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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.

Asia Matters for America is an interactive, online hub to explore the importance of Asia to the United States. AsiaMattersforAmerica.org | ASEAN | Japan | Korea | Australia


Upcoming Events 

April 28: The New Special Relationship: The U.S. Australia Alliance Deepens *Featuring the NEW Asia Matters for America Initiative Publication Australia Matters for America/America Matters for Australia* featuring Dr. Bates Gill , Chief Executive Officer, United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and H.E. Kim Beazley, Australian Ambassador to the United States. (12:00pm - 01:30pm) - A light luncheon will be served.


Recent Publications

The Asia Matters for America Initiative and US-Asia Relations 

Dr. Satu Limaye, Director of the East West Center in Washington, has written a article in the Winter 2013 edition of Education About Asia, a publication focusing on the "Cyber Asia and the New Media." In his article, "The Asia Matters for America Initiative and US-Asia Relations", Dr. Limaye explains the many educational uses of the Asia Matters for America initiative for both students and educators.


An Australian Perspective on the “Utility of Unity” in ASEAN

John Blaxland, Senior Fellow at Australian National University’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, explains that “United States policy makers should consider the significance and utility of Australia’s military commitment in the Middle East compared to its ability to help foster regional security and stability in Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific: it cannot readily do both well.” Read more...

South Korea’s Policy Choices in the TPP Era

June Park, Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that “without clear goals, South Korea will face difficulties in achieving an optimal outcome [from the TPP], and may be ‘outcompeted’ by countries that have set their priorities to maximize competitive advantage.”” Read more...


Searching for the “Strategic” in the UK-Japan “New Type of Alliance”

Philip Shetler-Jones, Brussels-based security consultant, explains that “important policy and strategic developments unfolding in 2015 will test the rhetoric and indicate whether the UK and Japan’s relationship has the potential to produce something like a ‘new type of alliance’." Read more...


An Emerging 3rd Pillar in Asian Architecture? AIIB and Other China-led Initiatives

Cheng-Chwee Kuik, Associate Professor, Strategic Studies and International Relations at the National University of Malaysia, explains that “the emerging institutional pole is China-centered [and] anchored on remuneration-calculated and identity-based ‘common security’.” 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.