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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. AsiaMattersforAmerica.org | ASEAN | Japan | Korea | Australia


Upcoming Events 

UPDATED AGENDA AND SPEAKERS! June 26: The Launch of India Matters for America/America Matters for India  (4:00PM - 5:30PM: Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Panel Discussion; 5:30PM - 6:30PM: Reception) - This event is free and open to the public. This event will be held at the Hart Senate Office Building Room SH-902.

June 29: The Emerging Geopolitics of the Indian Ocean Region featuring Dr. Jonathan Ward, Energy Institute and the Economic Research Council . (12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. ) - A light luncheon will be served. This event will be off-the-record.


UPDATED Publication: ASEAN Matters for America/America Matters for ASEAN 

ASEAN Matters for America/America Matters for ASEAN coverThe East West Center in Washington, along with the US-ASEAN Business Council, the ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute, the Congressional Singapore Caucus and the Congressional Caucus on ASEAN, held the launch of the newest version of ASEAN Matters for America / America Matters for ASEAN at the Capitol Visitor's Center on May 16th.The latest ASEAN Matters for America is an expanded and updated version of the 2014 edition for the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and the 40th anniversary of US-ASEAN relations. ASEAN Matters for America functions as an educational resource and features infographics that illustrate the importance and impact of US-ASEAN relations at the national, state, and local levels. The booklet can be accessed and downloaded online at: http://www.asiamattersforamerica.org/publications


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 www.northkoreaintheworld.org.


Meeting with University of Southern California and Singapore Management University Student Delegation

University of Southern California and Singapore Management University students with H.E. Ashok Mirpuri, Singaporean Ambassador to the United States. Image: Michael Vest PhotographyOn May 18, 2017, the East-West Center in Washington hosted students from the University of Southern California and Singapore Management University for a discussion on US-ASEAN relations. The students also attended the launch of the newest version of ASEAN Matters for America/America Matters for ASEAN on Capitol Hill on May 16, 2017.


US-Indonesia Policy Dialogue with Indonesian Foreign Minister and the Indonesian Embassy

Left to right: H.E. Budi Bowoleksono, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr. Satu Limaye, and H.E. Rento L.P. Marsudi, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Indonesia.On May 5, 2017, the East-West Center in Washington hosted a policy dialogue in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia to discuss US-Indonesia relations. H.E. Rento L.P. Marsudi, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Indonesia, gave opening remarks.


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 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.


Japanese Investments Are Instrumental to India's Act East Policy

Monika Chansoria, Resident Visiting Fellow at The Japan Institute of International Affairs, explains that "Japan's role in developing infrastructure in India's Northeast will be one of the key yardsticks to measure the "confluence" of India's Act East initiative with Japan's Indo-Pacific strategy.” Read more...


The Background to the First Ever Visit to Israel by an Indian Prime Minister

Efraim Inbar, Founding Director of Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, explains that “The two nations share a common threat: the radical offshoots of Islam in the greater Middle East.”Read more...

 


Japan-India Development and Security Cooperation Should be Steady, not Rushed

Shutaro Sano, Professor and Deputy Director at the Center for International Exchange, National Defense Academy of Japan, explains that “Tokyo’s position is consistent with Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and ‘Neighborhood First’ policy, which aim to establish reliable, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure within India and between India and its neighboring countries.” Read more...


The Trump Presidency and the Future of Indo-US Relations

Patrick Kilby, Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that “Zhou Enlai enunciated his eight principles of Chinese Economic and Technical Assistance. These emphasized mutual benefit rather than 'unilateral alms', non-interference in the recipient government's policy and politics, and self-reliance.” 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.