Traditional Chinese junkboat sailing across Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong.

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

 USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) sail alongside the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s JS Hyuga (DDH 181) during dual carrier strike group operations in the Sea of Japan.

Assessing the U.S.-Japan Alliance Responses to Regional and Global Threats

Report and policy recommendations from the second workshop of the U.S.-Japan Security and Defense Dialogue Series, where academics, government officials, and military leaders convened to discuss the challenges facing the U.S.-Japan alliance.
Light Show in Beijing Shopping Plaza ("The Place" in Chaoyang District)

Formulating Policy Measures to Advance an Entrepreneurial Workforce in East Asia

The second international conference as part of the Stanford Asia-Pacific Innovation project will be held in September 2018 at Tsinghua University and focus on human capital, education, and financial policies to help promote innovation in East Asia.
The village of Panmunjom in the DMZ.

Analyzing Emerging Issues in North Korea Engagement and Denuclearization Talks

As the Trump administration undertakes the next round of diplomatic engagement with North Korea, APARC scholars provide thought leadership on approaches to North Korea’s nuclear program and recommend policy responses to the challenges ahead.

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