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Bryson Talks Energy with Taiwan's President Ma

Jul 17, 2013
The Wilson Center's distinguished senior public policy scholar John Bryson discussed Taiwan's sustainable energy policy with President Ying-jeou Ma in Taipei in early July. A former U.S. commerce secretary, Bryson was also chairman and president of Edison International and founded the National Resources Defense Council. An article about the meeting appeared in Taiwan Today: http://www.taiwantoday.tw/ct.asp?xItem=206930&CtNode=414

'Zero Option' the Right One in Afghanistan

Jul 11, 2013
U.S. President Barack Obama is seriously considering the possibility of removing every U.S. soldier from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. It would be the right decision, Michael Kugelman writes on CNN.com.

Changing South Korea-China equations and Japan

Jul 10, 2013
Inter-state relations in the Northeast Asian region have changed drastically in recent years thanks to the rapidly evolving new equations among China, Japan and South Korea. The visit made by the newly elected South Korean President Park Geun-hye to Beijing in the last week of June highlighted the changing strategic equations between South Korea and China.

Tragedy in Afghanistan, Farce in Qatar

Jul 10, 2013
Senior program associate Michael Kugelman laments the sad state of the war in Afghanistan--and the efforts to negotiate and end to it.

Moving towards a stronger India–Japan partnership at the Tokyo summit

Jun 28, 2013
Wilson Center Public Policy Fellow K.V. Kesavan writes how the India–Japan partnership has matured into an important component of the new security and economic architecture of the Indo-Pacific region.

Taiwan and Sunnylands: The Dog That Didn’t Bark

Jun 27, 2013
Asia Program director Robert M. Hathaway notes Taiwan’s disappearance (for the moment) as a major source of Sino-American friction – at the recent Sunnylands “shirtsleeve conference” between Presidents Obama and Xi, the island seems to have been little more than an afterthought. Yet even as we seek to create the basis for a long-term workable relationship with Beijing, he cautions, we should not forget old friends in Taiwan.

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.

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