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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A Filipino fisherman operates around Scarborough Shoal, South China Sea, near a Chinese coast guard ship on 13 December 2016. Photo: The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images.
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China’s Evolving Approach to International Dispute Settlement

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Afghan Diaspora in the West: Dynamics and Engagement with Afghanistan

A pro-democracy protester holds up a yellow umbrella in front of Carrie Lam and her defeated opponents John Tsang and Woo Kwok-hing. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images.
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What to Know About Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Election

A couple walk past wallets with images of Chinese yuan banknotes and US dollar banknotes displayed at a store in Beijing, China, on 7 November 2014. Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images.
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Renminbi Internationalization: A Conflict of Statecrafts

Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang attend at the National People's Congress on 15 March. Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images.
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Political Transition Will Override China’s Policy Targets

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The Role of London in Financing the Belt and Road Initiative

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Afghanistan in 2017: A Looming Humanitarian Crisis

Xi Jinping at Davos in January. Photo: Getty Images.
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China and the WTO: How US Unpredictability Jeopardizes a Decade and a Half of Success

A billboard in Beijing features US dollars. Photo: Getty Images.
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China’s Dollar Trap

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Nepal’s comprehensive peace agreement: human rights, compliance and impunity a decade on

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Is China eroding the bargaining power of traditional donors in Africa?

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Prospects for Developing a Sustainable Regional Policy in Afghanistan and its Neighbourhood

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South Korea’s Foreign Policy and Challenges to Regional Order in a Post-Pivot Asia

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The Role of London in Financing the Belt & Road Initiative

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The Critical Transition: China’s Priorities for 2021

Thousands of protesters with placards take part in a demonstration against US President Donald Trump on Whitehall, 4 February 2017, in London. Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty Images.
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Challenge and Uncertainty in a Volatile World: Japan–UK Responses

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The renminbi sold short

The Great Hall of the People during the closing ceremony of China's National People's Congress on 15 March 2015 in Beijing, China. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images.
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The Critical Transition: China’s Priorities for 2021

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Alliance Policies in a Changing Asia: Regional Security Partners and Britain

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State Security and National Mobilization in Russia and China

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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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Who Wants What: Mapping the Parties’ Interests in the Afghanistan Conflict

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Tensions over Hong Kong's patriotism clause

Image by Massoud Hossanini/AFP/Getty Images.
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Rebooting a Political Settlement: Engagement and Mediation after the Afghan Elections

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A call for a new Japanese foreign policy: the dilemmas of a stakeholder state

Suikhet, Gandaki, Nepal. Photo by Richard I’Anson/Lonely Planet Images/Getty Images.
Chatham House Report

Attitudes to Water in South Asia

The World Today

China on the Western Front

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives to attend the opening ceremony at the fourth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit in Shanghai, China, on 21 May 2014. Photo by Ali Ihsan Cam / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images.
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China’s Global Personality

The World Today

Notebook: with the Archbishop in Pakistan

The World Today

New books: Spotlight on Asia

The World Today

Afghanistan: Kabul prepares to go it alone

The World Today

China’s forgotten foreign legion

Leaving Them to It? Women’s Rights in Transitioning Afghanistan
Chatham House Briefing

Leaving Them to It? Women’s Rights in Transitioning Afghanistan

Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani, head of the Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC), speaks during a press conference in Kabul 26 April 2014. Afghanistan's presidential election is set for a second-round vote, preliminary results showed. Photo by Shah Marai/
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Not ‘Legitimate’ Yet: The Need for Continued Commitment after the Afghan Elections

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Asia’s Oil Supply: Risks and Pragmatic Remedies

Farmers collecting wheat seed in Helmand. Photo: SAC Neil Chapman (RAF)/MOD/DFID
Chatham House Briefing

Afghanistan: Nurturing Political Space for Development

Farmers collecting wheat seed in Helmand. Photo: SAC Neil Chapman (RAF)/MOD/DFID
Chatham House Briefing

Afghanistan: Innovative Risk Management Approaches for Local Aid Delivery

Deforestation of hillside for agricultural use in Papua New Guinea. Aerial view over terraces and surrounding forest. Photo by: Eye Ubiquitous/UIG/Getty Images.
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Illegal Logging in Papua New Guinea

A ferry transports timber along the Kalnidi river in the Indian state of West Bengal, bordering Bangladesh's Satkhira district, near Satnabad 13 September 2012. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/GettyImages.
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Illegal Wood Import and Re-export: The Scale of the Problem and the Response in Thailand, South Korea and India

Teak timber logs from Myanmar sit on the dockside at the Kolkata Dock System (KDS), part of the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT), in Kolkata, West Bengal, India 16 April 16 2014. Photo by Sanjit Das/Bloomberg/Getty Images.
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Methodology for Import-source Estimates of Illegally Sourced Wood Imports: Thailand, South Korea and India

Afghan election workers count ballots at an Independent Election Commission office in Herat, Afghanistan 17 April 2014. Photo by Aref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images.
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Why Vote in 2014? Afghan Views of the Elections

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