Countries & Regions

During the past several years, the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) has organized policy dialogues and working groups focused on finding solutions to pressing challenges for particular countries and subregions in Asia. As the foundation of ASPI’s ongoing work and problem-solving mandate, these efforts are driven by policymakers and experts with deep knowledge of and experience working on the countries in question, resulting in pragmatic solutions that are well-received on the ground.

The Policy Institute divides its work into five subregions – East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, and West Asia. Some ASPI initiatives cover multiple subregions; for instance, ASPI’s work on building Asian security and trade architectures. However, other initiatives may span just one subregion, a few countries, or even a single country, as is the case with ASPI’s projects focused on Myanmar.

While ASPI is active in all of these subregions and is engaged with countries across the wider Asia-Pacific, it does have larger bodies of work on a few particular countries. These are also highlighted below through discrete country pages.


  • ASPI’s work on East Asia focuses on enhancing cooperation and dialogue within the region and between its countries and the United States.
  • ASPI’s Southeast Asia work focuses on solution-oriented projects and reports, as well as shares insights about the region through public events and expert commentary.
  • ASPI has organized study groups to assess South Asia’s political, economic, and social challenges and to develop policy recommendations for shifting the region toward peace and stability.
  • Following ASPI's project examining the crisis of governance in Central Asia, Asia Society has continued to provide a forum for dialogue about how the region can increase security, manage conflicts, and strengthen the rule of law.
  • ASPI furthers understanding of the region and its ties to the rest of Asia through policy initiatives, public events, and expert commentary.


ASPI's projects and analysis on China.
ASPI's projects and analysis on India.
ASPI's projects and analysis on Japan.
ASPI's projects and analysis on South Korea.
ASPI's projects and analysis on Iran.
ASPI's projects and analysis on Myanmar.
ASPI's projects and analysis on North Korea.
ASPI's projects and analysis on Pakistan.
ASPI's projects and analysis on Afghanistan.

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