Asia News

Getting to true democracy

May 05, 2008
Struggling with the notion of "true democracy" in the context of Pakistan's volatile politics and poor institutional base, Wilson Center 2007-08 Pakistan Scholar Samia Altaf worries about the viability of leadership,that prefers loyalty and respectability over specific skills and qualifications. Recruitment of competent candidates, based on merit and equality, Dr. Altaf suggests, will help build institutions that sustain democracy.

Pakistan's Economic Mess—and Washington's Opportunity

Apr 25, 2008
In recent weeks, food inflation has spread across the globe. However, according to Asia Program associate Michael Kugelman in an April 25 commentary, Pakistani consumers have faced high food costs for months. Increasing food prices, general inflation, and energy shortages have triggered an economic crisis in Pakistan that "threatens to reverse the gains" of last February's elections. Yet the United States, Mr. Kugelman argues, can take steps to help ease Pakistan's economic strife.

chinadialogue Translates Circle of Blue "Reign of Sand" Piece

Apr 11, 2008
APRIL 2008 - CEF-Circle of Blue partnership story on desertification translated into Mandarin

CEF Posts 2 New Research Briefs on Trash

Apr 08, 2008
APRIL 2008 - These two new research briefs cover solid waste problems in rural China, as well as Hong Kong and Taiwan

Dynastic Politics

Mar 27, 2008
The Wilson Center's 2007-08 Pakistan Scholar, Samia Altaf, looks at South Asia's tradition of political dynasties -- and warns that Pakistan has not broken free of dynastic politics simply because of one successful election. For Dr. Altaf's article in the March 27, 2008 edition of The News.

It's the leadership, stupid

Mar 27, 2008
The Wilson Center's 2007-08 Pakistan Scholar, Samia Altaf, critiques the quality of political leadership in Pakistan in a thought-provoking op-ed from the March 27, 2008 edition of Dawn.

SEPA Upgraded to Ministry of the Environment

Mar 17, 2008
MARCH 2008 - Restructuring of the central government highlights environment as priority

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