Professor Solingen is a Distinguished Professor and the Thomas T. and Elizabeth C. Tierney Chair in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of California Irvine. The National Academy of Sciences awarded her the 2018 William and Katherine Estes Award recognizing basic research on issues relating to nuclear weapons. She is a former President of the International Studies Association and the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Scholar award in International Security, the 2020 Susan Strange Professorship at the London School of Economics, and the 2021-2022 Richard Holbrooke Berlin Prize, as well as a MacArthur Foundation Award on Peace and International Cooperation,a Social Science Research Council-Mac Arthur Foundation Fellowship on Peace and Security, and an SSRC Abe Fellowship, among others. Her book Nuclear Logics: Contrasting Paths in East Asia and the Middle East won the American Political Science Association’s Woodrow Wilson Award for best book in the discipline of political science, and the ISA’s Jervis and Schroeder Award for best book on International History and Politics. Solingen studies the reciprocal influence between international political economy and international security, regional orders, and international diffusion, among other topics. Her other books include Regional Orders at Century’s Dawn; Comparative Regionalism; Industrial Policy, Technology, and International Bargaining, and edited collections on Sanctions, Statecraft, and Nuclear Proliferation, The Politics of International and Regional Diffusion, and Scientists and the State. Her articles on international relations theory, political economy, international and regional security, international institutions, nuclear proliferation, democratization, and science and technology appeared in International Security, American Political Science Review, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Politics, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Global Governance, Review of International Studies, Journal of Democracy, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, and New Political Economy, among others.
The ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) is the only inclusive, albeit incipient, inter-governmental institution advancing multilateral security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. In its brief history the ARF has arguably softened the rough edges of power politics in the region but it also faces serious challenges stemming from the domestic and regional consequences of the Asian crisis, the emergence of an ASEAN Plus Three framework, and the potential unravelling of arms control regimes worldwide, among others. The project's objectives are: (1) To identify the respective determinants of ASEAN and Japan's policy making and behavior toward the ARF, and compare the similarities and differences between them; (2) To assess Japan and ASEAN's respective influence on the ARF's institutional structure, content, evolution, and future; (3) To evaluate the extent to which ASEAN and Japan have coordinated their approaches to the ARF; and (4) To distill the implications of the previous points for the future evolution and viability of the ARF and for US policy, at a time of great flux in US policies and in potential regional responses to it.