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.


  • Northeast Asia ASPI Page
    ASPI’s work on East Asia focuses on enhancing cooperation and dialogue within the region and between its countries and the United States.
  • Ngo Mon Gate. Hue, Vietnam
    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.
  • Pakistani students sit on top of an overloaded mini bus.
    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.
  • Kyrgyz women cast their votes at a polling station in October 2010.
    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.
  • Doha - Katara Beach
    ASPI furthers understanding of the region and its ties to the rest of Asia through policy initiatives, public events, and expert commentary.


Soldiers dressed as ushers hold umbrellas at the Great Hall of the People
ASPI's projects and analysis on China.
Gateway of India
ASPI's projects and analysis on India.
Hōzōmon, Tokyo
ASPI's projects and analysis on Japan.
Lotus Lanterns at Jogyesa
ASPI's projects and analysis on South Korea.
Iran Thumbnail - Tobi Gaulke
ASPI's projects and analysis on Iran.
Rush-hour traffic moves near the Sule Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. (Paula Bronstei
ASPI's projects and analysis on Myanmar.
North Korea Military Parade
ASPI's projects and analysis on North Korea.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
ASPI's projects and analysis on Pakistan.
ASPI Afghanistan thumbnail
ASPI's projects and analysis on Afghanistan.

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