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.

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Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Asia Studies Fellowships 

The East-West Center in Washington is now accepting applications for the 2017 Asia Studies Fellowship Program. The fellowship finances three month residencies in Washington, D.C., for scholars and analysts to conduct research on topics of relevance to contemporary US-Asia policy. Applications are due JANUARY 2, 2017.

Visit our Visiting Fellowships page for more information.

Internship Opportunity

Applications are now OPEN for Winter/Spring 2017 internships at the East-West Center in Washington. Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm Eastern time on December 4th, 2016 to be considered. Selections will be made in December and internships will being in early January.

The Center seeks interns each semester who are interested in gaining a first-hand training experience in a US-Asia research and education organization in Washington, D.C. Internships are open to students and recent graduates; graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply. We do not sponsor visas for interns, so applicants should be already authorized for such a position through US citizenship/permanent residency or existing visas sponsored by a university or other valid third party. More information and a link to the application form can be found here.

Upcoming Events 

December 7 : Can China Be Incorporated into Middle East Stabilization By Supporting Regional Connectivity? featuring Yoram Evron, Visiting Fellow, East-West Center in Washington. (12:00 pm - 01:30 pm) - A light luncheon will be served. This event will be live broadcast. 

For announcements and live coverage of East-West Center events

Recent High - Profile Visits 

Off-the-record Discussion with Delegation from Indonesia's  Parliament and the Indonesian Embassy to the United StatesDr. Satu Limaye (center) with members of the delegation.

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. 




Off-the-record Discussion with Philippines Supreme Court Associate Antonio Carpio From left to right: EWCW Visiting Fellow Renato de Castro, Philippines Supreme Court Associate Antonio Carpio, and EWCW Director Dr. Satu Limaye.

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. 

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.

The High Stakes for Southeast Asia of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

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...

Australia’s Contentious Strategy in the South China Sea

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...

A China Perspective: North Korea's Nuclear Tests Reshaping Northeast Asian Security

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.