Asia Program

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Japan's Vision for East Asia

As questions about U.S. commitment to its rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region remain, how Japan sees its own role in East Asia continues to evolve. The changing nature of Tokyo’s relations with Beijing and Seoul, and Japan’s internal debate about whether it should become a “normal” country with greater defense capabilities are among some key issues discussed in the Wilson Center’s latest publication, Japan’s Vision for East Asia: Diplomacy Amid Geopolitical Risks. Hard copies are available upon request by contacting asia@wilsoncenter.org.

Taiwan Relations Act: Time For a Change?

The Wilson Center’s Asia Program is pleased to launch a new series marking the 35th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act, and offering recommendations designed to ensure that the TRA remains relevant to the policy challenges of the 21st century.

Pakistan's Urbanization: Policy Brief Series

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). The series seeks to share with a wider audience the proceedings of a recent Wilson Center conference that explored Pakistan’s urbanization challenges.

Jihadist Violence: The Indian Threat

A study by noted South Asia security specialist Prof. Stephen Tankel on militancy in India. Prof. Tankel's main focus is a loosely organized indigenous Islamist militant network known as the Indian Mujahideen.

Clash of National Identities: China, Japan, and the East China Sea Territorial Dispute

As tensions between Japan and China continue to bubble over islands in the East China Sea, scholars from the two countries outline not only the origins, but also the policy options to resolve the territorial dispute

Taiwan and the U.S. Pivot to Asia: New Realities in the Region?

With relations between Taiwan and China becoming more stable, cross-strait relations is no longer the hot-button issue in East Asia as it once was. But what does closer ties with China mean for Taiwan's future? Three essays examine the implication of improved bilateral relations.

Pakistan-India Trade: What Needs to Be Done? What Does It Matter?

After a period of warming ties in 2011 and 2012, Pakistan-India relations are off to a rough start in 2013--threatening to weaken the momentum for normalizing commercial ties between the two neighbors. A new Asia Program publication on Pakistan-India trade highlights the benefits and risks--for both countries--of a formal trade relationship, and examines what needs to be done to push the process forward.

Japan and the United States After the Great East Japan Earthquake

Summary of the most recent Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum, held in Tokyo, discusses the U.S.-Japan bilateral alliance after the March, 2011, earthquake and tsunami-related disasters in Japan. The forum was co-sponsored by the Wilson Center and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. This report includes transcripts of keynote speeches by Japanese government reconstruction panel chair Makoto Iokibe and former deputy secretary of defense Richard L. Armitage.

Going Beyond Nuclear: New energy security realities for Japan and the United States

The Fukushima nuclear meltdown has forced Japan to reconsider its energy policy, and as the country continues to grapple with the aftermath of the crisis triggered by the March 2011 earthquake, public opinion remains deeply divided about the country’s future energy policy including nuclear power. The United States, too, is facing its own challenges, as a bonanza in natural gas within its borders in recent years is redefining the meaning of energy independence. How both countries are looking beyond petroleum to meet their respective energy needs, and prospects for alternative energy sources including nuclear power, were the topics of discussion at the latest Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum, held in Tokyo on October 31, 2012. About 150 energy experts and policymakers from both the United States and Japan took part in the day-long conference entitled The Future of Energy: Choices for Japan and the United States, which was the fourth annual conference held jointly by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. While the starting point of the conference was the consequences of the nuclear fallout as a result of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in March 2011, discussions ranged far beyond Japan’s nuclear prospects, as conference participants agreed that Japan’s energy future could not be seriously discussed without continual reference to the global political as well as economic landscape.

A Time For Change?: Japan's "Peace" Constitution at 65

Constitutional revision is a perennial topic in Japanese political discussion, with Article 9—which renounces war and the threat or use of force as a means of settling international disputes—subject to particularly vigorous debate. This new Asia Program publication asks whether it’s not “A Time for Change” for Japan’s “Peace Constitution.”

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