North East Asia
Professor Kent E. Calder, Director, The Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University spoke at the Foreign Correspondents Club in Tokyo on December 9th to discuss his new book, "The Making of Northeast Asia".
He described that the regin has continued to be the most rapidly growing economies on the globe and its economic transactions size is far greater than the Southeast Asian countries counterparts figures. The interests of three major nuclear powers and two of the world's largest economies converge around the pivot of the Korean peninsula, and insecurity in the region is conspicuous in the recent years as a political-economic paradox including the North Korean dictatorship, nuclear development and succession dynamism. His book focuses on the prospects for Northeast Asian cooperation within the context of both Asian and the Asia-Pacific regional relationship. The book can be a clue to think about the possible future course of the American foreign policy and can be an answer to the question whether the U.S. is still seeking dominant power position on both shores of the Pacific Ocean, an American imperial cruise and venture which was started since the turn of the previous century.
Professor Calder is now Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asia Studies in Washington, D.C. and taught formerly at Princeton University. He worked in Tokyo as a Special Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan.