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Abdullah's Withdrawal Deals 'Heavy Blow' to Afghan Election Audit

Aug 29, 2014
A spokesman for Abdullah Abdullah says the Afghan presidential candidate will reject the results of the election audit. The move could deepen the crisis and prove catastrophic, said Michael Kugelman in this interview with Deutsche Welle.

Tackling Japan’s Demographic Time Bomb

Aug 29, 2014
Japan’s demographic time bomb is not merely ticking—it is already on the brink of exploding. The country needs more tax-paying, young citizens to offset its ever-increasing number of pensioners if retirees wish to maintain their current standards of living.

Why Afghanistan Should Be Worried About Pakistan's Political Crisis

Aug 21, 2014
This month, Pakistan has experienced its most serious political crisis in years. While the outcome of the protests remains uncertain, this much is clear: The Pakistani military is the big winner. This is bad news for Pakistan's fragile democracy -- but also for fragile Afghanistan.

4 Reasons to Worry About Pakistan’s Latest Political Crisis

Aug 21, 2014
Nawaz Sharif scored a resounding victory in Pakistan’s national elections in May 2013. Just 15 months later, his government is fighting for its life.

The United States and the Guomindang Forces in Burma, 1949-1954: A Diplomatic Disaster

Aug 11, 2014
Former fellow Kenton Clymer recently published an article based on his work at the Wilson Center in the The Chinese Historical Review

Liselotte Odgaard Writes for The Chinese Journal of Internal Politics

Aug 11, 2014
Former scholar Liselotte Odgaard had her essay "Peaceful Coexistence Strategy and China's Diplomatic Power" published in the journal.

Pakistan and Afghanistan: Losing the Blame Game on Militancy

Aug 07, 2014
Islamabad and Kabul need to stop bickering and start cooperating on a coordinated counterterrorism strategy, argues Wilson Center Global Fellow Huma Yusuf in a new commentary written exclusively for the Asia Program website.

Three Reasons for John Kerry to Be in India While the Rest of the World Burns

Jul 31, 2014
Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to New Delhi for the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue on Thursday. Given all that’s going on in the Middle East and in Russia, some argue that this is the wrong time for him to make this particular visit. Here are three reasons why Mr. Kerry is doing the right thing at the right time, writes Michael Kugelman.

Don’t Forget About Governance: The Risk of Tunnel Vision in Chasing Resilience for Asia’s Cities

Jul 29, 2014
Asia is going through an unprecedented wave of urbanization. Secondary and tertiary cities are seeing the most rapid changes in land-use and ownership, social structures, and values as peri-urban and agricultural land become part of metropolitan cityscapes. All the while, climate change is making many of these fast-growing cities more vulnerable to disasters.

Afghanistan Is Not the Next Iraq

Jul 24, 2014
Could Afghanistan be the next Iraq? Michael Kugelman provides four reasons to believe that Afghanistan could avert Iraq’s frightening fate.

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