Program News

5 Takeaways From Obama’s Trip to India

January 27, 2015
Now that President Barack Obama has left India, the post-trip analysis can begin. Here are five chief impressions from Michael Kugelman.

A Victory in Kobani?

January 27, 2015
"Despite two thousand airstrikes by American, European, and Arab warplanes since August 8th, the Islamic State has lost only one per cent of the land it seized in Iraq, and it continues to expand in Syria," writes Robin Wright.

MENA Women's News Brief

January 27, 2015
The Middle East Program will send out the latest developments on women’s issues in the Middle East and North Africa region on a bi-monthly basis.

2015 Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research

January 26, 2015
The Wilson Center and the George Washington University seek applications from Ph.D. students from the US and abroad working on international relations and modern history for the 2015 Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR)

Citizen Security in Mexico: Getting Better or Getting Worse?

January 23, 2015
In this edition of CONTEXT, Alejandro Hope (Mexican Institute for Competitiveness), and David Shirk (University of San Diego), review efforts to improve citizen security in Mexico in 2014. They also look ahead to what we can expect in 2015. Is the situation getting better or worse? The answer to that question has a lot to do with where you’re looking. Our guests sort through the good and bad news with an eye toward the future.

Fix the Link to Pakistan, Bond With India

January 23, 2015
"President Obama, who is visiting India this weekend, and India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, have both described their countries as natural partners. That may be true. But they cannot achieve a deep and strategic partnership until the United States deals more forthrightly with Pakistan, New Delhi’s neighbor and nemesis," writes Michael Kugelman.

Obama in India: 4 Reasons to Keep Expectations in Check

January 23, 2015
President Barack Obama‘s upcoming three-day visit to India aims to build on the momentum of Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s week-long visit to the U.S. in September–a trip flush with soaring rhetoric and goodwill. But don’t expect substantive outcomes. Here are four reasons why.

At Risk of Fragmenting, Yemen Poses Dangers to U.S.

January 23, 2015
"The latest Yemeni crisis raises the prospect of yet another Arab country where the United States faces rising dangers but has no strong partners amid a landscape of sectarian violence," writes Public Policy Scholar Robert Worth.

Clearing the Air: Is Natural Gas a Game Changer for Coal in China?

January 22, 2015
On the heels of a landmark U.S.-China climate agreement, 2015 will be a critical year for China’s environmental and energy policy. A revised and much stricter Environmental Protection Law went into force on January 1; new amendments to the Air Pollution Law are likely to be put in place; and the National Development and Reform Commission will draft a new five-year plan. A monumental shift from coal to natural gas is achievable and necessary.

Indian Prime Minister Modi to Welcome Obama for Second Time

January 22, 2015
President Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. President to visit India twice when he arrives under heavy security next week. He will also become the first U.S. President to be honored as Chief Guest during the annual Republic Day celebration. But the trip will be more than ceremonial, as President Obama and his counterpart Prime Minister Modi are likely to hold comprehensive talks on the entire gamut of bilateral issues in search of ways to enhance cooperation. In this episode of NOW, Michael Kugelman tells us what to expect from this important meeting.

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