A Political Economy Approach
Edited by Jehoon Park, T. J. Pempel and Heungchong Kim
This book is the product of the first conference of the Asia Economic Community Forum which was held on 11–13 November 2009 at Songdo Convensia in Incheon, South Korea. In 2001 a non-governmental organization (NGO) called the Northeast Asia Intellectuals’ Solidarity Korea (NAIS Korea), was established with the goal of promoting regional integration in the form of a Northeast Asian Community. NAIS Korea now has more than 500 members, composed of scholars both in Korea and across the region. With NAIS Korea at the core, the Asia Economic Community Foundation (AECF) was established in 2008 with the goal of eventually establishing an Asia Economic Community. The main activity of the foundation to date has been organizing the annual Asia Economic Community Forum (AEC Forum) with the eventual goal of transforming that forum into ‘Asia’s Davos Forum’. One of the coeditors of this volume, Professor Jehoon Park, is Secretary General of AEC Forum. Even though the AEC Forum is benchmarking the Davos Forum as its model, the conference was initiated by academics with the participation of business and political leaders. Therefore it is hoped that the presidents of prestigious universities around the world as well as distinguished scholars will participate in the conference and serve as members of the advisory committee of the AEC Forum. The permanent theme of the forum is ‘Creating One Asia Together’, while the theme of 2009 conference was ‘Global Crises and Asia: Solutions and New Paradigm’. There were three plenary sessions: ‘Grand Debate About the...