Co-sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center
About the Conference
The Harvard University Asia Vision 21 annual conference series has been a concerted effort at analyzing long-term issues and developments in Asia while forging a vision of the region for the 21st century. It began as a response to the financial crises of 1997-1998 in which both the causes and some of the proposed solutions to problems in the region were examined. Subsequent conferences explored specific topics, such as the crises recovery period and the burgeoning of globalization, from country-specific points of view and with immediate problems in mind.
For the upcoming Asia Vision 21, we will discuss such topics as Asia and the world economy, domestic and regional security, the challenges of care giving for the elderly in China, and the geo-political impact of developing new sources of energy.
Asia Vision 21 serves as a neutral meeting ground for individuals concerned with major developments in Asia who traditionally have refrained from discussing sensitive issues together. For example, one Asia Vision 21 conference examined a new role for government institutions in economic and social development that would go beyond the state-led model for Asia. Other themes have been covered regional institution building for long term economic, social, and political development in Asia; the emerging rise of China in the region; managing crises and dealing with the unexpected; values and changes in Asian societies; the integrating effect of communication technology; energy markets and energy security; how to pay for health care and pensions; proliferation and regional disputes; the influence of Islam in Asia; scientific and technologic models for development; governmental and institutional governance; global and regional imbalances; selecting leaders; maritime security in Asia; and a host of other issues. The mission of the Harvard Asia Center is to sustain and strengthen linkages between Harvard and East, Southeast, and South Asia. Its annual conference, Asia Vision 21, is a focal point of interaction between the Harvard community and corporate, government, institutional, and academic leaders from Asia. The annual conference series provides a forum for discussing issues that affect the Asian region and the United States while enhancing strong relationships and creating new ties. A by-product of the Asia Vision 21 conference series has been the building of collegial relationships among rising Asian and American scholars, politicians, policy-makers, businessmen, and other professionals while engaging in discussions with Harvard faculty and researchers.
Location & Invited Participants
Asia Vision 21 is an invitation-only conference and a few select representatives of the media are invited to participate, but the conference discussions are off the record.
The location of Asia Vision 21 alternates annually between Cambridge and a major city in Asia. Each year, the approximately 75 participants in Asia Vision 21 bring a high degree of knowledge and experience in finance, business, economic policy, and governmental actions. Emphasis has been placed on those leaders young enough to play a role in implementing the visions that emerge from the conferences. At the conferences, we ask this group of leading thinkers and institutional actors to step back from their daily routines to lend their vision and thoughts on issues of development, society, challenges and opportunities, and other areas of relevance to the Asian region.
The final conference report is distributed widely not only to participants, but also to academic institutions, libraries, think tanks, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and individuals in Asia and North America.
For more information, please contact Asia Vision 21 Project Manager Jon Mills.