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Briefings at the US-Asia Institute cover a variety of subjects with participants from various fields regarding issues significant to U.S.-Asia relations. Generally, all briefings are off-the-record in order to facilitate open and candid discussion. Upcoming briefings will be made known via our mailing list and the homepage of our website.

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RECAP: Japan 101 Congressional Briefing Series, 2017

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About The Series: The US-Asia Institute in partnership with the US-Japan Caucus, and with the help of Sasakawa USA hosted the Inaugural Japan 101 Seminar Series in the summer of 2017. This year, more than 200 congressional staff attended at least one Japan 101 seminar. Nearly 60 staffers received a Professional Development Certificate from USAI...Read More

Institute Insider Insights: China Folk House Project

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Alison Steinbach, a Program Assistant in the summer of 2017, spent two weeks of July in Yunnan Province’s Tibetan Plateau to assist with a documentation and relocation project of a traditional farmstead house. For more information about the project, see here. In southwestern China – neighboring Tibet and Myanmar, intersected by the “Three Parallel Rivers,”...Read More

2017 China 101 and Rule of Law Reception

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On the evening of Wednesday, July 19, the US-Asia Institute held a reception to celebrate the successful conclusion of our annual China 101 Briefing Series and to congratulate the Rule of Law students on the end of their program. The guests of honor included the congressional staff members who attended the China 101 briefings, the six Chinese students who participated in the 10th annual Matthew J. Szymanski Rule of Law program, our Professional Development Fellow Eveleen Wan, and the congressional staff members who have travelled to China with USAI. It was an evening filled with wonderful people and a fantastic spirit. Thank you to all who attended!Read More

Japan 101 Session 3: Crucial Security Perspective- US-Japan Strategic Bonds

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At the third and final installment of the 2017 Japan 101 Series, Admiral Dennis Blair, who serves as the Chairman of Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Professor Andrew Oros from Washington College, and Professor Balbina Hwang from Georgetown University spoke about the security challenges surrounding Japan and the military aspect of the US-Japan relationship.Read More

Japan 101 Session 2: US-Japan Trade Policy, TPP 11, and Domestic Politics

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The second installment of the 2017 Japan 101 Briefing Series featured two experts on Japan as keynote speakers: Dr. Mireya Solis, the Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies at the Brookings Institution, and Dr. Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow of Japan Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. The two experts spoke about Japan's economic policy and domestic politics in the wake of the ongoing changes in the East Asian region.Read More

Japan 101 Session 1: Solid Partners- A Direct Look into the Current US-Japan Alliance

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At the first session of the inaugural Japan 101 Briefing Series, Ambassador James P. Zumwalt, CEO of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, spoke about the current state of the US-Japan alliance and the importance of a strong relationship as both countries move forward.Read More

China 101 Session 7: China’s Influence Abroad and Its Role as a Responsible Stakeholder

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At the seventh and final seminar of the 2017 China 101 Briefing Series, Dr. Robert Sutter, Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs in GWU, spoke about China's increasing influence abroad and its evolving relations with other nations. Read More

2017 ASEAN 101 Reception

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On June 28, the US-Asia Institute held a reception for the congressional staff members who attended this year's ASEAN 101 briefing series. They received a professional development certificate to recognize their effort and knowledge. In addition, this year's participants in the Rule of Law Program and the Thai-American National Internship Program (TANIP) were present. Thank you to all the attendees! Read More