Pakistan, ruled by the military for half of its 66-year life, has taken steps toward democracy, but the process is far from complete as illustrated by the strength and influence of Pakistan’s military. When President Obama meets with Pakistan’s new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, on Wednesday, he should use the occasion to bolster the civilian government’s role relative to the military, writes Michael Kugelman in this New York Times op-ed.
A new publication, Global Political Marketing edited by Jennifer Lees-Marshment, Chris Rudd, and Jesper Stromback, features a chapter on political marketing in Japan, co-written by Masahiko Asano and Asia Program associate Bryce Wakefield.
Asia Program Associate Bryce Wakefield assesses coverage of the anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
"Neither Tokyo nor Beijing has shown any signs of backing down on their claims to the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. What’s more, as Washington gets pulled ever more into taking sides in the dispute, the stakes are getting even higher for the situation to explode," writes Shihoko Goto in The Globalist.
The Asia Program and Environmental Change and Security Program will host a conference on June 9, examining not a when-does-the-bomb-explode scenario, but instead one of what-if-any-steps-can-be-taken-to-put-the-bomb-out.
This Special Report examines the modernization program of the Chinese People's Liberation Army(PLA). The essayists conclude that while this program bears watching, the U.S. military, assuming it too continues to modernize, will be able to maintain its lead in overall capacity. Edited by Mark Mohr. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for a free copy or click on the attachment for a free PDF version.