Wealthy, food-importing, and water-scarce countries increasingly are investing in farmland overseas to meet food security needs. A series of experts examined this new global trend, which has been described as a new phase of the world food crisis.
Pakistan's efforts to modernize are threatened by a dramatic rise in extremist activities as terrorist groups find refuge in the mountains. A series of experts weigh in on the nation's political and security issues.
Pakistan's volatile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) are too dangerous for most outsiders to access, and little information on the area leaves the region. Khalid Aziz, director of institutional capacity-building for the FATA Secretariat, screens a documentary and discusses the area's beleaguered development.
Chinese companies are an increasing presence in oil and mining ventures around the world. Examining the changing nature of Chinese oil and mining activities abroad, Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Jill Shankleman presented the findings of her upcoming report.
The UN reports that 2,118 civilians were killed in Afghanistan last year–the most since the end of Taliban rule in 2001. Erica Gaston, fellow at the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), explains how Afghan civilians can best be helped.
On his second day in office, President Barack Obama appointed Ambassador Holbrooke as his special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and a decision to send about thirty thousand more troops to Afghanistan appears imminent. The question arises whether this increase would help stabilize Afghanistan, and if not, what else is required?
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars appointed Associate Professor Isao Miyaoka as the Wilson Center's new Japan Scholar. Professor Miyaoka will spend two months in residence at the Wilson Center, beginning in February 2009, carrying out a research project on the U.S.-Japan alliance and its evolution from an expedient alliance to a robust security community.
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.
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.