Pardee Center Hosts Webinar on Implications of RCEP for the Future of the Asia-Pacific

On March 11, 2021, the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future hosted a webinar exploring the long-term implications of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The webinar, titled, “In the Wake of the RCEP: Asia-Pacific or Indo-Pacific?” featured Alice Ba (University of Delaware), Sreeram Sundar Chaulia (Jindal Global University), Wang Huiyao (Center for China and Globalization), and Amb. Jorge Heine (Boston University).

The conversation focused on the future of the region following the November 2020 signing of the RCEP by 15 nations in Asia and Australasia, but with the notable exception of India. The panelists discussed the origins and significance of the RCEP — particularly the role played by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) — and the respective roles of India and China in the future of the world’s fastest-growing region.

Watch the full webinar above or on the Pardee Center’s YouTube channel.

This event was part of the Rising Powers Initiative (RPI), a new research program at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. The mission of RPI is to understand why rising powers flourish or fail in terms of security, governance, and health, and to understand the impact they have on the international orders of their time. RPI conducts interdisciplinary and policy-relevant research on five emerging powers with increasing global impact: China, India, Brazil, the European Union/Germany, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Learn more about RPI at