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The Asian century has officially begun. In 2020, Asian economies will be larger than the rest of the world combined. By 2030, the region is expected to contribute roughly 60 percent of global growth and will be responsible for 90 percent of the 2.4 billion new members of the middle class entering the global economy. Yet despite its dynamism and vibrant energy, Asia remains riven by historical and territorial disputes, deepening national animosities, and intensifying geopolitical competition.

For four decades, the Wilson Center’s Asia Program has been a critical voice in Washington, bringing insightful research to debates about Asia’s geopolitics and their meaning for the United States. Dedicated to improving American understanding of the region’s dynamics, the Asia Program provides crucial analysis in Washington on political, economic, and security issues in Asia and on U.S. policies and strategies towards the region.

Our work focuses on three core areas: geoeconomics and global development, security and defense, and great power competition. In each of these areas we have produced cutting-edge research and hosted high-level events while at the same time engaging with key government officials, as well as prominent media outlets such as CNN, the BBC, the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, the Washington Post, and outlets across Asia.

Our team is composed of leading researchers with deep experience on today’s critical issues. I am honored to work with such an extraordinary group of scholars, policy analysts, and staff. Asia is the most dynamic and geopolitically significant regional in the world, and our program is a key source for insights on the region’s critical issues.

Abraham M. Denmark
Director, Asia Program
January 2020


Asia Program

The Asia Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy

The Center for Korean History and Public Policy was established in 2015 with the generous support of the Hyundai Motor Company and the Korea Foundation to provide a coherent, long-term platform for improving historical understanding of Korea and informing the public policy debate on the Korean peninsula in the United States and beyond.  Read more

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