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.
Asia Program Director Robert M. Hathaway was quoted in a recent Los Angeles Times articles on the visit to North Korea by Bill Richardson and Google executive Eric Schmidt.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Fellowship Fund for Pakistan are pleased to announce the 2012-13 competition for the Wilson Center's Pakistan Scholar Program. One Pakistan Scholar, either from Pakistan or of Pakistani origin, will be selected each year. Successful applicants will spend 9 months in residence at the Woodrow Wilson Center, in the heart of Washington, D.C., where they will carry out advanced, policy-oriented research and writing.
Senior scholar Nobuo Fukuda discusses the insecurities facing Japan in 2013 from national defense and security to energy and the economy on CNN.
Northeast Asia Associate Shihoko Goto discusses what the re-emergence of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party under Shinzo Abe means for the country in The Globalist.
Pakistan faces more sectarian strife and economic struggle next year, predicts senior program associate for South Asia Michael Kugelman in a recent piece for CNN's GPS blog.
The Wilson Center's Pakistan Scholar offers insights about the U.S.-Pakistan relationship as President Obama prepares for his second term.
The shadow of the Cold War still looms large over global affairs. Could increasing competition between China and the United States lead us back to another super-power stand-off? China expert Cheng Li discusses the consequences of a downturn in US-China relations.
Japan can ill-afford to continue the streak of having seven prime ministers in as many years, especially as it continues to grapple with the nuclear fallout on the one hand and endeavors to stop its foothold on the global economic ladder slipping even further. Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Analysis/Outside-View/2012/12/05/Outside-View-A-thirst-for-leadership-out-of-Japans-energy-conundrum/UPI-94291354683900/#ixzz2EsFyhwho
The U.S. must bring down tariffs on imports from Bangladesh, argues former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Sanchita B. Saxena in a December 11 New York Times op-ed.