After a recent trip to South Asia, Robert Hathaway, the Wilson Center's Asia Program Director, notes that U.S. relations with both India and Pakistan are in surprisingly poor shape. Hathaway cautions that the U.S. tendency to put Asia on the back burner is a mistake, especially with regard to North Korea.
Robert M. Hathaway, director of the Wilson Center's Asia Program, explores one of the most interesting partnerships in U.S. politics today - the emerging collaboration between the Indian-American and Jewish communities - in a new article in the New Delhi monthly Seminar. Indian-American leaders have recognized for many years that they could learn much from the Jewish community about using the U.S. political system effectively. But until rather recently, talk along these lines had not been followed with action. Now however, Hathaway reports, things are changing. For the full text of this article, go to http://www.india-seminar.com/semframe.htm and click on the June 2004 Issue.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in collaboration with the Fellowship Fund for Pakistan (FFFP), a charitable trust based in Karachi, today announced the appointment of Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa as the Wilson Center's inaugural Pakistan scholar. Dr. Siddiqa will spend nine months in residence at the Wilson Center, carrying out research and writing on a project titled "Military Inc.: The Political Economy of Militarization in Pakistan."
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Author Jeffery Paine will describe the religion's fateful migration and the eccentric personalities that hastened its spread westward during this book launch. The event will be webcast on Wednesday, March 3, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. (ET).
Pakistan and the United States have shared a shaky alliance over the past half-century, yet each country knows surprisingly little about the other. The Asia Program, in conjunction with the Fellowship Fund for Pakistan, will host a Pakistani scholar in residence, annually, and expand programming on Pakistani issues. The inaugural event of this expanded programming was an all-day conference discussing the merits of and obstacles to instituting an Islamic economy in Pakistan.
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.
In this recent op-ed published by The Chicago Tribune, Timothy Hildebrandt argues that the large amount of water needed to sustain the fledgling ski industry in China is an inappropriate use of a precious and endangered resource. China should delay developing this environmentally harmful sport while it grapples with more pressing issues of human health and sustainable development. It is reprinted here with permission.