President Barack Obama‘s upcoming three-day visit to India aims to build on the momentum of Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s week-long visit to the U.S. in September–a trip flush with soaring rhetoric and goodwill. But don’t expect substantive outcomes. Here are four reasons why.
President Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. President to visit India twice when he arrives under heavy security next week. He will also become the first U.S. President to be honored as Chief Guest during the annual Republic Day celebration. But the trip will be more than ceremonial, as President Obama and his counterpart Prime Minister Modi are likely to hold comprehensive talks on the entire gamut of bilateral issues in search of ways to enhance cooperation. In this episode of NOW, Michael Kugelman tells us what to expect from this important meeting.
The Asia Program's Senior Program Associate Shihoko Goto will be one of the speakers at Japan in 2015: A Look at the Year Ahead, being held at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on January 22.
"Perhaps a more immediate fear, however, is that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula–-a group that has demonstrated its intent and ability to strike in the West—will carry out its own attacks, much like the one in Paris this week," writes Michael Kugelman.
"In the coming year, all eyes will be on Afghanistan’s fragile national unity government as it confronts a ferocious insurgency and a floundering economy — and with significantly less international support than it enjoyed in previous years," writes Michael Kugelman.
As we move into the next year, the Asia Program would like to thank all of our speakers, writers, scholars, and supporters who have helped us make 2014 so successful. We are especially grateful to the writers have worked with us this year on our publications, covering a range of topics from energy crises in both Pakistan and India, the negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership, and the changing relationships and "rebalancing" in Northeast Asia.
Sadly, this attack could mark the start of a new phase in the Pakistani Taliban’s campaign against the government, writes Michael Kugelman.
This essay addresses the U.S. shale revolution, the consequences for Korea in the Asian regional context, and energy opportunities in the pending negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s victory in the upcoming December 14 general elections is expected. But the extent of the political foothold of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will be dependent once again on the support of the Soka Gakkai, the massive Buddhism-based organization that dominates Japan’s religious landscape.
"With Putin due in India soon, now is a pivotal moment. Either the United States and India will seize this energy diplomacy opportunity, or India will form closer energy relationships with authoritarian regimes such as Russia," writes Michael Kugelman and Ray Vickery.