East-West Center in Washington Concludes 2017 Congressional Staff Program on Asia


WASHINGTON, D.C. (August  9, 2017) –Congressional staff from Senate and House member offices and key committees wrapped up the 2017 EWC-Sasakawa USA  Congressional Staff Program on Asia (CSPA) last week on Capitol Hill. This bipartisan educational certificate program for Congressional staff members covered a range of contemporary, policy-relevant U.S.-Asia topics during weekly sessions between June and August.

Each session featured speakers and discussions with U.S. officials and leading experts on themes ranging from China’s Rise and the Korean Peninsula, to the Future of U.S.-Asia Economic relations and Democracy and Human Rights. Participants who attended six of eight sessions received a certificate of completion.

In its second year, the class was expanded to 15 staffers. Selected from a competitive application process, participants represented both chambers and political parties, and staff detailed to committees as well as Congressional offices. The 2017 CSPA cohort includes:

  • Mr. Aaron Allen, Senior Legislative Assistant, Office of Congressman Juan Vargas—CA51 (D)
  • Mr. Brent Blevins, Legislative Assistant, Office of Senator Luther Strange—Alabama (R)
  • Mr. Dan Dunham, Military Legislative Assistant, Office of Congressman Bill Shuster—PA9 (R)
  • Mr. Corey Jacobson, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Congressman Ted Lieu—CA33 (D)
  • Mr. Varun Krovi, Legislative Director, Office of Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence—MI14 (D)
  • Mr. Edward Linczer, Foreign Affairs Legislative Correspondent, Office of Senator Tom Cotton—Arkansas (R)
  • Ms. Emily Manning, Policy Assistant, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
  • Mr. Sam Mulopulos, Legislative Assistant, Office of Senator Rob Portman —Ohio (R)
  • Mr. Adam Sachs, Legislative Assistant, Office of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard—CA40 (D)
  • Ms. Sonja Schaefer, Legislative Correspondent, Office of Congressman Pete Visclosky—IN01 (D)
  • Ms. Jamila Thompson, Legislative Director, Office of Congressman John Lewis—GA05 (D)
  • Mr. Ryan Uyehara, Legislative Assistant, Office of Congressman Ami Bera—CA07 (D)
  • Ms. Rachel Wagley, Foreign Policy Advisor, Office of Congresswoman Ann Wagner—MO02 (R)

”The East West Center was delighted to once again work with Sasakawa USA on the Congressional Staff Program on Asia. This CSPA class brought together staff with a range of interests and experience in U.S.-Asia relations. They are a well-informed and active resource for U.S.-Asia relations and a key element of the East West Center’s efforts to inform and network the next generation of U.S.-Asia leaders across sectors, countries, and constituencies.”  said Satu Limaye, Director of the East West Center in Washington.

This program is supported by a generous financial grant from Sasakawa USA, an independent American non-profit, non-partisan institution devoted to research, analysis and better understanding of the U.S.-Japan relationship.