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.
February 28: Australian Defense Policy in the Trump Era - Ambitions and Uncertainties featuring Andrew Davies, Director, Defence and Strategy Program, Australian Strategic Policy Institute and Mark Thomson, Senior Analyst, Defence Economics, Australian Strategic Policy Institute. (12:30 P.M. – 2:00 PM) - A light luncheon will be served. This event will be broadcast LIVE.
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High - Profile Visits and Delegations
Off-the-Record Discussion with Member of Indonesian Parliament
On February 7, 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 on February 8, 2017 from Noon to 1300 PM. 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).
On December 15, 2016, the East-West Center in Washington hosted a delegation of Filipino students visiting Washington, DC with the Osgood Center, which offers short-term foreign policy programs to high school, college, and graduate students from around the world. East-West Center in Washington Project Assistant Sarah Wang and Fulbright Visiting Fellow Dr. Renato Cruz De Castro, whose home institution is De La Salle University in the Philippines, gave the students a briefing on US-Asia affairs.
Off-the-record Discussion with Delegation from Indonesia's Parliament and the Indonesian Embassy to the United States
On December 1, 2016, the East-West Center in Washington hosted a private, off-the-record discussion members of Indonesia's Parliament and staff from the Indonesian Embassy to the United States.
On November 9, 2016, the East-West Center in Washington hosted a private, off-the-record discussion with a delegation from the Young Alaka'i Leadership Program hosted at Hawai‘i's Fort Shafter. To learn more about the group's visit to the East-West Center and the Leadership Program as a whole, click here.
On October 28, 2016, the East-West Center in Washington hosted a private, off-the-record discussion with Philippines Supreme Court Associate Antonio Carpio. Justice Carpio spoke to the audience on Post-Arbitration scenarios for the Philippines and what role the US-Philippines alliance will play in such scenarios.
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.
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.
Asad Latif, Associate Fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, explains that “Southeast Asians hope that Americans choose their next leader wisely to build on enduring ties with the United States.” Read more...
What Happens in the South China Sea, Matters in the East China Sea: Japan’s Reaction to the South China Sea Arbitration Ruling
Matthew Short, researcher at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that “Pushing Japan to be a more proactive member of the international system, Abe has advocated for and employed Japan as a guardian of global commons, especially the maritime commons, to ensure they remain open and beneficial to everyone.” Read more...
Orrie Johan, researcher at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that “Australia does not have to choose between the U.S. and China. Turnbull seems to be following this approach by showing the U.S. that it supports American freedom of navigation operations and by showing China that Australia will not participate in any FONOPs itself.” Read more...
Liang Yabin, Research Fellow of the Pangoal Institution and Associate Professor at the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, explains that “Nuclear weapons greatly improve the geo-strategic position of the DPRK in Northeast Asia, which also increases the possibility of reaching a compromise and exchange of interests between the U.S. and the DPRK.” 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.