Summary of the most recent Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum, held in Tokyo, discusses the U.S.-Japan bilateral alliance after the March, 2011, earthquake and tsunami-related disasters in Japan. The forum was co-sponsored by the Wilson Center and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. This report includes transcripts of keynote speeches by Japanese government reconstruction panel chair Makoto Iokibe and former deputy secretary of defense Richard L. Armitage.
Pakistan has an abiding wish for more trade with the United States--but according to program associate Michael Kugelman in a January 25 Dawn op-ed, this is a wish that will go unfulfilled for the foreseeable future.
Nadeem Ul Haque, a former deputy chairman of the Pakistani government’s Planning Commission, discusses what must be done to make Pakistan’s cities a better force for economic growth and development.
On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, program director Robert M. Hathaway, program associate Michael Kugelman, and former Pakistan Scholar Riaz Mohammad Khan published separate op-eds in the Pakistani media.
In the 1990s China embarked on a series of political reforms intended to increase, however modestly, political participation to reduce the abuse of power by local officials. Although there was initial progress, these reforms have largely stalled and, in many cases, gone backward. If there were sufficient incentives to inaugurate reform, why wasn't there enough momentum to continue and deepen them? This book approaches this question by looking at a number of promising reforms, understanding the incentives of officials at different levels, and the way the Chinese Communist Party operates at the local level. The short answer is that the sort of reforms necessary to make local officials more responsible to the citizens they govern cut too deeply into the organizational structure of the party.
This report, featuring essays from both Indonesian and American experts, assesses post-tsunami reconstruction efforts in Indonesia, with a particular focus on how reconstruction has affected the country's internally displaced persons (IDPs). The report also examines Indonesian public opinion toward both Indonesia and the United States after the tsunami. Edited by Michael Kugelman. Send an email to email@example.com for a free copy or click on the attachment for a free PDF version.