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The Elephant's Great Thirst

Dec 31, 2008
India currently imports about two-thirds of its oil--a number expected to rise to 90 percent by 2030. In a December 26 commentary published by EnergyPulse, program associate Michael Kugelman discusses India's burgeoning energy needs, its growing dependence on overseas resources, and the implications of this global search for energy.

Will Trade Suffer From India-Pakistan Tensions?

Dec 19, 2008
Several weeks after the horrific attacks in Mumbai, the Pakistan-India relationship remains dangerously tense. In an op-ed in Dawn, Michael Kugelman argues that such fragile relations put growing trade ties between Islamabad and New Delhi at risk—a most unwelcome prospect given Pakistan's chronically poor trade performance and sputtering economy.

Wilson Center Awards Pakistan Scholarship

Dec 16, 2008
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Fellowship Fund for Pakistan are pleased to announce the 2009-10 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. This scholar program is made possible by generous financial support provided by the Fellowship Fund for Pakistan (FFFP), a charitable trust based in Karachi.

Running on Empty: Pakistan's Water Crisis

Dec 03, 2008
Arid yet dependent upon agriculture, Pakistan is experiencing a potentially devastating water crisis. An expert panel assembled by the Wilson Center's Asia Program presented the different facets of the crisis, from scarcity to sanitation to inefficient usage, and examined possible responses.

A trade-first Pakistan policy

Sep 26, 2008
In a September 26 Baltimore Sun op-ed, Asia Program Director Robert M. Hathaway urges more liberal treatment for Pakistani exports.

In Pakistan, Journalists Take Steps Forward Amid Political Transition

Sep 24, 2008
Five senior-level Pakistani journalists discussed the challenges of and recent progress in reportage in their home country, from government access to public perception.

Wilson Center Hosts Pakistani Journalists in Week-Long Conference

Sep 18, 2008
On September 14 – 18, 2008, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted a conference for Pakistani print and television journalists. Conference participants engaged in an extensive series of meetings and exchanges with their counterparts in the U.S. media, representatives from private media-focused organizations, Washington-based Pakistani journalists, U.S. officials, and others. They also shared their perspectives on the role of the media in Pakistan today at a Wilson Center public event.

Energizing India's Rural Population

Sep 02, 2008
From Wall Street to the global media, there is much giddy talk about India's impressive economic growth and the urban-based prosperity that drives and sustains it. Yet lost in this buzz is an important fact: two-thirds of India's population remains rural. By Asia Program Associate Michael Kugelman.

India's Growing Dependence on Energy From Abroad

Sep 01, 2008
The fifth largest energy-consuming nation, India increasingly is looking abroad to satisfy its ever-growing demand for oil, natural gas, and coal. The Asia Program recently sponsored an event exploring India's quest to meet its energy needs.

Engineering a new export strategy

Jul 09, 2008
Pakistan's trade deficit has never been larger. In a July 9 Dawn op-ed, program associate Michael Kugelman and program director Robert M. Hathaway call for a major shift in Pakistan's export priorities--one that would "for the first time make Pakistan's export portfolio truly competitive in global markets."

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