Pakistan, ruled by the military for half of its 66-year life, has taken steps toward democracy, but the process is far from complete as illustrated by the strength and influence of Pakistan’s military. When President Obama meets with Pakistan’s new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, on Wednesday, he should use the occasion to bolster the civilian government’s role relative to the military, writes Michael Kugelman in this New York Times op-ed.
Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto discusses the longer-term impact of the U.S. government shutdown on relations with Asia.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is pleased to announce Japanese Diet member and Parliamentary Secretary of the Environment Hideki Makihara as a Wilson Center Global Fellow. Mr. Makihara is in his second term as a member of the House of Representatives with the Liberal Democratic Party. In September 2013, he was also named Parliamentary Secretary of the Environment.
The Senkaku/Diaoyu/Diaoyutai Islands are the single biggest manifestation of a changing dynamic between China and Japan, symbolizing how the two countries are at loggerheads to be identified as the ultimate Asian power. Shihoko Goto discusses how Taiwan fits into the situation in a piece written for the Defense Security Brief.
As part of his presentation, Springtime in Asia, Senior Scholar Nobuo Fukuda sat down with the Asia Program for an interview.
The culmination of a large scale project investigating the role of women in the media in Pakistan, Uks has launched the report "Who's Telling Our Story" to explore the issues raised by their findings. Asia Program Director Robert Hathaway contributed a message of support.
Zardari's legacy will be the strengthening of the democratic process. Out of office, he can now work on rebuilding the PPP so that the party can seek a mandate from the people during the next election to actually govern and deliver -- something it was not allowed to do last time, writes Farahnaz Ispahani.
Asia Program Director Robert M. Hathaway provides brief analysis on the outcome of Australia's general elections
Musharraf's unprecedented indictment is a resounding victory for democracy in Pakistan, but is it also an ill-timed act of revenge politics that distracts from larger issues? Senior Program Associate Michael Kugelman believes so, as he writes in this Op-Ed for the Express Tribune.