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Asia's Water Problems Could Provoke Major Conflict

Water scarcity in some areas, floods in others, and various water-related problems could spark major conflicts that have the potential to cripple Asia's economies.

President Obama’s Asia Trip: Implications for China-U.S. Relations

President Obama capped a four-nation visit to Asia with the announcement of a security agreement with the Philippines. While China was not one of the President’s stops, relations with the People’s Republic loomed large as a back drop for his visits to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines. We spoke with former U.S. Ambassador to China, J. Stapleton Roy about the significance of the trip.

East Asia At the Crossroads

Former scholar Yeh-chung Lu co-authored a report on reconciliation strategies on the Korean peninsula the could help reduce cross-Strait tensions between China and Taiwan.

Going Beyond Nuclear: New Energy Security Realities for Japan and the United States

The Fukushima nuclear meltdown has forced Japan to reconsider its energy policy, and as the country continues to grapple with the aftermath of the crisis triggered by the March 2011 earthquake, public opinion remains deeply divided about the country’s future energy policy including nuclear power. The United States, too, is facing its own challenges, as a bonanza in natural gas within its borders in recent years is redefining the meaning of energy independence. How both countries are looking beyond petroleum to meet their respective energy needs, and prospects for alternative energy sources including nuclear power, were the topics of discussion at the latest Japan-U.S. Joint Public Policy Forum, held in Tokyo on October 31, 2012.

Growing gulf in Afghanistan

The rapidly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan has thrown America’s exit plan into peril, casting doubts on whether an orderly withdrawal from the war-torn country is still possible.

U.S. Trade Policy Toward Bangladesh

The government of Bangladesh's recent decision to double the minimum wage in the garment sector was significant, argues Public Policy Scholar Sanchita Saxena in a new commentary . However, she argues that Bangladesh continues to pay high tariffs to the United States (ten times the amount of development assistance it receives), hurting its competitiveness and chances at poverty reduction.

Japan's Political Mess: Abe Failed, Can Fukuda Do Better?

This Special Report examines the reasons behind the dramatic political demise of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as well as what his failure means for the future of Japan's two major political parties. Edited by Mark Mohr. Send an email to asia@wilsoncenter.org for a free copy or click on the attachment for a free PDF version.

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