The IAR's research priorities reflect the interests of its resident and affiliated scholars and tend toward policy-relevant issues informed by local knowledge. Current research activities include the impact of globalization in Asia; trade and human rights performance; natural resources and sustainability; socio-economic and political transformation; Canada-Asia relations; migration and mobility in the Asia Pacific region, urbanization in the Pacific Rim; political and legal reform; poverty management; and environment policy. The Institute has an extensive program of publication of research and policy papers and monographs, derived from its research and program activities.

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