Director’s Note

Thank you for your continued interest in the Berkeley APEC Study Center (BASC). Through your readership, we are excited to continue being part of an interdisciplinary conversation regarding the dynamics of the increasingly critical Asia-Pacific region.

We hope this newsletter will help enhance your understanding of the Asia-Pacific region. BASC is especially grateful for the generous support from the Institute of East Asian Studies, the Social Science Matrix, the Center for Chinese Studies, and the Center for Korean Studies for our cooperative projects. We are also deeply grateful for the UC National Laboratory Fees Research Program’s sustained support in our collaboration with the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and the Taipei Cultural and Economic Office in San Francisco. Finally, we are also deeply grateful for the sustained support of the Korea Foundation, Institute of the National Interest at Chung-Ang University, the Center for Global Partnership of the Japan Foundation, the Ron and Stacey Gutfleish Foundation, the Notre Dame Pietas Foundation, and our ever-expanding group of former BASC alums.

BASC Projects

The articles in this newsletter reflect the work that BASC has been doing on these fronts over the last year. To begin, we are pleased to present two adapted versions of published articles by Global Asia that are a part of our “Middle Power Strategies for High-Tech Industries Project.” In the first, I join BASC Deputy Director Andrew Reddie in examining the new reality of economic statecraft in the 21st Century and illustrating that economic statecraft is very much alive. In the second, Assistant Director Margaret Kenney discusses intellectual property as national security by studying the case of artificial intelligence in the Indo-Pacific. 

Research Analyses

We are also excited to present a series of research analyses that examine the range of strategic, economic, technological, and energy concerns that BASC has been addressing. Zeroing in on technological, domestic political, and systemic factors, Associate Director Yuhan Zhang sheds light on U.S.-China climate non-cooperation. The abbreviated version of his study was published by East Asia Forum and Global Policy. Assistant Director Ishana Ratan offers commentary on Chinese manufacturing and forward linkages in the Malaysian solar industry. Our undergraduate Research Assistant, James Freeman, assesses the economic statecraft of the United States and China in the solar industry and the implications for the liberal international order.

Past Newsletters

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