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Panic Over China’s “Black Monday”

Aug 26, 2015
Wilson Center Public Policy Fellow Kent Hughes comments on the potential for panic in reaction to China’s “Black Monday” stock market woes.
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The End of WW II From Japan's Perspective and its Implications for Today

Aug 06, 2015
As we observe the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Shihoko Goto describes the end of war from Japan's perspective. “Japan can be a stronger regional leader by articulating its history as a whole, both as a victim and as an aggressor,” Goto says.

Did Hiroshima Save Japan From Soviet Occupation?

Aug 05, 2015
"Although the bomb did not make Stalin back off in Hokkaido, its implicit threat made superpower cooperation an increasingly remote prospect. Hiroshima, then, made the Cold War practically inevitable," writes Sergey Radchenko.

Will ISIS Infect Bangladesh?

Aug 04, 2015
"Thanks to increased counterterrorism efforts spearheaded by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, IS has few allies that can help it tap into Bangladesh’s large Muslim population. Pro-IS sentiment, simply put, is very weak in Bangladesh," write Atif Jalal Ahmad and Michael Kugelman.

After Mullah Omar’s Death, the Taliban Could Fracture Further

Jul 31, 2015
"We may be seeing in Afghanistan the calm before the storm. If tensions spill over, splinter groups could form and some Taliban members could defect to Islamic State. Should such tumult feed on itself enough, it might even tear the Taliban apart," writes Michael Kugelman.

As Beijing Prepares To Host Winter Olympics, Where Will It Get The Snow?

Jul 31, 2015
"For the surrounding area, they are going to get the water there to make the snow, and there will definitely be losers. And it could be local, smaller villages and remaining farming communities," says Jennifer Turner in this interview on NPR.

Russia's National Idea: Matthew Rojansky interviews Dr. Nikolai Zlobin

Jul 30, 2015
Following the July 23, 2015 event co-sponsored by the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute and Kissinger Institute on China and the U.S., Matthew Rojansky interviews Dr. Nikolai Zlobin on his takeaways from the session.

China's National Idea: Robert Daly interviews Dr. Ho-fung Hung

Jul 30, 2015
Following the July 23, 2015 event co-sponsored by the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute and Kissinger Institute on China and the U.S., Robert Daly interviews Dr. Ho-fung Hung on his takeaways from the session.

Why Now, Afghanistan?

Jul 30, 2015
In the aftermath of Wednesday’s revelation that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is dead — which had long been assumed yet never confirmed — a fundamental question remains. Why would the Afghan government make this announcement now?
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Taliban Leader Mullah Omar’s Death Confirmed

Jul 29, 2015
Asia Program Senior Associate, Michael Kugelman speaks about the significance of the confirmed death of Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Omar.

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