Congressional Staff Program on Asia


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About the EWC-Sasakawa USA Congressional Staff Program on Asia

The East-West Center-Sasakawa USA Congressional Staff Program on Asia is a bipartisan educational certificate program, which 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 will directly engage Congress. It also provides and opportunity for participants to expand their network of congressional colleagues who are involved in similar issues, while engaging leading experts and officials on a range of policy-relevant topics.

This program is a project of the East-West Center in Washington, with generous financial support from Sasakawa USA.

This semester-long certificate program consists of a weekly series of eight, one-hour luncheon discussions, held at a Capitol Hill location on Fridays during June and July of 2017. Certificates of Completion will be awarded to participants who attend a minimum of six of the eight sessions.

Each session will feature a single topic and one or more speakers. Speakers will be experts invited from local universities, think tanks, government agencies, and other policy institutions. The curriculum will cover a range of topics related to the Asia Pacific and US-Asia relations, to include: US-Asia Relations: Politics, Security, and Economics; Alliances and US Force Posture in Asia; China’s Rise; Democratic Development in Asia, and others. A complete schedule of topics, times, and locations will be provided at the time of selection.

Learn about the participants in the 2016 and 2017 classes here. 

How to Apply

Applicants must be current US congressional staff, employed by either a member of congress or congressional committee, and can come from either chamber or party. No previous Asia expertise is required, but a strong Asia interest is encouraged. Preference is given to professional staff from committees and subcommittees with jurisdiction and oversight on issues U.S.-Asia relations (e.g.: Foreign Affairs/Foreign Relations, Intelligence, Ways and Means, Finance etc.); as well as legislative assistants, directors, chiefs of staff and deputy chiefs of staff serving Members on these committees or constituencies with strong Asia interest.

To apply, applicants must complete an online application form and submit a current resume or CV.

All completed applications received by the deadline will be considered for participation. A group of up to ten participants will be selected for this year’s class, with decision letters expected to be sent in mid-May.

The deadline for the 2017 corhort has already passed, and we are no longer accepting applications. Please check this space later for the 2018 deadline.

About the Partner Organizations

Established by the US Congress in 1960, the East-West Center is a public diplomacy institution that promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. The Center’s Washington DC office focuses on preparing the United States for an era of growing Asia Pacific prominence including through the Asia Matters for America/America Matters for Asia initiative. Sasakawa USA is an independent American non-profit, non-partisan institution devoted to research, analysis and better understanding of the U.S.-Japan relationship.