Featured East-West Center Series

AsiaPacific Issues


Papers in the Asia Pacific Issues series feature topics of broad interest and significant impact relevant to current and emerging policy debates. The series is written and edited to be accessible to readers outside the author’s discipline. Papers should have a “shelf life” of a year or more, and not hinge on a single imminent development (such as an election).

Because of the brevity of the AsiaPacific Issues (API), the best papers explore a single main idea. When a topic is particular to one locality, its appeal will be increased if it also illuminates broader issues.  They are written for policymakers, educators, journalists, scholars, and others interested in significant contemporary issues. A topic should retain relevance for at least one year after publication and ideally even longer.

Authors interested in publishing in the AsiaPacific Issues series are referred to the website to look at earlier issues of the series. Submissions should be sent electronically to the Publications Office at

Papers are published as PDFs. Length should range from 2,400 to 4,200 words. (Tables and figures deduct from those counts, with each ¼ page table or figure equivalent to approximately 150 words. The word count includes endnotes, which should be employed with restraint.)

The EWC Editorial Committee reviews submissions. Successful candidates will be referred to two readers with expertise directly related to the paper. 

A complete manuscript submission includes the following:

  • cover letter. Identify your interest in the API series and why you think your topic fits that series. Concisely describe the paper, identifying its main argument, why the issue is important, how you support your argument, what your conclusions are, and what the implications for public policy are. Please state whether any part of this has been published elsewhere. Note topic and date of any future relevant events.

  • curriculum vitae of each author and editor.

  • a complete manuscript. Submissions should not exceed 4,200 words (table, charts, and endnotes will reduce space available for main text); should clearly lay out the main point, why the issue is important, the supporting argument, the conclusions, and the implications for public policy; and should demonstrate sound academic inquiry, methodology, and presentation of information. The author is responsible for the accuracy of facts, quotes, and citations.

The elements of a complete manuscript:

  • working title

  • draft summary of 170 words (not included in the maximum 4,200-word count)

  • main body of the report (with endnotes embedded, using MS Word notes feature)

  • text for boxes/sidebars (this comes out of the 4,200-word total; see specifics above)

  • charts/graphs in separate files from main body of report. Include source information and caption material.

  • brief author note regaring affiliation and main/most recent work

For matters of style, the AsiaPacific Issues series largely follows The Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition). In brief, authors and editors should use the serial comma, spell out numbers less than 10, use SI (metric) units of measure, and use American spelling. AsiaPacific Issues allow for endnotes only (no footnotes or bibliography). Endnote citations should contain full reference and should follow Chicago style guidelines for works without a full bibliography.

Go to the AsiaPacific Issues series page.