[Essay] NoA-SRC International Symposium “There Goes the Neighborhood: Increasing Tensions in Cooperative Northeast Asia” was held in Kokura, Kitakyushu-City on December 17-18, 2016
On the first day, two sessions were held: “Positioning Asia and Kyushu in Shifting Global Geopolitics” and “Integration, Population, and Gender in Northeast & Southeast Asia”; scholars from the USA, Canada, South Korea, Russia, the UK, and Japan discussed the numerous geopolitical and social problems of Northeast Asia. The second day consisted of three sessions: “Sino-Russian Dynamics: The Fault-line of Northeast Asian Competitive Cooperation,” “Migration Policy and the Movement of Peoples in the Russian Far East,” and “Theorizing Northeast Asia: Power, Interests, and Ideology”; at these sessions, scholars from Poland, China, the USA, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, and Japan analyzed the process of formation of regional communities and theory construction from the perspective of bilateral relations in the region. This two-day symposium brought together more than 130 people who helped to make this event a huge success.
NoA-SRC of the NIHU Area Studies Project for Northeast Asia co-hosted this symposium with several different universities and research organizations including the Center for Northeast Asian Studies (Tohoku University), Center for Asia-Pacific Future Studies (Kyushu University), University of Kitakyushu, Kyushu Economic Research Center, Asian Growth Research Institute, Japan International Border Studies Network (JIBSN), academic institutions and organizations of Kitakyushu City, and the West Japan Industry and Trade Convention Association.
(Written by: Mihoko Kato, Translated by: Aleksandra Kuklina)