The world is experiencing a grain rush. With increasing frequency, food-importing countries and private investors are acquiring farmland across the developing world. This new publication marks one of the first efforts in the United States to bring together perspectives from international organizations, farmers, and investors alike about a trend often referred to as a new phase of the world food crisis. Edited by Michael Kugelman and Susan L. Levenstein. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for a free copy or click on the attachment for a free PDF version.
The Fukushima nuclear meltdown has forced Japan to reconsider its energy policy, and as the country continues to grapple with the aftermath of the crisis triggered by the March 2011 earthquake, public opinion remains deeply divided about the country’s future energy policy including nuclear power. The United States, too, is facing its own challenges, as a bonanza in natural gas within its borders in recent years is redefining the meaning of energy independence. How both countries are looking beyond petroleum to meet their respective energy needs, and prospects for alternative energy sources including nuclear power, were the topics of discussion at the latest Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum, held in Tokyo on October 31, 2012.
Arid yet dependent upon agriculture, Pakistan is experiencing a potentially devastating water crisis. An expert panel assembled by the Wilson Center's Asia Program presented the different facets of the crisis, from scarcity to sanitation to inefficient usage, and examined possible responses.
This Special Report examines how governments in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan have approached the issue of climate change. Yves Tiberghien examines and compares Tokyo's climate change politics before and after Japan's historic 2009 general election. Hoesung Lee and Jin-Gyu Oh review the voluntary but detailed climate change strategy mapped out by the South Korean government. And Chi-Jen Yang and Hui-Chen Chien explore the relationship between climate change policy and Taiwan's quest to increase its diplomatic space. Send an email to email@example.com for a free copy or click on the attachment for a free PDF version.