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Washington Report is a bimonthly newsletter that provides an "inside-the-Beltway" perspective on developments in U.S.-Asia Pacific relations. The centerpiece of the report is an interview with a leading authority on an economic, political, and/or strategic issues of importance to transpacific relations. Periodically, a special supplement is published that provides in-depth analysis of a topic covered in the newsletter.

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    Washington Report, 2011-9
    (Washington, D.C.: East-West Center , U.S. Asia Pacific Council, 2011-09) U.S. Asia Pacific Council ; Wanner, Barbara ; Stokes, Bruce
    This issue features an interview with Mr. Bruce Stokes, Senior Transatlantic Fellow for Economics at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. A long-time and highly respected commentator on US trade policy and American politics, Mr. Stokes explores the issues that have curtailed expeditious consideration of the Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) as well as the growing tensions between Washington's jobs creation and trade policy agendas
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    Washington Report, 2011-7 (Special Report: Asia-Pacific perspectives on the future of the World Trade System)
    (Washington, D.C.: East-West Center, U.S. Asia Pacific Council, 2011-07) U.S. Asia Pacific Council ; Emerson, Craig ; Groser, Tim ; Pangestu, Mari ; Bergsten, Fred ; Morrison, Charles
    Special Report: Asia-Pacific perspectives on the future of the World Trade System. The US Asia Pacific Council’s 8th Annual Washington Conference on May 23 featured an elite panel discussion, composed of trade ministers from leading Asia-Pacific nations and a highly respected US economist. The speakers explored developments in regional and global trade and considered issues that will challenge efforts to realize a more liberal trading order. The panelists included: Hon. Dr. Craig Emerson, MP, Minister of Trade, Australia; Hon. Tim Groser, MP, Minister of Trade, New Zealand; Hon. Dr. Mari Pangestu, Minister of Trade, Indonesia; and Dr. C. Fred Bergsten, Director, Peterson Institute for International Economics. They explored developments in regional and global trade and considered issues that will challenge efforts to realize a more liberal trading order in Asia. Dr. Charles E. Morrison, President, East-West Center, moderated the panel.
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    Washington Report, 2011-5
    (Washington, D.C.: East-West Center, U.S. Asia Pacific Council, 2011-05) U.S. Asia Pacific Council ; Smith, Sheila A.
    It has been one month since the earthquake and tsunami hit the Tohoku region of Japan on March 11, which has caused the gravest crisis this country has faced since World War II. The sheer magnitude of this natural disaster would challenge the governing capacity of most any nation. How is the government of Prime Minister Naoto Kan faring? Dr. Sheila A. Smith of the Council on Foreign Relations compares the response of the Kan government to the response of the government in 1995 to the Kobe earthquake. In human costs, the Tohoku earthquake was far more destructive than the Kobe quake. The tsunami defined this tragedy differently because the human toll of nearly 30,000 people confirmed dead or missing in comparison to only three people missing in Kobe. The most challenging aspect of this catastrophe has been management of the nuclear crisis. We should have been more sensitive to how our public discussion might undermine our ally's ability to manage a serious public safety issue. The generally positive reaction in Japan to the US military's "Operation Tomodachi" appears to have further strengthened the foundation of the bilateral security relationship, despite tensions in recent years related to the relocation of US bases on Okinawa. Operation Tomodachi enabled an interesting marriage of both the global experience of Japan's Self-Defense Forces (SDF) and the long-standing contingency planning of the US military and the SDF. There might be greater tension between Japan's national and local governments, which could undermine their ability to integrate capacities as part of post-crisis response and recovery. The localities that are devastated have completely lost their governing capacities--literally, the people who populated the local governments are gone as well as the fiscal infrastructure, the support system, the communications systems. In these small municipalities along the hard-hit coastal areas there effectively is no local government. The prefectural governments have had to assume the primary role in crisis management. Japanese governors are talking about sharing responsibility and being adequately prepared to deal with crises.
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    Washington Report, 2011-3
    (Washington, D.C.: East-West Center, U.S. Asia Pacific Council, 2011-03) U.S. Asia Pacific Council ; Flake, G. Gordon
    On March 1, 2011, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing to examine ways to break North Korea’s cycle of provocative behavior and end its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities. Committee Chairman John Kerry (D., Massachusetts) strongly advocated a new approach, featuring US bilateral outreach to Pyongyang. L. Gordon Flake, Executive Director of The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, disagreed. As he elaborates in the following brief interview, Mr. Flake testified that Washington must continue to work closely with regional allies and insist that, before resuming meaningful discussions, Pyongyang must take steps to comply with its denuclearization commitments under the Six-Party framework. In excerpts of his testimony that follow, Mr. Flake further proposed that a solution to breaking Pyongyang’s destructive cycle of behavior lies in understanding its root causes, such as internal developments and trends in North-South relations.
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    Washington Report, 2011-1
    (Washington, D.C.: East-West Center, U.S. Asia Pacific Council, 2011-01) U.S. Asia Pacific Council ; Lincoln, Edward
    When Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan visits Washington, D.C. in a few months, the spotlight likely will shine on the anticipated roll-out of a new “vision” for the U.S.-Japan security relationship. But as Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara pointed out during a brief visit to Washington in early January, the continued evolution of the bilateral alliance also will depend on robust economic relations. Prof. Edward Lincoln of New York University considers domestic and regional developments that may challenge some of Tokyo’s economic aspirations.
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