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Running on Empty: Pakistan's Water Crisis

SEPTEMBER 2009--Pakistan, already plagued by widespread water shortages, is expected to become water-scarce by 2035--though some experts project this may happen as soon as 2020, if not earlier. This new publication examines Pakistan's water pressures, focusing on both rural and urban angles, and suggests ways forward.

Christian Science Monitor: Obama and Romney Should Be Reading Senior Program Associate Michael Kugelman's New Book

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney should be reading Michael Kugelman's new book, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

Japan at a Nuclear Crossroads

One year after the tsunami and disaster at Fukushima, Nobuo Fukuda examines Japan's political culture and the close ties between government energy regulators and nuclear power companies that are standing in the way of public opposition to nuclear power.

The Kashmir Issue in Times of Uncertainty:A French View

The following essay was first presented, in slightly modified form, at an Asia Program seminar held on April 16, 2003. Its author, Jean-Luc Racine, is one of Europe's most-respected scholars of South Asia.

Japan's Political Mess: Abe Failed, Can Fukuda Do Better?

This Special Report examines the reasons behind the dramatic political demise of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as well as what his failure means for the future of Japan's two major political parties. Edited by Mark Mohr. Send an email to asia@wilsoncenter.org for a free copy or click on the attachment for a free PDF version.

Business as Usual? U.S.-Taiwan Relations Amid Changing Realities

U.S.-China relations continue to play a key role in defining power politics in the Asia-Pacific region. This difficult relationship also remains central to how other countries define and pursue their own national interests. On Aug. 6, public policy scholar Yeh-chung Lu argued that he U.S. policy of rebalancing toward the region is likely to continue to shape the Asia-Pacific security equation in the years to come, including Taiwan’s security environment.

Michael Kugelman's Op-Ed in Dawn

Pakistan has an abiding wish for more trade with the United States--but according to program associate Michael Kugelman in a January 25 Dawn op-ed, this is a wish that will go unfulfilled for the foreseeable future.

A thirst for leadership out of Japan's energy woes

Japan can ill-afford to continue the streak of having seven prime ministers in as many years, especially as it continues to grapple with the nuclear fallout on the one hand and endeavors to stop its foothold on the global economic ladder slipping even further. Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Analysis/Outside-View/2012/12/05/Outside-View-A-thirst-for-leadership-out-of-Japans-energy-conundrum/UPI-94291354683900/#ixzz2EsFyhwho

Afghanistan, Against the Odds: A Demographic Surprise

A new survey finds that Afghanistan and Pakistan are on surprisingly similar demographic paths. Demographer Elizabeth Leahy Madsen says this is good news for Afghanistan, but not for Pakistan, where efforts to meet family planning needs have fallen short.

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