Covering every corner and aspect of the world's most populous continent, CSIS has an Asia team befitting of an Asian century. Explore the Asia Program.


  • Multiple programs and scholars focus on Afghanistan, especially the role of the United States and the international community there.

  • Providing a sustained, high-level policy focus on Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Island Countries.

  • The Freeman Chair in China Studies, the China Power Project and other CSIS programs analyze the world’s most populous country.

  • Led by the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies, CSIS has a number of resources dedicated to analyzing the many facets of the world’s most populous democracy.

  • The Japan Chair studies the political, economic, and security issues related to Japan and its place within Asia and the world.

  • The Korea Chair leads CSIS's work to advance major policy issues related to Korea at critical time in the U.S.-ROK alliance.

  • Many programs at CSIS study this critically important nation.

  • CSIS has unparalleled expertise in Southeast Asia, anchored by the Chair for Southeast Asia Studies—the premier forum for a high-level policy dialogue focusing on Southeast Asia and U.S. interests in the region—and its chair holder Ernest Z. Bower.

Studying Asia