Asia Program

Events

Going Global: Chinese Oil and Mining Companies and the Governance of Resource Wealth

This report by Senior Scholar Jill Shankleman was drawn from her six-month research project at the Center examining the impact of China's oil and mining companies' overseas expansion on the governance of resource wealth.

India and the US Pivot to Asia

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

In Pakistan, Journalists Take Steps Forward Amid Political Transition

Five senior-level Pakistani journalists discussed the challenges of and recent progress in reportage in their home country, from government access to public perception.

Who Owns The Arctic Part 2: Is Sustainable Development Possible?

In part 2 of our series “Who Owns The Arctic?”, Aki Tonami discusses the prospects for protecting the environment and creating sustainable development as more and more countries turn their attention to the North Pole.

Changing South Korea-China equations and Japan

Inter-state relations in the Northeast Asian region have changed drastically in recent years thanks to the rapidly evolving new equations among China, Japan and South Korea. The visit made by the newly elected South Korean President Park Geun-hye to Beijing in the last week of June highlighted the changing strategic equations between South Korea and China.

Pakistan's Urbanization: Enabling Entrepreneurial Innovations to Serve Pakistan's Urban Poor

Aun Rahman, the former Pakistan country director at Acumen Fund, a social venture capital firm, considers how private-sector-driven entrepreneurial approaches can be used to assist the urban poor.

Seabed Petroleum in Northeast Asia: Conflict or Cooperation?

With its energy needs steadily multiplying, Northeast Asia will require ever increasing petroleum imports for its economic expansion and survival. This report draws both on extensive field research in Northeast Asia and on two unprecedented workshops in Beijing co-sponsored by the Wilson Center and the China Institute of International Studies (an arm of the Chinese Foreign Ministry). Selected working papers by conference participants from China, Japan, and North and South Korea are included. Send an email to asia@wilsoncenter.org for a free copy or click on the attachment for a free PDF version.

Christian Science Monitor: Obama and Romney Should Be Reading Senior Program Associate Michael Kugelman's New Book

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney should be reading Michael Kugelman's new book, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

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