Asia-Pacific

Chatham House research on the Asia-Pacific region explores the key political, economic and social developments. 

Covering the region from Afghanistan to Australia, the work focuses on geopolitics, governance, population and migration issues, technology and its impact on society, conflict dynamics and prospects for peace and promoting sustainable and inclusive growth and development.

Key project work includes the UK-Japan Global Seminar Series which examines how the UK and Japan are adapting to a changing world, and the EU-China 2025 project which focuses on the economic relationship between the EU and China over the coming decade.

A major programmatic focus of this work for Chatham House is carried out by the Asia-Pacific Programme and its projects.

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Korea-Europe Next Generation Policy Expert Network 2018-19

Supporters of Mahathir Mohamad in Kuala Lumpur on 10 May. Photo: Getty Images.
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After Surprising Election, How Much Will Malaysia Change?

The Colombo Port City infrastructure project in Sri Lanka, which has received Belt and Road-linked funding. Photo: Getty Images.
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How China Could Become a Global Leader in Sustainable Infrastructure

The Golden Bridge of the Silk Road sculpture built at Chang’an Street, Beijing, to celebrate National Day in 2016. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images.
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The Role of Investors in Promoting Sustainable Infrastructure Under the Belt and Road Initiative

The prime minister of Tonga, Samiuela 'Akilisi Pohiva, arrives at the Commonwealth Heads of Government summit in London in April. Photo: Getty Images.
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New Diplomatic Posts Could Give UK a Fresh Path to Influence

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China’s Economic Challenges and Reform in the Xi Era

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China's clear and present conundrum on the Korean peninsula: stuck between the past and the future

International Affairs

What authoritarianism is... and is not: a practice perspective

International Affairs

The geography and geopolitics of the renminbi: a regional key currency in Asia

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The innovation imperative: technology and US–China rivalry in the twenty-first century

International Affairs

China challenges global governance? The case of Chinese international development finance and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Women's peace group rally in Imjingak peace park in Paju, near the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images.
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Summit Showcases the Diplomatic Agility of Both Korean Leaders

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Taiwan in a Changing Region

A Chinese coast guard vessel sails near an oil drilling rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea in 2014. Photo: Getty Images.
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China’s Intimidation Exposes Vietnam’s Lack of Deterrence

The inauguration of a frigate built by Russia for the Vietnamese navy. Photo: Getty Images.
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Japan Should Moderate Reaction to Russia’s Move in the South China Sea

Donald Trump talks to opera performers at the Forbidden City during a visit to Beijing in November 2017. Photo: Getty Images.
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Tariff Dispute is Just One Tussle in Longer US–China Struggle

Narendra Modi visits the Terracotta Warriors exhibition on a visit to China in 2015. Photo: Getty Images.
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Internal Challenges Will Shape the Global Roles of India and China

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The Challenge of Innovation in an Era of Populism and Economic Nationalism

India's delegation enters for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Photo: Getty Images.
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India Will Be Integral to the Commonwealth’s Future

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What Next for China? President Xi Jinping’s Indefinite Rule

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Supporters of Mahathir Mohamad in Kuala Lumpur on 10 May. Photo: Getty Images.
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After Surprising Election, How Much Will Malaysia Change?

The Colombo Port City infrastructure project in Sri Lanka, which has received Belt and Road-linked funding. Photo: Getty Images.
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How China Could Become a Global Leader in Sustainable Infrastructure

The prime minister of Tonga, Samiuela 'Akilisi Pohiva, arrives at the Commonwealth Heads of Government summit in London in April. Photo: Getty Images.
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New Diplomatic Posts Could Give UK a Fresh Path to Influence

Women's peace group rally in Imjingak peace park in Paju, near the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images.
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Summit Showcases the Diplomatic Agility of Both Korean Leaders

The inauguration of a frigate built by Russia for the Vietnamese navy. Photo: Getty Images.
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Japan Should Moderate Reaction to Russia’s Move in the South China Sea

A Chinese coast guard vessel sails near an oil drilling rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea in 2014. Photo: Getty Images.
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China’s Intimidation Exposes Vietnam’s Lack of Deterrence

Donald Trump talks to opera performers at the Forbidden City during a visit to Beijing in November 2017. Photo: Getty Images.
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Tariff Dispute is Just One Tussle in Longer US–China Struggle

Narendra Modi visits the Terracotta Warriors exhibition on a visit to China in 2015. Photo: Getty Images.
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Internal Challenges Will Shape the Global Roles of India and China

India's delegation enters for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Photo: Getty Images.
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India Will Be Integral to the Commonwealth’s Future

Indonesian PM Joko Widodo. Photo: Getty Images.
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Recommitting to International Criminal Justice and Human Rights in Indonesia

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Belt and Road Forum in Yanqi Lake in May 2017. Photo: Getty Images.
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Belt and Road Is Not a (Completely) Closed Shop

Shinzo Abe arrives in parliament on 14 March. Photo: Getty Images.
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North Korea and a School Scandal Heap Pressure on Japan's Prime Minister

Participants at an AI event in Bangalore. Photo: Getty Images.
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Artificial Intelligence Apps Risk Entrenching India’s Socio-economic Inequities

A Sri Lankan policeman guards a mosque Colombo. Photo: Getty Images.
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Sri Lanka's Buddhist-Muslim Tensions Are in Danger of Erupting Into Widespread Violence

Zhou Xiaochuan at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in October 2017. Photo: Getty Images.
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China’s Outgoing Central Bank Governor Leaves an Impressive but Fragile Legacy

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Why Is Vietnam Hosting an American Aircraft Carrier?

A policeman in Manila investigates the scene where the body of an alleged drug user lies after being killed by unidentified assailants on 8 December 2017. Photo: Getty Images.
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In Examining the Philippines’ Drug War, the ICC Takes a Positive but Challenging Step

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games open on 9 February. Photo: Getty Images.
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As Olympics Open, Moon’s Warm Words for Pyongyang Alarm South Korea’s Allies

Theresa May and her husband Philip visit the Yu Yuan Temple Gardens in Shanghai. Photo: Getty Images.
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May’s Visit Shows Why Britain Needs a More Strategic China Policy

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing. Photo: Getty Images.
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US Allies Aren’t Buying Its New Strategies to Confront China

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The Golden Bridge of the Silk Road sculpture built at Chang’an Street, Beijing, to celebrate National Day in 2016. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images.
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The Role of Investors in Promoting Sustainable Infrastructure Under the Belt and Road Initiative

International Affairs

What authoritarianism is... and is not: a practice perspective

International Affairs

The geography and geopolitics of the renminbi: a regional key currency in Asia

International Affairs

The innovation imperative: technology and US–China rivalry in the twenty-first century

International Affairs

China challenges global governance? The case of Chinese international development finance and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

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China's clear and present conundrum on the Korean peninsula: stuck between the past and the future

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Will Trump make China great again? The belt and road initiative and international order

Pro-EU demonstrators fly a Union flag and an EU flag outside of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London, on 8 December 2017. Photo: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images.
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Anglo-Japanese Cooperation in an Era of Growing Nationalism and Weakening Globalization

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US–China relations and the liberal world order: contending elites, colliding visions?

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The end of liberal international order?

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The US–Chinese power shift and the end of the Pax Americana

Entrepreneurs Virginia Santy (left) and Melanie Ulle at Women in Kind, a co-working space aimed at small businesses run by women in Denver, US. Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images
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Gender-smart Procurement: Policies for Driving Change

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Non-western visions of regionalism: China's New Silk Road and Russia's Eurasian Economic Union

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The BRICS - merely a fable? Emerging power alliances in global trade governance

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Review forum: Soldiers of empire: Indian and British armies in World War II

The European Union (EU)–China Summit plenary session at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on 12 July 2016. Photo: HOW HWEE YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images.
Joint Report

EU–China Economic Relations to 2025: Building a Common Future

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Security leverage, structural power and US strategy in east Asia

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Perspectives on the emerging role of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Japan's prime minister, Shinzō Abe, and India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, attend the East Asia Summit in Myanmar's capital, Naypyidaw, on 13 November 2014. Photo credit: © Christophe Archambault/Staff
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Creative Minilateralism in a Changing Asia: Opportunities for Security Convergence and Cooperation Between Australia, India and Japan

The World Today

Myanmar’s problem state

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John Swenson-Wright speaks to Dr Patrick Cronin
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John Swenson-Wright speaks to Patrick Cronin

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John Swenson-Wright speaks to Prof Tsutomu Kikuchi

 John Swenson-Wright speaks to Dr Mely Caballero-Anthony
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John Swenson-Wright speaks to Dr Mely Caballero-Anthony

Opportunity in Crisis - Francesc Vendrell
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Afghanistan: Opportunity in Crisis - Francesc Vendrell

Event Speech: Visions for Tokyo 2020 and Beyond
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Event Speech: Visions for Tokyo 2020 and Beyond

Event Speech: Visions for Tokyo 2020 and Beyond
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Event Q&A: Visions for Tokyo 2020 and Beyond

 Interview with Yoichi Masuzoe, Governor of Tokyo
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Interview with Yoichi Masuzoe, Governor of Tokyo

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Event Video: Peace and Cooperation in Northeast Asia

The Role of the Nation State in Addressing Global Challenges: Japan-UK Perspectives
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Event Highlights: The Role of the Nation State in Addressing Global Challenges Japan UK Perspectives

The Role of the Nation State in Addressing Global Challenges: Japan-UK Perspectives: Highlights
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The Role of the Nation State in Addressing Global Challenges: Japan-UK Perspectives: Highlights

The Role of the Nation State in Addressing Global Challenges: Japan-UK Perspectives
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The Role of the Nation State in Addressing Global Challenges: Japan-UK Perspectives: Keynote Speech: John Major

Farmers collecting wheat seed in Helmand. Photo: SAC Neil Chapman (RAF)/MOD/DFID
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Co-Author Matt Waldman Discusses the Research Behind the Paper 'Who Wants What'

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Event Q&A: Modi's Victory: An Assessment

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Modi's Victory: An Assessment

Global Attitudes: Perspectives on the US-China Power Shift
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Global Attitudes: Perspectives on the US-China Power Shift

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Global Attitudes: Perspectives on the US-China Power Shift

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John Swenson-Wright speaks to Akio Miyajima - Minister Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Japan; Senior Visiting Academy Fellow, Chatham House

 John Swenson-Wright speaks to Thomas Berger, Professor of International Relations, Boston University
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John Swenson-Wright speaks to Thomas Berger, Professor of International Relations, Boston University

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John Swenson-Wright speaks to Michael J Green - Associate Professor, Georgetown University; Senior Vice President for Asia, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

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John Swenson-Wright speaks to Yukiko Fukagawa, Visiting Professor, University of Cambridge

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