coordination breakdown, and thereby reduce the deleterious effects that coordination breakdowns often have on crisis-affected communities. Conference participants range from practitioners with on-the-ground experience in crisis response, to relevant policy makers in East Asian countries, to academics with extensive research experience in institutional coordination.

Sponsored by the Institute of East Asian Studies, Berkeley APEC Study Center, Center for Chinese Studies, and UC San Diego Medical School.

August 22, 2017. AP
Source: New York Post

With the Brexit referendum, election of Donald Trump, and the continued stasis at the World Trade Organization (WTO), the liberal, rules-based trading order is facing considerable pressure for business and policymakers.[1]  These pressures come from structural economic forces, systemic changes in geopolitics, domestic political conflicts in the US and elsewhere, and a rethinking of the ideological consensus around the benefits of free trade. This conference will focus on the political economy, business, and legal aspects of trade policy in the Trump era.  Our goals are two-fold: 1) to examine the evolving structural economic and political forces driving recent trade policy developments; 2) to understand the legal, economic, and political bases for the shift in US trade policy priorities, and 3) to discuss likely responses from US trading partners and the overall consequences for business and the global economic order.

Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Law School, the Berkeley APEC Study Center,
the Institute of East Asian Studies, Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law, and the Clausen Center for International Business and Policy

Source: Getty

The challenges facing companies in the 21st century are significantly different to those faced in the past due in large part to changing technologies in commerce in general and the rise of the Internet as a tool of trade, specifically. Indeed, the Internet has allowed for instantaneous communication for business processes, changed relationships with consumers, and has altered the character of products as services for companies. As Internet technologies change, however, companies must adjust to this changing reality amid a number of other political transformations. This project, put simply, addresses how, why, and where companies face challenges related to information communication technology in the wake of broader geopolitical and economic challenges posed by the rise of China and Russia, the shift from globalism to regionalism (specifically in Asia) made evident by the negotiations of Mega-FTAs, and the diverging responses to the global financial crisis of 2008.

Sponsored by the Center for Long-term Cybersecurity, Berkeley