In this op-ed from The Dawn, Michael Kugelman writes that while he tends to be an optimist about Pakistan, he fears that the nation's perils are too ingrained and structural to be expunged by even the most exceptional of leaders.
Constitutional revision is a perennial topic in Japanese political discussion, with Article 9—which renounces war and the threat or use of force as a means of settling international disputes—subject to particularly vigorous debate. This new Asia Program publication asks whether it’s not “A Time for Change” for Japan’s “Peace Constitution.”
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.
Essays by Michael Evans and Thomas-Durell Young
The Asia Program is pleased to have published a timely new study by Prof. Stephen Tankel on militancy in India. Prof. Tankel's main focus is a loosely organized indigenous Islamist militant network known as the Indian Mujahideen.
This Special Report examines the history, structure, and dynamics of Chinese transnational communities.
Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto appears on CCTV to discuss Japan's economic outlook under the leadership of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. See it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtS-wPLubXs
The UN reports that 2,118 civilians were killed in Afghanistan last year–the most since the end of Taliban rule in 2001. Erica Gaston, fellow at the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), explains how Afghan civilians can best be helped.