Whether because signs of a bounce-back from the global financial crisis are beginning to be seen in East Asia; because nuclear proliferation, in the sub-continent or on the Korean peninsula, continues to pose a threat to international security; because we do not know enough of the impact of economic growth on the environment in India and China; because some parts of the post-Soviet space, and beyond, are home to a rather diverse range of non-democratic polities, thus far little studied and understood, Asia calls for greater and rigorous theoretical and empirical enquiry. 
The CEU Asia Research Initiative (ARI) was established in 2009 to conduct research, generate  and disseminate knowledge in order to raise the profile of scholarly work on Asia at CEU. ARI takes a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach to studying social, political, economic and cultural dynamics in Asia in partnership with academic institutions, governmental and intergovernmental organizations, and civil society.