Our primary focus is on Asia, with a particular emphasis on Southeast Asia. Our deep connections with the Asian elite coupled with our extensive network of researchers provide valuable up-to-date and accurate on-the-ground information.
Much of the world’s economic centre of gravity once moved to the Mediterranean and thence to the Atlantic, but it is the Pacific that today constitutes the fulcrum of geoeconomics. Trade, business and great-power competition are centred on Pacific Asia, which looks outwards to the United States and eastwards towards Europe.
The region, especially the countries of China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and India, in their relations with the Americas, Australasia and among themselves, constitute a rising bloc of powers whose strategic and economic choices impinge on the direction chosen by other powers, including the United States, Russia and the European Union.
To know Asia, as it is today, is to know the world, as it will be tomorrow. We can help provide that knowledge.
Why Southeast Asia
Strategically positioned south of China and east of India, Southeast Asia is a region of unrivalled growth. As countries within Southeast Asia transform from inward-looking agrarian countries to outward-looking economies open to trade and investment, new opportunities are emerging. And as they move towards political liberalisation, new areas for engagement and fresh prospects for international collaborations are increasing.
Asean – the Association of Southeast Asian Nations – is a collective group that brings together 10 countries in the region: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Multinationals say that Asean’s policies of economic integration, which led to the formation of the Asean Economic Community in 2015, are making a difference to their investment strategies. Asean countries are beginning to think and act like a single market of 655 million people rather than a loose conglomeration of 10 markets. As these markets consolidate their resources and strategies, Asean’s success in overcoming its economic and social diversity will position it as an important player in the international economy.