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East-West Center in Washington enhances US engagement and dialogue with the Asia-Pacific region through access to the programs and expertise of the Center and policy relevant research, publications and outreach activities, including those of the US Asia-Pacific Council.

Asia Matters for America is an interactive, online hub to explore the importance of Asia to the United States. AsiaMattersforAmerica.org | ASEAN | Japan | Korea | Australia


Upcoming Events 

June 4: The Rise of the Bengal Tigers: The Growing Strategic Importance of the Bay of Bengal featuring Dr. David Brewster, Distinguished Research Fellow, Australia India Institute, University of Melbourne; Research Fellow, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University; Fellow, Royal Australian Navy Sea Power Centre . (12:00pm - 01:30pm) - A light luncheon will be served.


Recent Publications

The Asia Matters for America Initiative and US-Asia Relations 

Dr. Satu Limaye, Director of the East West Center in Washington, has written a article in the Winter 2013 edition of Education About Asia, a publication focusing on the "Cyber Asia and the New Media." In his article, "The Asia Matters for America Initiative and US-Asia Relations", Dr. Limaye explains the many educational uses of the Asia Matters for America initiative for both students and educators.


The Third Way: Japan’s Policy on Nuclear Energy

Shinsuke Tomotsugu, Associate Professor at the Institute for Peace Science at Hiroshima University, explains that “Japan’s decision to restart its nuclear power plants is rational, assuming these reactors meet strict safety standards." Read more...


Slow Pace of Reforms Inhibits US-India Agricultural Trade

Surupa Gupta, Associate Professor at the University of Mary Washington, explains that “In the face of multiple challenges such as low productivity, low income, and low growth in the farm sector at the beginning of the 2000s, the [Indian] central government advocated that Indian agriculture was in dire need of liberal reforms." Read more...


An Australian Perspective on the “Utility of Unity” in ASEAN

John Blaxland, Senior Fellow at Australian National University’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, explains that “United States policy makers should consider the significance and utility of Australia’s military commitment in the Middle East compared to its ability to help foster regional security and stability in Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific: it cannot readily do both well.” Read more...

South Korea’s Policy Choices in the TPP Era

June Park, Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that “without clear goals, South Korea will face difficulties in achieving an optimal outcome [from the TPP], and may be ‘outcompeted’ by countries that have set their priorities to maximize competitive advantage.”” Read more...


The East-West Center is proud to participate in the 38 North Network, a new and distinctive website, established at the U.S.-Korea Institute at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, which provides a new forum for informed commentary and discussion on DPRK- (North Korea) related issues.