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When Barry Met Hamid

Feb 18, 2014
Christina Lamb, one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents and a Wilson Center Global Fellow, warns that Afghan President Hamid Karzai is “playing straight into the hands” of those who favor the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. But Washington is also to blame for deplorable ties between Afghanistan and the United States.

Could Pakistan Become a Sharia State?

Feb 14, 2014
As Pakistan’s government prepares to launch peace negotiations with the Pakistani Taliban, which has led a violent insurgency that ultimately seeks to impose harsh forms of Sharia law, Michael Kugelman discusses whether Pakistan could one day become a Sharia state.

An Emergent U.S. Security Strategy in Southeast Asia

Feb 10, 2014
Senior Scholar Marvin Ott and Research Assistant Kenneth Ngo contributed this piece to the Asia Pacific Bulletin by the East-West Center.

Pakistan’s Militancy Response: Too Little, Too Late

Feb 04, 2014
Pakistan may finally be getting more serious about tackling its militancy problem. But don’t get your hopes up.

Why U.S. Angst Over Chinese Buyouts is Warranted

Jan 27, 2014
Worries about Chinese takeovers of key U.S. companies are a deepening concern to both policymakers and consumer advocacy groups. And the American public has reason to be wary of these acquisitions.

Asia’s Scramble for Africa: Who Woos Best?

Jan 27, 2014
A new scramble for Africa is unfolding. But it’s no longer Western powers vying for land and the continent’s wealth as they had until the outbreak of World War I. The power struggle now is among Asian nations, most notably China and Japan.

Five Resolutions for U.S. South Asia Policy in 2014

Jan 17, 2014
Here are five New Year's resolutions that, if upheld, can help inch the region just a bit closer to the stability that's long eluded it.

Afghanistan Stability: a Pipe Dream?

Jan 13, 2014
"The stabilizing role of a post-2014 force - and its overall utility - would be modest at best," writes Michael Kugelman. "Afghanistan's future will largely be determined by domestic political considerations in South Asia that the U.S. has little ability - or desire - to influence."

Japan in 2014: Can Abe Manage China Tensions?

Jan 09, 2014
Will Japan assert its own vision for East Asia, or will it continue simply to react to China? That will be the biggest question in 2014 for Tokyo as tensions with Beijing continue to mount writes Shihoko Goto.

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