The ISA Asia-Pacific Region Conference, The Pacific Century? The Asia-Pacific in an era of Global Transformation, was held at the City University of Hong Kong, June 25-25 2016. The program chairs were ISA Region President, Professor Giorgio Shani; Vice-President, Professor Lorraine Elliott; and the chair of the local organizing committee, Associate Professor Nick Thomas. The conference was preceded by a Professional Development workshop on June 24 organized by Professor Elliott for Early Career Researchers in the region.
A total of 451 participants registered for the conference making it the largest conference in the history of the region. We were honored to have ISA President, Professor TV Paul, deliver the opening keynote presentation on "The Accommodation of Rising Powers in World Politics" and Professor Elliott give the closing address on "Future Directions of IR in the Region". A limited number of travel grants were made available for selected participants in less economically developed areas of the region by the Southeast Asia Research Centre (SEARC) at City University of Hong Kong and by the Asia-Pacific Region.
The region leadership would like to thank all those who participated in the conference and in particular the local organizing team, led by Dr Thomas, and the Department of Asian and International Studies (AIS) at City University of Hong Kong, chaired by Professor Mark Thompson, for making the conference a success.
On behalf of the program chairs, I would like to extend our most sincere thanks to you all for coming to Hong Kong last month for the ISA Asia-Pacific Region Conference. We had a total of 451 registered participants from the region making it the largest in our history.
In particular, I would like to thank the local organizing team, led by Dr Nick Thomas, and the Department of Asian and International Studies (AIS) at City University of Hong Kong, chaired by Professor Mark Thompson, for their unstinting hard-work and generous hospitality. It has been a privilege to work with them and to have been a program chair for this conference. We hope you enjoyed it.
Special thanks also to our plenary participants, in particular Professor TV Paul, ISA President, for sparing time in his busy schedule to give the opening keynote address. Thanks also to Professor Lorraine Elliott, ISA Asia-Pacific Region Vice-President, for her closing plenary address and for organizing the professional development workshop for early career researchers.
Finally, the local organizing committee has kindly made the following photo album and video of the conference available which you may have received directly from them. Please see below:
Best wishes and thanks once again for making the conference a success,
- Giorgio Shani, Asia-Pacific Region President