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392 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.

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Upcoming Events

[[NEW DATE]] September 25: Giving Voice: The “Comfort Women” Issue as an American Issue featuring Dr. Mary M. McCarthy, East-West Center in Washington and Drake University, and Dr. Daqing Yang (Discussant), George Washington University. (12:00pm-1:30pm) - A light luncheon will be served.

Please note that the September 25 program will be OFF-the-record. Thank you for your cooperation.

October 2: Climate Change Realities: Perspectives from the Asia Pacific featuring participants in the East-West Center's New Generation Seminar Program (4:30pm-5:45pm)

Recent Publications

The Asia Matters for America Initiative and US-Asia Relations 1448

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.


ISIL, a Growing Threat in Indonesia?

Gwenael Njoto-Feillard, Visiting Fellow at the Institute of South-East Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore, explains that “Stronger cooperation between the state and all elements of Islamic civil society is needed to reinforce the relative resilience of Indonesian Islam to the growth of radicalism. Read more...

499 Economic and Security Reform in Japan: Harder Than It Looks

H. D. P. (David) Envall, Research Fellow at the Department of International Relations at Australian National University, writes that “Overextending national security reforms could undermine the government’s popularity and thus damage its capacity to undertake difficult economic changes.” Read more...

499 Understanding the Persistence of American Alliances and Partnerships in the Asia-Pacific

William Tow, Professor at Australian National University, writes that “Understanding why many of these relationships have endured beyond the Cold War and what their applicability is to a rapidly changing regional strategic environment is the subject of a new joint research project now underway involving the East-West Center (EWC), Washington D.C. office, collaborating with the Australian National University (ANU).” Read more...

499 US Comfort Women Memorials: Vehicles for Understanding and Change

Mary M. McCarthy, Japan Studies Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, states that “local communities in the United States collaborating with their counterparts in South Korea and Japan could make a real difference in promoting understanding on the difficult issue of comfort women.” 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.

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