Pacific Asia 2022: Sketching Futures of a Region

Simon S. C. Tay, ed.

As seen from the vantage point of the early 21st century, Pacific Asia is a very different place now than what visionaries of a decade earlier had predicted it would be. Predictions about the region from the 1990s were based on the idea of an Asian miracle. The Asian economic crisis of 1997 and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, have taken their toll on the region and forced a revision of views on the Asian miracle.

Yet the future of Pacific Asia extends beyond financial crisis and terrorism. In this volume, scholars from seven different fields of study—demographic changes and challenges, the consolidation of trade and investment regimes, information technology (IT) and its impact on the region, the challenge of environmental protection and sustainable development, issues of governance at the national level, the need for a new security order, and the needs and the likely shape and modality of regional institutions—seek to link their thinking on a range of disciplines that are relevant to developments at the national and regional levels. What emerges are sketches of regional futures for Pacific Asia in the first decades of the twenty-first century that take into account the broader significance of the issues observed and the interplay of different possible events.

This book was the final publication of the Asia Pacific Agenda Project (APAP).



1. Pacific Asia in 2022: Sketching a Regional Future
Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs, Singapore; Associate Professor, National University, Singapore
2. A Vision of Demographic Changes in the Asia Pacific
Yu Xuejun, Director General, Department of Policy and Legislation, National Population and Family Planning Commission of China
3. Toward the Formation of an East Asian Regional Arrangement
Okamoto Yumiko, Professor, Doshisha University, Japan
4. Digital Dreams and Divergent Regimes: The Impact of ICT in Pacific Asia
Jamus Jerome Lim, Department of Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz, United States
Yap Ching Wi, The Necessary Stage, Singapore
5. Environmental Change and Transitions to Sustainability in Pacific Asia
Louis Lebel, Director, Unit for Social and Environmental Research, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
6. Driving the Juggernaut: From Economic Crisis to Global Governance in Asia Pacific
Ake Tangsupvattana, Assistant Professor and Deputy Dean for Student Affairs, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
7. Toward a New Security Order in Pacific Asia
Yoon Young-Kwan, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, South Korea
8. Attempts at a Regional Architecture
Simon Tay
9. Sketching Regional Futures: Some Scenarios for Pacific Asia
Simon Tay
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ISBN 4-88907-064-8; 241 pages; paper