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

Effective disaster management in the Asia-Pacific is becoming a critical issue as the region encounters increasingly frequent and unpredictable natural disasters. According to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), over half of the 226 natural disasters that occurred during 2014 took place in this region, impacting close to 79.6 million people. In 2005, the Asia- Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) formed the Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG) to improve regional disaster management and build a more resilient community. However, since then APEC’s disaster-related initiatives, including the most recent “new collaborative platform” introduced in November 2015, omitted considerations of various crucial challenges such as the problem of an uncoordinated bureaucracy, the lack of medical doctors involved, and the absence of gender perspective. This project aims to address these three major shortcomings for which the current disaster management community fails to account.

Sponsored by the Center for Global Partnership, Japan Foundation

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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

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.