Our cover offers a Western view of the Asia of the past, representing a political geography very different from what it later became. For analysis and informed opinion on the Asia of today and tomorrow, see a cluster of articles in this issue arising from the recent Asia-Pacific Forum at the Naval War College. Reproduced from R. Brookes, The General Gazetteer; or Compendious Dictionary, 8th ed. (Dublin: 1808). Courtesy of The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.