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Taiwan in a Strategic Whirlwind

It has been a busy week for China. In addition to holding a major military parade in Beijing to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Chinese security forces dramatically escalated tension in Hong Kong by using live ammunition against protesters. During this remarkable week I was in Taiwan as a guest of their foreign ministry, meeting with leaders from their government, military, academia, and business communities. The week’s events had a significant impact on Taiwan, and are likely to reverberate for years to come.

Wilson Center Names Nina Jankowicz As New Disinformation Fellow


Contact: Ryan McKenna
Phone: (202) 691-4217

WASHINGTON, DC – The Wilson Center Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) has appointed Nina Jankowicz as its Disinformation Fellow to carry out a rigorous research program outlining comparative regulatory approaches to online influence.

Elections, Peace Talks, and U.S. Policy: What’s Next for Afghanistan?

Eighteen years after U.S. forces entered Afghanistan, the country is not only still at war—it is also in a state of flux. Its political future is uncertain, with the final results of a September 28 presidential election not expected until November. The fate of a fledgling peace and reconciliation process has been unclear since U.S. President Donald Trump called off talks with the Taliban. The direction of U.S. policy, and particularly the future American military presence, is also a major question.

AfPak File: Previewing Afghanistan’s Upcoming Presidential Election

On September 28, Afghans will go to the polls for a presidential election amid serious security risks and concerns about election technology, among other issues.

What can we expect from this election? What do Afghans think about it, and what playout in terms of turnout? What is the risk of a contested result and a post-election political crisis, as was the case after the last presidential election in September 2014?

The latest episode of the AfPak File, the joint podcast series of the Wilson Center and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, explores these questions and more.

What Can Be Done About the Problem of Political Parties?

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What Can Be Done About the Problem of Political Parties?

Patrick Liddiard

After the Arab Spring: “A Tale of Four Worlds”

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Middle East Fellows and authors Marina and David Ottaway about their new book A Tale of Four Worlds: The Arab Region After the Uprisings. The book is an indispensable analysis of the profound upheavals in four regions of the Middle East since the Arab Spring that have shaken, and continue to transform, Arab and global politics.


Parties and Voters – Why Women Politicians in Israel Cannot Catch a Break

In both the April and September 2019 elections in Israel there was a significant decrease in the number of women elected to the legislature for the first time since the late 1990s. This is despite the record number of women in the 20th Knesset session (2015-2019), a total of 37 women out of 120 legislators. Another historic achievement of the 20th Knesset was the presence of three Palestinian-Israeli women legislators.

Democracy and Human Rights in South Asia: The Inaugural Asma Jahangir Memorial Lecture featuring Ayesha Jalal

The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Asia Program, and South Asia Democracy Watch (SDW), Present the Inaugural Asma Jahangir Lecture Series