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Three Reasons for John Kerry to Be in India While the Rest of the World Burns

Jul 31, 2014
Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to New Delhi for the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue on Thursday. Given all that’s going on in the Middle East and in Russia, some argue that this is the wrong time for him to make this particular visit. Here are three reasons why Mr. Kerry is doing the right thing at the right time, writes Michael Kugelman.

Don’t Forget About Governance: The Risk of Tunnel Vision in Chasing Resilience for Asia’s Cities

Jul 29, 2014
Asia is going through an unprecedented wave of urbanization. Secondary and tertiary cities are seeing the most rapid changes in land-use and ownership, social structures, and values as peri-urban and agricultural land become part of metropolitan cityscapes. All the while, climate change is making many of these fast-growing cities more vulnerable to disasters.

Afghanistan Is Not the Next Iraq

Jul 24, 2014
Could Afghanistan be the next Iraq? Michael Kugelman provides four reasons to believe that Afghanistan could avert Iraq’s frightening fate.
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Who Owns the Arctic Video Series

Jul 23, 2014
Tensions over security, access, and environmental impacts in the Arctic are rising. While members of the Arctic Council (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, the United States) assert their established rights under new circumstances, an increasing number of non-Arctic states (including China, Korea, Japan, and Singapore) seek an active role in the region. In this video series, "Who Owns the Arctic?" an international panel of experts describes why one of the world’s coldest environments is becoming a hot topic.

Farahnaz Ispahani on Religious Intolerance in Pakistan

Jul 21, 2014
In a new set of interviews, public policy scholar Farahnaz Ispahani outlined the issues faced by religious minorities in Pakistan, and the path to a solution.
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Cooperation or Conflict: Perspectives on the South China Sea

Jul 17, 2014
Tensions over territorial claims continue to percolate in the South China Sea. Questions and concerns about China’s intentions and actions are hot topics in the Philippines and Vietnam. Can the U.S., given the stated intention to “rebalance to Asia,” play an important role in sorting out competing claims?

Former Scholar Xuefei Ren Explores Urban China In Latest Book

Jul 17, 2014
Ren's book Urban China examines the past trajectories, present conditions, and future prospects of Chinese urbanization, by investigating five key themes - governance, migration, landscape, inequality, and cultural economy.

Recent Japan Scholars Continue To Weigh In On Key Public Policy Issues

Jul 17, 2014
Japan Scholars Kuniko Ashizawa and Nobuo Fukuda both contributed articles to the National Bureau of Asian Research's Asia Policy 17.

Kesavan discusses 2013 Japanese imperial visit to India

Jul 17, 2014
In 2013, Japanese Emperor Akihito made a historic visit to India. Former Public Policy Scholar K.V. Kesavan writes for the Observer Research Foundation discussing the visit and the relationship between the two countries.

The Iran Factor in Afghanistan

Jul 14, 2014
In recent years -- and especially in recent weeks, amid the alarmingly rapid gains of the militant group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) -- much ink has been spilled about the role that Iran plays in neighboring Iraq. Considerably less has been said about the role Iran plays in Afghanistan.

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