Previous Events 2015

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Previous Events 2015



From left to right: Dr. Rahul Mishra, Andrew Small, and Dr. Ellen Frost.

December 16, 2015 Event: China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative: An Indian Perspective  

Dr. Rahul Mishra, a Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, and Andrew Small, a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, held a discussion at the East-West Center in Washington on China's proposed One Belt One Road and what that would mean for other regional powers in the Asia-Pacific including India and the United States. Read more...



Saori Katada argues to the audience that Japan will benefit from the TPP.

December 1, 2015 Event: A New Phase of US-Japan Economic Cooperation: TPP, AIIB, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Architecture  

Saori N. Katada, a Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, along with a panel of distinguished experts, conducted a workshop on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and the implications these might have on the US-Japan relationship and Asia-Pacific regional economic architecture at large. Read more...



Dr. Vibhanshu Shekhar and DCM Arto Suryodipuro discuss the implications of changes to Indonesia's foreign policy aims under the Jokowi administration.

October 1, 2015 Event: Indonesia’s Foreign Policy Shifts  

Dr. Vibhanshu Shekhar, a Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, and Mr. Arto Suryodipuro, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Indonesia, discussed the changes made to Indonesia's foreign policy strategies and goals by the Jokowi administration. Read more...



Myanmar in a Regional Context

September 28-29, 2015 Event: Myanmar in a Regional Context  

The East-West Center in Washington in collaboration with the US-Korea Institute and the Southeast Asia Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, hosted a conference entitled Myanmar in a Regional Context in Washington, DC, at the Cosmos Club on September 28-29, 2015. The purpose of this conference, consisting of one half-day and one full-day sessions, was to examine the Myanmar policies of various Asia Pacific regional countries and the effects of this interaction on the internal policies of Myanmar. Read more...



Dr. Vibhanshu Shekhar and DCM Arto Suryodipuro discuss the implications of changes to Indonesia's foreign policy aims under the Jokowi administration.

September 22, 2015 Event: China's Strong Arm: Protecting Citizens and Assets Abroad Book Discussion  

Jonas Parello-Plesner, Diplomat and Scholar, and Dr. Jeffrey Becker, a Senior Analyst in the China Studies Division at CNA Corp., discussed Mr. Plesner and Mathieu Dûchatel’s new book China’s Strong Arm: protecting Citizens and Assets Abroad (published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis). Read more...



The panelists and discussant Professor Nobu Akiyama discussed current issues that Japan faces.

September 15, 2015 Event: New Voices from Japan: Perspectives on Energy, Demographics, and Economic Reform  

Three rising fellows from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation's New Voices from Japan program discussed current issues facing Japan, including energy security, long-term care for the elderly, and fiscal reform. Read more...



From left to right: Dr. James E. Platte and Dr. Satu Limaye

August 25, 2015 Event: Promoting Nuclear Safety Cooperation in Northeast Asia  

Dr. James E. Platte, a Visting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, discussed the potential for greater cooperation between China, Japan, and South Korea on the issue of nuclear safety. Read more...



From left to right: Dr. David Brewster and Dr. Satu Limaye

June 4, 2015 Event: The Rise of the Bengal Tigers: The Growing Strategic Importance of the Bay of Bengal  

Dr. David Brewster, a Distinguished Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, held a discussion at the East-West Center in Washington that outlined the economic and strategic significance of the Bay of Bengal and what it meant for the regional powers in Asia.   Read more...



From left to right: Dr. Bates Gill, H.E. Kim Beazley, and Dr. Ellen Frost, Senior Adjunct Fellow, East-West Center

April 28, 2015 Event: The New Special Relationship: The U.S. Australia Alliance Deepens  

Dr. Bates Gill, CEO of the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, presented the findings of his recent co-authored Foreign Affairs Article "The New Special Relationship: The U.S. - Australia Alliance Deepens." He was joined by H.E. Kim Beazley, Australia's Ambassador to the United States, who offered his own insights into the US- Australia alliance.  Read more...


April 17, 2015 Event: Beyond the Hub-and-Spokes: Evolution of Japan-Australia Defense Cooperation  Yusuke Ishihara Research Fellow, National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Japan (left) and Dr. Satu Limaye

Yusuke Ishihara, a Research Fellow at the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) in Japan, gave an off-the-record presentation at the East-West Center in Washington on the Australia-Japan relationship. He outlined both the opportunities and challenges confronting the bilateral relationship and what it meant for both countries' relations with ASEAN and the United StatesRead more...



Yuhki Tajima Assistant Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Asian Studies Program, Georgetown University (left) and Dr. Satu Limaye

April 16, 2015 Event: The Institutional Origins of Communal Violence: Indonesia's Transition from Authoritarian Rule  

Yuhki Tajima, an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, highlighted the key findings from his book "The Institutional Origins of Communal Violence: Indonesia's Transition from Authoritarian Rule (Cambridge University Press, July 2014)." He argued that the vacuum left when military forces, who no longer have the backing of the state to maintain strict order when conflicts arise, are removed or withdraw from an area used to depending on them for order can lead to a propensity for communal violence.  Read more...



From left to right: June Park, Scott Snyder, and Dr. Satu Limaye

April 10, 2015 Event: Striking the 21st Century Trade Deal: The Trans-Pacific Partnership and South Korea’s Policy Choice  

June Park, an Asia Studies Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, presented her findings on the potential gains and challenges facing South Korea as it participates in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Scott Snyder, Director of the Program on US-Korea Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, served as a discussant. Read more...


April 7, 2015 Event: “U.S.-Japan Ties: Image and Reality” Celebrating the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII  

In partnership with the Pew Research Center and Sasakawa Peace Foundation-USA, the East-West Center in Washington discussed the current status and future trajectory of the US-Japan relationship and debuted new resources for its Japan Matters for America/America Matters for Japan initiative. Read more...



Dr. John Blaxland Senior Fellow, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC), College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University (ANU) & Dr. Pek Koon Heng-Blackburn (Moderator) Director, ASEAN Studies Center, American University

March 31, 2015 Event: ASEAN’s Security Challenges in an Era of Surging Great Power Influence: A View from Australia  

Dr. John Blaxland, a Senior Fellow in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Strategic and Defense Studies Centre of the Australian National University, and Dr. Pek Koon Heng-Blackburn, Director of the ASEAN Studies Center at American University, highligthed the importance of ASEAN for both its member countries and for Australia as it seeks to improve relations with its Asian neighbors. Read more...



March 25, 2015 Event: Aligned Allies: The Japan-Australia Security Partnership and the Asian Security Order  

Malcolm Cook, a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore,discussed the strengths and challenges facing the Japan-Australia bilateral alliance and what that meant for their interactions with the United States. Read more...



March 11, 2015 Event: Post-Arbitration Scenarios for the South China Sea Disputes: Continuing Crises or Opportunities for US and ASEAN?  

Jay Batongbacal, Director of the University of the Philippines' Law Center, and RADM (ret.) Mike McDevitt, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Naval Analysis, frankly discussed the possible scenarios facing the Philippines and China once the Philippines' arbitration on the South China Sea is decided. Read more...


Dr. Michito Tsuruoka, Senior Research Fellow, National Institute for Defense StudiesMarch 9, 2015 Event: The Ukraine Crisis and Japan’s Russia Challenge 

In an off-the -record seminar, National Institute for Defense Studies Senior Fellow Dr. Michito Tsuruoka discussed how Japanese perceived the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and what that meant for both current and future Japan-Russia relations. Read more...


From left to right: Dr. Jun Makita, Dr. Aki Sakabe-Mori, Dr. Shinsuke Tomotsugu, and Dr. Ellen Frost (EWCW, Moderator)March 3, 2015 Event: New Voices from Japan: Changing Economy, Rivalry with China, and Nuclear Policy  

In partnership with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Social Science Research Council, a panel of experts traveled from Japan to the East-West Center in Washington to speak on a variety of topics including Japan's economic reforms, Japanese sentiments surrounding China's Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and the history as well as the future of Japan's civilian nuclear energy. Read more...


From left to right: Dr. Satu Limaye, Professor Akio Takahara, Mr. Nathaniel Ahrens and Ms. Susan Lawrence.February 26, 2015 Event: China's Xi Jinping Administration: An Assessment of Achievements and Challenges  

In partnership with the US-Japan Research Institute (USJI) as part of their USJI Week 2015, a panel of experts traveled to the East-West Center in Washington to give a progress report on the status of Chinese President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign, among other reforms, and their outlook on both his and China's future. Read more...


From left to right: Dr. Andrew Oros, Dr. Satu Limaye, Dr. Ellen Frost, and Mr. Matthew DaleyFebruary 18, 2015 Event: Goldstein Program in Public Affairs: The Growing Importance of Asia for the United States 

During an event co-sponsored by the East-West Center in Washington and Washington College in Chesterton, Maryland, a panel of experts weighed in on the increasing complexity of interactions between the United States and countries in the Asia-Pacific. Read more...


Ms. Aiko Shimizu discusses the potential of the ongoing clean energy initiative between Hawaii and Okinawa.February 5, 2015 Event: Powering Paradises: Policy Recommendations and Implications for the Hawai’i-Okinawa Clean Energy Initiative in Security, Development and International Cooperation 

In an off-the -record seminar, EWCW Japan Studies Fellow Aiko Shimizu outlined the background of the Hawai’i-Okinawa Clean Energy Initiative and discussed how the initiative could be expanded to improve both islands' sustainability and national security. Read more...


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