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TPP and Canada: Wishful Thinking on Supply Management?

Aug 26, 2014
As Canada wraps up its Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the EU, it remains deeply involved in another very ambitious multilateral negotiation: the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Canada became an observer to the TPP negotiations in 2010, but did not become a full member until 2012 because New Zealand, one of the founders of the TPP negotiations, and the United States held up Canada’s request due to concerns about Canada’s supply management of dairy, poultry, and eggs, as well as the longstanding U.S. complaint about Canada’s lack of protection for intellectual property rights. So when Canada and Mexico announced they would like to join the TPP negotiations, trade observers asked out loud if Canada would be willing to disband its supply management. Accession to the negotiations meant accepting the rules at the time of accession, and New Zealand, having liberalized its dairy industry over the last decade or so, was not about to give Canada a pass on supply management.

Why Afghanistan Should Be Worried About Pakistan's Political Crisis

Aug 21, 2014
This month, Pakistan has experienced its most serious political crisis in years. While the outcome of the protests remains uncertain, this much is clear: The Pakistani military is the big winner. This is bad news for Pakistan's fragile democracy -- but also for fragile Afghanistan.

4 Reasons to Worry About Pakistan’s Latest Political Crisis

Aug 21, 2014
Nawaz Sharif scored a resounding victory in Pakistan’s national elections in May 2013. Just 15 months later, his government is fighting for its life.

CEF Associate, Susan Chan Shifflett, Interviewed by Al Jazeera English TV on China's Food Safety Challenges

Aug 13, 2014
The new scandal of foreign fast food giants again raised the public attention to China's food safety.
U.S., Chinese Officials Make Joint Press Statements at Conclusion of Two Days of Meetings in Beijing. Photo courtesy of  U.S. Department of State

The Month in U.S.-China Relations (July) 中美关系月报

Aug 12, 2014
Despite cabinet-level meetings in Beijing and joint military exercises in the Pacific, July saw a continuation in trends that have experts in Beijing and Washington increasingly concerned about the course of bilateral relations. China’s rejection of America’s call for a construction freeze in the South China Sea reinforced worldwide impressions that the PRC is assertive and the U.S. ineffectual.

The United States and the Guomindang Forces in Burma, 1949-1954: A Diplomatic Disaster

Aug 11, 2014
Former fellow Kenton Clymer recently published an article based on his work at the Wilson Center in the The Chinese Historical Review

Liselotte Odgaard Writes for The Chinese Journal of Internal Politics

Aug 11, 2014
Former scholar Liselotte Odgaard had her essay "Peaceful Coexistence Strategy and China's Diplomatic Power" published in the journal.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner was Interviewed by VOA on Beijing Newly Issued Coal Cap

Aug 07, 2014
On 4 August, 2014, Beijing’s Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau announced its intention to ban coal consumption by 2020. However, is this enough for improving Beijing's air quality?

Pakistan and Afghanistan: Losing the Blame Game on Militancy

Aug 07, 2014
Islamabad and Kabul need to stop bickering and start cooperating on a coordinated counterterrorism strategy, argues Wilson Center Global Fellow Huma Yusuf in a new commentary written exclusively for the Asia Program website.

Three Reasons for John Kerry to Be in India While the Rest of the World Burns

Jul 31, 2014
Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to New Delhi for the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue on Thursday. Given all that’s going on in the Middle East and in Russia, some argue that this is the wrong time for him to make this particular visit. Here are three reasons why Mr. Kerry is doing the right thing at the right time, writes Michael Kugelman.

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