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The Asia Pacific Bulletin, produced by the East-West Center in Washington, publishes summaries of Congressional Study Groups, conferences, seminars, and visitor roundtables, as well as short articles and opinion pieces. APB summaries are always two pages or less, designed for the busy professional or policymaker to capture the essence of dialogue and debate on issues of concern in US-Asia relations.

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    Techno-geopolitics and US support for India’s quantum ambition
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2023-11-09) Shekhar, Vibhanshu ; East-West Center Washington ; American University
    Dr. Vibhanshu Shekhar, Adjunct Professor at American University, explains that the United States is "betting big on India’s long-term technological prospects and its pivotal role in Indo-Pacific geopolitics..." and "[o]ne of the key elements of the all-encompassing US-India Technology Partnership is American support for India’s ambition in quantum technology"
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    Sri Lanka : US Indo-Pacific strategy at one year
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2023-05-21) Jayasuriya, Ranga ; East-West Center Washington
    Dr. Ranga Jayasuriya, Sri Lankan journalist for the Daily Mirror and Fellow of the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii, explains that "Under the West-leaning new president, the state is poised to be a more cooperative partner in America's Indo-Pacific strategy, though not necessarily in an explicit understanding of checking China's rise."
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    US trade policy options for Pacific Islands states require Washington’s political commitment
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2023-07-19) Noland, Marcus ; East-West Center ; Peterson Institute for International Economics
    Marcus Noland, Executive Vice President and Director of Studies at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and East-West Center Non-Resident Senior Fellow, explores avenues for more substantive US economic engagement with Pacific Island states.
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    Sustaining congressional engagement with Southeast Asia
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2023-06-29) Ashida, Erik ; East-West Center Washington
    Erik Ashida, a former staffer for the US House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations, and Global Corporate Social Impact, explains that Congress plays a vital role in sustaining long-term US foreign policy commitments to Southeast Asia via supporting executive initiatives, making symbolic gestures, and advancing its own policy agenda.
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    What the Compact Impact Fairness Act means for compact host governments and migrants
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2023-06-26) Paule, Angelo ; Weiker, Alec ; East-West Center Washington
    Angelo Paule and Alec Weiker, explain that while citizens from the three COFA countries—Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands—can live and work visa-free in the United States, COFA migrants’ special “non-immigrant” status has complicated their access to federal benefits.
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    Progress on women’s economic empowerment in Mongolia
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2023-06-14) Altankhundaga, Tsolmontuya ; East-West Center Washington
    Ms. Tsolmontuya Altankhundaga, Project Manager of The Asia Foundation Mongolia's women's economic empowerment programs, explains that "In Mongolia, significant strides have been made in advancing the status of women in various sectors of the economy as well as in government and civil society more broadly."
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    Resource management in Mongolia : missed opportunities and future prospects
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2023-06-14) Pomfret, Richard ; East-West Center Washington ; Johns Hopkins University ; University of Adelaide
    Dr. Richard Pomfret, Senior Adjunct Professor in International Economics at the Johns Hopkins University and Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Adelaide, explains that while Mongolia is successfully balancing the influences of Russia and China, "the country has been less successful in exploiting its mineral resources and its location in the Eurasian transport network."
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    How the Ulaanbaatar Dialogue on Northeast Asian Security serves as a conflict resolution platform
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2023-06-14) Lkhaajav, Bolor ; East-West Center Washington
    Ms. Bolor Lkhaajav, Researcher specializing in Mongolia and Northeast Asia at The Diplomat and Founder of MONUS.Ed mentorship program, explains that "Mongolia’s geostrategic position, coupled with its democratic institutions and non-nuclear-weapons (NNW), status makes Ulaanbaatar a stable actor uniquely positioned to advance regional conflict resolution mechanisms."
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    US-Mongolia relations : standing strong as third neighbors
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2023-06-14) Klecheski, Michael ; East-West Center Washington
    Michael Klecheski, a retired US Department of State Foreign Service Officer who previously served as the US Ambassador to Mongolia, explains that "the current strength of US-Mongolia ties is of prime importance" as "growing Sino-Russian rapprochement raises new concerns about Mongolia’s ability to continue its balancing role with those two countries."
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    A Mongolian perspective of the US Indo-Pacific strategy
    (Washington, DC : East-West Center, 2023-06-14) Nyamtseren, Tsogtgerel ; Jargalsaikhan, Mendee ; East-West Center Washington ; Institute for Strategic Studies of Mongolia
    Mr. Tsogtgerel Nyamtseren & Dr. Mendee Jargalsaikhan, respectively a Research Fellow and the Dean of Research at the Institute for Strategic Studies of Mongolia, explore the questions of "why Mongolia’s importance has waned in the overall Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) strategies and if there is any room for Mongolia to collaborate with FOIP countries."

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