April 15, 2009, Dr. Paul Heer

(Click to enlarge) Dr. Paul Heer describes China's approach to regionalism.

China’s Approach to East Asian Regionalism


(Washington D.C.) April 15– The development of regional cooperation architecture in Asia has been complicated by the region’s diverse cultures, levels of development, political systems, and historic distrust between nations. Despite these constraints, several regional groupings focusing on activities ranging from confidence-building and conflict prevention to economic cooperation have been created with a range of outcomes. As China’s economic, diplomatic, and military influence in Asia grows, it has become more involved with existing regional institutions, and its views about the future of such efforts are of greater consequence. Dr. Paul Heer of the National Intelligence Council discussed emerging Chinese attitudes towards East Asian regionalism and regional organizations.


Dr. Paul Heer joined the National Intelligence Council in 2007 from the CIA, where he was a member of the Senior Analytic Service in the Directorate of Intelligence. During his CIA career, he worked as a political and foreign policy analyst on China and Southeast Asia, and as an analytical manager and editor. Dr. Heer was a visiting intelligence fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations from 1999 to 2000, and was elected a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in 2001. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Loras College (Dubuque, Iowa), a Master of Arts in history from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in diplomatic history from The George Washington University.