Asia Program

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Book Launch—Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka: The Labor Behind the Global Garments and Textiles Industries

July 29, 2014 // 11:00am12:45pm
The garments and textiles sector is one of the world’s oldest export industries. It has often served as the “starter” industry for many countries, especially in Asia. Dr. Saxena’s book, based on original, in-depth research in three different Asian countries, casts light on some of the significant policy and attitudinal shifts that have occurred in this industry.
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Pakistan's Interminable Energy Crisis: Is There Any Way Out?

July 23, 2014 // 9:15am4:00pm
Pakistan is plagued by a deep energy crisis—one with troubling consequences for its fragile economy and volatile security situation. Islamabad, in fact, has described energy as a greater challenge than terrorism. This conference seeks to capitalize on the urgency of the crisis. It will focus on steps that can and should be taken in the immediate future to address both supply- and demand-side aspects of Pakistan’s energy conundrum.
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Assessing Threats Facing the U.S.-Korea Alliance

June 18, 2014 // 12:10pm6:00pm
The dynamism of Asian markets, China’s rise, and Japan’s quest to become a normal state, play key roles in determining the future of the US-ROK alliance. At the same time, U.S. perception of China’s growing influence differs from that of Korea’s. Similarly, Washington does not see eye-to-eye with Seoul over changes in Japan’s policies. While the bilateral alliance remains strongest in dealing with North Korea, the two allies also have different views on dealing with this challenge.
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Pakistan’s Polio Crisis: The Deeper Story

June 10, 2014 // 11:00am12:15pm
The world is witnessing a resurgence of the polio virus, and Pakistani is at its epicenter. This year, Pakistan has already reported about 60 cases—far more than any other country. Most observers blame Pakistan’s worsening polio problem on rising militancy. Yet according to Samia Altaf, there is a deeper story beyond this popular narrative.
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Religious Intolerance in Pakistan and the Plight of Religious Minorities

June 04, 2014 // 4:00pm5:15pm
In recent years, Pakistan—a Sunni Muslim majority country with Shia Muslim, Christian, and Hindu minorities—has been convulsed by sectarian violence. More than 2,000 people have been killed in sectarian attacks since 2008, and last year sectarian killings rose by more than a fifth from 2012.

Asia in the World: Economic, Political, Military, and Social Challenges

May 27, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
A book launch event for the new edition of International Relations of Asia, edited by David Shambaugh and Michael Yahuda.

Gamers: Athletes for the Next Generation

May 07, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Is someone who plays a computer game really an athlete? According to the State Department, they are.

India’s Maoist Insurgency: Drivers and Policy Responses

May 06, 2014 // 4:00pm5:15pm
New Delhi has referred to India’s Maoist insurgency as the country’s biggest internal security challenge. What explains the re-emergence and expansion of Maoist violence in India’s rural areas over the last decade, and how should it be dealt with?
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The Political Origins of Economic Reform in Pakistan

May 01, 2014 // 10:30am12:00pm
Pakistan has long struggled to implement reforms and to adapt to an increasingly globalized world. Today, the country's mixed track record in terms of putting in place the right reforms presents one of the leading challenges to stability.

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