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The Asia Pacific Bulletin (APB) is produced by the East-West Center in Washington. 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. The views expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the East-West Center. For more information on the series, including submission guidelines, visit

New Publications

The Rise of Defense Diplomacy in the South China Sea
by Jacqueline Espenilla
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 349 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, June 28, 2016)
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Jacqueline Espenilla, Non-Resident WSD-Handa Fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS, explains that "Countries like the Philippines and Vietnam are shrewdly using the power of defense diplomacy to link their navies and military to strategically interested countries, thereby getting tacit support for positions that conform to shared values [regarding] internationally acceptable behavior."

A Hawai'i Venue and an Arctic Model for a Pacific Climate Resiliency Agreement
by Anukriti Hittle
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 348 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, June 15, 2016)
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Anukriti Hittle, Visiting Scholar at the East-West Center, explains that "[On the pending Pacific Region Climate Resiliency Agreement,] lessons can be taken from the Arctic Council, covering another vast and diverse area of the world, and applied to the Pacific region for countries to take concerted collective action." 

Nepal-China Connectivity and the Need for Regional Cooperation
by Anil Sigdel
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 347 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, June 9, 2016)
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Anil Sigdel, Director of the International Studies Program at the Advanced Research and Training Institute-Nepal, explains that "The growing connectivity of South Asia with China is inevitable. Growing Chinese involvement in Nepal signifies that it will be increasingly hard for India to micro-manage domestic politics in Nepal."

The Morning After: Australia, Japan, and the Submarine Deal that Wasn't
by Nick Bisley and H.D.P. Envall
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 346 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, June 7, 2016)
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Nick Bisley and H.D.P. Envall, Professor of International Relations at La Trobe University and Research Fellow at The Australian National University, respectively, explain that "For reasons largely of poor diplomatic management, however, the two parties [Australia and Japan] allowed their more aspirational hopes for a major strategic relationship to get ahead of the complex realities of the biggest defense acquisition in Australian history."

The Logic and Wisdom of Lifting the US Arms Embargo on Vietnam
by Lewis M. Stern
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 345 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, June 2, 2016)
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Lewis M. Stern, former Director for Southeast Asia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, explains that "This was not an attempt to buy Vietnamese cooperation in some anti-China crusade in reaction to Chinese aggressive behavior in the South China Sea but part of a broader effort to urge and encourage Vietnam to be a ... responsible example of rational modern governance."
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