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. | ASEAN | Japan | Korea | Australia

Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Asia Studies Fellowships 

The East-West Center in Washington is now accepting applications for the 2015 Asia Studies Fellowship Program. The fellowship finances three and six month residencies in Washington, D.C., for scholars and analysts to conduct research on topics of relevence to contemporary US-Asia policy. Applications are due APRIL 15, 2015.

Visit our Visiting Fellowships page for more information.

Upcoming Events 

March 9: The Ukraine Crisis and Japan’s Russia Challenge featuring Dr. Michito Tsuruoka , Senior Research Fellow, National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Japan. (12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.) - A light luncheon will be served.

March 11: Post-Arbitration Scenarios for the South China Sea Disputes: Continuing Crises or Opportunities for US and ASEAN? featuring Jay L. Batongbacal , Director, Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, University of the Philippines Law Center and RADM (ret.) Mike McDevitt (Moderator/Commentator), Senior Fellow, Center for Naval Analysis (CNA Corp.). (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 Conflict in Northern Myanmar: Another American Anti-China Conspiracy?

Yun Sun, fellow of the Stimson Center and the Brookings Institution, explains that “Great powers like China and the U.S. should be particularly careful and guarded against manipulations from local players. Washington and Beijing are seeking cooperation on many important fronts and progress in Myanmar should not be sabotaged by manufactured stories about each other’s policies.” Read more...

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership: New Paradigm or Old Wine in a New Bottle?

Sanchita Basu Das, ISEAS Fellow and Lead Researcher at the ASEAN Studies Centre, explains that, "Although RCEP could be an easier negotiating path for the ASEAN nations and others, there is a high chance that it may lose sight of its strategic goals, such as maintaining centrality, that make it an attractive proposition in the first place." Read more...

Powering Paradises: Recommendations for the Hawai'i-Okinawa Clean Energy Initiative

Aiko Shimizu, Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that "Effectively utilizing the Hawai'i-Okinawa Clean Energy Initiative could simultaneously address major economic development and energy security issues in both Japan and the U.S. while improving the two countries' national security cooperation and promoting soft power." Read more...

Malaysia’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2015: Perspectives and Prospects

Benjamin Ho, Bhubhindar Singh, and Sarah Teo, at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore, explain that “As the ASEAN chair in a crucial year for the Association, Malaysia will need to manage two issues deemed important to the region—the territorial disputes in the South China Sea and ASEAN community building.” 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.