The East Asia program studies trends and highlights developments in the region’s security and diplomacy-related initiatives and the United States' strategic interests in the region. The program analyzes the dynamics of cross-Strait relations, including the bilateral relations among the United States, the PRC, and Taiwan. The program also closely examines China’s foreign policy toward in Northeast and Southeast Asia with special focus on Myanmar, Iran, and Africa. The program's Japan-centered work examines the implications of Japan's evolving security policy and U.S.-Japan alliance relations, seeking to promote bilateral cooperation on a number of regional and global strategic issues. East Asia program also addresses the salient developments on the Korean Peninsula, exploring North Korean nuclear issues, inter-Korean relations, and the U.S.-South Korea alliance.
The East Asia program assesses developments and trends in the region through the exchange of ideas and people between the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific region. The program frequently convenes experts and policymakers from the region to discuss vital security issues. Through candid discussions both in the U.S. and in the region, academics and officials can exchange views on current challenges and develop innovative and pragmatic policy solutions. In addition to workshops, the program hosts frequent public seminars to disseminate research to the wider Washington, D.C. community and engage in fruitful dialogue with participants from a range of fields, including think tanks, academia, government, media, and business. Projects often culminate in the publication of a report, which continues to inform future research on these important issues.
Recent publications produced by the East Asia program include Across the Taiwan Strait: From Confrontation to Cooperation, Opportunity out of Necessity: The Impact of US Defense Budget Cuts on the US-Japan Alliance, Japan’s Foreign Policy Challenges in East Asia, and a series of issue briefs on Great Powers and Changing Myanmar: “Chinese Investments in Myanmar,” “China, the United States and the Kachin Conflict,” “Myanmar in US-China Relations,” and “Myanmar’s ASEAN Chairmanship.” These materials each serve to provide insights into the region and recommendations for policymakers both in the U.S. and in East Asia.