Formed with the support of the U.S. Department of State, the United States Asia Pacific Council comprises American corporations and citizens who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the U.S. relationship with Asian and Pacific nations. The Council is a vehicle through which the knowledge and experience of its members inform and enhance US engagement with the region.
Individual Council members are active in many areas of public and private service including businesses, government, education, research and journalism. They participate in the Council as private citizens who advise, promote, and facilitate the work of official and private international institutions in the Asia-Pacific. Among these institutions is the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), whose US representation has been consolidated under the auspices of the Council. Additionally, the Council members advise and participate in the activities of official regional organizations such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Council members are invited from time to time to personally advise and support U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific region through special initiatives as well as participation in delegations and advisory groups.
The Council is hosted by and administered through the East-West Center and based in the East-West Center in Washington. It draws upon the East-West Center’s extensive in-house expertise at its Honolulu headquarters as well as that of other U.S. institutions devoted to the promotion of transpacific relations.
The Council produces various informational products about key issues in U.S.-Asia relations. These include:
Washington Report , a bimonthly newsletter that provides an "inside-the-Beltway" perspective on developments in U.S.-Asia Pacific relations (latest issue). The centerpiece of the report is an interview with a leading authority on an economic, political, and/or strategic issues of importance to transpacific relations. Periodically, a special supplement is published that provides in-depth analysis of a topic covered in the newsletter. Occasionally, Special Reports on cutting-edge topics in U.S.-Asia economic and business relations are also released.
The Council also hosts an annual Washington Conference . The event draws a large audience of speakers and guests from the United States and Asia. It features expert commentary about Asian regional developments and U.S. relations with Asia.