On June 15, 2007, the Asia Program hosted a conference on Pakistani trade issues. Pakistan's ambassador to the WTO, Manzoor Ahmad, and Pakistan's ambassador to Italy, Mirza Qamar Beg, made keynote addresses.Read Ambassador Ahmad's keynote addressRead Ambassador Beg's keynote address Read the event summary
On April 13, 2007, Franklin Lavin, the U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, delivered an address at the conference "Challenges and Opportunities of Globalization in India," jointly sponsored by the Wilson Center and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce. Read the transcript of Under Secretary Lavin's remarks
Asia Program director Robert M. Hathaway looks at congressional sentiment that Pakistan should "do more" in the war against terrorism. Read oped
Asia Program Director Robert M. Hathaway looks at how Democratic victories in the November 2006 congressional elections might affect Washington's partnership with South Korea. On both North Korea and trade, Hathaway cautions, South Koreans are reading more into the results of the November elections than is warranted. This essay, part of a Mansfield Foundation project titled "Forging New U.S.-ROK Political Relationships," is posted on the website of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. Read essay
On November 14, 2006, energy and maritime security experts provided an assessment of energy security in the strategically located Strait of Malacca. See the Powerpoint presentations and summary from our November 14 event
While in many respects a troubled country, Pakistan in recent years has experienced robust economic growth. Panelists at a recent Asia Program conference, however, speculated that underlying fiscal problems might be jeopardizing that growth.
On April 24, 2006, the Asia Program hosted Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, governor of the State Bank of Pakistan. Dr. Akhtar assumed her present position in January 2006, following a distinguished career with the Asian Development Bank. Read the text of Governor Akhtar's Wilson Center address.