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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.

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Now Accepting Applications for EWC-SasakawaUSA Congressional Staff Program on Asia 

Congressional Staff Program on Asia logoThe East-West Center in Washington is now accepting applications from current congressional staff for the inaugural East-West Center-Sasakawa USA Congressional Staff Program on Asia. Through a series of luncheon talks in Summer 2017, this bipartisan educational certificate program, aims to equip Congressional staffers with greater knowledge of US-Asia policy in order to better understand America’s role in and engagement with this dynamic region, and the policy implications that directly engage Congress. Applications are due May 1, 2017.

Visit our Congressional Staff Program on Asia page for more information.


Upcoming Events 

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Off-the-Record Round table with the Indonesian Embassy

On April 5, 2017, the East-West Center in Washington hosted a roundtable tLeft to right: Dr. Satu Limaye and H.E. Budi Bowoleksono, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia. 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

On March 10, 2017, the East-West Center in Washington hosted a small delegatLeft to right (starting at the back): Dr. Satu Limaye, Japan Global Initiative President Masakazu Watanuki, and students.ion 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

On February 8, 2017, the East-West Center in Washington held an invite-only, off-the-record discussion with Mr.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 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). 


Briefing with Filipino Student Delegation from the Osgood CenterProject Assistant Sarah Wang and Visiting Fellow Dr. Renato Cruz De Castro (7th and 8th from the left) with Filipino students traveling the United States with the Osgood Center.

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 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 Young Alaka'i Leadership Program from Hawai‘i's Fort ShafterDr. Satu Limaye discusses recent developments in US-Asia relations with a delegation from the Fort Shafter Young Alaka'i Leadership Program.

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. 

 

 

 


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 Trump Presidency and the Future of Indo-US Relations

Nong Hong, Executive Director, Institute for China-America Studies, explains that “Sino-US strategic competition in the region is becoming inevitable, with Southeast Asian countries recognizing that they cannot opt out of such competition.” Read more...


The Trump Presidency and the Future of Indo-US Relations

Pradeep S. Mehta and Kyle Cote, Secretary General and Policy Analyst, respectively, at CUTS International, explain that “The bilateral relationship is expected to be dictated chiefly by business considerations and less by shared values or cultural connections; something for Indian representatives to consider when trying to maintain progress in Indo-US relations.” Read more...


The Two Levels of Russia’s South China Sea Policies

Alexander Korolev, Research Fellow at the Center on Asia and Globalization at the National University of Singapore, explains that “For Russia, the South China Sea issue is where two levels of its policies – systemic anti-hegemonic balancing and non-systemic regional hedging – intersect.” Read more...


Saudi King Salman’s Visit to Indonesia: Bound by Ties of Islam

Endy Bayuni, Editor-In-Chief at The Jakarta Post, asks “If it has taken this long for a Saudi leader to visit Indonesia, what is the true state of relations between the two countries?” 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.