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.
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.
Read the summary of the most recent Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum. The forum was held in Tokyo to discuss the U.S.-Japan bilateral alliance after the March, 2011, earthquake and tsunami related disasters in Japan, and was co-sponsored by the Wilson Center and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
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.
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.”
A new Wilson Center report, “Aiding Without Abetting: Making U.S. Civilian Assistance to Pakistan Work for Both Sides," is the culmination of a year-long working group convened to reevaluate the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Act. What can be done to salvage KLB before the U.S. civilian assistance program is deemed a failure?
A report on a December 2010 conference in Tokyo organized by the Asia Program and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) convening experts from Japan and the United States to discuss the implications of the 2008 global financial crisis.
This summary of the Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum, held in Tokyo in October 2009, discusses the U.S.-Japan bilateral alliance and issues relating to non-proliferation and moving toward a world free of nuclear weapons.
In a nation facing many challenges, Pakistan’s crisis of water resources stands out. This publication, edited by Asia Program associate Michael Kugelman and director Robert M. Hathaway, examines the rural and urban manifestations of Pakistan’s water problems, and offers recommendations to alleviate the country’s widespread water stress.
This report by Senior Scholar Jill Shankleman was drawn from her six-month research project at the Center examining the impact of China's oil and mining companies' overseas expansion on the governance of resource wealth.