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Abe Brings Japan Political Stability, But at High Cost

Jun 26, 2013
Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto discusses how a lack of political opposition to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may hamper the country's growth in the longer term in World Politics Review. http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/13053/abe-brings-japan-political-stability-but-at-high-cost

Why Abenomics hurts women

Jun 26, 2013
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

Wilson Center and Circle of Blue Release Multimedia Report on India's Water, Food, Energy Nexus

Jun 11, 2013
"Choke Point: India" finds that achieving food abundance is overwhelming India's mammoth and unwieldy bureaucracy, draining its freshwater reserves, and straining the energy sector and electrical grid.

How to Soothe the Friction with China

May 29, 2013
In an article in The Indian Express, Asia Program Director Robert M. Hathaway argues that risk management and reduction should be a priority in Sino-Indian diplomacy following a potentially dangerous military standoff in Kashmir earlier this spring.

Announcing the Wilson Center's 2013-2014 Pakistan Scholar

May 21, 2013
Khurram Husain will arrive in Washington in September 2013 and serve at the Wilson Center until May 2014.

Japan's Disaster Relier Diplomacy: Fostering Military Cooperation in Asia

May 15, 2013
Japan scholar Hideshi Futori's paper on Japan's disaster relief diplomacy was published by the East-West Center. The full article can be accessed via: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/publications/japan%E2%80%99s-disaster-relief-diplomacy-fostering-military-cooperation-in-asia
Nawaz Sharif (C), leader of the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) political party, casts his vote for the general election at a polling station in Lahore May 11, 2013.

Pakistan's Historic Election Changes Little for U.S. Relations

May 14, 2013
Senior Program Associate for South and Southeast Asia Michael Kugelman analyzed the results of the Pakistani elections and how it would affect the U.S. relationship with Pakistan in this video interview with The Washington Post.

The Logic and Limits of Political Reform in China

May 07, 2013
In the 1990s China embarked on a series of political reforms intended to increase, however modestly, political participation to reduce the abuse of power by local officials. Although there was initial progress, these reforms have largely stalled and, in many cases, gone backward. If there were sufficient incentives to inaugurate reform, why wasn't there enough momentum to continue and deepen them? This book approaches this question by looking at a number of promising reforms, understanding the incentives of officials at different levels, and the way the Chinese Communist Party operates at the local level. The short answer is that the sort of reforms necessary to make local officials more responsible to the citizens they govern cut too deeply into the organizational structure of the party.

Abenomics and Japan's growth prospects

May 02, 2013
Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto appears on CCTV to discuss Japan's economic outlook under the leadership of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. See it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtS-wPLubXs

Kerry in Asia: Fleshing Out the Rebalance

Apr 12, 2013
Newly-minted Secretary of State John Kerry is in Asia this week amidst a rising sense of crisis prompted by weeks of bellicose rhetoric and increasingly dangerous threats by regional bad boy North Korea.

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