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The First Visit to Burma by an American Secretary of State

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit last month to Burma (Myanmar) broke new ground in Washington’s often tortuous relationship with that country. Wilson Center Fellow Kenton Clymer reminds us that Clinton was not the first secretary of state to make a surprise trip to Burma. Clymer is a Distinguished Research Professor of History at Northern Illinois University.

Former Scholar Kalyani Shankar Discusses Her Book Pandora's Daughters

Former public policy scholar Shankar discusses her book in an interview with The Sunday Indian.

U.S. Misconceptions about Pakistan

American misconceptions about Pakistan are rife, argues program associate Michael Kugelman in a May 19 op-ed in World Politics Review , and it is high time to expose them.

Competing Visions For East Asia

The United States' re-balance or "pivot" to Asia reflects a recognition that much of the history of the 21st century will be written in Asia. The Wilson Center's Asia Program closely follows political, diplomatic, economic, and security developments in the region, and will use these pages to provide context, present conflicting perspectives, and stimulate discussion and debate on many of the most significant issues touching on U.S. interests in East Asia and the Pacific.

Dynastic Politics

The Wilson Center's 2007-08 Pakistan Scholar, Samia Altaf, looks at South Asia's tradition of political dynasties -- and warns that Pakistan has not broken free of dynastic politics simply because of one successful election. For Dr. Altaf's article in the March 27, 2008 edition of The News.

Clash of National Identities: China, Japan, and the East China Sea Territorial Dispute

As tensions between Japan and China continue to bubble over islands in the East China Sea, scholars from the two countries outline not only the origins, but also the policy options to resolve the territorial dispute.

Completing the Asia Pivot

President Barack Obama has made “pivoting” or “rebalancing” of U.S. policies toward Asia one of his strategic priorities. The next administration must not simply maintain this policy on autopilot; it must also provide institutional structure, budgetary support, and conceptual legitimacy to the policy.

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