This year's elections in Burma will effect little political change despite mounting international and domestic pressure on the nation's ruling junta, four experts concluded at a May 25 event hosted by the Asia Program. They also agreed that discussions on Burma should not be dominated by Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the now-disbanded National League for Democracy.
The Asia Program and Environmental Change and Security Program will host a conference on June 9, examining not a when-does-the-bomb-explode scenario, but instead one of what-if-any-steps-can-be-taken-to-put-the-bomb-out.
Program associate Michael Kugelman, in a guest post on the New Security Beat blog, weighs in on the debate about aid effectiveness in Pakistan. He calls for Washington "to diversify its aid partners" in Pakistan, and not to place "all its eggs in the Pakistani government basket."
In the first of a two-part op-ed series in Pakistan's Daily Times newspaper, Sabiha Mansoor called for the adoption of a more innovative approach to improving higher education in Pakistan. Click here to read the op-ed.
Keynote Address by Ambassador Richard L. Morningstar at the May 4, 2010 Energy Security Conference--Pipeline Politics in Asia: The Intersection of Demand, Energy Markets, and Supply RoutesMay 04, 2010
Co-hosted by the National Bureau of Asian Research
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars are partnering to launch a major national research and conference program. The program will select a premier group of National Asia Research Associates and Fellows, nominated by U.S. research organizations and higher learning institutions with top programs on Asia.
Pakistan has an abiding wish for more trade with the United States--but according to program associate Michael Kugelman in a January 25 Dawn op-ed, this is a wish that will go unfulfilled for the foreseeable future.
According to the United Nations, 74 million acres of farmland in the developing world were acquired by foreign governments and investors over the first half of 2009 -- an amount equal to half of Europe's farmland. These land deals, argue Michael Kugelman and Susan L. Levenstein in a January 20 World Politics Review op-ed, leave immense carbon footprints and threaten widespread environmental destruction.
Pakistan ranks 127th out of 130 countries in the World Economic Forum's latest Global Gender Gap Index, and this poor standing is reflected in Pakistan's media sector, where less than 5 percent of journalists are women. The Wilson Center's Asia Program, along with its Pakistan-based partner, Uks, and ML Resources Social Vision, has released a guide that makes recommendations about working environments for Pakistan's journalists and about how to promote better coverage of women.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars today announced the appointment of Edmond Roy as a Wilson Center Australian Scholar. Roy will spend three months in residence at the Wilson Center, beginning in March 2010, working on a research project examining the Australian government's policy on uranium sales to India.