In this op-ed from The Dawn, Michael Kugelman writes that while he tends to be an optimist about Pakistan, he fears that the nation's perils are too ingrained and structural to be expunged by even the most exceptional of leaders.
China is rising as a global power, but the position that top foreign policy officials occupy in the Chinese political system is surprisingly far from the center of power, writes Zheng Wang in this op-ed.
A new publication examines the state of the Pakistan-India trade relationship, and what must be done to normalize it.
Today, President Obama meets with Japan’s new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the first time. Given the growing tensions in the Asia-Pacific region from the East Asia Sea territorial disputes to the North Korea conundrum, it is in the United States’ interest for the two leaders to develop strong personal ties and build a partnership that will confront the new realities of East Asia, writes Shihoko Goto in this op-ed.
A new monograph proposes a new strategy toward resolving Pakistan's long-enduring energy crisis.
Over the last decade food-importing nations and private investors have been securing land abroad to use for agriculture – cumulatively amounting to approximately the size of Western Europe. Michael Kugelman highlights how this practice puts citizens of some poorer countries in danger of losing their patrimony, not to mention their sources of food.
Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto writes in World Politics Review that Japan must cut welfare spending and boost female employment in addition to reviewing immigration policy for longer-term growth.
Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto talks with CCTV Jan. 11 about what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's $114 billion stimulus package means for Japan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGZsc2cvGPs
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 week's talks between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. President Barack Obama contain an ambitious agenda including a new bilateral security agreement, U.S. troop levels after 2014, and peace talks to end America's longest war. However, there's much more that requires discussion, including some delicate matters that both sides may be reluctant to tackle. Here are the five most important questions the two leaders should consider during Karzai's time in Washington according to expert Michael Kugelman in this Foreign Policy article.