The Wilson Center mourns the loss of its long-time friend and colleague, Dr. Nancy Bernkopf Tucker, who passed away in the early hours of December 1, after a courageous battle against cancer. A noted diplomatic historian, a prolific scholar and student of United States-East Asian relations, an accomplished teacher and mentor, and a Wilson Center Senior Scholar, Nancy’s work as both a scholar and a government official made her one of the most respected historians of her generation.
This month, Pakistan has experienced its most serious political crisis in years. While the outcome of the protests remains uncertain, this much is clear: The Pakistani military is the big winner. This is bad news for Pakistan's fragile democracy -- but also for fragile Afghanistan.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in collaboration with the Fellowship Fund for Pakistan (FFFP), a charitable trust based in Karachi, today announced the appointment of Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi as a Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar. Lodhi will spend nine months in residence at the Wilson Center, beginning in September 2009, carrying out research for a book looking at the internal and external challenges Pakistan has faced since 2001.
Mineral wealth can bring great prosperity to Afghanistan, argues senior program associate Michael Kugelman in a Washington Post video clip. In a new Foreign Policy piece, he ranks mineral wealth as one of Afghanistan's four most important concerns.
This volume seeks to revisit critical debates on the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis by reexamining its symptoms and causes, as well as lessons from its aftermath. The publication also addresses fundamental issues such as financial liberalization and impacts on regional economic change. Edited by Bhumika Muchhala. Click on the attachment for a free PDF version.
The People's Republic of China has a new leader. In what was a peaceful succession, Hu Jintao assumed the role of general secretary of the Communist Party after Jiang Zemin stepped down during the 16th Party Congress in Beijing in November. Two Wilson Center Fellows discuss the transition.
Public Policy Scholar Farahnaz Ispahani recently spoke with Radio Australia about the special tribunal which has been set up to try Pakistani General Pervez Musharraf on charges of treason. Ispahani says this groundbreaking occurrence could lead to a conflict between the Pakistani military and its government.