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East China Sea Dispute = End of East Asian Miracle?

"Neither Tokyo nor Beijing has shown any signs of backing down on their claims to the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. What’s more, as Washington gets pulled ever more into taking sides in the dispute, the stakes are getting even higher for the situation to explode," writes Shihoko Goto in The Globalist.

UN—Not U.S.—Should Take Lead on Talks to Stabilize Afghanistan

The UN—not the U.S.—is better-suited to manage regional talks on Afghanistan, since important parties like Russia, Iran, and Pakistan view it as a more neutral broker, Wilson Center expert Dennis Kux says. The UN should appoint a special representative to coordinate talks.

Pakistan's Runaway Urbanization

Pakistan is South Asia’s most rapidly urbanizing country. In barely 10 years, nearly 50 percent of its 180 million people will live in cities (a third do today). This new publication discusses the drivers of Pakistan’s urbanization, and examines the country’s major urban challenges. It also offers a series of policy recommendations and ways forward to help tackle a trend that won’t be going away anytime soon.

Pakistan's Urbanization: Policy Brief Series

Pakistan is South Asia’s most rapidly urbanizing country. In barely 10 years, nearly 50 percent of its 180 million people will live in cities (a third do today). The series seeks to share with a wider audience the proceedings of a recent Wilson Center conference that explored Pakistan’s urbanization challenges.

Green Tigers: The Politics and Policy of Climate Change in Northeast Asian Democracies

This Special Report examines how governments in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan have approached the issue of climate change. Yves Tiberghien examines and compares Tokyo's climate change politics before and after Japan's historic 2009 general election. Hoesung Lee and Jin-Gyu Oh review the voluntary but detailed climate change strategy mapped out by the South Korean government. And Chi-Jen Yang and Hui-Chen Chien explore the relationship between climate change policy and Taiwan's quest to increase its diplomatic space. Send an email to asia@wilsoncenter.org for a free copy or click on the attachment for a free PDF version.

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