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Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center

Stanford University's hub for interdisciplinary research, education, and engagement on contemporary Asia

Who We Are

The Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) is dedicated to the study of critical issues affecting the countries of Asia and their regional and global relations. Our scholar community is comprised of distinguished academics and practitioners in government, business, and civil society. Through policy-relevant research, publications, education, public programs, and international collaborations, we address pressing challenges in a world in which Asia plays an increasingly central role.

What We Do

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Pursue and publish interdisciplinary, social science-oriented scholarship from regional and global perspectives on issues of vital importance to the economies, foreign affairs, health, politics, and societal transitions of the Asia-Pacific.

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Support the next generation of Asia experts by offering fellowship and training opportunities to academics and practitioners, teaching Stanford courses, and bringing Asia-Pacific topics into high school and community college classrooms.

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Policy & Outreach

Illuminate Asia-Pacific-focused, policy-relevant problems and solutions and strengthen cooperation between counterparts in the United States and Asia by providing expert analysis, thought leadership, and constructive interaction.

In the Spotlight

Portrait of Anna Fifield.

The Washington Post's Anna Fifield Wins 2018 Shorenstein Journalism Award

Anna Fifield, Beijing Bureau Chief for The Washington Post, is the recipient of the 2018 Shorenstein Journalism Award. On November 14, she will be presented with the award at Stanford and headline a panel discussing how North Korea is, and isn't, changing under Kim Jong Un.
Ships and submarines participating in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise are underway in close formation during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise.

Student Interns with Military in Hawaii, an Opportunity Supported by APARC

Rachel Hirshman, BS ’18, MS ’19, spent the summer in Hawaii helping plan and execute military exercises via an internship sponsored by APARC’s U.S.-Asia Security Initiative. Stanford News spoke with Hirshman about U.S. military operations in Hawaii and her work with INDOPACOM.
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Announcing Open Call for Postdoctoral and LKC Fellowships Applications, Academic Year 2019-20

APARC invites applications for the 2019-20 Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellowship on Contemporary Asia, the Asia Health Policy Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Lee Kong Chian Fellowship on Southeast Asia. Postdoc fellowship applications are due January 7, 2019, LKC fellowship applications March 1.

News & Events

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Tue Oct 16
4:15 PM - 6:00 PM

A New Perspective on News: The SmartNews Approach and Political Balancing

Philippines Conference Room Encina Hall, 3rd Floor 616 Serra Street, Stanford, CA 94305
Thu Oct 18
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

From Within and Without: Taiwan’s New Security Challenges

3rd Floor East Wing, Encina Hall, 616 Serra Street, Stanford, California 94305,
Wed Oct 24
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Is Preventive Care Worth the Cost? Evidence from Mandatory Checkups in Japan

Philippines Conference Room Encina Hall, 3rd Floor 616 Serra Street, Stanford, CA 94305
Tue Oct 30
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Halloween Pumpkin Carving and Dessert Potluck 2018

Philippines Conference Room Encina Hall, 3rd Floor 616 Serra Street, Stanford, CA 94305

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