The world is experiencing a grain rush. With increasing frequency, food-importing countries and private investors are acquiring farmland across the developing world. This new publication marks one of the first efforts in the United States to bring together perspectives from international organizations, farmers, and investors alike about a trend often referred to as a new phase of the world food crisis. Edited by Michael Kugelman and Susan L. Levenstein. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for a free copy or click on the attachment for a free PDF version.
The military offensive under way in North Waziristan has triggered a humanitarian crisis. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced. Many are staying in refugee camps in KP. However, if history is any guide, scores will eventually end up in Pakistani cities.
There is always hope that new legislation will change relationships and improve development. In reality, the solution is a long term process, said Mirza Jahani, Chief Executive Officer of the Aga Khan Foundation, in an exclusive interview. “To be a better aid agency you need to have your people there for longer periods of time with increased tour lengths of individuals.”
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in collaboration with the Fellowship Fund for Pakistan (FFFP), a charitable trust based in Karachi, announced the appointment of Dr. Sabiha Mansoor as the Wilson Center's new Pakistan Scholar. Mansoor will spend nine months in residence at the Wilson Center beginning in September 2009, carrying out research and writing a book on fashioning a professional development strategy for higher education faculty in Pakistan.
Stability is Washington’s core interest in nuclear-armed, volatile Pakistan. This is why it agonizes over the Pakistani Taliban’s (TTP) vicious campaign of anti-state terror. Yet, it’s arguably sectarian violence that poses the greatest threat to Pakistan’s long-term stability, writes Michael Kugelman in The National Interest.
Gang Lin, program associate with the Center's Asia Program, discusses the regime change in China and its implications.
The Wilson Center’s Asia Program will create an annual lecture series on U.S.-East Asian relations, named after noted diplomatic historian and Wilson Center Senior Scholar Nancy Bernkopf Tucker.