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.
Now Accepting Applications for EWC-SasakawaUSA Congressional Staff Program on Asia
The 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.
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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 t 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 delegation 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. 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).
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 States
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.