The US-Asia Relations Fellowship Program, housed at the Ash Center and directed by S.T. Lee Professor of US-Asia Relations Arne Westad, aims to increase the interaction between HKS scholars and opinion leaders in Asia on matters that are crucial to define what the world will be like in 10 or 20 years from now.
Over the past half generation, it has become clear that many of the decisions that will affect our common future will be made in Asia. This is not just true for economic and business issues. Increasingly, it is also true for decisions that affect global interests in terms of security, health, migration, democratization, and the environment. This initiative not only seeks concentrate on fields of academic investigation but also to engage leaders in other walks of life: politicians, business leaders, public officials, activists, writers, and members of the cultural arts community. We hope to engage with individuals who will have a direct and specific influence on key decisions that will be made in the leading countries in Asia.