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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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Upcoming Events 

October 5: Competing Economic Initiatives in Asia: The Stakes and Role of the US-Japan Alliance featuring Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo, Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs, National Security Council (Invited)Ambassador Matthew J. Matthews, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Ambassador for APEC, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, US Department of State; Kazumi Nishikawa, Director, Global Economic Policy Unit, Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) And Former Executive Director, JETRO Singapore; H.E. Krisda Piampongsant, Senior Advisor, Thai Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade of Thailand; and Dr. Satu Limaye (Moderator) Director, East-West Center in Washington.  12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. Location: B354 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 - This event is free and open to the public. Luncheon will be served.

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Recent Publications

America's 2016 Election Debate on Asia Policy and Asian Reactions US-Japan Relations and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands

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 Strategic Significance of the US-India Logistics Agreement

Manjeet S. Pardesi, Asia Studies Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that “Contrary to international relations theories, the signing of the LEMOA demonstrates that India is seeking regional primacy, not hegemony, and this is compatible with America’s strategic interests in South Asia/Indian Ocean.” Read more...


Indonesian Islam: Neither White Knight nor Damsel in Distress

Benjamin Nathan, former researcher at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that “The same factors that limit the usefulness of Indonesian Islam as a counterweight to extremist groups in the Middle East apply with equal strength to attempts by extremist groups in the Middle East to make inroads in Indonesia.” Read more...


Democracy and the Legitimacy of Indonesia’s Counter-terrorism Policy

Abubakar Eby Hara, Asia Studies Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that “Indonesia demonstrates that in battling terrorism democracy and serious efforts to gain legitimacy from the people before taking action are still necessary as part of a grand narrative to counter ISIL.” Read more...


Expanded CUES: A Worthwhile Idea but Challenging Exercise?

Swee Lean Collin Koh, Research Fellow at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies in Singapore, explains that “The increasing activities of irregular maritime forces in the South China Sea…mean that an expanded CUES, though possible, will face an arduous and challenging road ahead.” 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.