Asia Program

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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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An Enduring Revolution: Pakistani Women’s Collective Action for Change

May 05, 2015 // 3:00pm4:30pm
The role of women in many developing countries has traditionally been understood as that of a passive receiver of repression or services. Fouzia Saeed’s research findings challenge this view. At this event, Dr. Saeed will share the outcome of her work during her time as the Wilson Center’s 2014-15 Pakistan Scholar.
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Re-Engaging the United States in Asia: TPP, AIIB, and Competing Frameworks in the Region

April 24, 2015 // 9:00am11:00am
From the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, new economic relations and partnerships are being established across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. How the United States could utilize existing frameworks, or suggest alternatives, to sustain and expand regional ties remains unclear.

The Third Annual Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Memorial Lecture on U.S.-East Asia Relations

April 20, 2015 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Thomas Fingar, Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, former deputy director of national intelligence for analysis and former chairman of the National Intelligence Council, discusses U.S. policy toward China.

Hafu: The Mixed-Race Experience in Japan

April 13, 2015 // 2:00pm4:15pm
With nearly 98 percent of the population believed to be nationals of the country, Japan can seem to be a racially homogenous society. For foreigners already calling Japan home, though, living in a country where there is little racial diversity can be a challenge. That includes those who are half-Japanese.

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