Unique Principles of The Asia Institute

A new vision for Asia

The Asia Institute believes that a different approach is required to resolve the long-standing problems that plague the most rapidly growing region in the world. although Asia, and particularly Northeast Asia, is becoming the economic and intellectual center of the world, its immense potential is undercut by unjustified military build-ups, misconceived concepts of growth, severe ecological degradation, the misuse of technology and the decay of traditional cultures into thoughtless consumerism. The Asia Institute works with ethical intellectuals from across the region to present a vision for the future that will inspire our age.


Implementation-oriented approach

The Asia Institute produces reports, proposals and articles that are immediately relevant and that can be readily implemented at the local, national and international levels. We strive to localize our ideas and to engage in a deep dialog with both international and local stakeholders about how we can respond to global challenges like climate change and emerging technologies. Our proposals are broad in implication and extremely concrete in terms of their implementation.


Multicultural & multilingual

Although English, the lingua franca of Asia, is central to our work, the Asia Institute is a multilingual institution, conducting research and activities in multiple languages for multiple audiences. We publish our materials in multiple Asian and European languages.


Youth participation

We believe that policymakers can learn from youth and that youth must be involved in the policy debate at the local, national and global levels. The Asia Institute involves young people in activities as interns, as members of seminars, and as writers. Asia Institute seminars allow youth to engage directly with leading figures in research, government, and business. The Asia Institute believes that young people must have a voice in the debate about the future of Asia. Many of our seminars involve high school, college, graduate school students alongside professors and other professionals.



While the Asia Institute conducts seminars involving high-level officials and experts, we make sure that concerned individuals from the local and international community are involved in the debate. We believe that everyone has a right to make a meaningful contribution to the discussion.


Our long-term commitment

The Asia Institute makes long-term commitments to working with institutions and communities across Asia to build a better tomorrow. We are not interested in short-term, high-profile, solutions that are not sustainable. We do not make our policy on the basis of what funders want, but rather on the basis of what is needed. We are aware that the responses regarding the environment, energy, and technology will take decades or centuries. There is no solution possible from a six-month study. Moreover, moving the world’s economies towards sustainable projects that go on for decades will bring new stability to a global economy devastated by the ongoing financial and moral crises.


New paradigms for collaboration

The Asia Institute is committed to developing new paradigms for international cooperation. We build alliances between NGOs, research institutes, governments and businesses across Asia, encourage interaction between people in different countries with similar interests, and explore new approaches to bringing together stakeholders.


The positive use of technology

The rapid development of new technologies that go beyond the capability of human society to adapt is one of the greatest challenges for humanity. The Asia Institute is committed to finding positive uses for new technologies and honestly addressing negative implications of such technologies. We bring artists and practitioners of philosophy, literature, history ,and music into the discussion on technology and its implications.

“The acceleration of technological change has rendered our culture fluid at the same time that climate change raises questions about our assumptions about the future and the myths and perceptions we maintained about ourselves, our needs and aspirations and the functioning of the world around us. Logistics, communications, and supercomputers, perforce, are bringing us together far faster than we can build the human networks necessary for a global common society, especially in Asia. We are charged with the task that comes once in six-hundred years: that is creating new institutions for sustaining the future of our humanity.”


Emanuel Pastreich


The Asia Institute