Policy Outreach

Guiding 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.

Participants working collaboratively during a workshop on the future of ASEAN

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.

Select Policy Research and Outreach

People walking at night in Myeongdong district of Seoul, South Korea

Advancing Diversity and Transnationalism in South Korea

APARC and Korea Program Director Gi-Wook Shin suggests a new social discourse and policy framework that reflects the varied complexities of Korea’s increasingly diverse migrants and that cultivates social capital for skilled foreigners, charting a course forward for a nation that is staring into a demographic abyss.
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

Asia Health Policy Program Director and APARC Deputy Director Karen Eggleston spearheads international studies that provide evidence for policies to improve quality, affordable chronic disease care, focusing on hypertension control in China and on precision health in managing cancer patients in Taiwan.
Female attendees during a discussion at a Japan Program conference on gender equity

Working Toward Gender Equity in Japan and Silicon Valley

The Japan Program gathered women thought leaders and entrepreneurs from Stanford, Silicon Valley, and Japan to discuss strategies for narrowing the gender gap and cultivate support networks across the Pacific. A report summarizing the conference analysis and policy recommendation is available.