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Mireya Solís joins Richard Bush in co-directing the Center for East Asia Policy Studies

July 12, 2017

Washington, D.C. — Senior Fellow and Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies Mireya Solís has joined Richard Bush, Senior Fellow and Chen-Fu and Cecilia Yen Koo Chair in Taiwan Studies, as co-director of the Brookings Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies (CEAP).

“I am pleased to have Mireya join Richard—who has managed CEAP superbly for the past 15 years—as co-director of CEAP,” said Brookings President Strobe Talbott. “The expertise, insight, and professionalism that Mireya brings to this position will be an outstanding complement to Richard’s proven leadership.”

Solís joined Brookings in August 2012 after teaching at American University for nine years. An expert in Japan’s foreign economic policies, Solís is the author of the recently published book “Dilemmas of a Trading Nation: Japan and the United States in the Evolving Asia-Pacific Order.”

Following a decades-long career in the intelligence community, and after serving as chairman and managing director of the American Institute in Taiwan, Bush joined Brookings in 2002. He is the author of numerous books and articles on China’s relations with its neighbors, particularly Taiwan, including his most recent book, “Hong Kong in the Shadow of China: Living with the Leviathan.”

“I am delighted that Mireya is willing to take on a new set of management responsibilities as co-director of the Center. Working together, I am certain that CEAP’s mission—to further policy development and understanding on pressing political, security, and economic issues facing East Asia and the United States—will be significantly enhanced,” Bush said.

“Under Richard’s leadership CEAP has made a vibrant contribution to U.S.-Asia relations, and I am honored to work with him in advancing the work of CEAP,” Solís added.

As co-directors, Bush and Solís bring deep expertise and experience to bear as the United States weighs policy options during a time of considerable turbulence and shifting geopolitics in the region. With countries in Asia positioning themselves to cooperate with China in some arenas and to compete in others; new trade dynamics, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, facing stark challenges; democratic erosion in some countries; and a possible U.S. retrenchment; the need for fact-based, policy-relevant research on regional security issues, as well as strategic and trade policy, has never been greater. Under the co-directorship of Solís and Bush, the Brookings Center for East Asia Policy Studies will continue to frame key debates and offer recommendations for U.S. policy toward China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, the Korean Peninsula, and Southeast Asia.

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