Organized Panel Session
Cooperation among state actors has become a strategic response to address various political and economic challenges in the region. Under neoliberal order, strengthened institutions and networks have enhanced the capacities of states to pursue their development agenda and maintain domestic political stability. These cooperative mechanisms have flourished in post- Cold War world, with numerous states forging bilateral or multilateral agreements to advance prosperity and peacebuilding. In East Asia, the deepening of economic and political ties has yielded positive outcomes, with notable unintended consequences on various cases. This panel focuses on the dynamics and impacts of regional cooperation by presenting political, economic, and cultural interstate linkages within the region. Presenting multifaceted arenas of cooperation, these papers feature the politics of connectivity and partnership as experienced by individual Asian states, underscoring the benefits, costs, and limits of such frameworks. Focusing on the political sphere, Joe’s paper highlights the roles of institutions and organizations in East Asia, tracing the contours of East Asian integration and institutionalization in the region. Presenting economic dimensions, Sai examines the East Asian Economic Integration through the East Asia Free Trade Area (EAFTA), while Charoensri explores the mechanisms of the ASEAN connectivity and the role of Japan in supporting development projects in Thailand. Finally, to examine a case of cultural partnership, Puspamawarni analyzes the prospects and challenges of forging cooperation to protect intangible cultural heritage in Indonesia and the rest of the region.