Asian Law Center Lecture: Asia's Institutional Governance in the World Order
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. (Reception to Follow)
William H. Gates Hall Room 115
4293 Memorial Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195
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Controversies swirl around institutional governance in the
world today, and about the role of Asian leaders in shaping its trajectories.
Our perceptions about what Asia's leaders are doing and where they are headed
is affected by what we focus on. Some look at the emergence of China-led
institutions and see the demise of the Bretton Woods system. Others continue to
suggest that Asia's older and newer institutions are all weak and ineffectual,
especially in comparison to their counterparts in Europe. Still others concede
the expansion of Asian trade and investment treaties, but claim that their
transformation into mega-regional institutions will be prevented by nationalist
rivalries between China, Japan, and South Korea. All these views obscure a more
nuanced reality on the ground in Asia today, and miss how its leaders struggle
with constraints as they design the institutional landscapes. How and why they
are doing so deserves close attention as policy debates about Asia's place in
the emerging world order continue.
About Professor Saadia Pekkanen:
Saadia M. Pekkanen works on outer space security,
governance, and policy. Her regional expertise is in the international
relations of Japan/Asia. Her education includes Master's degrees from Columbia
University and Yale Law School, and a doctorate from Harvard University in
political science. Her administrative responsibilities at the University of
Washington include Associate Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of
International Studies, and Founding Director of the Jackson School Ph.D.
Program. She holds the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professorship. In addition to
these appointments in the Jackson School, she is Adjunct Professor in the
Department of Political Science, and Adjunct Professor at the School of Law.
Among her half-dozen books, she is the author of Picking Winners? From
Technology Catch-up to the Space Race in Japan (Stanford University Press,
2003); co-author of In Defense of Japan: From the Market to the Military in
Space Policy (Stanford University Press, 2010); co-editor of The Oxford Handbook
of the International Relations of Asia (Oxford University Press, 2014); and
editor of Asian Designs: Governance in the Contemporary World Order (Cornell
University Press, 2016). In partnership with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield
Foundation, she serves as Co-Chair of the U.S. Japan Space Forum, and also
directs the Space Security Initiative at the University of Washington. She is a
contributor for Forbes on her space-related research themes.