Asia News

The U.S. Should Not Abandon Pakistan

Jan 10, 2012
Robert M. Hathaway argues that the US must not abandon efforts in Pakistan. He instead recommends continued economic aid, directed and monitored by skilled technical experts, with Pakistani co-investment and emphasis on job growth.

CWIHP and NKIDP welcomes new Public Policy Scholar Sang Yoon Ma

Jan 09, 2012
CWIHP and NKIDP are pleased to welcome Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar Sang Yoon Ma. His project is entitled "U.S. Cold War Strategy and the Question of Democracy in South Korea, 1961-1972."

The First Visit to Burma by an American Secretary of State

Dec 19, 2011
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit last month to Burma (Myanmar) broke new ground in Washington’s often tortuous relationship with that country. Wilson Center Fellow Kenton Clymer reminds us that Clinton was not the first secretary of state to make a surprise trip to Burma. Clymer is a Distinguished Research Professor of History at Northern Illinois University.
Mirza Jahani

Reforming The Kerry-Lugar-Berman Act and Aid to Pakistan

Dec 07, 2011
There is always hope that new legislation will change relationships and improve development. In reality, the solution is a long term process, said Mirza Jahani, Chief Executive Officer of the Aga Khan Foundation, in an exclusive interview. “To be a better aid agency you need to have your people there for longer periods of time with increased tour lengths of individuals.”

Romanian document confirms North Korea sent troops to Vietnam

Dec 05, 2011
A newly released Romanian document indicates that North Korea dispatched personnel to Vietnam to carry out psychological warfare against the nearly 313,000 South Korean troops sent to fight against the North Vietnamese between 1965 and 1973.

NKIDP e-Dossier no. 2 “North Korean Pilots in the Skies over Vietnam” in the Media

Dec 05, 2011
Roundup of news articles reporting on NKIDP e-Dossier No. 2 from media outlets in Korea and across Asia (includes both English and Korean articles). UPDATE: New Vietnamese news coverage added.
Aid to Pakistan

Why Pakistan still needs U.S. assistance

Dec 02, 2011
Pakistan's location, military might, and links to Islamist terrorists ensure that it will remain central to U.S. interests even after NATO forces depart Afghanistan. Writing Pakistan out of the U.S. foreign policy script is not an option, say Jane Harman and Robert Hathaway in a co-authored piece for The Washington Post.

Progress for Women, but a Long Way to Go

Nov 23, 2011
In a year of some major successes for women — the Nobel Peace Prize, the commanding performances of Angela Merkel and Hillary Rodham Clinton, the end of men-first in the line of succession to the British throne — a new worldwide study concludes that women remain well behind men in two crucial areas: economic equality and political power.

Book Review: "Plundered Nations? Successes and Failures in Natural Resource Extraction"

Nov 18, 2011
In many resource rich countries, natural assets have not led to development. Plundered Nations?, edited by Paul Collier and Anthony Venables, lays out a series of decisions that need to be got “sufficiently right” for the depletion of natural assets to be converted into sustained development.

Donga Ilbo and Joongang Ilbo publish articles on inter-Korean relations in the 1970s based on NKIDP documents

Nov 08, 2011
Donga Ilbo and Joongang Ilbo published articles on the inter-Korean economic competition in the 1970s based on newly published NKIDP documents. Based on conversations former North Korean leader Kim Il Sung had with his Romanian and Bulgarian counterparts, the articles reveal Kim's mistaken belief that DPRK's economy would never be overtaken by that of the ROK.