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 EWC-SasakawaUSA Congressional Staff Program on Asia 

Congressional Staff Program on Asia logoThe East-West Center in Washington is now accepting applications from current congressional staff for the inaugural East-West Center-Sasakawa USA Congressional Staff Program on Asia. Through a series of luncheon talks in Summer 2017, this bipartisan educational certificate program, aims to equip Congressional staffers with greater knowledge of US-Asia policy in order to better understand America’s role in and engagement with this dynamic region, and the policy implications that directly engage Congress. Applications are due May 1, 2017.

Visit our Congressional Staff Program on Asia page for more information.

Upcoming Events 

SAVE THE DATE: May 16: The Launch of ASEAN Matters for America/America Matters for ASEAN: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN and the 40th Anniversary of the US-ASEAN Partnership (3:00-5:00 PM-Panel Discussion; 5:00-6:00 PM- Reception) THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD AT THE CAPITOL VISITORS CENTER Room HVC 201

North Korea in the World: A New Resource on North Korea’s External Relations 

North Korea in the World website banner logoThe East-West Center and the National Committee on North Korea are pleased to announce the launch of a new pilot project, North Korea in the World. This interactive website is designed to provide policymakers, researchers, journalists and the general public with a broader perspective about North Korea through its collection of curated information, data, and analysis on the external diplomatic and economic relations of North Korea. Explore the site at

Off-the-Record Round table with the Indonesian Embassy

Left to right: Dr. Satu Limaye and H.E. Budi Bowoleksono, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia.On April 5, 2017, the East-West Center in Washington hosted a roundtable t in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia to discuss US-Indonesia relations. H.E. Budi Bowoleksono, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia gave opening remarks.

Meeting with Japan Global Initiative Student Delegation

Left to right (starting at the back): Dr. Satu Limaye, Japan Global Initiative President Masakazu Watanuki, and students.On March 10, 2017, the East-West Center in Washington hosted a small delegation of students from the Japan Global Initiative (JGI), which "supports to enhance global leadership and management through the international programs based on interdependent collaboration." The students, along with JGI President Masakazu Watanuki, met with East-West Center in Washington Director Dr. Satu Limaye to discuss US-Japan relations.

Off-the-Record Discussion with Member of Indonesian Parliament

Dr. Satu Limaye, Director of the East-West Center in Washington and Indonesian Parliament Member Dave Laksono. Image: Karen Mascarinas, Research Intern, East-West Center in Washington On February 8, 2017, the East-West Center in Washington held an invite-only, off-the-record discussion with Mr. Dave Laksono, a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in the Indonesian Parliament. Mr. Laksono exchanged views on current developments in Indonesia and the future of United States-Indonesian relations during the President Trump administration. Mr. Laksono is a member of the Republic of Indonesia’s House of Representatives and serves on the legislative body’s Commission I overseeing Defense, Foreign and Information issues. Mr. Laksono is a member of the Golkar Party and represents a constituency in West Java (the largest province in Indonesia). 

Recent Publications

America's 2016 Election Debate on Asia Policy and Asian Reactions America's 2016 Election Debate on Asia Policy and Asian Reactions

The 2015-2016 presidential election campaign has had major effects on recent debates regarding U.S. Asia policy. Going into the campaign, the debates focused heavily on the efficacy of the Obama Administration's signature "Asia Rebalance" and as a corollary the perceived U.S. weaknesses in the face of growing challenges from China. As the campaign has progressed, the broad concern with the rebalance and China remains active but secondary. Two sets of issues now overshadow the earlier focus: international trade and the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) accord, and candidate Donald Trump's controversial proposals on allied burden-sharing, nuclear weapons proliferation and North Korea. Read the full report here.

US-Japan Relations and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands US-Japan Relations and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands

Until recently, Southeast Asia had not been a region of sustained focus for the US-Japan relationship. But the situation is changing. The international relations of the Asia-Pacific is becoming more "multipolarized." In light of these changes, the East-West Center in Washington (EWCW), in collaboration with the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), and through the support of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), initiated a dialogue with Southeast Asians about their perspectives on how the US-Japan relationship and alliance could or should approach cooperation with the region. Read the full report here.

North Korea Policy: Failure is the Only Option

Denny Roy, Senior Fellow at the East-West Center, explains that “The expectation that the superpower United States should always be able to impose its preferred solution upon international strategic problems is unrealistic.”Read more...


Uncertainty in ASEAN-China-US Relations on the South China Sea

Nong Hong, Executive Director, Institute for China-America Studies, explains that “Sino-US strategic competition in the region is becoming inevitable, with Southeast Asian countries recognizing that they cannot opt out of such competition.” Read more...

The Trump Presidency and the Future of Indo-US Relations

Pradeep S. Mehta and Kyle Cote, Secretary General and Policy Analyst, respectively, at CUTS International, explain that “The bilateral relationship is expected to be dictated chiefly by business considerations and less by shared values or cultural connections; something for Indian representatives to consider when trying to maintain progress in Indo-US relations.” Read more...

The Two Levels of Russia’s South China Sea Policies

Alexander Korolev, Research Fellow at the Center on Asia and Globalization at the National University of Singapore, explains that “For Russia, the South China Sea issue is where two levels of its policies – systemic anti-hegemonic balancing and non-systemic regional hedging – intersect.” 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.