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Global Asia is a pub­li­ca­tion of the East Asia Foun­da­tion. The Foun­da­tion, es­tab­lished in Seoul in Jan­uary 2005, strives to pro­mote peace, pros­per­ity, se­cu­rity and sus­tain­abil­ity in East Asia by cre­at­ing an open and creative fo­rum for the ex­change of ideas on re­gional co-op­er­a­tion and in­te­gra­tion, among other goals.

The mis­sion we have set for our­selves with Global Asia is both bold and ur­gent: It is to pro­vide a com­pelling, se­ri­ous, and re­spon­si­ble fo­rum for dis­tin­guished thinkers, pol­icy-mak­ers, po­lit­i­cal lead­ers and busi­ness peo­ple to de­bate the most im­por­tant is­sues in Asia to­day.

Global Asia is not a jour­nal with a fixed point of view, or a par­tic­u­lar agenda.

Our aim is to give voice to the global di­men­sion of what is hap­pen­ing in Asia. In our pages and on our web site, we aim for Asia to speak to the world, and the world to Asia. That is im­por­tant at a time when this re­gion is play­ing an ever greater role in world af­fairs. There are other fine pub­li­ca­tions on in­ter­na­tional af­fairs. What sets us apart is our fo­cus: Asia.

We be­lieve, in fact, that the world is en­ter­ing “the Age of Asia,” to bor­row a phrase from one of the ar­ti­cles in the in­au­gu­ral is­sue of Global Asia in Septem­ber 2006. This trans­for­ma­tion is not go­ing to oc­cur overnight, but it has al­ready be­gun.

The re­gion’s dy­namic eco­nomic growth, sta­ble and ac­count­able po­lit­i­cal sys­tems, ma­tur­ing democ­ra­cies, and evolv­ing sense of com­mu­nity are giv­ing Asia greater weight in the world. These de­vel­op­ments will have enor­mous im­pli­ca­tions for gov­ern­ments, busi­nesses, so­ci­eties and in­di­vid­u­als across the globe. How that trans­for­ma­tion is viewed, and shaped, from within Asia and how it is per­ceived out­side Asia is an essen­tial part of the story we have to tell.

The forces of glob­al­iza­tion are hav­ing a pro­found im­pact through­out the world. And they are be­ing in­flu­enced and chan­neled in dif­fer­ent ways in dif­fer­ent parts of the world. Ours is the story of Asia’s ex­pe­ri­ence with glob­al­iza­tion, and the ideas and de­bates in­flu­enc­ing it. In pur­su­ing our mis­sion, we aim to play a part, how­ever mod­est, in help­ing to shape the fu­ture of Asia.

Chung-in Moon Edi­tor-in-chief David Plott Man­ag­ing Edi­tor

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