- Since its inception in 1989, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation region has consistently been the most economically dynamic part of the world. In its first decade, APEC Member Economies generated nearly 70 percent of global economic growth and the APEC region consistently outperformed the rest of the world, even during the Asian financial crisis.
- The region includes some of the world's major sources of conflict (for example in Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, in Aceh or Mindanao, in the Taiwan Straits, the South China Sea and the inter-Korean border). A number of Asian states have a nuclear capability. Asian countries have always played a major part in the working of the UN and its various bodies.
Coe Semester in Asia, Spring 2007
The Asian Studies major is designed to acquaint students with the great cultures and societies of Asia, focusing primarily those of China and Japan. The major is interdisciplinary and requires that the students take courses in the areas of art history, history, literature, and religion, and suggests that they also take courses in economics, music, and political science. Travel and intensive study in the region is also an integral part of Coe's Asian Studies program.