Publications 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.
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.
Asia Pacific Bulletin (APB ) summaries are always two pages or less, designed for the busy professional or policymaker to capture the essence of dialogue and debate on issues of concern in US-Asia relations.
"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.
"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 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.