EWC Insights


EWC Insights event series leverages the Center’s 60-year history in the region to strengthen partnerships and networks, engaging an audience of multilateral stakeholders and thought leaders to better inform their assessment of the opportunities and challenges facing the Indo-Pacific. Current series include China Seminars (Friends of EWC), Pacific Leaders (Pacific Islands Develop­ment Program), and Asia-Pacific Transitions (Research Program).

Coming Up

The Pacific Drought Knowledge Exchange

June 15, 2022

Dr. Ryan Longman, Fellow, East-West Center


Past Programs


US Sanctions on Russia & the Occupied Ukrainian Territories: A Brief Geopolitical Overview

May 31, 2022

Nelson G. Dong, Senior Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP and Adjunct Senior Fellow, East-West Center

Debts, Desires, and Distress in Rural India

May 18, 2022

Dr. Sandeep Kandikuppa, Fellow, East-West Center

Inundated: Jakarta Floods and Capital Relocation in Indonesia

April 20, 2022

Micah R. Fisher, Fellow, East-West Center

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After the Invasion: How Russia's Invastion of Ukraine is Affecting US Relations with the Indo-Pacific Region

April 20, 2022

Dr. Satu P. Limaye, Vice President, East-West Center

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Contested Hydropower Governance in the Mekong River Basin

March 16, 2022

Dr. Ming Li Yong, Fellow, East-West Center

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The Arts of Living in a Damaged Forest 

February 16, 2022

Dr. Courtney Work and Dr. Tim Frewer

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Maritime Boundary Disputes in the South Pacific

January 19, 2022

Dr. Lili Song, Lecturer in Law,  University of Otago

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The Omicron Transformation: A Virus Ups Its Game

December 21, 2021 

Dr. Tim Brown, Senior Fellow, East-West Center

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Deterring the United States: China and Multidomain Strategic Stability

December 15, 2021

Dr. Lora Saalman, Adjunct Senior Fellow, East-West Center

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Re-engaging China

November 17, 2021

Dr. Pitman B. Potter, Visiting Fellow, East-West Center & Emeritus Professor of Law, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

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Difficult Choices: Alliance Decision Making in Context of US-China Strategic Competition

October 20, 2021

Dr. Victor Cha, Visiting Fellow, East-West Center & Senior Vice President and Korea Chair, CSIS

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Reducing Southeast Asia's Plastic Footprint

September 15, 2021

Douglas Woodring, Founder and Managing Director, Ocean Recovery Alliance

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Counting Women's Work: What have we learned? 

August 18, 2021

Dr. Gretchen Stockmayer Donehower, Adjunct Senior Fellow, East-West Center

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Living in the Shadow of Delta: The Virus Strikes Back

August 5, 2021

Dr. Tim Brown, Senior Fellow, East-West Center

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Migration And Family Left Behind

July 16, 2021

Dr. Phanwin Yokying, Research Fellow, East-West Center

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Charting New Pathways Through the Climate Crisis: Insights from the Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment (PIRCA)

May 19, 2021

Zena Grecni, Sustained Climate Assessment Specialist, East-West Center

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Strengthening Resilience, Cooperation, and Partnership in the Pacific

April 29, 2021

Dr. Victoria Keener, Senior Research Fellow, East-West Center, and Co-Lead Principal Investigator, NOAA Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences & Assessments program (PacficRISA) and Dr. Satu P. Limaye, Vice President, East-West Center and Director, East-West Center in Washington. Moderated by Dr. Richard Vuylsteke, President, East-West Center.

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Agrarian Change and Armed Conflict in Myanmar

April 21, 2021

Dr. Kevin Woods, Adjunct Senior Fellow, East-West Center and Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environment, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

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Nepal's Exceptionalism: Forest Recovery in a Poor Country

March 17, 2021

Dr. Sumeet Saksena, Senior Fellow, East-West Center

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EWC Insights China Seminars

EWC Insights China Seminar logo

The China Seminar was established by Dr. Daniel W.Y. Kwok in 1977. Under his guidance, it became a signature program of the Friends of the East-West Center (FEWC) in 2009. The program provides an informal venue for China experts, such as scholars, diplomats, and journalists, to present talks on aspects of China that interest the community and members of the Friends.



RED CARPET: How China Came to Rule Over Hollywood

May 12, 2022

Erich Schwartzel, Author, Red Carpet: Hollywood, China, and the Global Battle for Cultural Supremacy and Reporter, Wall Street Journal

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Language and Nationalism in China

April 14, 2022

Dr. Gina Anne Tam, Associate Professor, Chinese History and Co-Chair, Women and Gender Studies, Trinity University

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Hong Kong's National Security Law

March 10, 2022

Carole J. Petersen, Professor, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

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From Foot Binding to Mind Binding: Lessons Learned from Six Decades of China Study

February 10, 2022

Dr. Richard Vuylsteke, Professor, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies

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The US and Taiwan: Where are we today and where might we be headed?

January 13, 2022

Ambassador James Moriarty, Chairman, American Institute in Taiwan

The Price of Paramount Power

December 9, 2021

Richard Hornik, Adjunct Senior Fellow, East-West Center

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The Folly of Engagement and Dialogue 

November 18, 2021

Brig. Gen. David R. Stilwell, Former Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs & Member, EWC Board of Governors

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China Seminar: Epidemics in China and Hawaii

October 14, 2021

Dr. Shana Brown, Chair, History Department, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

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Four Decades of Stimulating Discussions

September 16, 2021

Daniel W. Y. Kwok, China Seminar Founding Convenor

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Spring Song: Education in Hong Kong Movies

May 13, 2021

Alison W. Conner, Professor of Law Emerita, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

A Personal Journey Through China in 20 Objects

April 8, 2021

Jaime A. FlorCruz, Adjunct Professor, Peking University and Former Beijing Bureau Chief and Correspondent for CNN and TIME Magazine

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Global Islam and China's Muslim Problem: From Confrontation to Sinicization in Xinjiang

March 11, 2021

Dr. Dru Gladney, Professor of Anthropology, Pomona College

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After 23 Years, Hong Kong's Real Handover to China

February 11, 2021

Keith B. Richburg, Director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong

This event was held off the record and was not recorded.

China's Plan for Peace with America

January 14, 2021

Denny Roy, PhD, Senior Fellow, East-West Center

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Wolf Warrior Diplomacy: Will China moderate its aggressive foreign policy in a post-Trump world?

December 10, 2020

Richard Hornik, Senior Adjunct Fellow, East-West Center

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EWC Insights featuring Pacific Leaders

EWC Insights featuring Pacific Leaders

Pacific Islands Development Program

EWC INSIGHTS featuring Pacific Leaders is a multi-media flagship production of the Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP), a member of the Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific. Our show provides a platform for Pacific leaders to discuss policy achievements, highlight critical regional issues, and promote Blue Pacific priorities. We amplify Pacific voices to inform regional stakeholders and thought leaders from government, business, and civil society about the opportunities and challenges facing our region.


FSM President David Panuel

Discussion with President David W. Panuelo of the Federated States of Micronesia

October 13, 2020

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EWC Insights on ThinkTech Hawaiʻi

In this previous series, EWC experts and guests discussed critical Asia-Pacific issues. All episodes are available below and are collected in a YouTube playlist.


Pacific Priorities: The View from Taiwan

September 15, 2020

Guest: Michael Y. K. Tseng, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu

Covid in Hawaiʻi: Why are Pacific People being Left Behind?

September 1, 2020

Guest: Dr. Tim Brown, EWC Senior Fellow and behavioral epidemiology and infectious diseases expert

How can Aging Societies Sustain Growth?

August 18, 2020

Guest: Dr. Sang-Hyeop Lee, EWC Senior Fellow and chair of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Economics Department

Hong Kong's 'New Normal" amid Protest and Covid-19

August 4, 2020

Guest: David Lee, University of Hong Kong Senior Lecturer and EWC Visiting Scholar

Rising to the Challenge: Perspectives from a Pacific President

July 21, 2020

Guest: Dr. Hilda Heine, former President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands

Building Back Better: Island Innovation and Resilience

June 23, 2020

Guest: Celeste Connors, Executive Director of Hawaiʻi Green Growth Local2030 Hub and EWC Adjunct Senior Fellow

Blackness in the Pacific

June 9, 2020

Guest: Dr. Akiemi Glenn, founder and Executive Director of The Pōpolo Project and founder of the Hawaiʻi Strategy Lab

Regional Security: Impacts of Climate Change

May 26, 2020

Guest: Dr. Laura Brewington, EWC Research Fellow, Investigator for the Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program

'Not Dead Yet': Instability and Resilience in North Korea

May 12, 2020

Guest: Dr. Marcus Noland, EWC Senior Research Fellow and Peterson Institute Executive Vice President and Director of Studies

Coronavirus and the Climate

April 28, 2020

Guest: Dr. Victoria Keener, climate specialist and EWC Research Fellow

International Aspects of the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 14, 2020

Guest: Dr. Tim Brown, EWC Senior Fellow and behavioral epidemiology and infectious diseases expert