(Wikicommons / NASA Earth Observatory)
(Wikicommons / NASA Earth Observatory)

CIGI’s research theme on Asia and the Pacific focuses on specific parts of a geographically vast and culturally diverse continent. Asia-Pacific researchers examine how to increase security cooperation and reduce tensions in one of the most densely populated regions of the world. Researchers also aim to make major contributions to the processes of security governance in the Asia-Pacific by designing and demonstrating the utility of empathy building measures through confidence and trust.  Central Asia researchers explore regional governance and major security challenges in this part of the continent, such as anti-terrorism, border management and more.

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Leonard J. Edwards

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

Leonard J. Edwards joined CIGI in May 2013 as a distinguished fellow. He has led several projects designed to find new paths for enhanced cooperation between Canada and the Asia Pacific region in security, economic and innovation domains, with a particular focus on Korea, Japan, Australia and Indonesia. He is Canadian co-chair of the annual Canada-Korea Forum. He has also participated in CIGI’s work on Group of Twenty (G20) and Group of Seven (G7) summitry and in regular meetings of the D10 track 1.5 group of democratic countries discussing foreign policy issues and the future of the international rules-based order. 

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David A. Welch

CIGI Senior Fellow

David A. Welch is a CIGI senior fellow and professor of political science at the University of Waterloo. An award-winning author and scholar, David is an expert in foreign policy decision making and international security, with an emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region.