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Pakistan's Number One Threat

Aug 13, 2013
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has repeatedly declared that his number one priority is rebuilding his country’s economy. But Wilson Center and Asia Program Public Policy Scholar Farahnaz Ispahani warns, in an article published in the Foreign Policy’s AFPAK channel, that the Sharif government may face an even more urgent task: combatting the domestic terrorism that threatens the very future of Pakistan.

Business as Usual? U.S.-Taiwan Relations Amid Changing Realities

Aug 07, 2013
U.S.-China relations continue to play a key role in defining power politics in the Asia-Pacific region. This difficult relationship also remains central to how other countries define and pursue their own national interests. On Aug. 6, public policy scholar Yeh-chung Lu argued that he U.S. policy of rebalancing toward the region is likely to continue to shape the Asia-Pacific security equation in the years to come, including Taiwan’s security environment.

Japan's Self-Inflicted Wounds

Aug 07, 2013
Misspoken words by senior politicians are aggravating Japan's already fragile relations with its Asian neighbors. Their departure would be the first step in right direction, argues Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto in the National Interest.

The Expanding Indo-Japanese Partnership

Aug 05, 2013
Asia Program Public Policy Scholar K. V. Kesavan discusses this year’s Indo-Japan summit and the expanding Indo-Japanese Partnership.

Karachi-upon-Thames

Aug 02, 2013
In her latest column for the New York Times' Latitude blog, former Wilson Center Pakistan Scholar Huma Yusuf discusses the powerful influence of a London-based Pakistani politician.

Pakistan's Sectarian Meltdown

Aug 01, 2013
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.

Calm Before the Storm

Aug 01, 2013
Does Kerry's trip to Pakistan herald a new era of warm relations for the two reluctant allies? Don't bet on it. The relationship between the United States and Pakistan may be in better shape than it was several years ago, but it remains troubled -- and could easily plunge back into crisis, writes Michael Kugelman.

Testing Time For Japanese PM – Analysis

Jul 24, 2013
Wilson Center Scholar K.V. Kesavan and Scholar Intern Julien Teel co-authored a piece on whether any change will happen with Japan’s upcoming Diet Upper House elections.

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.

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