Navigating a World of Change
Asia-Pacific Regional Architecture for the 21st Century

Date: 1st December 2011 (Thursday)

Time: 7:00PM - 8:30PM

Venue: WLB 109, The Wing Lung Bank Building for Business Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University

Chair: Prof. Si-Ming Li, Director of David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (LEWI), HKBU

Speaker: Dr. Charles E. Morrison, President, East-West Center

Dr. Charles E. Morrison has been president of the East-West Center since 1998. He has been associated with the Center since 1980 in various capacities, including heading its former Institute of Economics and Politics. A U.S. Senate aide early in his career, he has also been a research associate at the Japan Center for International Exchange. Dr. Morrison has served as the international chair of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council since 2005, and is a member of other national and international bodies that promote trans-Pacific security and economic cooperation. His Ph.D. is from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he also once taught on Southeast Asia. He speaks and publishes widely on U.S. Asia policy issues and the countries of the region, and gives special emphasis to regional cooperation, particularly the APEC process.


The Asia-Pacific region has become a core area of the global system, which is both testimony to the region's rapid development and a challenge to it to provide a greater measure of global leadership in the rest of the century. In recent years, a plethora of Asia-Pacific regional institutions have been created, and two of the most prominent of these - APEC and the East Asia Summit (EAS) - have just had their annual leader meetings. The full promise of regional cooperation and global leadership, however, still lies in the future. The talk will explore the dimensions of regional and global challenges facing Asia-Pacific countries and speculate on the future shape of the regional architecture of cooperation.