Oct 01, 2012
The Woodrow Wilson Center's China Environment Forum and Circle of Blue have been working on the next part of the Choke Point: China series with support from Skoll Global Threats Fund. Circle of Blue’s director and senior editor just returned from the second fieldwork trip to China to examine the water-energy challenges facing second-tier cities, shale gas development, water pollution, and the expansion of agriculture in the northeast. The upcoming Choke Point: China part II reports will begin being posted later this month, but we already have some short blog posts as a preview. The first focuses on aquaculture in China.
Sep 20, 2012
This project emerged from an awareness of the growing influence, in both the United States and especially China, of both public and elite attitudes on what many analysts recognize as the increasingly turbulent bilateral security relationship. Its objective is to obtain non-partisan policy-relevant data and insights on the evolving content and influence of such attitudes, as policymakers seek to reduce the likelihood of serious future bilateral crises or conflicts.
The Shale Gas Revolution: Implications for U.S. and Canadian Energy Policy and Asian Energy Security
Sep 06, 2012
North America is enjoying a greater wealth of energy resources, with new technology making it easier to extract natural gas from dense shale rock formations. This increase in supply has caused gas prices to plummet in the United States to approximately $3 per thousand cubic feet, compared to $16 per thousand cubic feet in Asia. With Asia struggling to meet its growing energy demand, countries such as China, South Korea, and Japan are looking toward North America to help diversify their energy imports. Many in the United States and Canada are interested in fulfilling Asia’s need for gas in order to help diversify trade and boost the economy. Others fear that liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports will hurt North America’s energy security and that LNG exports may raise domestic gas prices. NBR recently spoke with James Slutz, President and Managing Director of Global Energy Strategies LLC, to better understand this debate and the implications for U.S. energy and foreign policy.
Sep 05, 2012
Both Washington and Beijing consider good bilateral relations of vital importance. But their growing strategic rivalry has the potential to evolve into mutual antagonism. The hard reality is that China and the United States will not be able to lessen strategic mistrust unless and until they are prepared to address a central question: is there an array of military deployments and normal operations that will permit China to defend its core interests while allowing America to continue fully to meet its defense responsibilities in the region and protect vital U.S. interests?
Sep 04, 2012
A highlight of the AUW WPSP Institute was when the students presented their Action Plans to combat injustices towards women in their home countries.
Aug 16, 2012
As the world’s largest exporter of corn, soybeans, and wheat, the United States is vital to the global food market. But this summer has seen the country’s worst drought since 1956, and several other key grain-producing regions have been affected by abnormal weather this year as well.
Aug 14, 2012
Bangladesh's government has chosen a path that clearly will lead to taking over the pioneering microfinance bank, just as its founder, Nobel Prize winner Muhammed Yunus, feared. In this op-ed, Senior Scholar and former Ambassador to Bangladesh William Milam describes the motivations of Prime Minister Hasina’s government to bring the bank down and laments that due to Western inaction, it may now be too late to reverse course.
Aug 14, 2012
The Minister of Women and Children Affairs of Bangladesh, Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, opened a three-week long Leadership Institute at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong.
Aug 14, 2012
In collaboration with the U.S. State Department and the Seven Sisters women’s colleges, the Asian University for Women will host the Women in Public Service Summer Institute from August 1 to August 15, 2012.
Aug 14, 2012
The first AUW Women in Public Service Summer Institute led by Dr. Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director of the Global Women's Leadersip Initiative is currently underway at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh, running from August 1 – August 15, 2012.