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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Source: New York Times

How will middle powers cope with the rise of Great Power competition in the 21st century? With the rise of China as a peer competitor to the United States, as well as the growth of India, resurgence of Russia, and the retreat of other actors such as the European Union, the question of appropriate policies and strategies for middle powers in a world of superpower competition looms large. Our upcoming conference on geoeconomics and middle power strategies on October 25, 2019 is linked to both the issue of US-China strategic competition across a host of issues regarding trade, investment, and industrial policy including financial regulation, environmental protection, and the digital economy, as well as to other issue areas in which middle powers operate.

Sponsered by the Institute of East Asian Studies.

Source: New York Post

In collaboration with UC San Diego, UC Irvine, and UCLA, the Berkeley APEC Study Center has received a large grant from the UC Laboratory Fees Research Program. This project, “Great Power Competition in the 21st Century: The Struggle for Technological, Economic, and Strategic Supremacy” runs from April 2018 to March 2021. BASC will be hosting a conference on October 24, 2019, focusing on three highly inter-related elements of geo-economic competition that have critical implications for strategic rivalry. These are: 1) the pursuit of industrial policy; 2) the creation of new trading arrangements; and 3) the changing landscape of investment. Participants will attend from around the globe. A subsequent conference will be held in late 2020.

BASC Director Vinod Aggarwal speaks with KTVU (Fox virtual channel 2) about the current status of the U.S. trade system and the recent stock market volatility.