Panelists at the 2016 Sejong Institute—Stanford APARC symposium on U.S. East Asian policy and the Korean Peninsula seated at a table in a conference room.

Policy Research and Outreach

Informing decision makers on topical issues pertinent to Asia and strengthening U.S.-Asia relations

A brain trust on Asia-Pacific issues

Shorenstein APARC helps deepen U.S.-Asia dialogue and improve policy responses to the challenges facing Asian nations and U.S.-Asia relations by providing Asia-Pacific-focused evidence, analysis, and thought leadership, and by creating opportunities for constructive interaction between U.S. leaders and their Asian counterparts.

Bridging Asia Research and Policy

What can be done to promote inter-Korean sustainable engagement? What are the sources of instability and conflict in highly centralized authoritarian regimes? How will precision health and population aging shape the future well-being of Asia’s societies? What do new technologies mean for the future of work in East Asia, and how can we promote entrepreneurship and innovation in the region?
 
At Shorenstein APARC, we promote academic as well as policy-relevant research and our scholars often draw policy implications from their findings. While we are not a think tank, policy outreach is core to our mission and we see it as our responsibility to actively engage decision makers and to bring Asia-Pacific scholarship to bear on policy debates and agendas. Located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and drawing on the strengths of our Stanford base, the Center is a natural bridge between Asia research and policy on wide-ranging issues, including demographic change, education, entrepreneurship, innovation, political economy, political violence, and regional security.
 
Our goals are to provide nuanced context to stakeholders who shape Asia-focused policy and practice on these topics and to deepen understanding and cooperation between the United States and Asian nations. To meet these goals, we focus on the following activities:
 
Asia Health Policy Program Director Karen Eggleston speaking with two researchers at the Zhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, China.

International Research Collaborations and Policy Recommendations

We lead joint research initiatives with Asia experts from around the world and with Asian scholars and practitioners. We also offer policy recommendations and conduct policy evaluations that we publish in expert briefs and reports.

Karl Eikenberry, Colleen Hanabusa, and Donald Emmerson at the 2017 ASEAN @ 50 workshop.

Track 1.5 Dialogues

We convene American and Asian academics, government and military officials, and foreign policy, defense, and security specialists at Track 1.5 workshops and other forums where they discuss candidly issues of vital national and regional interest.

China Program and SCPKU Director Jean Oi in conversation with two attendees at the 2017 Lee Shau Kee World Leaders Forum.

Forums for Leaders across Policy and Practice

We gather world leaders from government, the private sector, and civil society to address complex problems facing Asian nations. These forums are designed to raise public understanding of the issues at stake and to generate and improve real-world action.

Recent APARC Policy Outreach and Research

Soviet-era Russian submarine foundered in shallow water

Explaining the Transformation of American Foreign Policy

Thomas Fingar elucidates the factors that erode the pillars of American foreign policy stability and highlights particular implications for Asia. He argues that the U.S. Asia-Pacific strategy will be shaped by the initiatives and responses of regional states as much as by the preferences of American voters and policymakers.
U.S. Navy Fleet Formation

Strengthening the U.S-Japan Security Alliance

The U.S.-Japan Security and Defense Dialogue Series, led by APARC’s U.S.-Asia Security Initiative, provides a forum for the United States and Japan to address evolving tensions in the Indo-Pacific area and explore ways to achieve their shared goal of maintaining peace and prosperity in the region.
Two attendees at the 2017 ASEAN @ 50 workshop in conversation.

Tackling Pressing Problems in Southeast Asia

Our Southeast Asia Program and U.S.-Asia Security Initiative launched the Australia-Singapore-U.S. Policy Trialogue on Southeast Asia with a workshop that produced a report detailing specific policy recommendations to help ASEAN member states strengthen their responses to regional challenges.

Man on bike in front of shop windows in Japan

Evaluating Abe’s Policies and Their Implications

Takeo Hoshi and the Japan Program are conducting a multi-year policy evaluation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bold vision for Japan. They assess the efficacy of Abe’s political economy, its effects on longstanding debates about Japanese politics, its implications for Japan’s foreign policy, and its impacts in the international arena.
Closeup on a college student writing at a desk.

Identifying Policies to Help Address Brain Drain

The migration of highly-skilled professionals from their home countries poses pressing challenges for less-developed countries. Drawing on empirical cases from the Asia-Pacific, Gi-Wook Shin makes policy recommendations for what less-developed countries can do to stay competitive in the war for global talent.
Asia Health Policy Program Director Karen Eggleston visiting Zhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, China.

Empowering Health Systems to Better Control Chronic Disease

Karen Eggleston and the Asia Health Policy Program are leading an international collaborative study that provides evidence for policies to improve access to quality, affordable care for chronic disease patients. They research “value for money” in chronic disease management and assess productivity in health care through the lens of diabetes.

Participants at the Korea U.S. West Coast Strategic Forum 2017

Supporting and Adapting the U.S.-ROK Alliance

The seventeenth Korea-U.S. West Coast Strategic Forum, co-organized by our Korea Program, convened South Korean and American policymakers, scholars, and regional experts to deliberate new challenges in Northeast Asia, including the evolving situation on the Korean Peninsula and U.S.-China power struggle. The Forum’s policy reports are available.
Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai

Advancing Solutions to China’s Urbanization Challenges

Jointly with China’s National Development and Reform Commission, APARC's China Program and Asia Health Policy Program explored the policy implications of China’s urbanization experience and produced a book that outlines solutions to the complex challenges facing Chinese cities in areas ranging from property rights and affordable housing to food security and the environment.
White House at Dusk

Offering Policy Recommendations to the Trump Administration

Following the commencement of the Trump administration, APARC scholars produced a report, President Trump’s Asia Inbox, detailing critical Asia-related issues facing the new administration amid China’s military buildup and North Korea’s nuclear aims, and suggesting steps to reduce uncertainty in the region and achieve American economic and security interests.

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