17th Asia Pacific Conference: Governance in the Asia Pacific: Politics, Economics, Business and Environment

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Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
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Communities of every sort and every level need some form of governance. The global community of states as manifested in the United Nations and other international organizations is going through a major shift in the power balance among its members, which inevitably poses various challenges to its existing rules and norms. At the regional level, new communities are being formed, as some existing ones break up and wane, redefining the notion of a “region.” Domestically, governance at the national and local levels faces demands of efficiency, justice, and political support, in the ever more complex contexts of globalization, changing and competing notions of region, and cultural pluralism. Governance also takes place within private organizations, including for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations, and the boundaries between public and private domains are constantly renegotiated. In the academy, thinking about governance challenges disciplinary boundaries.

With governance as its theme, the 17th annual Asia Pacific Conference will provide a venue for sharing research, mobilizing cooperation and affirming commitment toward improving governance in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. We therefore invite papers and panels that can provide research-based glimpses and thoughts on topics, as suggested below, illustrating and evincing forms of better governance.

Join us in the vibrant atmosphere of our international campus in the beautiful city of Beppu, Japan

  • International Peace Building and Human Rights
  • Democracy and the Challenge of Populism
  • Variations of Democracies and Competing Interests in a Globalizing World
  • Bilateral and Multilateral Governance Mechanisms
  • Cooperation Between Public and Private Sectors
  • Regional Security Architecture
  • Governance and Responsible Management of Economic Development
  • Regionalism and Globalism in International Trade
  • Corporate Governance, Business Ethics and International Standards
  • Globalizing Standards of International Business Competition
  • International Finance and Regional Stakeholder Participation
  • Governance and Management of Digitization and New Media Marketing
  • Norms and Rules in International Environmental Governance
  • National and Institutional Cultures of Governance
  • Strategies and Frameworks for Responsible Tourism
  • Intellectual Property Rights and Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Educational Standards and Socio-Linguistic Diversity
  • Governance and Future Studies