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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.

AICHR in October 2015 – Change or Continuity in the Diplomatic Club?

Naila Maier-Knapp, author of Southeast Asia and the European Union, explains that “because ASEAN governments have built trust towards the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights’ opportunity to showcase their commitment to people-orientation, space for human rights discourse could increase in the years to come.” Read more...

Realist Indonesia’s Drift away from ASEAN

Vibhanshu Shekhar, Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that “The Indonesian leadership views ASEAN as too small, weak, and disunited to adequately represent the country’s national interests in the Indo-Pacific region…[leading] to an increasingly marginal position of ASEAN in Jakarta’s regional diplomacy.” Read more...

China’s Non-Military Maritime Assets as a Force Multiplier for Security

Justin Chock, a Summer 2015 researcher at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that “[China’s] growing civilian merchant marine and fishing fleets are more likely to be deployed before military units since they greatly enhance surveillance, logistics, and even physical defense capabilities with less risk of conflict escalation. As a result, these non-military maritime fleets deserve greater attention within the study of China’s maritime capacities and interests.” Read more...

Building Japan-ROK Relations through East Asian Maritime Security

Amanda Conklin, Sora Chung, Grace Kim, and Nicole Goertzen-Tang, recent graduates from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, explain that “Maritime hotspots in the South China Sea have created an opportunity for Japan and South Korea to work together with the U.S. to establish a more stable region.” 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.