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On APEC Affairs

Priorities outlined by senior officials of the 21 economies for APEC 2015 are as follows:

Enhance Regional Integration
Members will organize a task force to study issues related to the pursuit of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), Key emphasis of discussion include cooperation to improve customs handling for goods, easing trade and services barriers, strengthening core engines of growth such as local financial institutions and adopting a Global Trade Facilitation Agreement.

Foster Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SME)
Another important theme will be to support the development of small and medium enterprises, with strong emphasis on making it easy to do business in the region. APEC’s goal is to improve efficiency by 25% by the end of 2015. A crucial aspect of this effort will be a renewed effort to address corruption and modernize the whole SME sector.

Human Capital Development
There will be a focus on creating more women entrepreneurs and businesses as part of a stronger investment in the large human capital of the region. Support for the women’s business network include training in finances, technology and other professional development. A key component that would impact academia is the effort to create 1 million student exchange opportunities each year among member economies by 2020.

Build sustainable and resilient communities
APEC aims to reduce tariffs, increase renewable energy and bring down carbon emissions. Efforts would also include nurturing stronger communities that are more resilient to natural disasters and health threats.



**APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) is the premier Asia-Pacific economic forum headquartered in Singapore. It has 21 member economies.

Spring 2016 Courses

HIST 357-001: Postwar Japan: 1945-Present
Wednesdays 10:30am – 01:10pm
Instructor: Brian W. Platt

During World War Two, Japan was locked in a desperate and brutal war against the United States. From Japan’s perspective, the war was a divine mission, an apocalyptic struggle to the very last man, woman, and child. Meanwhile, America vilified the Japanese as an evil and sub-human race. It was perhaps fitting that such a bitter war would conclude with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which caused horrific destruction the likes of which human beings had never before witnessed.

Most Japanese and Americans do not remember this struggle, nor can they appreciate the intense hatred created by it on both sides. In a relatively brief fifty-year period, Japan has transformed itself from a despised international outlaw to a peaceful, “model” country andeconomic superpower. How has this transformation occurred? What have been the social and cultural effects of this transformation in Japan? This course will address these and other questions, particularly through the use of Japanese feature films from key moments in Japan’s postwar history.

RELI 317-001: Daoism
Tues and Thur 1:30pm – 2:45pm
Instructor: Prof. Young Chan Ro

Daoist StatueThe course will study the philosophical, religious and spiritual dimensions of Daoism. The Daoist idea of “nature” and its implications to the ecological issues and the Daoist concept of “non-doing” in relationship to the contemporary socio-political and economic ideas will be discussed. It will also explore the popular aspects of the Daoist tradition including the Daoists practice of meditation, and their attempts to seek longevity and immortality.

Who We Are

CAPEC is an informal network of faculty, staff, students, university partners, and community friends committed to advance economic, cultural and social understanding of the Asia-Pacific economies through education and practice for the Mason community.

We provide service to the university by supporting curricula and research development, promoting exchange activities and cross-cultural events, providing student mentoring, and building partnerships.

Our emphasis:

  • Nurture student research in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Use interdisciplinary collaborative approaches to engage internal and external partners.
  • Increase knowledge of East Asian cultures and societies among scholars and non-academics.

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Center for Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperation (CAPEC)
George Mason University
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