Frequently Asked Questions

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We hope to be able to answer all your questions and concerns. These are some of the most common questions that ICAS get.

For any other questions that are not covered by this list, feel free to contact us at [email protected]!

ICAS is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization and relies also on charitable donations from people like you to fulfill our vision. You can find out how to support ICAS here.

The Institute for China-America Studies is an independent, nonprofit think tank primarily funded by the Hainan Freeport Research Foundation in China. Other sources of funding for ICAS include input from our partner institutions led by our advisory board members in the form of joint research and cosponsoring academic events, research grants and independent contributions through our Support Us page.

ICAS is located in Dupont Circle in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C.  and neighbors many prominent U.S. think tanks, world-class universities, and U.S. federal departments and agencies.

ICAS has a small, tight-knit team of regional experts, administrative personnel and interns in its Washington, D.C. office. ICAS is overseen by an Advisory Board and also features a number of non-resident fellows who live and work outside the Washington, D.C. area.

Based in the heart of Washington, D.C., ICAS is uniquely situated to facilitate the exchange of ideas and people between China and the United States. ICAS achieves this through research and partnerships with institutions and scholars in both countries, in order to provide a window into their respective worldviews. Find out more about Our Values and Our Vision here.

ICAS focuses on key issue areas in the U.S.-China relationship that are in need of greater mutual understanding. Topics and Regions of focus include: maritime security, economics, trade, technology, strategic stability, international relations in the Asia-Pacific and Arctic regions, as well as global governance challenges.

ICAS primarily produces two kinds of research products:

Written research projects of various size

  • The content of ICAS written research products covers both big, topical issues (Policy Reports; Issue Briefs; Books and Journals) and timely, hot button issues (Issue Briefs; Bulletins; Commentaries and Analyses).

Maritime Issue Trackers

  • ICAS has currently produced Maritime Issue Trackers for three regions (East China Sea, South China Sea, and The Arctic) that focus on issues related to security, the environment, and territorial claims, among others.

Anyone is welcome to subscribe to the ICAS Bulletin and other research free of charge by filling out the subscription form at the bottom of the ICAS website or by emailing [email protected].

Internship opportunities are offered on an as-needed basis throughout the year and for various lengths of time. ICAS typically has 3-4 interns in office at any given point of time, possessing a variety of academic and policy research capabilities and technical skills. ICAS welcomes both current college students and recent graduates to apply for internships and offers to work with the selected candidates to set out an ideal work schedule.

Read more about the ICAS internship program here.