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Asian Law Center Lecture:
Asia's Institutional Governance in the World Order

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
4–6 p.m. (Reception to Follow)
William H. Gates Hall Room 115

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Controversies swirl around institutional governance in the world today, and about the role of Asian leaders in shaping its trajectories. Our perceptions about what Asia's leaders are doing and where they are headed is affected by what we focus on. Some look at the emergence of China-led institutions and see the demise of the Bretton Woods system. Others continue to suggest that Asia's older and newer institutions are all weak and ineffectual, especially in comparison to their counterparts in Europe. Still others concede the expansion of Asian trade and investment treaties, but claim that their transformation into mega-regional institutions will be prevented by nationalist rivalries between China, Japan, and South Korea. All these views obscure a more nuanced reality on the ground in Asia today, and miss how its leaders struggle with constraints as they design the institutional landscapes. How and why they are doing so deserves close attention as policy debates about Asia's place in the emerging world order continue.

About Professor Saadia M. Pekkanen

Saadia M. Pekkanen works on outer space security, governance, and policy. Her regional expertise is in the international relations of Japan/Asia. Her education includes Master's degrees from Columbia University and Yale Law School, and a doctorate from Harvard University in political science. Her administrative responsibilities at the University of Washington include Associate Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, and Founding Director of the Jackson School Ph.D. Program. She holds the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professorship. In addition to these appointments in the Jackson School, she is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science, and Adjunct Professor at the School of Law. Among her half-dozen books, she is the author of Picking Winners? From Technology Catch-up to the Space Race in Japan (Stanford University Press, 2003); co-author of In Defense of Japan: From the Market to the Military in Space Policy (Stanford University Press, 2010); co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia (Oxford University Press, 2014); and editor of Asian Designs: Governance in the Contemporary World Order (Cornell University Press, 2016). In partnership with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, she serves as Co-Chair of the U.S. Japan Space Forum, and also directs the Space Security Initiative at the University of Washington. She is a contributor for Forbes on her space-related research themes.

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