CAG’s research focuses on major power relations, regional institutions, public goods issues, and the political economy of the Asia-Pacific region.

Major power relations, including the relationships between China, India, the United States, ASEAN, Japan and Russia

  • China-India Relations. This multi-year project has resulted in annual high-level annual conferences, closed-door bilateral dialogue sessions, and academic publications.
  • United States-China relationship and its impact on regional stability. In partnership with Chatham House, CAG has hosted several roundtables and workshops on the pressing security and diplomatic issues between the two major powers, and the implications to regional peace and stability.
  • Multinational cooperation in the development of Russia’s Far East and Siberia. This project explores the development of Russia’s Far East and Siberia through conferences and closed-door policy dialogues. It is organized with leading think tanks from China, Russia, Japan, Korea, Norway and Singapore, and is funded by the Norwegian Peace Fund and the National University of Singapore. The project has resulted in commissioned policy papers and the publication of one edited volume, with another forthcoming.
  • China-Japan Young Leaders Forum. The forum brings together future leaders of the two Asian powers to facilitate candid exchanges over the bilateral relationship and to build trust and cooperation.

Regional institutions and regimes, and their role in regional governance

  • Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea. CAG has worked with the Asia Society in New York and the China Centre for Collaborative Studies on the South China Sea, Nanjing University to hold conferences in 2013 and 2015. Conference participants included leading scholars and experts from the region (both claimant and non-claimant states). The first conference resulted in the publication of an edited volume, with another in the works.
  • East Asia Symposium. This closed-door event brought together leading scholars and policy experts from the United States, China, Japan, India, and ASEAN to discuss the shifting power balance in East Asia and beyond. We plan to make this an annual CAG event.

Public goods issues, including the environment, energy security, water and human development, with a focus on Asia-Pacific

  • Energy security in Asia, particularly the energy policies of China, India and Japan. CAG has worked with the Asia Centre in Paris, and hosted two rounds of conferences that coalesced leading scholars and experts from Japan, China, India, ASEAN and Europe.
  • Global health governance. CAG has convened two workshops, at which leading experts presented their studies in this area.
  • Environmental policies of Asian countries. This project explores how Asian countries at differing levels of development can collaborate on environmental sustainability. The countries involved are China, India, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Singapore.
  • Transnational water politics. CAG has recently embarked on a project examining the nexus between transboundary rivers and regional security.

Political economy of the Asia-Pacific, addressing how public impacts economic development in Asia, with a special focus on the restructuring of the regional financial order

  • Financial inclusion in Asia. In collaboration with the Institute for Emerging Market Studies, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, this project examines how economic integration and the global value chain has impacted the development of financial inclusion in the region.
  • Restructuring the financial architecture in the Asia-Pacific. In partnership with the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum, CAG has hosted annual conferences on enhancing regional financial cooperation.