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Asia Program Special Reports

Asia Program Special Reports include papers and presentations by guest speakers at seminars and conferences sponsored by the Asia program. The Special Reports aim to make the Asia Program's discussion available to a broader audience. A hard copy of any publication may be obtained free of charge by contacting the Asia Program. Views expressed in the Special Reports do not necessarily reflect the views of the Woodrow Wilson Center. Click on the attachment for a free PDF version.

Issues in this Series

Taiwan's Energy Conundrum

Bryce Wakefield
Explore the complex set of opportunities and challenges inherent in Taiwan’s energy profile in the latest Asia Program Special Report.

Green Tigers: The Politics and Policy of Climate Change in Northeast Asian Democracies

Bryce Wakefield
This Special Report examines how governments in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan have approached the issue of climate change. Yves Tiberghien examines and compares Tokyo's climate change politics before and after Japan's historic 2009 general election. Hoesung Lee and Jin-Gyu Oh review the voluntary but detailed climate change strategy mapped out by the South Korean government. And Chi-Jen Yang and Hui-Chen Chien explore the relationship between climate change policy and Taiwan's quest to increase its diplomatic space. Send an email to asia@wilsoncenter.org for a free copy or click on the attachment for a free PDF version.

Japan's Political Mess: Abe Failed, Can Fukuda Do Better?

This Special Report examines the reasons behind the dramatic political demise of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as well as what his failure means for the future of Japan's two major political parties. Edited by Mark Mohr. Send an email to asia@wilsoncenter.org for a free copy or click on the attachment for a free PDF version.

The Policy Space Debate: Does a Globalized and Multilateral Economy Constrain Development Policies?

This Special Report asks whether global economic policies and rules constrain national policy space to enable developing countries to choose the best policy mix for achieving sustainable and equitable development. This central question is addressed through critical assessments of how the policy frameworks of the international financial institutions, exchange rate regimes, as well as intellectual property rights affect the development paradigms of developing countries. Edited by Bhumika Muchhala. Click on the attachment for a free PDF version.

The Chinese People's Liberation Army: Should the United States Be Worried?

This Special Report examines the modernization program of the Chinese People's Liberation Army(PLA). The essayists conclude that while this program bears watching, the U.S. military, assuming it too continues to modernize, will be able to maintain its lead in overall capacity. Edited by Mark Mohr. Click on the attachment for a free PDF version.

Six-Party Stall: Are South Korea and China Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?

This Special Report, based on a symposium held at the Wilson Center June 14, 2006, examines the positions of two key players, South Korea and China, in the multilateral 6-party talks attempting to find a peaceful solution to the problem of North Korea's nuclear weapons program. The analysis of the authors helps to explain why the talks are encountering so many difficulties and making so little progress. Edited by Mark Mohr. Click on the attachment for a free PDF version.

The Avian Flu Challenge in Southeast Asia: The Potential of Public-Private Partnerships

The spread of the avian flu virus in both humans and animals across Southeast Asia has soared in recent years. This Special Report examines the public sector constraints Indonesia confronts in battling avian flu, the positive initiatives of the leading pharmaceutical company in the avian flu epidemic, as well as a case study of a successful public-private partnership that strengthens the institutional capacity of Indonesia's public health sector to address its avian flu challenge. Edited by Bhumika Muchhala. Send an email to asia@wilsoncenter.org for a free copy or click on the attachment for a free PDF version.

Edging Toward Full Empowerment? South Korean Women in the Workplace and the Political Arena

South Korean women are well-educated and active in the economy, yet they are also poorly represented in leadership positions and face limited opportunities once employed. This Special Report addresses this apparent contradiction through an examination of the status of South Korean women in the work force, corporate world, and political realm. Edited by Michael Kugelman. Send an email to asia@wilsoncenter.org for a free copy or click on the attachment for a free PDF version.

China and Democracy: A Contradiction in Terms?

This Special Report examines the degree of progress toward democracy being made in China today. While there has been surprising progress in certain areas, the four essayists agree that the Chinese Communist Party is not about to give up its hold on political power anytime soon. Edited by Mark Mohr. Send an email to asia@wilsoncenter.org for a free copy or click on the attachment for a free PDF version

One Year After the Tsunami: Policy and Public Perceptions

This report, featuring essays from both Indonesian and American experts, assesses post-tsunami reconstruction efforts in Indonesia, with a particular focus on how reconstruction has affected the country's internally displaced persons (IDPs). The report also examines Indonesian public opinion toward both Indonesia and the United States after the tsunami. Edited by Michael Kugelman. Send an email to asia@wilsoncenter.org for a free copy or click on the attachment for a free PDF version.

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