APISA2022 | APISA 16th Annual Congress

World on Fire: Whither International Cooperation?

Key Information

Date: Saturday, December 10 to Sunday, December 11, 2022
Venue: Chiang Mai University, Thailand The conference will be in person but some keynotes may be available online.
Registration: Registration is $50 USD for presenters (students $10 USD, non-presenters $10 USD). Pre-registration is required.

Co-hosted by Chiang Mai University, Thailand, and the IAFOR Research Centre at the Osaka School of International Public Policy’s (OSIPP) "Peace and Human Security in Asia: Toward a Meaningful Japan-Korea Partnership" project supported by the Korea Foundation, and supported by The International Academic Forum.

Call for Submissions

The war in Ukraine combined with the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to the bifurcation of international politics and fragmented international cooperation. The pandemic had already revealed the limits of international norms for cooperation when great powers are at odds. The Russian invasion of Ukraine exacerbated the United Nations’ inability to tackle global concerns with the Security Council’s mandating role significantly diminished. In addition, the climate crisis is now an existential threat. Droughts, extreme high temperatures, flooding, and wildfires across the globe are disrupting all aspects of economic activities and undermining the security and wellbeing of all. Meanwhile, the pleas of the vulnerable have fallen through the cracks of fragmented international cooperation, and the prospect for an international society coming together to address them appears bleak.

In Asia, where traditional, state-centric idea of security dominates policy discourse, this does not bode well for advancing the non-traditional security (NTS) and human security agendas or for attaining sustainable development goals (SDGs). The militarisation of regional relations over increasing China-US rivalry is palpable, with international attention and nation-state security concerns primarily focused on potential conflict over Taiwan. As great power rivalry descends on the region in earnest, norms and frameworks for regional cooperation to address NTS and human security challenges, as well as on-going peace-building efforts are beset by geopolitical calculations and traditional security dilemmas.

Against this backdrop, there is a need to make sure the region’s existing and new frameworks for cooperation not only remain functional but are also strengthened in innovative ways—within the region as well as in collaboration with external actors and frameworks. Of particular importance would be enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Northeast Asian states and NGOs (especially between Japan and South Korea) in working with South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific states and partner actors on a wide ranging NTS and human security issues, from public health, education, migration and refugees, political freedom to climate change, critical infrastructure to cybersecurity.

APISA 2022 in collaboration with the IAFOR Research Centre-Osaka School of International Public Policy’s (OSIPP), Osaka University, and Chiang Mai University, invite papers that contribute to academic and policy debates and discussions on how to maintain and enhance international cooperation in these challenging times. The following paper topics are for consideration, along with themes that appear above:

—The UN system, regional institutions, and frameworks for international cooperation (SDGs)
—Development, economic cooperation, and the humanitarian-development-peace nexus (HDPN)
—Climate change, Anthropocene, environment, disaster risk management
—Minilateralism/multilateralism and regimes (ASEAN plus, QUAD plus, CPTPP, RCEP, etc)
—Global governance, common values and/or liberal international order
—Migration and refugees
—Great power politics and/or and middle powers
—Alliances and bilateral relations
—Peacebuilding, conflict resolution and counterterrorism

About the Conference

APISA is Asia’s leading academic organization dealing with political and international studies broadly defined, with research programs focused on conflict and peace studies, democracy and governance, human security, development cooperation, civilian control and security sector reform, and higher education in Asia.

The conference is open to scholars and students of international studies, as well as practitioners in the field. There will be a modest registration fee (50.00USD for scholars; 10.00USD for students). Selected submissions may be considered for publication in book projects based on the theme of the conference, as well as the Asian International Studies Review, a Scopus-listed journal endorsed by both academic associations, and published by Brill in association with the IIAS.