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Publications and projects of the East-West Center in Washington analyze the major political, diplomatic, and security developments affecting Asia with a view towards enhancing conflict management and promoting peace and security in the region. Additional East-West Center publications are available at East-West Center Publications. View publications by past East-West Center in Washington Visiting Fellows here


Asia Matters for America/America Matters for Asia

The Asia Matters for America/America Matters for Asia initiative is an interactive, online resource for credible and nonpartisan information, graphics, analysis, and news on US-Indo-Pacific relations at the national, state, and local levels.

AsiaMattersforAmerica.org | ASEAN | Australia | India | Japan | Korea | Mekong

Asia Matters is also home to resources covering US foreign policy towards the Indo-Pacific. The 2020 Presidential Candidates on the Indo-Pacific resource highlights mentions of Indo-Pacific issues by US presidential candidates and nominees in speeches, campaign documents, and debates. The Trump Administration & US – Indo-Pacific Relations resource tracks statements, developments, visits, and other interactions in US-Indo-Pacific relations from the president and select members of his cabinet.

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Asia Pacific Bulletin (APB) analyses focus on policy-relevant Asia Pacific developments and US-Asia relations and are 1000 words in length. APBs are designed to provide insights, information, and perspective for the busy professional or policymaker. The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the East-West Center.

Recently, the Asia Pacific Bulletin has featured series that focus on a particular theme/topic with multiple authors weighing in. View them below:

 


Collaborative Projects

A Hardening US-China Competition: Asia Policy in America’s 2020 Elections and Regional Responses A Hardening US-China Competition: Asia Policy in America’s 2020 Elections and Regional Responses

The US presidential election campaign debates focused by mid-2020 on the enormous and immediate domestic consequences of the worldwide novel coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 and economic crisis impacting the United States and concurrent widespread protests and counterarguments on police brutality and racial prejudice. President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joseph Biden, were deeply divided on how the US government should respond to these domestic challenges. Against this background, foreign policy was a secondary consideration with one notable exception—relations with China. The report was authored by Dr. Satu Limaye, Director of the East-West Center in Washington and Dr. Robert Sutter, Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School of The George Washington University


America's 2016 Election Debate on Asia Policy and Asian Reactions America's 2016 Election Debate on Asia Policy and Asian Reactions

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. The report was authored by Dr. Satu Limaye, Director of the East-West Center in Washington and Dr. Robert Sutter, Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School of The George Washington University


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North Korea in the World is a joint pilot project of the East-West Center and the National Committee on North Korea. It was created to provide researchers, policymakers, journalists, and the general public with easily-accessible information on the external diplomatic and economic relations of North Korea (formally known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK). The project aims to collect data from across a wide variety of sources, and to provide context to help its users better understand this data.It also takes a close look at the relationship between North and South Korea, providing data and analysis on topics ranging from inter-Korean trade relations, to the resettlement of North Korean refugees in South Korea, to the frequency and subjects of inter-Korean dialogue.


US-Japan Relations and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands US-Japan Relations and Southeast Asia: Meeting Regional Demands

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. 

To learn more about past collaborative projects, click here. 


Special Joint Issue: Contemporary Southeast Asia

"America Re-engages Southeast Asia"

A collaborative research project between the East-West Center (EWC) and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) has resulted in a special issue of Contemporary Southeast Asia, ISEAS’ internationally refereed journal on the politics, international relations, and security-related issues of Southeast Asia and its wider geostrategic environment. The collection of articles by American and Southeast Asian specialists featured in the journal’s December 2010 issue focus on the topic of America Re-engages Southeast Asia.


Special Joint Issue: Global Asia

"In the National Interest: Economics, Security and Foreign Affairs in Southeast Asia"

The Fall 2009 edition of Global Asia, the East Asia Foundation’s journal on international affairs, is a collection of articles as the culmination of a collaborative research project between the East-West Center in Washington and Global Asia contributors that explores the relationship between economics, security, and multilateralism in respect to the conduct of foreign policy in five key Southeast Asian nations: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.