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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


Summer Internship applications now being accepted

Applications are now OPEN for Summer 2016 internships at the East-West Center in Washington. Applications and supporting materials must be submitted by 11:59pm Eastern on Sunday, May 8th, 2016 to be considered. More information on the internship and how to apply can be found on the Internship Opportunities page.


Upcoming Events 

May 3: Environmental Security: A Crucible in the South China Sea featuring James W. Borton , Faculty Associate,Walker Institute, University of South Carolina;Dr. Nong Hong, Executive Director & Senior Fellow, Institute for China-America Studies; and Dr. John McManus, Professor,National Center for Coral Reef Research, Rosenstiel School, University of Miami. (12:30 pm - 02:00 pm) - A light luncheon will be served.

May 4: Next Steps in the US – Southeast Asia Economic Partnership featuring Alexander Feldman , President & CEO, US-ASEAN Business Council; Ziad Haider , Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State; and Barbara Weisel, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Office of the United States Trade Representative. (12:00pm - 01:30pm) - A light luncheon will be served. This event is off-the-record.


Recent Publications

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.


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.


Domestic Forces behind Indonesia’s Paradoxical Maritime Policy

Benjamin Nathan, researcher at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that “In the wake of recent events, Jokowi has had to weigh the benefits of appearing to be a dynamic leader against the risk of actually provoking a conflict over fishing rights.” Read more...


Constants and Changes in Vietnam’s Political Scene: What Will the New Term Bring?

Huong Le Thu, Researcher at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore, explains that “Economic and social policies are of utmost priority [for Vietnam’s new leadership] and with an increasingly informed, educated, and connected society, the expectations for delivery from the leadership will continue to rise.” Read more...


Can the US-ASEAN Connect Initiative Create Stronger US-ASEAN Economic Relations?

Sanchita Basu Das, Fellow and Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) at the ASEAN Studies Centre, explains that “While for ASEAN, [US-ASEAN Connect] will make the region more competitive compared to China and India, for the US, a strong and developed ASEAN can help to diversify US investment in Asia and can lessen the influence of an economically rising China.” Read more...


US Economic Ties to ASEAN Demand a New Agility

Shankaran Nambiar, Senior Research Fellow at the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research, explains that “US-ASEAN economic relations will receive a huge boost if the US makes a more concerted effort to address issues such as the financing of large-scale developmental projects, be they to improve regional connectivity, build roads and dams, or enhance capabilities in cyber security and satellite technology.” 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.