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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.

Sunset in America

May 29, 2014
Outgoing Pakistan Scholar Khurram Husain looks back on his time in Washington D.C. in this edition of his regular column.

Tough Calls: the Second Annual Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Memorial Lecture

May 22, 2014
On April 16th, 2014, Harry Harding delivered the Second Annual Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Memorial Lecture for the Asia Program. His remarks have recently been published on our webpage.

Don't Pivot Away from TPP

May 21, 2014
As hopes for the United States to sign on to the biggest global trade deal to date rapidly deteriorate, the cost of U.S. political deadlock may be felt most painfully in Asia in the near term, writes Shihoko Goto.

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