The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum; Asia Pacific international relations, economic issues, and security issues; US-Asia policy, trade policy.
Charles E. Morrison has been president of the Center since August 1, 1998. He has had extensive involvement in the conceptualization, organization and funding of policy-oriented educational research and dialogue projects in both Japan and the United States, and has long been involved in promoting the concept of Asia Pacific community.
In September 2005, he was elected international chair of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC). He is a founding member of the U.S. Asia Pacific Council, the U.S. National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation and a member of the U.S. Committee for Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific. He is a past chair of the U.S. National Consortium of APEC Study Centers. A former director of the Center's Program on International Economics and Politics, he is a former U.S. Senate aide and a research adviser to binational Japan-U.S. commissions.
He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Publications in recent years include: Japan, ASEAN, and East Asia from an American Perspective. Community Building with Pacific Asia (report to the Trilateral Commission). ASEAN: Forum, Caucus & Community. Asia Pacific Crossroads: Regime Creation and the Future of APEC. Development Cooperation in the 21st Century: Implications for APEC, Asia Pacific Security Outlook: 2005 (annually from 1997).