US-Asia Relations Fellowship Program

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.

2018 Fellow Spotlight

Professor Niu Jun of Peking UniversityNiu Jun

The first HKS US-Asia Relations Fellow in 2018, Professor Niu is one of China’s leading experts on US-China relations, having served as head of the center for the study of US Foreign Affairs at the Institute of American Studies in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences from 1990 to 2000. Since 2000 Professor Niu has served as Professor in the Department of Diplomacy at the School of International Studies at PKU. He is also one of China’s most well-known public commentators on Sino-American relations and has been a key adviser on a number of important issues regarding the relationship.