Asia News

After Paris, are Paktika and Peshawar Next?

Nov 19, 2015
A number of political and sectarian factors make the likelihood of ISIS expansion into Afghanistan and Pakistan unlikely, but the sinister possibility of a future rapprochement between ISIS and al-Qaeda should not be ruled out completely.

With Little at Stake in Paris, China Preaches Peace from the Sidelines

Nov 19, 2015
China’s sympathetic response toward the Paris attacks is tempered by its reluctance to engage more closely in Middle Eastern affairs, but longer-term political and economic considerations may complicate its policy of noninvolvement.

What's Heartening About Protests in Afghanistan Over Minority Beheadings

Nov 16, 2015
Something extraordinary happened in Afghanistan this week—and, for a change, it was heartening, not horrifying.

Defeated in Bihar: Where does the BJP go from here?

Nov 12, 2015
The resounding defeat of India’s ruling party in a key state election could send the country down a dangerous path.

China's Inroads into the West

Nov 05, 2015
In his article “China’s Inroads into the West,” Global Fellow Nicola Casarini discusses the possible development of new trades routes between China and the EU including the ‘one belt, one road’ (OBOR) initiative. Casarini highlights the impact struggling Chinese markets have on Europe and the Euro, and notes that China is investing in European infrastructure to increase trade access.

Myanmar Elections Preview

Nov 04, 2015
Wilson Center Asia Program Fellow, Renaud Egreteau, provides a preview of the upcoming elections in post-junta Burma (Myanmar).

A Little Bit of Sugar Helps the Pill Go Down: Resilience, Peace, and Family Planning

Nov 03, 2015
A recent article by Malcolm Potts, Aafreen Mahmood, and Alisha Graves of the University of California Berkeley’s OASIS Initiative notes that family planning has an important role to play in building peace by increasing women’s empowerment and their agency. “The pill is mightier than the sword,” as they put it.

Showdown in the South China Sea

Oct 28, 2015
Kissinger Institute Director Robert Daly explains the American and Chinese perspectives on the showdown in the South China Sea.

Thinking About American Power: A Primer for the Candidates

Oct 26, 2015
American political campaigns often seem a contest about machismo. The current presidential race is no different. Sounding tough and celebrating American power may make for good politics, but today’s foreign policy realities call for a more nuanced approach to the many challenges the next president will face.