East Asia Forum (EAF) is a platform for analysis and research on politics, economics, business, law, security, international relations and society - with particular focus on public policy and the Asia Pacific region. It consists of an online publication and a quarterly magazine, East Asia Forum Quarterly, which aim to provide clear and original analysis from the leading minds in the region and beyond.
Based out of the Crawford School of Public Policy within the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific , EAF is a joint initiative of two academic research networks: the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research (EABER) and the South Asian Bureau of Economic Research (SABER).
EAF is an important vehicle for deeper engagement with Asia and the Pacific. The forum helps connect key policymakers, think tanks and academic institutions with timely and peer-reviewed research, and thinkers from across the region.
EAF serves as an incubator for academic rising stars among ANU staff, graduate and undergraduate students. A feature is the premium international employment experience for the University's best and brightest students. Students working as editors and assistants at EAF are mentored through a training program and supported in development of their own high quality analysis and ideas. They also help organise events in their field of interest, including roundtables, workshops and larger scale events, enabling them to build important career networks with leading thinkers in Asia and elsewhere.
Jake Read, EAF Student Fellow
With the support of donors, over 120 students have successfully completed assignments with EAF. During their time with EAF, they develop a deep-seated commitment to transparency and truth in the sharing of ideas and knowledge. They have gone on to work in Australian government departments, international agencies and top universities and think tanks around the world and continue to collaborate with EAF on articles and research. Importantly, they are helping to build values of integrity and truth at the frontlines of policymaking.
The EAF community
Readers of EAF are part of a community that includes the leading policymakers in our region. EAF articles are routinely included in the DFAT Secretary's reading pack, received by the US National Security Council and the Japanese and Australian Prime Ministers' Offices, among many others.
These individuals and institutions remain engaged because EAF invites analysis from a broad spectrum of thinkers, who are free to publish without interference, except for the rigorous review of peers.
EAF welcomes unsolicited submissions. Through this, the wider community can help participate in its mission to provide analytic and accessible articles for the benefit of the Asia Pacific.
Followers of EAF can find it on East Asia Forum, subscribe to the weekly digest or look out for the feature article in the Australian Financial Review.