Asia Program

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Perspectives on Monetary Policy Developments in Pakistan

On April 24, 2006, the Asia Program hosted Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, governor of the State Bank of Pakistan. Dr. Akhtar assumed her present position in January 2006, following a distinguished career with the Asian Development Bank. Read the text of Governor Akhtar's Wilson Center address.

Dhaka Forecloses the Grameen Brand

Bangladesh's government has chosen a path that clearly will lead to taking over the pioneering microfinance bank, just as its founder, Nobel Prize winner Muhammed Yunus, feared. In this op-ed, Senior Scholar and former Ambassador to Bangladesh William Milam describes the motivations of Prime Minister Hasina’s government to bring the bank down and laments that due to Western inaction, it may now be too late to reverse course.

Afghanistan Is Not the Next Iraq

Could Afghanistan be the next Iraq? Michael Kugelman provides four reasons to believe that Afghanistan could avert Iraq’s frightening fate.

India and Pakistan at Odds Over Shrinking Indus River

Irrigation and hydroelectric projects are draining the river's flow, while glaciers are melting in Kashmir.

Chinese Foreign Policy: A New Era Dawns

As its economic clout grows, Beijing is forging its own path in international relations, scholar Anne-Marie Brady writes for The Diplomat.

Wilson Center Australian Scholar Next Australian Ambassador to OECD

The Australian minister for foreign affairs, Kevin Rudd has today announced that Wilson Center Australian Scholar Chris Barrett will be Australia's next Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris.

Pakistan-India Trade: What Needs to Be Done? What Does It Matter?

After a period of warming ties in 2011 and 2012, Pakistan-India relations are off to a rough start in 2013--threatening to weaken the momentum for normalizing commercial ties between the two neighbors. A new Asia Program publication on Pakistan-India trade highlights the benefits and risks--for both countries--of a formal trade relationship, and examines what needs to be done to push the process forward.

U.S. Assistance to Pakistan

Testimony of Robert M. Hathaway before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on International Development, Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection

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