ISIS Rising: Overestimating the Threat?

Oct 22, 2015
For obvious reasons, ISIS remains a major focus of security discussions. But is it possible that we are overestimating the threat? A recent Wilson Center panel considered the possibility that the Islamic State, like the mythological Icarus, may be headed for a crash of sorts.

Could the TPP Actually Divide Asia?

Oct 22, 2015
"There is reason to worry that the trade deal may actually lead to increased tensions in the region, and not just between Washington and Beijing," writes Shihoko Goto.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Arrives in Washington With a Broad Agenda

Oct 22, 2015
Nawaz Sharif’s time in Washington will cover a range of issues at the center of the U.S.-Pakistan relationship.

The Next Refugee Crisis: Afghanistan

Oct 21, 2015
"The new surge of refugees began with the Taliban’s offensive this year, and intensified after fighting reached populated areas like Kunduz. Last month, employees at Afghanistan’s passport agency said they were issuing an average of 2,000 passports daily — triple the number of six months ago," writes Michael Kugelman.

Washington Doesn’t Help Pakistani Democracy

Oct 20, 2015
"At the end of the day, when Washington needs to get something done to serve its chief interests in Pakistan, one can assume it goes to the generals, not the civilians. This is incredibly ironic and misguided — given that the generals imperil U.S. interests in the region with their sponsorship of non-state militants — but nonetheless a fact of life for U.S.-Pakistan relations," writes Michael Kugelman.

9,800 U.S. Troops Won’t Fix Afghanistan. Here’s What They Can Do.

Oct 16, 2015
"Given the resurgent Taliban and an emerging ISIS threat, Afghan forces need all the help they can get. U.S. troops can provide assistance, much as they did in the recovery of Kunduz—an operation that may have had a much less happy ending were it not for U.S. involvement," writes Michael Kugelman.

Obama Halts Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Oct 15, 2015
Asia Program Senior Associate Michael Kugelman explains why he thinks President Obama’s decision to halt troop withdrawals from Afghanistan will have a positive impact.

Conclusion of TPP Negotiations

Oct 13, 2015
Now that TPP negotiations have reached a conclusion, we asked Asia expert Shihoko Goto to provide an overview of what was achieved.

After 14 Years, Still Fighting in Afghanistan

Oct 09, 2015
After 14 years of U.S. military support to Afghanistan, and more reconstruction assistance than was used for the Marshall Plan, how can the Taliban be capable of seizing a major Afghan city? And nearly a year after the official end of the U.S. combat mission, why are American troops still fighting?

If China and the U.S. Wants the South China Sea Disputes to Cool Down

Oct 06, 2015
In May 2015, a CNN exclusive showed a US military surveillance aircraft overflying features at low altitude that China had expanded by land reclamation in the South China Sea. The Chinese navy warned the aircraft to leave the area eight times in response to the plane’s claim that it was overflying international airspace. The incident caused uproar in the West, which portrayed China as trying to claim international waters as its own sovereign territory. In China, the incident spurred warnings that if the US bottom-line is that China has to stop land reclamation, then a China-US war is inevitable.