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Why the U.S. Should Give Pyongyang Breathing Space

Apr 02, 2013
North Korea's provocative behavior may be part of a larger effort to break out of diplomatic isolation and economic dependency on China by pressuring Washington to return to the negotiating table. Commentary co-authored by Jane Harman, Robert Hathaway, and James Person.

How Caroline Kennedy Could Make a Difference in Japan

Apr 02, 2013
When it comes to equality for women, Japan ranks 101st out of 135 countries. Shihoko Goto writes that as an ambassador, Caroline Kennedy could serve to change this as a high-profile voice for empowering women in both Japan and the United States.

Is Pakistan's Condition Terminal?

Mar 27, 2013
Program director Robert M. Hathaway weighs in on Pakistan's troubled future.

An Optimist’s Hope Begins to Fade

Mar 22, 2013
In this op-ed from The Dawn, Michael Kugelman writes that while he tends to be an optimist about Pakistan, he fears that the nation's perils are too ingrained and structural to be expunged by even the most exceptional of leaders.

Does China Have a Foreign Policy?

Mar 20, 2013
China is rising as a global power, but the position that top foreign policy officials occupy in the Chinese political system is surprisingly far from the center of power, writes Zheng Wang in this op-ed.

Taking Stock of the Pakistan-India Trade Relationship

Mar 20, 2013
A new publication examines the state of the Pakistan-India trade relationship, and what must be done to normalize it.

Abe Looks to Redefine U.S.-Japan Ties

Feb 22, 2013
Today, President Obama meets with Japan’s new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the first time. Given the growing tensions in the Asia-Pacific region from the East Asia Sea territorial disputes to the North Korea conundrum, it is in the United States’ interest for the two leaders to develop strong personal ties and build a partnership that will confront the new realities of East Asia, writes Shihoko Goto in this op-ed.

Pakistan's Energy Crisis: Breaking the Chain

Feb 07, 2013
A new monograph proposes a new strategy toward resolving Pakistan's long-enduring energy crisis.

The Global Farmland Rush

Feb 06, 2013
Over the last decade food-importing nations and private investors have been securing land abroad to use for agriculture – cumulatively amounting to approximately the size of Western Europe. Michael Kugelman highlights how this practice puts citizens of some poorer countries in danger of losing their patrimony, not to mention their sources of food.

Japan Can't Spend Its Way Out of a Recession

Jan 31, 2013
Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto writes in World Politics Review that Japan must cut welfare spending and boost female employment in addition to reviewing immigration policy for longer-term growth.

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