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North Korea's Dangerous Ambition

Dec 19, 2012
North Korea's first successful rocket launch is a truly dangerous development. Although the North Koreans have previously detonated two nuclear devices, until now they have not demonstrated any ability to deliver them. Weaponizing a missile is hard, but Pyongyang's close ally Iran has made great advances in miniaturizing warheads. With the combination of North Korea's nuclear bombs and Iran's technology, a nuclear-tipped missile could be capable of striking the West Coast of the United States in the near future. We can no longer afford to ignore North Korea.

Predictions for Pakistan in 2013

Dec 19, 2012
Pakistan faces more sectarian strife and economic struggle next year, predicts senior program associate for South Asia Michael Kugelman in a recent piece for CNN's GPS blog.

Pakistan Scholar Simbal Khan Weighs in on U.S.-Pakistan Relationship

Dec 19, 2012
The Wilson Center's Pakistan Scholar offers insights about the U.S.-Pakistan relationship as President Obama prepares for his second term.

Aung San Suu Kyi to be Honored with 2012 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award

Dec 17, 2012
WASHINGTON —Aung San Suu Kyi will receive the 2012 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, Jane Harman, president and director of the Wilson Center, announced today. Suu Kyi, will be honored with the prestigious award at a symposium in Yangon, co-hosted by the Wilson Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative on January 15-16, 2013.

A New Cold War? The Future of US-China Relations

Dec 13, 2012
The shadow of the Cold War still looms large over global affairs. Could increasing competition between China and the United States lead us back to another super-power stand-off? China expert Cheng Li discusses the consequences of a downturn in US-China relations.

A thirst for leadership out of Japan's energy woes

Dec 12, 2012
Japan can ill-afford to continue the streak of having seven prime ministers in as many years, especially as it continues to grapple with the nuclear fallout on the one hand and endeavors to stop its foothold on the global economic ladder slipping even further. Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Analysis/Outside-View/2012/12/05/Outside-View-A-thirst-for-leadership-out-of-Japans-energy-conundrum/UPI-94291354683900/#ixzz2EsFyhwho

American Tariffs and Bangladeshi Deaths

Dec 12, 2012
The U.S. must bring down tariffs on imports from Bangladesh, argues former Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Sanchita B. Saxena in a December 11 New York Times op-ed.

Choke Point: Waiting for a Shale Breakthrough in China

Dec 05, 2012
Shale gas development promises to help resolve the confrontation between rising demand for energy and declining freshwater reserves, along with other potentially huge benefits, not the least of which is to the environment. But of all the big national projects that China has taken on in the last two decades, adding unconventional domestic sources of natural gas to the fuel supply has eluded China.

Wilson Center Mourns the Passing of Nancy Bernkopf Tucker

Dec 03, 2012
The Wilson Center mourns the loss of its long-time friend and colleague, Dr. Nancy Bernkopf Tucker, who passed away in the early hours of December 1, after a courageous battle against cancer. A noted diplomatic historian, a prolific scholar and student of United States-East Asian relations, an accomplished teacher and mentor, and a Wilson Center Senior Scholar, Nancy’s work as both a scholar and a government official made her one of the most respected historians of her generation.

Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Lecture Series in U.S.-East Asia Relations Starting 2013

Nov 30, 2012
The Wilson Center’s Asia Program will create an annual lecture series on U.S.-East Asian relations, named after noted diplomatic historian and Wilson Center Senior Scholar Nancy Bernkopf Tucker.

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