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 Southeast Asia Program, and the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies — along with the Pacific Forum.


  • 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 Southeast Asia Program—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