The following essay was first presented, in slightly modified form, at an Asia Program seminar held on April 16, 2003. Its author, Jean-Luc Racine, is one of Europe's most-respected scholars of South Asia.
In this piece published in the Far Eastern Economic Review, Asia Program Director Robert M. Hathaway assesses U.S. policy toward East Asia during the first two years of George W. Bush's presidency.
The midpoint of George W. Bush’s presidential term offers an opportune moment to take stock of the administration’s Asia policy. This new Asia Program report contains essays by policymakers, scholars and Asia analysts, including a contribution from Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs James A. Kelly. Collectively, these essays identify themes and patterns that provide insights into Bush’s Asia policies and begin the task of placing the administration’s policies into broader perspective.
Wilson Center Senior Scholar Selig S. Harrison argues that the United States can get North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program under adequate inspection safeguards—-but only as part of a broader agreement centering on assistance in resolving the energy crisis that has paralyzed the North Korean economy.
In a December 17 Financial Times article, Asia Program director Robert M. Hathaway argues that mixed messages and missed opportunities on the part of the Bush administration have escalated tensions on the Korean peninsula into a dangerous game of brinkmanship. But he suggests that it is not too late to avert a truly dangerous situation, and that Washington's European allies can play a constructive diplomatic role in defusing the current crisis.
The People's Republic of China has a new leader. In what was a peaceful succession, Hu Jintao assumed the role of general secretary of the Communist Party after Jiang Zemin stepped down during the 16th Party Congress in Beijing in November. Two Wilson Center Fellows discuss the transition.
Gang Lin, program associate with the Center's Asia Program, discusses the regime change in China and its implications.
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Op-ed on Gujarat Violence Provokes Heated Comment Robert M. Hathaway, director of the Wilson Center's Asia Program, recently published an op-ed in The Hindu suggesting the need for an official investigation into U.S. fund-raising efforts by groups implicated in the communal violence that wracked India earlier this year. Hathaway's article has triggered a number of heated replies, some of which are reprinted with the article. Read the op-ed and the responses to it. Others wishing to enter this debate may do so by emailing their comments to firstname.lastname@example.org Selected responses that help promote serious discussion of these issues will be posted on this website.