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Programs at USAI are designed with the important goals of education, exchange, and leadership in mind. The Institute aims to equip students, policy makers, advisors, and other interested parties with the tools and opportunity to engage in the U.S.-Asia relationship. These goals are not only integral to the US-Asia Institute’s success, but the success of the U.S.-Asia relationship.

Our Internship Program gives hands-on experience for students interested in the field of U.S.-Asian affairs. Through education and exchange it is our goal to help interns become future leaders.

Created in 2008, the J. Matthew Szymanski Rule of Law Program was started by J. Matthew Szymanski to educate Chinese legal professionals about rule of law in the United States; to prepare them to become leaders in their field; and to inspire them to make constructive changes in their legal system.

The Joji Konoshima Memorial Fund and the Norman & Esther Lau Kee Fund exist to promote exchange and research among select Asian leaders from the business, political, and academic communities.




TANIP 2017 Finalists Announced


The Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, DC announced the finalists for the 2017 Thai American National Internship Program. Founded in 2015, TANIP is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Thai American students and young graduates to gain a firsthand look at the American government and political system in Washington D.C., and to reflect on the role they, as...Read More



2016 TANIP Participant Shares Her Experience


Apisra “Annie” Srivanich-Raper, one of the six Thai American National interns this year, writes about her experience in Washington, D.C. this summer. Annie grew up in southeaster Idaho and attended the College of Idaho. “I cannot express how grateful I am to the Royal Thai Embassy, US-Asia Institute, APIAVote, and everyone who helped me for this truly...Read More



Schwarzman Scholarship Information Session & Light Fare


Join us on June 20, 2016 from 6:00-7:30pm at USAI for more information about the Schwarzman Scholars Program. Light refreshments will be provided. Enrolling the inaugural class in 2016, the program will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities.Read More



TANIP 2016: A Successful Orientation Week


The second cohort of students under the Thai American National Internship Program (TANIP) enjoyed their orientation week from May 30 to June 3, 2016. The students met with staff members at the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, State Department, Department of Defense, United States Trade Representative, and International...Read More



2016 TANIP Program Begins


Thai-American second generation, Lennox Chaiveera from California; Alit Ponkaew from Illinois; Apisra Ann Srivanich-Raper from Idaho; and Charles Tantakool from Pennsylvania; were warmly welcomed by Ambassador Pisan Manawapat at his Residence on May 30, 2016, their first day of Thai American National Internship Program (TANIP). Read More



9th Annual Chinese Rule of Law Program, June 27-July 22


Six top Chinese law students have been selected to participate in the 9th annual J. Matthew Szymanski Rule of Law Program in Washington, D.C. from June 27-July 22. This four-week program will give the students exposure to the people and institutions of the U.S. government and legal system, including all three branches of government in...Read More



Thai American National Internship Program: May 29-July 22


The second annual Thai American National Internship Program will be held from May 29-July 22 in partnership with the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C. See here for the official announcement and participant names. More details on the TANIP program are available here.Read More



USAI meeting with USNA’s China Club


US-Asia Institute Vice Chairman Ben Wu, Executive Director Mary Sue Bissell and Senior Advisory Mary Purdy met with members of the US Naval Academy China Club in Annapolis on April 7, 2016 to discuss Read More