Worldwide Locations

Worldwide Locations

Country Profiles

Country profiles provide a quick guide to the history, politics and economic background of Asian and Asia-Pacific countries. To read, select a country below or from the left navigation menu.
Iran's location and energy resources make it a vital player in regional affairs.
The island nation Japan has the world's second biggest economy.
Kazakhstan is the richest and stablest of the Central Asian nation states.
Kiribati, formally known as the Gilbert Islands, is comprised of 33 atolls.
Kyrgyzstan is a mountainous nation home to many ethnic groups.
One of few communist states remaining, Laos is a poor East Asian nation.
One of Asia's most vibrant economies, Malaysia consists of two regions.
The Maldives consists of about 1,200 mostly uninhabited islands.
The Marshall Islands are made up of two coral atoll chains and many islets.
Once a communist state, Mongolia has since made political reforms.
Myanmar is ruled by an all-powerful military junta that quashes dissent.
The world's smallest republic, Nauru faces financial problems.
One of the poorest nations, Nepal struggled with insurgency for a decade.
Tensions between New Caledonian natives and the French led to violence.
A wealthy Pacific nation, New Zealand is actively involved in the region.
Communist North Korea's nuclear ambitions led to tensions with the west.