U.S. President Barack Obama is seriously considering the possibility of removing every U.S. soldier from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. It would be the right decision, Michael Kugelman writes on CNN.com.
Inter-state relations in the Northeast Asian region have changed drastically in recent years thanks to the rapidly evolving new equations among China, Japan and South Korea. The visit made by the newly elected South Korean President Park Geun-hye to Beijing in the last week of June highlighted the changing strategic equations between South Korea and China.
Senior program associate Michael Kugelman laments the sad state of the war in Afghanistan--and the efforts to negotiate and end to it.
Wilson Center Public Policy Fellow K.V. Kesavan writes how the India–Japan partnership has matured into an important component of the new security and economic architecture of the Indo-Pacific region.
Asia Program director Robert M. Hathaway notes Taiwan’s disappearance (for the moment) as a major source of Sino-American friction – at the recent Sunnylands “shirtsleeve conference” between Presidents Obama and Xi, the island seems to have been little more than an afterthought. Yet even as we seek to create the basis for a long-term workable relationship with Beijing, he cautions, we should not forget old friends in Taiwan.
Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto discusses how a lack of political opposition to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may hamper the country's growth in the longer term in World Politics Review. http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/13053/abe-brings-japan-political-stability-but-at-high-cost
Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto discusses how Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could expand his economic policy plans to boost the power of Japanese women in the workplace in the Japan Times. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2013/05/22/commentary/why-abenomics-hurts-women/#.UcuFpJz3Mno
"Choke Point: India" finds that achieving food abundance is overwhelming India's mammoth and unwieldy bureaucracy, draining its freshwater reserves, and straining the energy sector and electrical grid.
In an article in The Indian Express, Asia Program Director Robert M. Hathaway argues that risk management and reduction should be a priority in Sino-Indian diplomacy following a potentially dangerous military standoff in Kashmir earlier this spring.
Khurram Husain will arrive in Washington in September 2013 and serve at the Wilson Center until May 2014.