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Ahsan Iqbal Discusses Urbanization in Pakistan

Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan's minister for planning, development, and reforms, and a top official in the country's ruling party, discusses Pakistan's urbanization challenges.

U.S. Trade Policy Toward Bangladesh

The government of Bangladesh's recent decision to double the minimum wage in the garment sector was significant, argues Public Policy Scholar Sanchita Saxena in a new commentary . However, she argues that Bangladesh continues to pay high tariffs to the United States (ten times the amount of development assistance it receives), hurting its competitiveness and chances at poverty reduction.

Taiwan and the U.S. Pivot to Asia: New Realities in the Region?

With relations between Taiwan and China becoming more stable, cross-strait relations is no longer the hot-button issue in East Asia as it once was. But what does closer ties with China mean for Taiwan's future? Three essays examine the implication of improved bilateral relations.

Pakistan: Meeting Energy, Fiscal Needs

While in many respects a troubled country, Pakistan in recent years has experienced robust economic growth. Panelists at a recent Asia Program conference, however, speculated that underlying fiscal problems might be jeopardizing that growth.

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

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.

Japan: Where Leaning In Isn’t Enough

Japan has to bring about a change in the national psyche about women and work, argues Shihoko Goto.

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