The US strategic plan is to continue providing global security with emphasis on “rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region.” Such a pivot is not new, but has been in play since the end of the Cold War, argues Robert M. Hathaway, director of the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The strategy requires a long-term partnership with India, as an economic and security anchor in the region. Priorities for both countries vary, particularly in regard to China, leading to divisions within each country as well. Many in India do not want their nation to take part in any Sino-American cold war or conflict and accuse the US of ignoring shenanigans from Pakistan. Indians are also wary about US plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and the likely resulting chaos. Both countries have conservatives who oppose reliance on partnerships and agreements that could constrain their military. Ultimately, Hathaway concludes, strength of nations as global actors depends on ensuring economic security and meeting domestic challenges. – YaleGlobal
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.
Gang Lin, program associate with the Center's Asia Program, discusses the regime change in China and its implications.
Pakistan faces more sectarian strife and economic struggle next year, predicts senior program associate for South Asia Michael Kugelman in a recent piece for CNN's GPS blog.
The full text of Mahmood's key address at the Wilson Center's April 23 conference on Pakistan-India trade.
In the Dec. 4th issue of The Daily Yomiuri, Wilson Center Japan Scholar Satoshi Ikeuchi comments on the paucity of Japan hands in Washington.