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A nation must think before it acts.
A new transnational configuration is emerging in Asia, driven by economic growth, rising energy demand, and the erosion of longstanding geopolitical divisions. What do such developments portend in a region that long has had relatively weak regional organizations? Are we facing a critical juncture that may reshape regionalism in Asia?
Kent Calder is Edwin O. Reischauer Professor and Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining SAIS, Calder was a professor for 20 years at Princeton University, and served as the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is also a former lecturer in the Department of Government at Harvard University, serving as the first Executive Director of the Harvard University Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. Calder has also served in a number of roles for the U.S. State Department, most notably as a former Special Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan and a former Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, including Korea. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of Asian Security and a former Associate Editor of World Politics. His most recent books include The New Continentalism: Energy and Twenty-First-Century Eurasian Geopolitics (Yale University Press, 2012), The Making of Northeast Asia (Stanford University Press, 2010), and East Asian Multilateralism: Prospects for Regional Stability (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008). He received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University.
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