U.S. President Barack Obama is seriously considering the possibility of removing every U.S. soldier from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. It would be the right decision, Michael Kugelman writes on CNN.com.
In an op-ed in the Japan Times Nov. 7, Asia Program associate Shihoko Goto discusses how grass-root understanding between Japan, China, and Korea is more important than ever as territorial disputes in the region continue to rage on. Read the full article at: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/eo20121107a1.html
Has civilian assistance to Pakistan over the past three decades assisted with development and improvements in living standards? Or has well-intended aid had a negative impact on Pakistan? The publication of the Wilson Center report Aiding Without Abetting: Making U.S. Civilian Assistance to Pakistan Work for Both Sides provided the London School of Economics with an opportunity to discuss these and related issues. This February 2, 2012, public event in London was co-hosted by the British Pakistan Foundation and LSE’s Asia Research Center.
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.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has repeatedly declared that his number one priority is rebuilding his country’s economy. But Wilson Center and Asia Program Public Policy Scholar Farahnaz Ispahani warns, in an article published in the Foreign Policy’s AFPAK channel, that the Sharif government may face an even more urgent task: combatting the domestic terrorism that threatens the very future of Pakistan.
Gang Lin, program associate with the Center's Asia Program, discusses the regime change in China and its implications.
Fresh off her party’s near sweep in Burma’s extraordinary parliamentary vote last week, internationally celebrated democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi faces a new test: transforming herself from protest icon to politician. In this interview, biographer Peter Popham discusses the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s political strengths and weaknesses, as well as the fierce drive that keeps her going.