The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) was founded in 1989. Since then the forum has developed into a major player in tri-partite relations between North America, East Asia and Europe. The Seattle and Bogor Summits were landmark events suggesting to many observers a gravitational shift in the world economy and world politics. Yet the Asian financial crisis had a sobering effect on high-flying expectations as APEC contributed little to crisis management. In the light of such contradictory performance, distinguished scholars here examine APEC's achievements and failures, its role and functions in international relations, its linkages with regional organisations and the interplay between the forum and national interests of major factors in the region.
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List of abbreviations List of figures and tables List of contributors and editors Preface 1. Appraising APEC: All Talk, No Walk? Donald K. Emmerson 2. APEC: Its Place in International Relations Hanns W. Maull 3. APEC, ASEAN and EAEC - A Tale of Two Cultures of Cooperation Jürgen Rüland 4. APEC and Latin America: Completing the Pacific Rim Agenda Manfred Mols 5. Strategy Without Vision: The US and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Vinod K. Aggarwal and Kun-Chin Lin 6. APEC in Sino-American Relations: A Vehicle for Systemic Integration Charles E. Morrison 7. APEC, Australia and New Zealand: Pathways to Asia? Heribert Dieter 8. Japan's Role in APEC: Wavering or Leading From Behind? Werner Pascha 9. APEC and the Asian Crisis: Rebuilding the Asian Economics, But How? Rüdiger Machetzki 10. Future Trends of APEC Susanne Feske
Werner Draguhn is Director of the Institute of Asian Affairs in Hamburg and Vice Chairman of the German Association for Asian Studies. Eva Manske is Director of the German-American Institute/Carl-Schurz-Haus Freiburg Juergen Rueland is Professor of Political Science at the University of Freiburg.