EWC Announces Asia Lecture Program for Congressional Staff


WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 20, 2016) -- The East-West Center in Washington, cooperating with Sasakawa USA, is launching a new Congressional  Staff Program on Asia that provides Capitol Hill staff members with an opportunity to engage U.S. officials and leading experts on a range of contemporary, policy-relevant topics in U.S.-Asia relations.

The EWC-Sasakawa USA  Congressional Staff Program on Asia is a bipartisan educational certificate program that will cover issues with implications for Congressional consideration and action and for U.S.-Japan relations

“This program builds on the East-West Center’s mission of education, research and exchange and builds new networks among Congressional staff and leading experts from both in and outside government,” said Satu Limaye, Director of the East West Center in Washington. “We are pleased to be cooperating with Sasakawa USA to inform and help build a new generation of Asia expertise among congressional staff.”

Applications are now being accepted for the certificate program, which will consist of a series of luncheon talks on Capitol Hill in the fall of 2016. Speakers will be from universities, think tanks, government agencies, and other policy relevant institutions. Topics to be covered include: the U.S. Rebalance to the Asia Pacific; Economic Trends and Agreements; Nuclear Issues in Asia; Maritime Security in the Indo-Pacific;  and Democratic Development in Asia.

 Applicants must be current congressional staff, employed by either a member of congress or a congressional committee, and can come from either chamber or party. No previous Asia expertise is required, but a strong Asia interest is encouraged. The deadline to apply is August 1, 2016. For queries related to the program or application, please contact Ms. Grace Ruch Clegg at [email protected], or 202-327-9762.

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.