Congressional Staff Program on Asia (CSPA)


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This bipartisan educational certificate program provides Capitol Hill staff members with an opportunity to engage U.S. officials and leading experts on a range of contemporary, policy-relevant topics in U.S.-Indo-Pacific relations, and expand their network of congressional colleagues, officials, and experts.

Key Program Elements:

• A semester-long certificate program consisting of a series of ten, ninety-minute discussions, held weekly at a Capitol Hill location. Certificates of Completion are awarded to participants who attend a minimum of at least half of the ten sessions.

• Each session features a single theme/topic, and include speakers from government agencies, think tanks, universities, and other policy institutions.

• Session topics cover issues with implications for congressional consideration and action, including: U.S.-Japan Relations in the Indo-Pacific; Great Power Competition; Korean Peninsula Issues; U.S.-India and Indo-Pacific relations; Southeast Asia, ASEAN, and the South China Sea; Pacific Islands Issues; Alliances and Force Posture in the Indo-Pacific; Climate Change, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief; Economics, Trade and Investment Competition in the Indo-Pacific; and Democracy and Human Rights in U.S.-Indo-Pacific Relations.

Eligibility Information for Applicants :

• Applicants must be current congressional staff, employed by either a member of congress or congressional committee, and can come from either chamber or party. Previous Indo-Pacific experience is preferred, but not required.

For queries related to the program or application, please contact Mr. Ross Tokola at [email protected], or at 202-327-9762.