Asia Program

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Help or Hinder? The AIIB and Outlook for Asian Development

September 11, 2015 // 10:30am12:15pm
The Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has the potential not only to redefine the role that Beijing plays in development assistance, but also in shaping the organizational structure and governance of international financial institutions at large in the future.

A Prescription for a Secure Pakistan: Why Health is Vital for National Security and Economic Development

September 09, 2015 // 10:30am12:00pm
This event will address Pakistan’s health challenges, with emphasis on maternal and child health and malnutrition, and highlight the implications for stability and economic growth. It will also discuss the Pakistani government’s responses and U.S. government assistance programs for Pakistan’s health sector.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter delivers the keynote address to kick off the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, May 30, 2015. Carter spoke of strengthening relations between Asia-Pacific nations and countered provocative land reclamation efforts by China.Also known as the Asia Security Summit, the dialogue aims to build confidence and fostering practical security cooperation among Asian nations. DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett

Cautious and Conflicted: Singapore, Malaysia, and the U.S. Rebalance to Asia

September 08, 2015 // 10:00am11:30am
Singapore and Malaysia, like their Southeast Asian neighbors, must balance their relations with China and the United States with increasing care. Please join us for a timely discussion with Dr. Pek Koon Heng of American University and Dr. Joseph Chinyong Liow of the Brookings Institution and Nanyang Technology University, moderated by Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy.

New Partnerships for Clearing the Air in Asia’s Cities

August 12, 2015 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Asian cities are at the frontlines in the fight against air pollution. These cities are engines of economic growth, but often lack the tools and capacity they need to better manage air quality.
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Seeking Historical Reconciliation: The U.S. Role in Fostering Relations Between Japan and South Korea

July 23, 2015 // 10:30am12:00pm
Democratic ideals and cultural exchanges among nations have been seen as effective tools to encourage reconciliation between former adversaries. But that seemingly has not been the case in relations between Japan and South Korea, even if democratic values are shared. Wilson Center Fellow and Waseda University professor Toyomi Asano notes that it is important to share memories of the United States-led process of decolonization after the Japanese Empire’s defeat.
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Japan's Vision Toward China: Conflict and Cooperation in a New Asian Order?

June 04, 2015 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Tensions between Tokyo and Beijing continue over islands in the East China Sea, while the two sides continue to be at loggerheads over the historical memory of World War II. Join us for a discussion on how Japan sees its relations with China evolving, and the diplomatic, economic, and security challenges Tokyo faces in dealing with its neighbor.

Ode To My Father: Korean War & Divided Families

June 03, 2015 // 5:30pm9:30pm
This very special screening of "Ode To My Father: Korean War & Divided Families" is held in support of legislation encouraging family reunions between Korean-Americans and North Koreans (H.CON.RES 40) and to strengthen the US-ROK alliance.

Governing the Ungovernable: Frontier Rule along the Afghanistan-Pakistan Border and Beyond

June 03, 2015 // 3:00pm4:30pm
The Afghanistan-Pakistan border region is a large, ungoverned space and a constant source of instability. Both countries have long grappled with the question of how to rule this rugged frontier, which many regard as ungovernable. This talk examines the evolution of frontier rule in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, and how similar models of governance have been applied as far afield as Kenya, Nigeria, Argentina, and even the United States.
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Blurring Borders: National, Subnational, and Regional Orders in East Asia

June 01, 2015 // 9:15am3:30pm
In Japan and China, resurgent nationalism has reinforced the political importance of the region’s most powerful nation-states, fed international tensions in the region, and created additional challenges for U.S. policy.

Afghanistan’s Unsung Heroes: Reflections of Afghan Women Leaders and Implications for U.S. Policy

May 27, 2015 // 2:30pm4:30pm
In Afghanistan, the future of women is highly uncertain. International troops have left the country, and Afghanistan’s new government is exploring the possibility of reconciliation talks with the Taliban. The new book Contested Terrain: Reflections with Afghan Women Leaders, by Sally L. Kitch, chronicles the stories of two Afghan professional women, Marzia Basel and Jamila Afghani, as they navigate both patriarchal culture and international intervention.

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