Institutional Coordination in Asia-Pacific Disaster Management

Conference/Symposium | April 9 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), BASC, UC San Diego Medical School, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

East Asian countries frequently face earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, and landslides, leading to the proliferation of actors in the disaster management sphere. Indeed, the private sector, military, non-governmental and governmental organizations, and national and regional bureaucracies are involved in providing different services across phases of disaster management, including emergency response, rehabilitation, and disaster preparedness. This conference seeks to assess coordination between different actors involved in disaster response, and identify factors that stymie coordination as these actors transition between one phase of disaster management to another. To do so, this conference has the following four objectives: (1) examine how various actors integrate their operational platforms to facilitate service provision in response to different disasters; (2) identify the factors that influence breakdown in cross-sector collaboration (or those that prevent collaboration in the first place); (3) analyze how lack of coordination in one phase of disaster management, such as emergency response, influences coordination in subsequent phases, such as long-term service provision; (4) and trace how break-down in cross-sector collaboration at one level, such as the regional level, influences cooperation at the international, national, and local levels. The findings of this conference will help policy makers and practitioners minimize the likelihood of coordination breakdown, and thereby reduce the deleterious effects that coordination breakdowns often have on crisis-affected communities. Conference participants range from practitioners with on-the-ground experience in crisis response, to relevant policy makers in East Asian countries, to academics with extensive research experience in institutional coordination.


9:00 am – Welcome Remarks
Vinod AGGARWAL, Professor, UC Berkeley
Overall Framing:
Institutional Coordination in Disaster Management
in the Asia Pacific
Vinod AGGARWAL, Professor, UC Berkeley
Melissa CARLSON, Project Director, BASC, UC Berkeley
Theodore CHAN, UC San Diego

Country Case Studies:

9:45 am - Japan
Institutional Coordination of Disaster Management: How Are
National and Local Governments Coordinating in Japan?
Mikio ISHIWATARI, Japan International Cooperation Agency
Steven VOGEL, Political Science, U.C. Berkeley

10:15 am - South Korea
The Evolution of Korea’s Disaster Management Diplomacy
Seungjoo LEE, Professor, Political Science, Chung-Ang University
So-Min CHEONG, Associate Professor/Director, Geography/Center
for East Asian Studies, University of Kansas

10:45 am - BREAK

11:00 am - Taiwan
Disaster Management Coordination in Taiwan
Sheuwen CHUANG, CEO, Health Policy and Care Research
Center, Taipei Medical University; Associate Professor, Graduate
Institute of Data Science, TMU
Alan Hao YANG, Associate Professor, Institute of East Asia
Studies, NCCU

11:30 am - Singapore
Disaster Management in Singapore: Perspectives from a National
Emergency Response Organisation
Young Ern LING, Assistant Commissioner, Director of Operations,
Singapore Civil Defense Force
James V. DUNFORD, UCSD School of Medicine

12:00 pm - China
Disaster Management in China: Status Quo and Prospects
Xian XU, Associate Professor, School of Economics, Fudan
Louise K. COMFORT, University of Pittsburgh

12:30 pm – LUNCH BREAK

II. Thematic Issues
2:00 pm - Coordination Between Medical Emergency Response
and Public Health Planning
Current Crises & Potential Conflicts in Asia and the Pacific:
Challenges Facing Global Health or Global Public Health by a
Different Name
Frederick “Skip” BURKLE
Senior Fellow & Scientist, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative,
Harvard University and Harvard School of Public Health
Katherine STAATS, Stanford Medical School

2:30 pm - Civil-Military Coordination in Disaster Management
Challenges to Civil-Military Coordination in Disaster Management
Lloyd Puckett, CFE-DM, Honolulu
Karen GUTTIERI, Strategy and Security Studies e-School of
Graduate PME, Air University

3:00 pm - UN Coordination with ASEAN and Other Regional
and Transnational Organizations/NGOs
Building Blocks of Trust: The ASEAN Experience
Arnel CAPILI, Director of Operations, ASEAN Humanitarian
Assistance Center, Indonesia
Jonathan CHU, Stanford University

3:30 pm - National Law and its Implementation in the Wake of
Taiwan’s National Law and its Implementation in the Wake
of Disasters
Yiyuan SU, Department of Law, National Chung Hsing University,

4:00 pm – BREAK

4:30 pm - Public vs. Private Coordination in Disaster Response
Government and Private Sector Coordination in Disaster
Response: Examples from the Puerto Rico/USVI Hurricane
Irving "Jake" JACOBY, UCSD Medical School and David
GREENFADER, Envision Solar International
Karlene ROBERTS, UC Berkeley

5:00 pm - Populations’ Perceptions of Disaster Response across
Phases of Disaster Management
Who's to Blame: Citizen Evaluations of Disaster
Management in Comparative Perspective
Allison GROSSMAN, Graduate Student, UC Berkeley
Irving “Jake” JACOBY, UCSD Medical School

5:30 pm – Discussion and Closing Remarks

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