The 2008 Asia Pacific Agenda Project (APAP) study focused on the response of East Asia, as an emerging pillar of global governance, to key challenges facing the international community. Special emphasis was placed on the role of new, emerging cooperative arrangements within the region. The study examined the status of East Asia–based (ASEAN+3~+6) cooperation in four critical issue areas, (1) maritime security, (2) international terrorism, (3) the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and (4) peacebuilding, as well as how that cooperation is contributing to global governance.

The overall objective of this research project was to examine intraregional cooperation and the supraregional contributions of that cooperation. The research team was comprised of younger and mid-level researchers with expertise in each of the research areas. The findings from the study were published in 2011 in the volume, New Challenges, New Approaches: Regional Security Cooperation in East Asia.


Project Co-directors 

TADASHI YAMAMOTO, President, Japan Center for International Exchange
KOJI WATANABE, Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange

Paper Writers

JOON NUM MAK, Independent Analyst; former Director of Research, Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA)
FRANCISCO J. MIER, Assistant Director-General, National Security Council, the Philippines
YUJI UESUGI, Associate Professor, Hiroshima University
WU CHUNSI, Deputy Director of American Studies, Shanghai Institutes of International Studies

Research Advisors

SUCHIT BUNGBONKARN, Senior Fellow, Institute of Security and International Studies
MELY CABALLERO-ANTHONY, Associate Professor, Head, Centre forNon-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies, S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) & Secretary-General, Consortium of Non-Traditional Security Studies in Asia (NTS-Asia)
RIZAL SUKMA, Deputy Executive Director, Centre for Strategic and International Studies
ISAMI TAKEDA, Professor, Dokkyo University