Research Noon Seminar Series

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The East-West Center Research Program Noon Seminar Series seeks to disseminate research and policy findings on environmental, social, economic, political, and international relations issues in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The Noon Seminar Series invites scholars, advocates, and government officials from throughout the U.S., Asia, and the Pacific to share their findings with colleagues and students through a series of presentations in Honolulu. By capturing these talks on the East-West Center website, the Center makes these research and policy findings available to a broader audience of planners, academics, policymakers, regional specialists, the media, and the general public.

March 20, 2018 Seminar: Laura Brewington on The regional biosecurity plan for Micronesia and Hawaii

Non-native, invasive species pose threats to environmental, economic, cultural, and social systems around the world. Biosecurity systems exist to try to limit the introduction of plants, animals, and other organisms that could potentially invade a new area and cause harm. Read More...

March 14, 2018 Seminar: Pitman Potter on Art and law in China: Dynamics of domination and resistance

The relationship between law and art in contemporary China reveals important dynamics of the PRC legal system. Law in China has long been used to prevent and punish artistic expression with which the ruling regime disagrees. Read More...

March 12, 2018 Seminar: Wang Feng on "China’s clean air policy and citizens’ satisfaction with air quality based on field investigation data"

In order to test citizen satisfaction with the government’s environmental information disclosure policy and other clean air policies, Professor Wang’s research team conducted face-to-face interviews in the city of Xi’an, Shaanxi provence. Read More...

March 8, 2018 Seminar: Durga Poudel on "Climate change is affecting small-holder farming system and water sources in the mid-hill region of Nepal"

Video of Durga Poudel's presentation The mid-hill region of Nepal is experiencing a heavy burden of climate change impacts. Changing rainfall patterns, low crop yields, increased diseases and parasites in animals, drying drinking water sources, forest degradation, and declining river discharges are some of the major climate change impacts in the region. Read More...

February 28, 2018 Seminar: Pitman Pitter on "Coordinating performance of international trade and human rights standards"

Video of Pitman Potter's talk on 2/28/18Coordinating trade policy and human rights is a critical issue for the world today. Trade policy has direct significance for human rights in matters such as labour relations, environmental protection, health care, and housing - particularly in developing economies. Read More...

February 27, 2018 Seminar: Boy Luethje on "Green cars―low wages? Changing value chains in the automotive industry in China"

Video of Boy Luethje's presentation China is a leading force in new-energy vehicles, digital cars, and shared mobility. Driven by ambitious government policies and massive urban transformation, China has emerged as the world’s largest market and production site for electric vehicles. Read More...

February 20, 2018 Seminar: Allen Clark on "The emerging “Golden Era” of mineral development in the Pacific Ocean"

Deep-sea exploration projects have identified valuable deposits of gold, silver, copper, nickel, and cobalt across the Pacific—both in the open ocean under international jurisdiction and in the territorial waters of several Pacific Island nations. Read More...

January 30, 2018 Seminar: Dina Wahyuni on “The UN Sustainable Development Goals: Stakeholders’ Engagement with the Agenda

Video of Dina Wahyuni's presentation In September 2015, after three years of negotiations and debate, 193 countries agreed to a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aimed at ending poverty, protecting the environment, and ensuring prosperity for all by 2030. The agreement expresses a consensus by governments that the SDGs can only be achieved with the involvement of all stakeholders. Read more...

January 19, 2018 Seminar: Jonna Estudillo on "Maternal Mortality on Lao PDR"

Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) has the highest maternal mortality ratio in Southeast Asia, with 197 women dying in 2015 from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth for every 100,000 live births. Most of these deaths could be prevented. Read more...

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