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 and 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.

Through our supporters, collaborators, and colleagues like you, BASC has the privilege of advancing the discussion on a range of critical economic and security issues in increasingly unprecedented times. We look forward to continuing our dialogue for years to come.

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 an adapted version of a published article by Asia and the Global Economy that is a part of our “New Economic Statecraft Project.” I join BASC Deputy Director Andrew Reddie in examining the new reality of economic statecraft in the twenty-first century and its unique consequences for international institutions.

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. Associate Director Margaret Kenney discusses how U.S.-China tensions are affecting the structure of international political economy through the prevention of mergers and acquisitions and the breakup of multinational firms. Our undergraduate Research Assistant, Shantanu Kamat discusses the U.S.-Taiwan Initiative on 21st-Century Trade, arguing that this project could serve as an example of “benign economic statecraft.” Project Director Bettina Boelk then provides an analysis of the European Union’s Foreign Subsidies Regulation, with a focus on how this regulation will affect both the internal and external markets in an era of increasin subsidies worldwide. Finally, undergraduate Research Assistant Luca Zislin responds to the idea of managing U.S.-China tensions through “collective resilience.”

Past Newsletters

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