Congressional Program on U.S.-Japan Relations and the Indo-Pacific (CPUSJ)

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The Congressional Program on U.S.-Japan Relations and the Indo-Pacific is a bipartisan educational certificate program that aims to equip congressional staffers with greater knowledge of U.S.-Asia policy in order to better understand America’s role in and engagement with this dynamic region and the policy implications that will directly engage Congress. This program is administered by the East-West Center in Washington with support from Sasakawa USA.

CPUSJ is a bipartisan educational certificate program that provides Capitol Hill staff members with an opportunity to engage leading experts and officials on a range of contemporary, policy-relevant topics in U.S.-Asia relations, while expanding their network of congressional colleagues who are engaged in similar issues.

How to Apply

Applications for the Congressional Program on U.S.-Japan Relations and the Indo-Pacific are now closed. Please visit the East-West Center website for more details.

The program typically consists of a series of seven, 75-minute, interactive discussions, held weekly online or in-person depending on conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Certificates of Completion are awarded to participants who attend at least four of the seven planned sessions. Speakers are from government agencies, think tanks, universities, and other policy institutions. Session topics cover issues with implications for Congressional consideration and action, including: The U.S.-Japan Alliance as the Cornerstone of Indo-Pacific Peace, Security, and Stability; U.S.-Japan Technological Partnership and Competition; Economic Challenges & Areas of Cooperation; U.S.-Japan Frontier Defense and Technology Cooperation; Vaccine Diplomacy; U.S.-Japan Engagement with ASEAN; as well as Great Power Competition.

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. Previous Indo-Pacific expertise is preferred, but not required. Preference is given to professional staff from committees and subcommittees with jurisdiction and oversight on issues related to U.S.-Indo-Pacific relations (e.g. Foreign Affairs/Foreign Relations, Intelligence, Ways and Means, Finance etc.), as well as legislative assistants, directors, chiefs of staff, and deputy chiefs of staff serving Members on these committees or constituencies with strong Indo-Pacific interests.

For queries related to the program or application, please contact Mr. Ross Tokola at TokolaR@EastWestCenter.org.

Previous programs

Winter 2022: A group of ten participants was selected for the Winter 2021 class of CPUSJ, held in February and March of 2022. Selected from a competitive application process, participants represented both chambers and political parties, and staff detailed to committees as well as Congressional offices.

Winter 2021: A group of ten participants was selected for the Winter 2020 class of CPUSJ, held in February and March of 2021. Selected from a competitive application process, participants represented both chambers and political parties, and staff detailed to committees as well as Congressional offices.

Fall 2019: A group of ten participants was selected for the Fall 2019 class of CSPA, held in September and October of 2019. Selected from a competitive application process, participants represented both chambers and political parties, and staff detailed to committees as well as Congressional offices.

Winter 2019: A group of six participants was selected for the Winter 2019 class of CSPA, held in February and March of 2019. Selected from a competitive application process, participants represented both chambers and political parties, and staff detailed to committees as well as Congressional offices.

Fall 2017: A group of fifteen participants was selected for the 2017 class of CSPA, held in October and November of 2017. Selected from a competitive application process, participants represented both chambers and political parties, and staff detailed to committees as well as Congressional offices.

Summer 2017: A group of fifteen participants was selected for the 2017 class of CSPA, held in June and July of 2017. Selected from a competitive application process, participants represented both chambers and political parties, and staff detailed to committees as well as Congressional offices. Read about the 2017 session.

Fall 2016: A group of eight participants was selected for the inaugural 2016 class of CSPA, held in September and October of 2016. Read about the inaugural class of participants or read a recap after the first session of classes concluded.

About the Partner Organizations

This program is a project of the East-West Center in Washington, with financial support from Sasakawa USA. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the East-West Center is a public diplomacy institution that promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. The Center’s Washington, DC office focuses on preparing the United States for an era of growing Asia Pacific prominence. Sasakawa USA is an independent American non-profit, non-partisan institution devoted to research, analysis and better understanding of the U.S.-Japan relationship.

 

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