"Come next year, the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban could formally join forces-a jihadist juggernaut with alarming implications for regional stability," writes Michael Kugelman.
The culmination of a large scale project investigating the role of women in the media in Pakistan, Uks has launched the report "Who's Telling Our Story" to explore the issues raised by their findings. Asia Program Director Robert Hathaway contributed a message of support.
In this report, six experts from a variety of academic disciplines examine the choices and challenges of Japanese women, ranging from declining fertility and employment patterns to the difficulties of balancing work and family. A central focus is the debate over whether a female should be allowed to inherit the imperial throne, and the implications for gender equality and national pride in Japan. Edited by Amy McCreedy Thernstrom. Click on the attachment for a free PDF version.
Several weeks after the horrific attacks in Mumbai, the Pakistan-India relationship remains dangerously tense. In an op-ed in Dawn, Michael Kugelman argues that such fragile relations put growing trade ties between Islamabad and New Delhi at risk—a most unwelcome prospect given Pakistan's chronically poor trade performance and sputtering economy.
Former Asia Program Public Policy Scholar Ali Riaz examines the background of the controversial elections in Bangladesh held in January 2014 and the future trajectory of Bangladeshi politics in a new article in Current History.
A new publication examines the state of the Pakistan-India trade relationship, and what must be done to normalize it.
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Pakistan's medical system is in great crisis, argues South Asia associate Michael Kugelman in a recent Foreign Policy commentary.
As Pakistan's army prepares for an assault on the tribal area of South Waziristan, Islamabad may be looking to strengthen its links with tribal militias, or lashkars. This would be a mistake, writes the Asia Program's Michael Kugelman. He explains why close associations with lashkars pose grave risks.