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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 2016 Philippine Elections: Local Power as National Authority
by Patricio N. Abinales
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 344 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, May 31, 2016)
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Patricio N. Abinales, professor in the School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa, explains that "That phrase ["all politics is local"] could very well explain part of why 39% of voters chose Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte as the 16th President of the Republic."

Beyond Shared Interests: The US and the Evolution of Indian Military Strategy
by Arzan Tarapore
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 343 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, May 19, 2016)
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Arzan Tarapore, Asia Studies Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that "While shared interests between the US and India are real -- and while they have driven some marginal evolution of Indian military posture and doctrine -- they have not prompted an alignment of US and Indian military strategies." 

Free Trade and the Future of Japan's Agricultural Policy
by Kunio Nishikawa
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 342 (Washington, DC: East-West Center, May 5, 2016)
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Kunio Nishikawa, associate professor in the College of Agriculture at Ibaraki University, explains that "Japan's agriculture cannot be isolated from the tide of free trade. Japanese farmers will have to continue engaging in further structural adjustments."

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Asia Reacts
The Asia Matters for America initiative of the East-West Center has launched a new online resource, Asia Reacts, which will track Asia's reactions to important developments in US-Asia relations during and after the 2016 US presidential election. The new resource collects news coverage, op-eds, political cartoons, video, and analysis from English-language newspapers, think tanks, and government agencies.
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