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

Former Asia Health Policy Postdoctoral Fellow Phyu Phyu Thin Zaw standing at a podium in a conference room.

Announcing Open Call for Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications, Academic Year 2019-20

We are now accepting applications for the Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellowship on Contemporary Asia and the Asia Health Policy Postdoctoral Fellowship for the academic year 2019-20. Apply to these opportunities for emerging scholars by January 7, 2019.
Aerial View of Taiwan.

Addressing the Obstacles to Greater Multilateral Cooperation on Taiwan’s Security Issues

The Taiwan Democracy and Security Project’s annual conference was dedicated to Taiwan’s place in the evolving security environment of East Asia. The conference report, which includes policy recommendations for Taiwan and its partners, is available.
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 was held in September 2018 at Tsinghua University and focused 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.

News & Events

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Thu Sep 27
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Shadows on the Wall: Legislative Politics in Post-Reform Vietnam

Philippines Conference Room Encina Hall, 3rd Floor 616 Serra Street, Stanford, CA 94305
Thu Sep 27
4:15 PM - 6:00 PM


Philippines Conference Room Encina Hall, 3rd Floor 616 Serra Street, Stanford, CA 94305
Mon Oct 1
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Gangsters and Masters: Criminality and Politics in Malaysia

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

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