Asia News

Strengthening a Foolproof Relationship

Dec 15, 2015
Tokyo wishes to further intensify its ties with New Delhi, particularly amid ever-growing tensions in the South China Sea and unshakeable anxiety about Beijing’s military stance.

Will ISIS Infect Bangladesh?

Dec 08, 2015
"Still, ISIS is not the biggest problem for Bangladesh. The biggest problem is an alarming rise in extremist violence more broadly. Debating whether terror attacks are carried out directly by ISIS or simply inspired by ISIS detracts from the chief need of the hour: To stop attacks, many of them not linked to ISIS at all, from happening altogether," writes Michael Kugelman and Atif Jalal Ahmad.

New research on political Islam in Bangladesh

Dec 08, 2015
The Asia Program has published new research on political Islam in Bangladesh, conducted in Dhaka over the summer of 2015.

What the Paris Climate Conference Means for South Asia

Nov 30, 2015
There are no shortages of climate change-induced nightmare scenarios in South Asia which makes the challenge all the greater for negotiators in Paris to reach a meaningful and actionable agreement.

Wilson Perspectives: The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Nov 24, 2015
In this edition of “Wilson Perspectives,” our experts provide that context. In 4 original essays, they cover what's new and old in the trade deal, its future in the United States, and its impact around the globe. Bookmark this page, as we'll continue to update it with new insights in the months ahead. For lawmakers, business leaders, and all our audiences, we hope this will be the comprehensive resource on TPP.

The TPP Remains Key to U.S. Engagement in the Asia-Pacific Region

Nov 23, 2015
For U.S. companies that are already heavily engaged in Asia, the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are, obviously, lower tariffs, higher standards of protection of critical interests (including intellectual property rights), and easier customs processing. What is more, U.S. companies that are the most successful in the Asia-Pacific region are those that are already competitive and are the driving force for future growth, from major manufacturers to service providers. At the same time, the TPP will increase the allure of the United States as a marketplace for Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore as well as Brunei, offering consumers more choices and lower costs.

Why India Is Key to a Climate Change Agreement in Paris

Nov 22, 2015
As world leaders gather in Paris for climate talks, expect India to play a major role in any agreement at COP21.

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.

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