The Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) promotes positive peace—peace with genuine security as well as social justice and ecological sustainability—through a broad array of activities including research and publishing, conferences and peace workshops, community development and civic engagement.

Research, Policy Workshops, Publications

APPSI and its sister institute the Japan Policy Research Institute (JPRI) sponsor and undertake a variety of research projects, focusing on the following issue areas: militarism and military basing policy; media and peace education; food security, justice, and sustainability. APPSI and JPRI regularly host policy seminars as part of the APPSI Speaker Series and the JPRI Professor Yuan-li Wu Economics Speaker Series. Moreover, we periodically convene peace conferences and workshops, such as a policy forum with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the Strait Talk Peace-builders Workshop. Our publications include the Asia Pacific Peace Studies journal, JPRI Working Papers series, and numerous books.

Global Oakland Initiative

The Global Oakland Initiative represents a partnership between APPSI, the HNU Global Studies undergraduate major, and the HNU Education Department’s graduate Urban Education program. The Initiative promotes and analyzes interactions between Oakland/Bay Area and other Pacific Rim cities/regions—and currently focuses on issues pertaining to migration, supply chains and trade, education and cultural exchange, sustainable cities and resilient communities. Signature projects include the Oakland International Film Festival (with the Oakland Film Society), the Global Oakland Sister Cities Project, and the Fair Trade University Campaign (with Oakland-based Fair Trade USA).

Civic Engagement

The vibrant APPSI Speaker Series—which presents 10-20 events each year—represents our commitment to engaging the general public in our pursuit of cross-cultural understanding and positive peace. The JPRI Professor Yuan-li Wu Economics Speaker Series, which convenes twice each year, is our flagship public affairs series. Past speakers have included John Williams (president and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco), Christina Romer (former chair of the Council of Economic Advisors in the Obama Administration), Ahmed Rahim (co-founder and CEO of Numi Organic Tea), and Katherine “Kat” Taylor (co-founder and CEO, Beneficial State Bank). In addition to the Oakland International Film Festival, we occasionally present art exhibitions focusing on peace building and sustainability in partnership with the J.D. Kennedy Art Center at Holy Names University.