Implications of Asian Integration for the United States: Scenarios with and without TPP


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In partnership with the Asian Development Bank Institute

When: Mar 3 2014 - 12:00pm until Mar 3 2014 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St, NW, Washington, DC. Sixth Floor Conference Room

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Implications of Asian Integration for the United States: Scenarios with and without TPP

An Asia Pacific Security Seminar:

Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja
Director of Research, Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo

Dr. Ellen Frost (Discussant)
Adjunct Senior Fellow, East-West Center;
Visiting Distinguished Research Fellow, National Defense University

Ministers of Trade negotiate at the TPP meeting on the sidelines of APEC in 2013. Photo by: AFP.

Amid a fragile world economy, Asia continues to grow and integrate to create a huge market. The rise of China, India, and ASEAN as global super exporters; a resurgent Japan bolstered by Abenomics; and millions of middle class consumers are driving Asian integration. However, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—a key tool in the US pivot to Asia—risks stalling with uncertainties about the Trade Promotion Authority of the Obama Administration and questions in Asia about the economic benefits of the agreement. There are also growing concerns about conflicts over maritime boundaries in the region which could disrupt Asian integration. In this seminar, experts Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja and Dr. Ellen Frost, will critically chart recent developments in Asian integration and explore emerging scenarios for Asia-US relations, with and without the TPP.

Monday, March 3
12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.
A light luncheon will be served

East-West Center in Washington
1819 L St, NW, Washington, DC. Sixth Floor Conference Room
This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Ganeshan Wignaraja is the Director of Research of the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo, the think tank subsidiary of the Asian Development Bank. In a career spanning over 25 years in international research and policy, he has held positions at the Asian Development Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the OECD, the University of Oxford, the United Nations University Institute for New Technologies and a UK consulting firm. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Oxford and has published 12 books on international economics, regional integration and development economics.

Dr. Ellen Frost is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East-West Center and a Visiting Distinguishes Research Fellow at the National Defense University's Institute of National Strategic Studies. Her previous US government positions included Counselor to the US Trade Representative (1993–95), and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Economic and Technology Affairs (1977-81). She received her PhD from the Department of Government at Harvard University and her most recent book is Asia's New Regionalism (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2008).

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Name: Grace Ruch Clegg
Phone: 202-327-9762