Congressional Staff Program on Asia wraps up successful inaugural class

Juliane Doscher
November 10, 2016

Throughout September and October, The East-West Center in Washington, with support from Sasakawa USA, held the EWC-Sasakawa USA Congressional Staff Program on Asia (CSPA) on Capitol Hill. The program consisted of eight sessions, each with a unique topic:

1.   The U.S.-Japan Alliance and the U.S. Rebalance to AsiaCSPA-stacked-white
2.   China’s Rise
3.   U.S. Force Posture and Presence in the Asia Pacific and the U.S.-Japan Alliance
4.   Asian Flashpoints – the Korean Peninsula, the South and East China Seas and Taiwan
5.   Nuclear Weapons Issues in Asia
6.   Economic Trends and Agreements in Asia
7.   Democratic Development in Asia
8.   Climate Change and Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Relief Cooperation in Asia

All speakers were experts invited from local universities, think tanks, government agencies, and other policy institutions. The inaugural class — a mix of Congressional staff members already informed on contemporary, policy-relevant topics in U.S.-Asia relations and others who were only tangentially familiar with the region  – all worked diligently and actively engaged with our esteemed speakers. This series was accessible and helpful for those who had varying levels of knowledge on relations in the region. Participants who attended six out of eight sessions received a certificate of completion, showing that they understood and were up to date on policy issues directly involving the U.S. and other countries in Asia.

Click here to read about the inaugural class of participants or here to read more about CSPA.


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