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Charity or Terrorism?

Op-ed on Gujarat Violence Provokes Heated Comment Robert M. Hathaway, director of the Wilson Center's Asia Program, recently published an op-ed in The Hindu suggesting the need for an official investigation into U.S. fund-raising efforts by groups implicated in the communal violence that wracked India earlier this year. Hathaway's article has triggered a number of heated replies, some of which are reprinted with the article. Read the op-ed and the responses to it. Others wishing to enter this debate may do so by emailing their comments to asia@wwic.si.edu Selected responses that help promote serious discussion of these issues will be posted on this website.

Cooperation or Conflict: Perspectives on the South China Sea

Tensions over territorial claims continue to percolate in the South China Sea. Questions and concerns about China’s intentions and actions are hot topics in the Philippines and Vietnam. Can the U.S., given the stated intention to “rebalance to Asia,” play an important role in sorting out competing claims?

Japan's Self-Inflicted Wounds

Misspoken words by senior politicians are aggravating Japan's already fragile relations with its Asian neighbors. Their departure would be the first step in right direction, argues Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto in the National Interest.

'Missing Histories': History Education and China-Japan Relations

Differences in history classrooms reflect the social discourse problems that underline China and Japan’s conflict, writes Global Fellow Zheng Wang.

The "Strategic" Partnership Between India and Iran (PDF)

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American Tariffs and Bangladeshi Deaths

The U.S. must bring down tariffs on imports from Bangladesh, argues former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Sanchita B. Saxena in a December 11 New York Times op-ed.

Michael Kugelman's Op-Ed on U.S.-Pakistan Cooperation on Water Issues

In a November 17 op-ed in Pakistan's Dawn newspaper, program associate Michael Kugelman argues that U.S.-Pakistan cooperation on water issues can improve ties between the two countries.
Afghanistan and Pakistan:  Conflict, Extremism, and Resistance to Modernity by Riaz Mohammad Khan

Afghanistan and Pakistan: Conflict, Extremism, and Resistance to Modernity

This timely study surveys the conflict in Afghanistan from Pakistan’s point of view and analyzes the roots of Pakistan’s ambiguous policy—supporting the United States on one hand and showing empathy for the Afghan Taliban on the other. 

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