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.

CSIS's Asia portfolio includes six endowed chairs — the Freeman Chair in China Studies, the Japan Chair, the Korea Chair, the Simon Chair in Political Economy, the Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies, and the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies — along with the Pacific Forum and the Asia Division of the International Security Program.


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

  • 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.

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

  • CSIS has extensive expertise in the Southeast Asia region, anchored by the Chair for Southeast Asia Studies and its chair holder Ernest Z. Bower.

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