Contemporary Asia Seminar Series
This series, scheduled regularly during the academic year, hosts professionals in the fields of public and foreign policy, journalism, and academia who share their perspectives on pressing issues facing Asia today.
In 1998, in the twilight of the 20th century, the resignation of Indonesia's autocratic president Suharto ushered in a new political era. Corresponding changes occurred in Indonesia's economic, social, and cultural landscape. That transformation challenged and transformed the thinking of many Indonesians. One of them was Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, who recently became his country's ambassador to the United States. "I entered the twenty-first century with a new mindset," said Djalal to an overflow audience at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center on November 18, 2010. Read more »
Shorenstein APARC scholars provide essential insight into Obama Asia visitin the news
President Barack Obama's visit to Asia encompassed India, Indonesia, South Korea, and Japan and drew attention and questions from around the world about his actions and intentions in each country, and his overall plan for U.S.-Asia relations. Shorenstein APARC scholars Gi-Wook Shin, Donald Emmerson, Daniel Sneider, and Rafiq Dossani provided the media with essential expertise and insight into the many aspects of Obama's meetings with leaders and his presence at major regional meetings.
- » BBC World Forum: On President Obama's Jakarta Speech
- » New York Times: G-20 event to showcase South Korea's arrival
- » KQED Forum: Obama in India
- » The Atlantic: Obama's Indonesia address
- » Asia Times Online: Obama's trip, China's role, Asia's summits
- » IndiaWest: Obama's India visit will emphasize economic ties
- » Stanford News: Stanford's Emmerson on Obama's upcoming trip to Asia
- » C-SPAN: President Obama in Asia
- » IndiaWest: Scholars give Obama good marks for India trip
- » Al Jazeera: On Obama's Indonesia Visit
Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford, KSP, SEAF News
President Barack Obama has demonstrated significant and genuine interest in Asia and in developing trans-Pacific ties. He embarked on November 5 for the second presidential visit to Asia during his term, and while there he will visit India, Indonesia, South Korea to attend the summit of the Group of 20 (G20), and finally to Japan to attend the annual heads of state meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference. To address major issues surrounding the President's trip to Asia--including the "China question" and historic U.S. bilateral alliances--four scholars from the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) gathered for a public panel discussion on October 27. Read more »
Barack Obama: The Pacific President?SEAF News
U.S. President Barack Obama has called himself "America's first Pacific President," referring not only to his Hawaiian birthplace but also to his desire to put Asia back in the center of American foreign policy. In recent months there has been a new emphasis on Asia in American foreign and economic policy, ranging from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's tough words on the South China Sea to growing concern over China's currency policy. Most recently, American officials have been responding to tensions in the East China Sea between American ally Japan and China. Join Shorenstein APARC and SEAF on October 27, 2010 for a timely panel discussion about this significant Presidential visit.
Asia is a good place to begin rebalancing U.S. foreign policy because it is huge, it is dynamic -- and it is not Iraq says Shorenstein APARC's Donald EmmersonSEAF Op-ed: San Jose Mercury News on November 19, 2006
It is tempting to dismiss President Bush's travel through Southeast Asia as aimless floating by a doubly lame duck. Getting things done will be harder without either the right to run for a third term in 2008 or the support of a legislative majority between now and then. But if that means having to work with others, at home ... Read more »
SEAF Press Release
On November 2, 2006, Stanford University's Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, in association with University of California, Berkeley's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center, convened regional and economic experts to discuss the role of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group, and its relationship to the future of regionalism and regional integration in East Asia. Read more »