Please join the 1990 Institute at the Asia Society, Northern California chapter to discuss the “Architecture of Trade: Asia & The Future of Economic Integration” on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015.


Architecture of Trade:
Asia & the Future of Economic Integration




Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
6:00 – 7:30pm


Asia Society
Bechtel Conference Center

500 Washington St.
San Francisco, CA 94111

Event Details here
Ticket Registration here


Over the past decade, the Asia-Pacific region has been home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world. Fraught with superpower rivalries between the U.S. and China, however, and ongoing tensions among countries such as Japan, Korea and China, closer economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region has remained an elusive goal.

Join ASNC as we bring leading experts from Asia and the U.S. to examine emerging infrastructures of trade in Asia. Experts will discuss the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the China-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) as well as the role that regional powers, such as Korea and Japan, are playing in the construction of a more cohesive trade and investment regime. Can the Asia-Pacific come together to construct a more integrated, mega-regional trading bloc? How are macro-level tensions and geopolitical rivalries in Asia preventing greater economic integration? Will the future of Asia spell greater economic cooperation or destabilizing contestations?


Vinod Aggarwal, Professor, Political Science, Haas School of Business, U.C. Berkeley
Robert Kapp, Former President, US- China Business Council
Amb. Kim Eun Seok, Former Ambassador, Energy and Resources, Republic of Korea
Lee Seungjoo, Professor, Political Science and Int’l Relations, Chung-Ang University, Seoul

T.J. Pempel, Professor, Political Science, U.C. Berkeley

Program Agenda: 

5:30- 6:00 pm: Registration
6:00- 7:30 pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A

7:30- 8:00 pm: Reception & Networking

Co-organized in Partnership with the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
Promotional Co-Sponsors: Bay Area Council; Center for Korean Studies, U.C. Berkeley; Japan Society; Pacific Pension & Investment Institute; World Affairs Council
We look forward to seeing you all there!