Jan 07, 2015
"In the coming year, all eyes will be on Afghanistan’s fragile national unity government as it confronts a ferocious insurgency and a floundering economy — and with significantly less international support than it enjoyed in previous years," writes Michael Kugelman.
Dec 29, 2014
As we move into the next year, the Asia Program would like to thank all of our speakers, writers, scholars, and supporters who have helped us make 2014 so successful. We are especially grateful to the writers have worked with us this year on our publications, covering a range of topics from energy crises in both Pakistan and India, the negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership, and the changing relationships and "rebalancing" in Northeast Asia.
Dec 18, 2014
Sadly, this attack could mark the start of a new phase in the Pakistani Taliban’s campaign against the government, writes Michael Kugelman.
Dec 12, 2014
The Obama Administration has spoken of a “pivot” or “rebalance” toward Asia as a foreign policy priority. But the U.S. is not alone in turning its sites toward the Pacific. The European Union continues to focus more and more on the Asian continent as well. Does the pivot present an opportunity for the EU and U.S. to draw upon shared values and a history of cooperation as they engage China and other Asian nations? Or will we see increased competition as both seek to benefit from the economic opportunities the region presents?
Dec 11, 2014
This essay addresses the U.S. shale revolution, the consequences for Korea in the Asian regional context, and energy opportunities in the pending negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Dec 04, 2014
The deal, a surprise to many, has been called, “historic.” Last month, U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced both countries will curb their greenhouse gas emissions over the next two decades. Is this the game changer that those calling for action have been waiting for? Will this create momentum for increased international cooperation? And what does the deal address beyond carbon emissions? China Environment Forum Director, Jennifer Turner provides analysis.
Dec 04, 2014
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s victory in the upcoming December 14 general elections is expected. But the extent of the political foothold of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will be dependent once again on the support of the Soka Gakkai, the massive Buddhism-based organization that dominates Japan’s religious landscape.
Dec 04, 2014
"With Putin due in India soon, now is a pivotal moment. Either the United States and India will seize this energy diplomacy opportunity, or India will form closer energy relationships with authoritarian regimes such as Russia," writes Michael Kugelman and Ray Vickery.
Nov 21, 2014
Wilson Center Public Policy Nicola Casarini authored an opinion piece in The National Interest. The article, entitled “Western Competition for Asian Markets is Heating Up,” discusses the Western pivot to Asia.
Nov 18, 2014
The historic deal between the US and China promises to set the most ambitious carbon reduction standards for ever in the world’s two top green house gas emitters. In Beijing, it’s all about keeping the economy up and public discontent down. Jennifer Turner, CEF director was interviewed by KCRW radio program for the program To the Point, talking about reasons for China to make the deal and their chances to realize it.