Spotlight on East-West Center in Washington

EWC in Washington Director Satu Limaye (center), U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia Scott Marciel (left) and ISEAS Director Ambassador K. Kesavapany discuss U.S.-ASEAN relations at the Oct 25-26th EWC forum

The East-West Center in Washington, D.C. is growing.

There are new publications, expanded outreach efforts and other initiatives under the leadership of Director Satu Limaye, who joined the office in February.

Highlights include:

* The Washington office has launched a new publication, the Asia Pacific Bulletin (APB) which features the work of their Congressional Study Groups, conferences, seminars and visitor roundtables. It also includes short analytical and op-ed articles.

The first two APB issues summarize the October 25 and 26 forums on "United States Relations with ASEAN at Thirty," co-sponsored by the East-West Center, the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), and the Stanley Foundation.  The forums covered economic, politico-security, and future dimensions of US-ASEAN relations as well as implication of the ASEAN Charter for regional economic integration. There was also considerable discussion on the outlook for the new East Asian Summit (EAS). These timely dialogues place the Nov. 20 signing in Singapore of the landmark ASEAN Charter into context.

A complete summary of each forum, including speaker biographies, is available at

The next APB focuses on “Prospects for Taiwan-PRC Peace Under New Leaders,” the topic for discussion at the Nov. 15 Congressional Study Group on Asian security. Ambassador Raymond Burghardt, Director of the EWC’s Seminars Program and current Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), and Dr. Richard C. Bush, Director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution and former AIT Chairman, looked at expectations for cross-Strait and U.S.-Taiwan relations in the six months before the new Taiwan President is inaugurated. They focused on what Taiwan-PRC relations would look like under a President Frank Hsieh or Ma Ying-jeou in Taipei and what the implications would be for U.S. policy in the region.

* This past year has also seen expansion of the EWC in Washington’s Policy Studies Series, which provides policy-relevant analysis of key contemporary domestic and international political, economic, and strategic issues affecting Asia.  To date, in 2007 twelve volumes have been published including titles such as: “ Islamist Threat in Southeast Asia: A Reassessment ;”  “ Legalizing Religion: The Indian Supreme Court and Secularism ;” “ Rebellion in Southern Thailand: Contending Histories ;”and “ State of Strife: The Dynamics of Ethnic Conflict in Burma ,” among others.

For a complete list and description, and to order publications in this series, click here:

* Also new from the EWC in Washington is the United States Asia Pacific Council’s (USAPC) November 2007 Washington Report, featuring an interview with Honorable Eni Faleomavaega (D., American Samoa), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment. Faleomavaega stressed the importance of increased U.S. engagement in the Pacific.

Both the newsletter and the complete interview are available on line (Click on Washington Report and "an interview.") at:

* Next up for USAPC is its annual Washington Conference, to be held April 10-11. Participants will include experts on U.S.-Asia Pacific economic, political, and security relations. The USAPC will also host a Congressional Study Group in early February 2008 focused on trade and investment agreements in Southeast Asia in the wake of the apparent collapse of the Doha Round. Speakers will be from the U.S. Trade Representative's office.

"We are also moving ahead with new initiatives such as the Asia Matters for America Website, which highlights the importance of Asia to the United States by focusing on exports, employment, investment and other interactions at the state and congressional district levels,” Limaye said.  “New institutional collaborations have been established and the recently launched Asia-Pacific Bulletin was developed to reach a wider audience interested in US-Asia relations,” he concluded.

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The East-West Center in Washington provides the policy community in the nation’s capital with access to the programs and expertise of the Center while also supporting special activities and projects in Washington, D.C.  The EWC in Washington also oversees and coordinates the activities of the USAPC.

The United States Asia Pacific Council (USAPC), which comprises American citizens who have made outstanding contributions to US-Asia Pacific relations, serves as a vehicle for enhanced U.S. engagement with the region through multilateral organizations, conferences, and policy related initiatives.

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