Political Conflict and Economic Integration
Edited by Jehoon Park, T. J. Pempel and Gérard Roland
This book is the ﬁnal product of ﬁve international conferences held since 2001 and organized by Northeast Asia Intellectuals’ Solidarity Korea (NAIS Korea). NAIS Korea is a non-governmental organization (NGO) established in 2001 with the goal of promoting regional integration in the form of a ‘Northeast Asian Community’; NAIS Korea has more than 500 scholars from Korea as well as international members from throughout the region. The Incheon Metropolitan City Government of South Korea supported our ﬁrst international conference as a way for them to commemorate the opening of Incheon International airport on 28–29 November 2001. There was a consensus at this meeting that an NGO to advance solidarity among intellectuals willing to work for the construction of a ‘Northeast Asian Community’ should be formed. At the ﬁrst NAIS international conference, the members adopted the ‘Incheon Declaration 2001’ announcing the oﬃcial launching of the international NAIS movement. In 2004, NAIS Korea published a monograph in Korean summarizing the previous years’ activities under the title Toward the Northeast Asian Community: Dreams and Realities of Asian Regional Integration. The book brought together 17 papers written in Korean by experts and scholars from various ﬁelds of politics, economics, society and culture, the family, and science and technology. Since then there has been a strong consensus on the need to publish a book in English that summarized the outcomes of activities and research done by NAIS. The three co-editors of this volume met in Autumn 2005 at UC Berkeley when Jehoon Park...