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 Fall 2015 Internships 

The East-West Center in Washington is now accepting applications for our internship program for Fall 2015 Asia Studies Fellowship Program. Applications are due SEPTEMBER 4, 2015.

Visit our Internship Opportunities page for more information.

Upcoming Events 

September 15: New Voices from Japan: Perspectives on Energy, Demographics, and Economic Reform featuring Ms. Takako Wakiyama , Policy Researcher, Climate and Energy/Green Economy, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Dr. Tomoko Wakui, Researcher, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology (TMIG), and Professor Taro Ohno, Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics, Management and Information Science, Onomichi City University. (12:30pm - 02:00pm) - 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.

Misinformation Hinders Debate on THAAD Deployment in Korea

Dr. Woo Jung-Yeop and Eileen Block, Director and Assistant Director, respectively, of the Washington, DC office at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, explain that “Rather than focus only on China’s reactions, South Korean policymakers and the public need to pay more attention to issues of THAAD feasibility and cost.” Read more...

Opening Australia’s “Black Box”: The Domestic Debate over Submarine Production

Mina Erika Pollmann, recent graduate of Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, explains that “Abbott faces [in the submarine decision] the daunting task of balancing the demands of his domestic constituents and the manufacturing industry, the strategic needs of the navy, and the requirements of their ultimately chosen international partner.” Read more...

Indian Navy Role in Yemen and Beyond Highlights Range of Objectives

Sarosh Bana, Executive Editor of Business India, explains that “India’s naval build-up and maritime outreach are marshalled primarily for sea denial and securing territorial waters. But they are increasingly being used for peace-keeping and humanitarian purposes, not only close to shore, but also across the seas.” Read more...

Next Steps for U.S.-South Korea Civil Nuclear Cooperation

James E. Platte, Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that “the new 123 Agreement is a step forward for U.S.-South Korea civil nuclear cooperation [but] developments, such as spent fuel storage problems or more reactor export deals for South Korea, may also spur new talks over enrichment and reprocessing.” Read more...

How the ASEAN Economic Community Will Benefit American Companies

Asad Latif, Associate Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore, explains that “The AEC’s strategic purpose benefits a country such as the United States, which has long been associated with open and liberal economic regimes that reject protectionism and seek to curb corruption and intellectual property rights abuses." Read more...

Claimant Tactics in the South China Sea: By the Numbers

Christopher Yung and Patrick McNulty, former researchers at National Defense University in Washington, explain that “The Chinese argue that the U.S. ‘pivot’ to Asia emboldened China’s rivals to act provocatively in the region, thus triggering Chinese actions...[but this] is not borne out by the data." Read more...

Japan Needs a New Mechanism to Bridge the Public and Private Sectors

Jun Makita, Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Comparative Research in Human and Social Sciences, Tsukuba University, Japan, explains that “Japan needs a new mediating organization that can represent the fresh voices of emerging business sectors and convey them to policymakers, thereby bridging the public sector and core elements of today’s industrial sector.” 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.