Chatham House: Independent thinking on international affairs

About the Asia Programme

The Asia Programme at Chatham House undertakes original research, in partnership with institutions and specialists in the region, on the key political, economic and security issues affecting Asia. The work is interdisciplinary, has a strong policy focus and aims to stimulate understanding of the issues raised by the rise of Asia. Through its convening power and range of prestigious speakers, the programme addresses some of the most fundamental questions facing Asia and the world today.

Current Research and Analysis

Global India

Through its growing influence on regional and global affairs, India has the potential to make a huge impact on development outcomes beyond its borders. Our research focuses on how the West could work more effectively with India on a range of developmental and political issues.

China's Engagement with the World

Our detailed research on China explores domestic political and economic developments including the expansion of the non-state sector, one of the main sources of growth in the Chinese economy. It also analyses how the Chinese government and people view the West, in particular Europe.

Security in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Our work on Afghanistan and Pakistan examines the current conflict and the issue of radicalization in both countries. Political instability in Pakistan, and the policies of the West towards that country, remains one of our key research interests.

Power Shifts - within Asia and beyond

The programme explores how the resurgence of China and India will affect intra-Asian dynamics. What impact will this have both globally and in their neighbourhood, in particular on Burma and Nepal? Our work has also focussed on border and boundary disputes in Asia. The map below reflects current borders as they stand.

We hold regular meetings assessing developments on the Korean peninsula, as well as in Indonesia and Japan. In addition to meetings and research, programme staff frequently hold direct discussions with Western and regional policy-makers on how the West can engage more effectively with the countries of Asia.

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Regional Coverage

Our current research focus is on:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Burma
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Korean Peninsula
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Timor Leste


The work of the Asia Programme is principally supported by:

  • Chevron
  • DFID 
  • European Commission
  • Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
  • The Nippon Foundation
  • Olayan Group
  • Statoil 

The Asia Programme offers the opportunity to support leading independent research addressing the challenges facing Asia, involving senior government officials, business representatives, regional specialists and other experts.

The Asia Programme fundraises for 100% of its activities and costs, including salaries.


For more information on the Programme and any aspect of its work, please contact Rosheen Kabraji

Moore Wilson Digital Agency London