US-Japan-Southeast Asia in a Dynamic Asia Fellows

East-West Center in Washington Launches New Fellowship on US-Japan-Southeast Asia Relations


The East-West Center in Washington, DC (EWCW) in collaboration with the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, has formally launched the first year of the U.S.–Japan—Southeast Asia Partnership in a Dynamic Asia fellowship. Generously funded by The Japan Foundation and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, this program provides analysts and scholars with an opportunity to conduct interviews, research, publish, and present work while in residence at EWCW and OSIPP.

The fellows selected for Year 1 of the fellowship (January 2019-March 2019) will be addressing proposals along the following theme: How should the United States, Japan, and Southeast Asia cooperate on trade, investment, and economic integration in Southeast Asia? In January, they traveled to Osaka, Hiroshima, and Tokyo in Japan to partake in programs with government experts, researchers, and workers in the private sector. During their time in Japan, the fellows met with professors at Osaka University; officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA); Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT); and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI); and representatives from the US Embassy in Tokyo and US consulate in Osaka.

The fellows also conducted personal research into their own topics, which will continue during their current residence at the EWCW from February to March. This year’s fellows include:

Mr. Darren Mangado, Teaching Associate, De La Salle University. Research topic: Economic Volatility and the Trilateral Relations of the U.S., Japan, and Southeast Asia.

Ms. Elyse Mark, Researcher, East-West Center in Washington. Research topic: Better Health Through Trilateral Cooperation: Levering the United States-Japan Partnership.

Ms. Kei Namba, PhD Candidate, Free University of Berlin. Research topic: U.S.-Japan-Southeast Asian Cities Cluster for Water and Environmental Development Partnerships.

Mr. Quang Huy Pham, Visiting Lecturer, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam. Research topic: Implications of the U.S.-Japan Alliance Upon the Performance of ADMM-Plus: A Vietnamese Perspective.

Ms. Kyoko Suzuki, Special Assistant for Trade Negotiations, Economic Partnership Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Research Topic: Reducing Non-Tariff Barriers through Economic Partnership Agreements: Possible Approaches for U.S.-Japan-ASEAN Cooperation.

Ms. Courtney Weatherby, Research Analyst, The Stimson Center. Research topic: The Indo-Pacific Economic Vision: Emerging Opportunities for U.S.-Japan Collaboration on Infrastructure Needs in Southeast Asia.

To learn more about the fellowship and notified when applications for the second year of the fellowship open up, email Mrs. Sarah Wang at

On January 30, 2019, the fellows visited Kamakura's Kotoku-in Great Buddha.