East-West Seminars offers short-term dialogue, field study, travel and exchange opportunities for working professionals in politics, government, civil society, business and the media who are in positions to affect policy, shape public opinion and influence change in their countries and communities. Programs provide opportunities for leading professionals from the United States and Asia Pacific to exchange views, build networks, develop leadership skills, and deepen knowledge of regional issues.

Leadership and Policy Dialogue

Senior and emerging political and business leaders from a variety of sectors focus on issues of regional concern in policy-oriented seminars and capacity-building seminars. Sessions offer a relaxed environment in which to analyze emerging trends in politics, governance, business, and society affecting the region.

Journalism Fellowships and Exchanges

Journalism fellowships and exchanges promote understanding of the complexities of the Asia Pacific region. Dialogue and study tours with colleagues, and discussions with government officials, business executives and community leaders provide participants with a means to broaden their network of contacts.

The East-West Center is an ideal gathering place for emerging leaders and regional specialists to discuss issues and strengthen relations with their counterparts. Field study is an important part of many seminar experiences, providing opportunities to connect with newsmakers, government officials, business leaders, academics and other experts and decision-makers throughout the region. Requirements for participation vary from program to program, including invitation-only programs; open registration programs, such as the Asia Pacific Executive Forum; and competitive applications, such as the Jefferson Fellowships.

Major donors, partners, and supporters

Major donors, partners and supporters for East-West Seminars include:
All-China Journalists Association (ACJA) | Alliance of Independent Journalist Indonesia | Asia Pacific Media Network | Asian American Journalists Association | Better Hong Kong Foundation | Doris Duke Charitable Foundation | Doris Duke Foundation for the Islamic Art | Foreign Press Center of Japan | Freedom Forum | Freeman Foundation | Hong Kong University | Honolulu Magazine | Institute for Strategic and International Studies Malaysia | Journalists Association of Korea | Korea Press Foundation | Mary Morgan Hewett Award Fund | Pacific Century Institute | Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute| Sacred Hearts Academy | Singapore International Foundation | Shih Hsin University (SHU) | Society of Professional Journalists | U.S. Dept. of State and its Foreign Press Centers | Under My Umbrella | United Nations Development Program | University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Outreach College

East-West Seminars
East-West Center
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96848
Telephone: 808-944-7384
Facsimile: 808-944-7600


For general information on East-West Center programs, please contact our information center at 808-944-7111.