Shorenstein APARC integrates scholarship and insights of academics and practitioners interested in regional and global perspectives on contemporary Asia. Our research is grounded in the social sciences, interdisciplinary in nature, and policy relevant.
- About APARC Research
- New Asia
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Education and Development
- Political Economy and Economic Development
- Governance, Political Movements, and Political Violence
- Demographics, Health, and Health Policy
- Asia-Pacific International Affairs and U.S.-Asia Relations
- Complete Projects
About APARC Research
About APARC Research
The Center is home to a vibrant community of distinguished faculty, scholars, and practitioners whose careers span the realms of government, diplomacy, the military, and business. We bridge theoretical and field research, and study varied issues related to the politics, economies, populations, security, foreign policies, and international relations of the countries of the Asia-Pacific region.
APARC’s scholarship is also a natural bridge between academic and policy-relevant Asia research.
Our research is organized around specific projects as well as broader scholarly activities, and is largely produced through our six regional and thematic programs.
We disseminate research and insight by APARC scholars and affiliates through the Center’s publications.
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Asia drives the global economy, but there are worrying signs that the engine of growth is slowing. The major economies of the region—China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan—all see diminishing returns from the model of manufacturing-based, export-oriented development. They also grapple with societal challenges related to low birth rates, aging populations, brain drain, environmental pollution, political corruption, and low cultural tolerance.
The problem these societies face is how to create their own version of innovation-driven economies that will allow them to remain at the center of dynamism and growth in the twenty-first-century global ecosystem. To do so, they must find a new engine of economic growth by attracting foreign talent, upgrading pertinent social values of cultural diversity and social tolerance, and effectively reflecting and transmitting such values through social institutions.
Recognizing that countries throughout Asia lag behind in these efforts compared to more advanced, technologically innovative Western economies, the New Asia multi-year research cluster advocates for and pursues a “New Asia” of social, cultural, and economic maturity. This research cluster includes the following projects:
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Education and Development
Political Economy and Economic Development
Governance, Political Movements, and Political Violence
Demographics, Health, and Health Policy
Asia-Pacific International Affairs and U.S.-Asia Relations
Select APARC research projects that have been completed or archived are listed below. You can also view a more comprehensive list of complete projects.
PI: Gi-Wook Shin
Engaging North Korea
Tailored Engagement: Toward an Effective and Sustainable Inter-Korean Relations Policy
Divided Memories and Reconciliation
History Textbooks and the War in Asia
Reconciliation and Cooperation in East Asia
Nationalism and Regionalism in Northeast Asia
Trends in U.S. and Korean Media Coverage of the Alliance, 1992-2004
Stanford Korea Democracy Project
New Beginnings: Post-Election Prospects for U.S.-ROK Relations
PI: Karen Eggleston
Population Aging, Child Health and Control of Infectious Diseases
Historical Development of Healthcare Institutions in East Asia
Health Improvement Under Mao and Its Implications for Contemporary Aging in China
PI: Donald Emmerson
PI: Matthew Kohrman
PI: Kenji Kushida
PI: Andrew Walder
Bridging Asia Research and Policy
The integral role of policy engagement in our mission and work is a prominent characteristic that distinguishes Shorenstein APARC from Asia centers, while our being in essence an academic research institution differentiates us from Asia think tanks.
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