News Release

Mireya Solís appointed director of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies

Monday, July 2, 2018

Washington, D.C. – The Brookings Institution today announced the appointment of Mireya Solís as director of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies (CEAP). In this role, Solís will oversee Brookings’s cutting edge work on the challenges facing U.S. foreign policy in East Asia – covering the Korean peninsula, Japan, Taiwan, South East Asia and ASEAN.

Solís, a Senior Fellow and the Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies at Brookings, joined Richard Bush as co-director of CEAP last year. A leading expert in Japan’s foreign economic policies, Solís is the author of the recent book “Dilemmas of a Trading Nation: Japan and the United States in the Evolving Asia-Pacific Order,” which was awarded the 2018 Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize. She joined Brookings in August 2012 after teaching at American University for nine years. The outgoing director, Richard Bush, returns to full-time research and scholarship in CEAP, where he will focus on China’s relations with its neighbors, particularly Taiwan.

“I am delighted that Mireya is assuming the directorship of CEAP,” said Brookings Vice President for Foreign Policy Bruce Jones. “In addition to her world-class scholarship and insight on East Asian trade and the international political economy more broadly, Mireya’s proven leadership will be instrumental in advancing CEAP’s work, building on the outstanding foundation established by Richard Bush.”

Under the direction of Bush since 2002, CEAP hosted a successful visiting fellows program for over a decade and added four Chairs to the Foreign Policy program at Brookings: the Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies, the Chen-Fu and Cecilia Yen Koo Chair in Taiwan Studies, the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies, and the Lee Kuan Yew Chair in Southeast Asia Studies.

Established in 1998, the Center conducts research, analysis, and exchange to enhance policy development and understanding on the pressing political, security, and economic issues facing East Asia and the United States in the region. With Solís as director, CEAP will continue to frame key debates and offer recommendations for U.S. and allies’ policies in the region.

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