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 held several positions at the Center, including president from August 1, 1998 through December 30, 2016. In these capacities he has had extensive involvement in the conceptualization, organization and funding of policy-oriented educational multilateral research and dialogue projects and is a strong advocate of the concept of Asia Pacific community.
He serves on the Standing Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation and was the organization’s international chair and co-chair from 2005 to 2012. He is a past chair of the U.S. National Consortium of APEC Study Centers and a research adviser to two high-level binational Japan-U.S. commissions. He was associated in the 1980s and 1990s with the Japan Center for International Exchange. In his early career he served as a legislative assistant to the late Senator William V. Roth, Jr. working primarily on defense, foreign policy, trade, and government ethics issues.
He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he also once taught Southeast Asian international relations.
Publications 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).