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Why U.S. Angst Over Chinese Buyouts is Warranted

Worries about Chinese takeovers of key U.S. companies are a deepening concern to both policymakers and consumer advocacy groups. And the American public has reason to be wary of these acquisitions.

Matt Nelson publishes new book

Wilson Center Fellow Matthew J. Nelson has just published In the Shadow of Shari'ah: Islam, Islamic Law, and Democracy in Pakistan through Columbia University Press. For more info, click here.

Why Abenomics hurts women

Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto discusses how Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could expand his economic policy plans to boost the power of Japanese women in the workplace in the Japan Times. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2013/05/22/commentary/why-abenomics-hurts-women/#.UcuFpJz3Mno

Energy Band-Aids

In a May 21 op-ed in the Daily Times, Asia Program director Robert M. Hathaway and associate Michael Kugelman argue that Pakistan's new energy conservation measures fall short of addressing Pakistan's energy crisis. Hathaway and Kugelman lay out a "comprehensive strategy" that would allow Pakistan to meet its energy needs. Click here to read the op-ed.

Land Grab? The Race for the World's Farmland

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 asia@wilsoncenter.org for a free copy or click on the attachment for a free PDF version.

The First Visit to Burma by an American Secretary of State

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit last month to Burma (Myanmar) broke new ground in Washington’s often tortuous relationship with that country. Wilson Center Fellow Kenton Clymer reminds us that Clinton was not the first secretary of state to make a surprise trip to Burma. Clymer is a Distinguished Research Professor of History at Northern Illinois University.

The Iran Factor in Afghanistan

In recent years -- and especially in recent weeks, amid the alarmingly rapid gains of the militant group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) -- much ink has been spilled about the role that Iran plays in neighboring Iraq. Considerably less has been said about the role Iran plays in Afghanistan.

Pakistan's Sectarian Meltdown

Stability is Washington’s core interest in nuclear-armed, volatile Pakistan. This is why it agonizes over the Pakistani Taliban’s (TTP) vicious campaign of anti-state terror. Yet, it’s arguably sectarian violence that poses the greatest threat to Pakistan’s long-term stability, writes Michael Kugelman in The National Interest.

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