About the Asia Program

Home to over half the world's population and developing at unprecedented levels, Asia has left the world captivated in the 21st century by its rapid modernization and the multi-faceted issues that have coincided with its rise. Some of the most pressing matters in East, South, and Central Asia--the rapid economic rise of China and India, North Korea's nuclear program, slowly warming relations between nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India, the potential for conflict between China and Taiwan, Japan's adjustments to its changing economic fortunes, and the ongoing attempts to rebuild Afghanistan--will significantly affect the course of global events. The Asia Program at the Council on Foreign Relations informs policy makers, business leaders, and the general public about the complex challenges that lie ahead for the world's largest and most rapidly changing continent.