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.
Communist North Korea's nuclear ambitions led to tensions with the west.
The Northern Mariana Islands make up 14 islands in the northwest Pacific.
Military coups and regional conflicts have shaped Pakistan's recent history.
Palau consists of a barrier reef and more than 200 coral and volcanic islands.
Most of Papua New Guinea's linguistically diverse people are rural.
The Philippines is threatened by militant groups and a large debt.
The British territory Pitcairn is an island home to less than 50 people.
Singapore's services and strong trade links make it an economic giant.
Ethnic conflicts and civil war nearly bankrupted the Solomon Islands.
Relations with its northern counterpart concern the wealthy South Korea.
Consumed by ethnic conflict for 25 years, Sri Lanka is peaceful at last.
Though isolated by Chinese policies, the island Taiwan has a booming economy.
Tajikistan, a poor nation, grappled with civil war soon after independence.
Numerous coups and a declining economy are two issues Thailand faces.
Tonga, the last Polynesian monarchy, consists of more than 170 islands.
Unable to profit from its resources, authoritarian- led Turkmenistan is poor.