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Who Owns the Arctic? Part I

Jun 19, 2014
Tensions over security, access, and environmental impacts in the Arctic are rising. While members of the Arctic Council assert their established rights under new circumstances, an increasing number of non-Arctic states seek an active role in the region.

The Challenges of Asymmetrical Alliance

Jun 19, 2014
On June 17, the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a private luncheon discussion to discuss why the price of maintaining peace must include the ability to join in collective self-defense operations. This was an opportunity for some of Washington’s top Japan analysts and scholars to exchange views with Japan’s leading authority on the legalities of collective self-defense.

'Daunting Challenges' Await Future Afghan President

Jun 17, 2014
Defying Taliban threats, Afghans headed back to the polls to choose the successor of President Hamid Karzai. Michael Kugelman talks about the formidable challenges that await whoever wins this close-fought election in an interview by DW.

Pakistan Is Fighting Back Against Militants. Here’s Why It May Not Win.

Jun 17, 2014
Pakistan has launched a military offensive in North Waziristan, ground zero for militancy in that country. Michael Kugelman raises four questions that underscore how conditions in Pakistan may be stacked against success.

Pakistan's Runaway Urbanization

Jun 12, 2014
Pakistan is South Asia’s most rapidly urbanizing country. In barely 10 years, nearly 50 percent of its 180 million people will live in cities (a third do today). This new publication discusses the drivers of Pakistan’s urbanization, and examines the country’s major urban challenges.

Wilson Center Appoints 2014-15 Pakistan Scholar

Jun 12, 2014
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in collaboration with the Fellowship Fund for Pakistan (FFFP), today announced the appointment of Dr. Fouzia Saeed as the Wilson Center's new Pakistan Scholar.

Will Karachi Become the Next Waziristan?

Jun 09, 2014
Urban militancy is rising in Pakistan--and the troop drawdown in Afghanistan will likely make Pakistani cities even more violent, argues Michael Kugelman in his latest article for Foreign Policy.

Four Misconceptions About Narendra Modi

Jun 03, 2014
India’s new prime minister Narendra Modi is a man of contradictions. But he is dogged by many misconceptions. Michael Kugelman exposes 4 that are getting a lot of attention.

The U.S.-Afghanistan Prisoner Swap Doesn’t Signal Peace on the Horizon

Jun 02, 2014
Bowe Bergdahl, the last remaining U.S. POW in Afghanistan, has been released in exchange for five Taliban detainees held at Guantanamo. While this is a remarkable achievement, the sad truth is that peace is likely to remain elusive in Afghanistan, writes Michael Kugelman.

Finger-Wagging Over Asian Health Risks

May 29, 2014
Can working in China make you sick? Japanese electronics giant Panasonic certainly thinks so. It’s prepared to pay its expatriates for sacrificing their health to do business in the country. But this move could backfire, writes Shihoko Goto.

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