The Asian Studies Research Council sponsors the well-established Washington Asia Forum. Past speakers include prominent academics and practitioners such as Professor Lucian Pye of MIT, Peter Katzenstein of Cornell, and ambassadors from India and South Korea. Many excellent speakers have also been invited from the greater Washington, D.C. area. These experts present lectures on topics pertinent to current trends on the Asian continent.
Past Washington Asia Forum Lectures
To be announced for the current semester. Check here soon for updates!
November 6, Hillary Leverett (American University), "The US-China-Iran Triangle"
October 22, Chun-Chian Teng (National Cheng Chi University), "Cross-Taiwan Strait Relations: Implications For the East and South China Seas Disputes"
October 2, Akbar Ahmed (American University), "International Relations in the Islamic World"
September 17, Brantley Womack (University of Virginia): China's Future in a Multinodal World"
April 17, Taewan Kim (Dong-eui University/American University), Hiroki Sugita (Kyodo News) & Yili Jiang (Embassy of the People's Republic of China), "Mini-Conference: Foreign Policy and International Relations of East Asia"
April 2, Shino Watanabe, Saitama University, "China's ODA and Sino-Japanese Relations"
March 26, Kazuya Endo, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, "Japanese Foreign Policy: The U.S.-Asia Relationship"
March 5, Kuniko Ashizawa, Reischauer Center / American University, "Japanese Foreign Policy Toward Afghanistan"
Feb. 13, Victor Cha, Georgetown University, "U.S.-Asia Relations"
Jan. 30, Xiaoquan Raphael Zhang, American University, "Globalization and Chinese Cinema in the 21st Century: National or/and Transnational?"
Oct. 23, Arvind Subramanian, Peterson Institute, "Economic Power Between the US and China: Is It One up and One Down?"
Oct. 10, Akihiko Kimijima, Ritsumeikan University / Brookings Institute, "Six Faces of Article 9: Elucidating the Complexities of Japan's Postwar Constitution"
Sept. 25, David Shambaugh, George Washington University, "China Goes Global"
Sept. 19, Yuki Tatsumi, Stimson Center, "U.S.-Japan Alliance: Prospects and Challenges"
Apr. 18, Kwei-bo Huang, National Cheng-Chi University / Brookings Institute, "The 'China Factor' in Taiwan's Foreign Relations"
Mar. 21, Yufan Hao, University of Macau / Brookings Institute, "The Impacts of Societal Forces on Chinese Foreign Policy Making"
Mar. 20, Ji-Young Lee, American University, "Understanding International Hierarchy: Comparing Japanese and Korean Responses to a China-Centered World Order"
Feb. 29, Justin Jacobs, American University, "The Road to Yi-Ta: The Failure of Chinese Communist Ethnic Policies in Xinjiang, 1950-70"
Feb. 17, Gaye Christoffersen, Johns Hopkins University, "Designing a Northeast Asian Energy Regime"
Feb. 8, Scott Kastner, University of Maryland, "Who Accommodates Chinese Interests? Exploring Variation in National Responses to a Rising China"
Feb. 2, B.G. Muhn, Georgetown University, "Images of Pyongyang: Life and Art from the Hidden City"
Nov. 15, Bonnie Glaser, Center for Strategic and International Studies, "U.S.-China Relations and North Korea"
Nov. 9, Yan Xuetong, Tsinghua University, "China's Rise and Its Security Policy"
Oct. 26, Michael Auslin, American Enterprise Institute, "Japan's Future after the Earthquake"
Oct. 4, Akira Chiba, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, "Japan in Asia: Whither and Why?"
Sept. 21, Yangmo Ku, American University, "Dealing with Historical Issues in Japan and Germany: Ruling Coalitions, Transnational Activism and Conservative Reaction"
Apr. 14, Jae-Jung Suh, Johns Hopkins University SAIS, "Historical Contentions and Regional Order in Northeast Asia"
Mar. 29, Shoon Murray, American University, "Americans’ Perceptions of China’s Rise"
Mar. 3, William Brooks , John Hopkins University SAIS, "Cracks in the U.S.-Japan Alliance?"
Mar. 1, Xiao Chengyang , American University, "China: Gender Differences in Perception of Environmental Issues"
Feb. 8, David Steinberg, Georgetown University, "Myanmar: On the Cusp of a New Government"
Jan. 27, Kenki Adachi, Ritsumeikan University, "Japan's Foreign Policy: Ghost of Yoshida Doctrine"
Dec. 1, Gilbert Rozman, Princeton University, "America’s Role in Asia and the Future of U.S.-China Relations"
Nov. 9, Wang Wenfeng, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, "U.S. Position on the Legal Statues of Taiwan"
Oct. 27, Jason C. Yuan, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, "U.S.-Taiwan-Mainland China Relations: Setting a Stage of Triple Win"
Oct. 26, Deborah Brautigam, American University SIS, "China and Africa: Think Again"
Sept. 22, Tomohito Shinoda, Research Institute of the International University of Japan, "Japan Between Washington and Beijing"
Sept. 21, Muthia Alagappa, East-West Center, "War, Peace and Cooperation in Asia since 1945"
Sept. 8, Michael Green, Center for Strategic and International Studies, "The United States and Asia after the Financial Crisis"
Apr. 7, Deberati Sen, American University CAS, "Culture of India - Tea Production, Gender, and Politics"
Mar. 24, Douglas Paal, Carnegie Endowment of International Peace, "The Taiwan Issue and the Role of the U.S."
Mar. 16, Randall Henning, American University SIS, "Dilemmas of Regionalism in East Asia"
Feb. 23, Kent Colder, John's Hopkins University SAIS, "The U.S.-Japan Alliance"
Feb. 3, Xiaomeng Zhang, American University, "Human Resources in China"
Jan. 15, Zhiyue Bo, National University of Singapore, "Elite Politics in China"
Nov. 11, Jie Lu, American University SPA, "Variety of Governance in Rural China"
Nov. 10, Quansheng Zhao, American University SIS, "New Directions of the Taiwan Strait"
Oct. 21, Jin Du, Takushoku University, "Global Imbalances, Financial crisis and US-China Relations"
Oct. 20, Yanzhong Huang, Seton Hall University, "The Politics of Pandemic: Why China Overreacted to the Swine Flu"
Sept. 8, Kawashima Shin, University of Tokyo, "The History Problem and Trial of Reconciliation between Japan and China"
Mar. 31: Xizhen Zhang, Peking University, “China's Soft-power in Asia”
Mar. 16, Motoo Unno, Meiji University, “Japanese-Chinese Intercultural Collaboration in the Workplace”
Feb. 16, Shalini Venturelli, American University, “India-China-U.S.: Pivotal Relations of the 21st Century”
Nov. 19, Kerry Dumbaugh, Congressional Research Service, “Key-Issues in U.S.-China Relations”
Oct. 22, Mireya Solis, American University, “Can FTAs deliver market liberalization in Japan? The Political Economy of Tade Policy”
Sept. 17, James Mittelman, Jacob Meerman, Joan Nelson, Pek Koon Heng and David Hirschmann, American University, “Globalization and Changing Malaysia”
Apr. 25, Richard Hu, University of Hong Kong, “China and the United States and East Asian Community Building”
Apr. 15, James Przystup, National Defense University, “Strategic Dynamics in East Asia”
Apr. 1, Alexander Huangand Shulong Chu, Tamkang University and Tsinghua University, “Taiwan Presidential Election and US-China-Taiwan Relations”, “Is the Spring Season Coming in the Taiwan Strait?”
Mar. 25, He Li, Merrimac College, “China’s Growing Influence in Latin American and Its Impact” (Co-sponsored with Latin American Council)
Mar. 4, Quansheng Zhao and Victor Cha, American University and Georgetown University, “China’s North Korea Policy and Six-Party Talks”, “The Future of Alliances and Multi-lateralism in Asia” (In conjunction with AU Conference: “Korea and China")
Feb. 6, Jin Park, American University, “Religion and Modernity in East Asia”
Jan. 29, Robert Hathaway, Wilson Center, “Asia’s Rising Giants: China, India and the Future of the 21st Century”
Jan. 23, Akihiro Iwashita, Hokkaido University, Japan, “The Japan-Russia Border Dispute: Breaking with the Past”
Dec. 4, John Miller, State Department, "China’s Rise in a Historical Perspective”
Nov. 14, Kellee Tsai, Johns Hopkins University, “Capitalism Without Democracy: The Private Sector in Contemporary China”
Nov. 6, Scott Snyder, the Asia Foundation, “China and the Two Koreas”
Oct. 16, Guoli Liu, College of Charleston, “China’s Global Trade Practices”
Oct. 9, Minxin Pei, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, “Where are Chinese Politics Heading?”
Sept. 25, Bonnie Glaser, Center for Strategic and International Studies, “The Evolution of U.S. Policy Toward China in the Bush Administration”
Sept. 4, Michael McDevitt, Center for Strategic Studies, “China and the United States: Strategic Partners”
Apr. 25, Ellis Krauss, University of California - San Diego, “Japan’s Critical 2005 Election: A Tale of Zombies, Rebels, Madonnas, Assassins and Political Change” (Co-sponsored with the Council on Comparative Studies)
Apr. 3, James Rosenau, George Washington University (with discussions by SIS Faculty), “The Dynamics of Globalization and East Asia” (In conjunction with AU-Tamkang University Joint Conference)
Mar. 30, Christopher J. LaFleur, U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia: "U.S.-Malaysia Relations: What’s Next?”
Mar. 28, Teng Chung-Chian, National Cheng-Chi University, Taiwan, “The Political Economy of Taiwan and Cross Strait Relations”
Feb. 27, Hyeong Jung Park, Korea Institute for National Unification, Korea, "How to Deal with North Korea: Views from East Asia"
Feb. 21, Xinbo Wu, Fudan University, China, "China's Diplomacy: Domestic Debate and New Thinking"
Feb. 13, Judy Shapiro, American University, "The China Challenge: Transboundary Environmental Issues in International Relations"
Jan. 23 Masahiro Matsumura, St. Andrews University, Japan, ''The Japanese Empire in China and the American Quagmire in Iraq: Lessons and Implications"
Dec. 5, Kent Calder andMasafumi Ishii, Johns Hopkins University - SAIS and Embassy of Japan, "Stabilizing the US-Japan-China Strategic Triangle", "Future Directions of Japanese Foreign Policy"
Nov. 14, Paul Blackburn, U.S. Department of State, "U.S. Public Diplomacy with Japan and China"
Oct. 25, Douglas Fuller, Assistant Professor, American University, "China's Technological Trajectory"
Oct. 17, Marvin Ott, Professor of National Security Policy, National War College, "U.S. Security Dilemmas in East Asia"
Sept. 19, Kimihiro Ishikane, Minister and Head of Chancery, Embassy of Japan, "The Making of Japanese Foreign Policy"
Sept. 5, Kongdan Oh, Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, "The Rise and Fall of U.S. Alliances in East Asia"
Apr. 26, David Steinberg, Distinguished Professor and Director of Asian Studies, Georgetown University, "China's Relations with Burma and Korea"
Apr. 25, Yang Bojiang, Professor and Director of the Institute for Japanese Studies, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations , "Sino-Japanese Relations on the Grand Chessboard of Chinese Diplomacy"
Apr. 17, Bridget Welsh, Assistant Professor of Southeast Asia Studies at Johns Hopkins University, "Dead or Sitting Ducks? Avian Flu in Asia"
Apr. 11, Sun Zhe, Professor and Deputy Director of the Center of American Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai, "China's Peaceful Rise: Implications for U.S.-China Relations"
Mar. 7, Surjit Mansingh, Professor, American University, "India and China: Competition and Cooperation"
Mar. 1, Toshihiro Nakayama, Senior Research Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs / Brookings Institution, "Is There a Right Wing Tilt in Japan?"
Feb. 21, T.J. Cheng, Class of 1935 Professor, College of William and Mary, "Washington's Polices Toward North Korea and the Taiwan Strait"
Feb. 15, Alexander Vorontsov, Head of Korean and Mongolian Studies at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences / Brookings Institute , "North Korea Social-Economic Reform: Following in China's Footsteps"
Feb. 1, Nobukatsu Kanehara, Minister of Political Affairs, Japanese Embassy to the United States, "Japan's Foreign Policy toward the U.S. and China"
Jan. 25, Xuetong Yan, Professor and Director of the Institute of International Relations, Tsinghua University, "The U.S. Role in Sino-Japanese Relations"
Jan. 24, Andrew Scobell, Associate Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, "Terrorism and Chinese Foreign Policy"
Dec. 6, Michael Lampton, Professor at Johns Hopkins University SAIS, “China’s Rising Power and What It Means for Asia and America”
Nov. 15, Dajing Peng, Professor at University of Florida, “Business Networking and East Asia Regionalism”
Oct. 18, Yong Deng, U.S. Naval Academy, “China and East Asian Security”
Sept. 27, Gordon Flake, Mansfield Foundation, “North Korea Beyond the Nukes: The Challenge for U.S. Policy”
Sept. 6, Jeffrey Bader, Brookings Institution, “China’s Role in East Asia, Now and in the Future”
May. 18, Yu Keli, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, “Recent Developments in Cross-Strait Relations”
Apr. 19, Jing Huang, Brookings Institution, “Challenges, Choices and the ‘New Diplomacy’ in China’s Foreign Policy-making”
Apr. 12, Margaret Pearson and Lei Feng, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, "China's Emerging Regulatory State", "The Integration of Chinese Trade Into the International Economic System"
Mar. 29, Mike Mochizuki, George Washington University, “Japan-China Relations: Downward Spiral of New Equilibrium?”
Mar. 1, Quan Jing, Brookings Institution, “Crisis Management in China-Taiwan Relations”
Feb. 16, Julia Chang Bloch, U.S.-China Education Trust, “China’s Rise: Implications for U.S.-China Relations”
Feb. 8, Masahide Nakamura, Seongkye Lee and Qingsi Li, Center for Asian Studies Visiting Scholars, “The Rise of China: A Discussion with Visiting Scholars from East Asia”
Feb. 4, Mi-Ae Chu, Former Korean Congresswoman, “The Future of the Korean Peninsula and the U.S.-Korean Alliance: What Do South Koreans Want?”
Jan. 26, Robert Pekkanan, University of Washington, “Electoral System Change and Political Party Organization in Japan”
Jan. 18, Richard Bush, Brookings Institution, “U.S.–China Relation and the Issue of Taiwan”
Dec. 7, William Breer, The Center for Strategic and International Studies, “The Future of the U.S.–Japan Alliance
Nov. 16, Ming Wan, George Mason University, “China, Japan, and East Asian Regionalism”
Nov. 10, Yi Song-Mi, The Academy of Korean Studies, “Confucianism and the Korean Arts”
Nov. 8, Li Junru, Central Party School of the Communist Party of China, “China Under the New Leadership of Hu Jintao”
Oct. 19, David Shambaugh, George Washington University, “China and Asia: Towards A New Regional System?”
Oct. 7, Hatem Atallah and Mohammed Sadiq, Ambassador of Tunisia and Charge D’ Affairs of the Embassy of Pakistan, “Islam in the Arab World”, “Islam in South Asia”
Sept. 22, Daqin Yang, George Washington University, “Historical Reconciliation between Japan and China: A Glass Half Full?”
Sept. 7, Kent Calder, Johns Hopkins University, “Policy Networks in the U.S.–Japan-China Triangular Relationship: A Comparative Analysis”
Apr. 20, Teemu Ruskola, Washington College of Law, American University, “The Politics of Exporting American Law to China: A Comparative and Historical Problem”
Apr. 14, Pek Koon Heng, American University, “Identity Politics and Nation Building: A Southeast Asian Focus”
Apr. 7, Han Sung Joo, South Korean Ambassador to the United States, “The North Korea Crisis and U.S.–Korea Relations”
Mar. 30, Matthew Daley, U.S. Department of State, “Anti-Terrorism Coalition Building and American Foreign Policy Toward East Asia”
Mar. 25, Chiyuki Aoi, United Nations University of Japan, “Japan Enters Iraq: A New Role for Japan’s Self-Defense Force?”
Mar. 23, Peng Yuan and Erich Shih, Brookings Institution, “Taiwan after the Election”
Feb. 24, Hideki Yamaji, Japanese Embassy, “Japan in East Asia: Policy Choices and Security Allies”
Feb. 10, Tsuneo Watanabe, South Korean Ambassador to the United States, “Evolving Japanese Security Posture”
Feb. 4, Michael Tsai, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, “Relations Across the Taiwan Strait”
Jan. 27, Bates Gill, Freeman Chair of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, “China’s Growing Power and Influence in Asia”
Dec. 10, Vinod Aggarwal, University of California Berkeley, “Conceptualizing Northeast Asia’s Economic Integration Process”
Dec. 2, Xiang Lanxin, Graduate Institute of International Studies, “The Idea of Democracy and China-U.S. Relations”
Nov. 25, Michael Yahuda, London School of Economics, “China: Politics and Foreign Policy”
Nov. 10, Yan Xuetong, Tsinghua University, China, “China’s Security Strategy”
Nov. 5, Judith Strotz, U.S. Department of State, “A Comparative Analysis of U.S. Foreign Policy: China vs. Burma”
Oct. 21, Bruce Dickson, George Washington University, “Red Capitalists in China”
Oct. 14, Minxin Pei, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, “The Great Chinese Paradox: Economic Dynamism vs. Political Decay”
Oct. 1, Miranda Schreurs, University of Maryland, “Environmental Protection in Japan: Whales, Forests, Nuclear Power and Climate Change”
Sept. 24, Eiichi Shindo, Takuba University, Japan, “Japan’s Dilemma and the East Asian Security Regime”
Sept. 16, Eugene Martin, Asia Pacific Strategies, “Chinese Politics: Intellectualism or Democracy”
Sept. 10, Edward Lincoln, Council on Foreign Relations, “Japan: Political Economy”
Apr. 22, Jae Ho Chung, Seoul National University, “Seoul’s Dilemma Between Washington/Tokyo and Beijing”
Apr. 8, Javed Maswood, Griffith University, “Effects of Foreign Pressures on Japan's Economic Policies”
Apr. 8, Li Gang, Institute of World Development, “Chinese Foreign Policy Under the New Leadership”
Mar. 25, Cheng Li, Hamilton College, “Who’s Hu? Deciphering China’s New Politics”
Mar. 18, Sachio Nakato, Utsunomiya University, Japan, “Japan-U.S. Coordination on Policies Toward North Korea”