Northeast Asia’s New Institutional Architecture

This project investigates the origins and evolution of Northeast Asia’s new institutional architecture and community building, focusing on two sets of distinct but related aspects. The first concerns national strategies for a new institutional equilibrium and community building among key players in the region, including the U.S., China, Japan, the two Koreas, and Russia. The second examines the evolution of a new institutional architecture and community building in key functional issue areas, including trade, energy, environment, and security. We draw policy implications with attention to possible linkages among the key players across the functional issue areas. We believe that our scholarly efforts give us a unique perspective on the types of institutional solutions that may be feasible in Northeast Asia.

The results of this project were published in Northeast Asia? Ripe for Integration (2008), available for purchase at