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October 20, 2010: Dr. Kent Calder and Dr. Min Ye

(Click to enlarge) From left to right, Dr. Kent Calder, director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center, Johns Hopkins SAIS, and Dr. Min Ye, director of East Asian Studies, Boston University, discuss the future of institutional development in Northeast Asia.

The Making of Northeast Asia


(Washington, DC) The latest developments in Northeast Asia, such as the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands incident, the Cheonan incident and the ongoing succession of leadership in North Korea have highlighted Northeast Asia's troubled security environment. The latest book in the East-West Center's Studies in Asian Security series, The Making of Northeast Asia , brings into focus how different understandings of historical events have impacted regionalism in this part of the world, which is home to approximately 1.5 billion people and some of the largest global economic and military powers. Co-authors Dr. Kent Calder and Dr. Min Ye discussed the transformation of different government policies within the region, including that of the United States, what this means for future institutional development, and the prospects for collaboration amongst regional players.

Kent Calder is the director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asia Studies at SAIS and the director of the Japan Studies Program at SAIS. He was formerly a professor for 20 years at Princeton University, the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a lecturer at Harvard University’s Department of Government, and served as the first Executive Director of Harvard University’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. Dr. Calder was also Special Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan and Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, including Korea. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of Asian Security and received his PhD from Harvard University.

Min Ye is the director of East Asian Studies Program and assistant professor of international relations at Boston University. From 2009-2010, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. Ye received her PhD from Princeton University and has conducted research in China, India, Japan, and South Korea. Her recent publications include: The Making of Northeast Asia (Stanford University Press, 2010), co-authored with Dr. Kent Calder, and “Policy Learning and Diffusion: China’s FDI liberalization in the Shadow of Japanese Model,” published with the Journal of East Asian Studies (2009). Dr. Ye recently completed her manuscript, Embedded States and Economic Transitions in China and India: Innovative Liberalization of Foreign Direct Investment .