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East-West Center in Washington enhances US engagement and dialogue with the Asia-Pacific region through access to the programs and expertise of the Center and policy relevant research, publications and outreach activities, including those of the US Asia-Pacific Council.

Asia Matters for America is an interactive, online hub to explore the importance of Asia to the United States. AsiaMattersforAmerica.org | ASEAN | Japan | Korea | Australia


Upcoming Events 

October 24: American & Regional Views of Japan’s Emerging Security Policies featuring Dr. Jeffrey W. Hornung, Political Scientist, Washington Office, RAND Corporation; Dr. Andrew L. Oros , Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Associate Dean for International Education, and Director of International Studies, Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland; James L. Schoff , Senior Fellow, Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Masaru Ikeda, Visiting Fellow, Japan Chair, CSIS; Dr. Vu Le Thai Hoang, Minister Counselor, Head of Political Section Embassy of Viet Nam in Washington D.C.; and Dr. In Hyo Seol, International Visiting Fellow, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University. (08:00am - 10:00am) - Breakfast will be served. This seminar will held in the Rayburn House Office Building's Gold Room.

October 27: Singapore and a Changing Asia: Lessons from a “Smart City, Smart State” for a Dynamic Region featuring Dr. Kent E. Calder, Director, Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies and Director for Asia Programs, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. (12:30 P.M. – 2:00 PM) - A light luncheon will be served. This seminar will be broadcast live. 




UPDATE: North Korea in the World: New Data on Inter-Korean Relations 

North Korea in the World website banner logoThe East-West Center in Washington and the National Committee on North Korea are pleased to announce the addition of a new section on Inter-Korean relations to our North Korea in the World  project. The North Korea in the World website is designed to provide policymakers, researchers, journalists and the general public with a broader perspective about North Korea through its collection of curated information, data, and analysis on North Korea’s external trade and diplomatic relations. The new section 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. Explore the site at www.northkoreaintheworld.org.


NEW Publication: India Matters for America/America Matters for India

India Matters for America/America Matters for India coverThe East-West Center in partnership with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), along with the Senate India Caucus and House India Caucus, launched the India Matters for America/America Matters for India publication, the newest addition to the East-West Center’s Asia Matters for America initiative, on June 26, 2017. India Matters for America/America Matters for India functions as an usable resource for political leaders, the media, students, and the general public and features infographics that illustrate the importance and impact of US-India relations at the national, state, and local levels. The booklet can be accessed and downloaded online at: http://www.asiamattersforamerica.org/publications


UPDATED Publication: ASEAN Matters for America/America Matters for ASEAN 

ASEAN Matters for America/America Matters for ASEAN coverThe East West Center in Washington, along with the US-ASEAN Business Council, the ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute, the Congressional Singapore Caucus and the Congressional Caucus on ASEAN, held the launch of the newest version of ASEAN Matters for America / America Matters for ASEAN at the Capitol Visitor's Center on May 16th.The latest ASEAN Matters for America is an expanded and updated version of the 2014 edition for the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and the 40th anniversary of US-ASEAN relations. ASEAN Matters for America functions as an educational resource and features infographics that illustrate the importance and impact of US-ASEAN relations at the national, state, and local levels. The booklet can be accessed and downloaded online at: http://www.asiamattersforamerica.org/publications


North Korea in the World: A New Resource on North Korea’s External Relations 

North Korea in the World website banner logoThe East-West Center and the National Committee on North Korea are pleased to announce the launch of a new pilot project, North Korea in the World. This interactive website is designed to provide policymakers, researchers, journalists and the general public with a broader perspective about North Korea through its collection of curated information, data, and analysis on the external diplomatic and economic relations of North Korea. Explore the site at www.northkoreaintheworld.org.


Meeting with University of Southern California and Singapore Management University Student Delegation

University of Southern California and Singapore Management University students with H.E. Ashok Mirpuri, Singaporean Ambassador to the United States. Image: Michael Vest PhotographyOn May 18, 2017, the East-West Center in Washington hosted students from the University of Southern California and Singapore Management University for a discussion on US-ASEAN relations. The students also attended the launch of the newest version of ASEAN Matters for America/America Matters for ASEAN on Capitol Hill on May 16, 2017.


US-Indonesia Policy Dialogue with Indonesian Foreign Minister and the Indonesian Embassy

Left to right: H.E. Budi Bowoleksono, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr. Satu Limaye, and H.E. Rento L.P. Marsudi, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Indonesia.On May 5, 2017, the East-West Center in Washington hosted a policy dialogue in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia to discuss US-Indonesia relations. H.E. Rento L.P. Marsudi, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Indonesia, gave opening remarks.


Off-the-Record Round table with the Indonesian Embassy

Left to right: Dr. Satu Limaye and H.E. Budi Bowoleksono, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia.On April 5, 2017, the East-West Center in Washington hosted a roundtable in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia to discuss US-Indonesia relations. H.E. Budi Bowoleksono, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia, gave opening remarks.


Meeting with Japan Global Initiative Student Delegation

Left to right (starting at the back): Dr. Satu Limaye, Japan Global Initiative President Masakazu Watanuki, and students.On March 10, 2017, the East-West Center in Washington hosted a small delegation of students from the Japan Global Initiative (JGI), which "supports to enhance global leadership and management through the international programs based on interdependent collaboration." The students, along with JGI President Masakazu Watanuki, met with East-West Center in Washington Director Dr. Satu Limaye to discuss US-Japan relations.


Off-the-Record Discussion with Member of Indonesian Parliament

Dr. Satu Limaye, Director of the East-West Center in Washington and Indonesian Parliament Member Dave Laksono. Image: Karen Mascarinas, Research Intern, East-West Center in Washington On February 8, 2017, the East-West Center in Washington held an invite-only, off-the-record discussion with Mr. Dave Laksono, a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in the Indonesian Parliament. Mr. Laksono exchanged views on current developments in Indonesia and the future of United States-Indonesian relations during the President Trump administration. Mr. Laksono is a member of the Republic of Indonesia’s House of Representatives and serves on the legislative body’s Commission I overseeing Defense, Foreign and Information issues. Mr. Laksono is a member of the Golkar Party and represents a constituency in West Java (the largest province in Indonesia). 


Recent Publications

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. Read the full report here.


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. Read the full report here.


India's Strategic Convergence with Japan in the Changing Indo-Pacific Geopolitical Landscape

Dr. Madhuchanda Ghosh, Assistant Professor at Presidency University, Kolkata, explains that “In the changing regional security architecture, the converging and competing interests of the three major Asian powers — China, India, and Japan — have driven them to articulate different strategic frameworks as indicated in Japan’s “Confluence of the Two Seas” idea, China’s “Maritime Silk Road” initiative, and India’s “Act East” Policy.” Read more...


US-China Cooperation on Wildlife Smuggling: an Opportunity

Kathleen Devlin, graduate of the Yale Jackson Institute master’s program in Global Affairs, explains that “The United States would do well to recognize anti-wildlife smuggling as an opportunity for mutual cooperation in an otherwise contentious bilateral relationship.” Read more...


Regional Order Reconfigured: China, Japan, and the United States in the Evolving Asia Pacific

Alex Yu-Tin Lin and Saori N. Katada, Associate Professor and PhD Candidate, respectively, at the University of Southern California, explain that “As we begin to see greater US and Japanese participation in Chinese-led initiatives over the next few years, the final piece of the puzzle is whether China will be ready to join initiatives led by Japan or the United States.” Read more...


The Role of India and China in South Asia

Christian Wagner, Senior Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin, explains that “In South Asia, India seems to be a regional power by default. But a closer look reveals that China is gaining an upper hand in the region.” Read more...


The East-West Center is proud to participate in the 38 North Network, a new and distinctive website, established at the U.S.-Korea Institute at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, which provides a new forum for informed commentary and discussion on DPRK- (North Korea) related issues.