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Advancing Pride: The Road Ahead to Empower Asia's LGBTQ Communities
When it comes to advancing LGBTQ rights and promoting diversity in identity, Taiwan is ahead of the curve among Asian governments. In celebration of Pride Month, the Wilson Center’s Asia Program hosted a discussion on the challenges facing the LGBTQ communities across Asia, especially Japan and South Korea, and what lessons can be learned from Taipei’s endeavors. How and whether Washington’s focus on values and promoting LGBTQ rights can strengthen the Biden administration’s relations with Asian allies was also explored.Watch Now
Director, Asia Program; Acting Director, Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy
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The 21st century will be defined by what happens in Asia. It is the source of incredible economic growth and tremendous upward potential, but is also riven with uncertainty, tension, and competition.
Deputy Director and Senior Associate for South Asia
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“This is a landmark deal. It brings Afghanistan closer than ever before to launching a formal peace process to end an interminable war. The US and the Taliban had a long and fraught negotiation. But as tough as it was, the next step will be even harder. A formal peace process will require a deeply divided Afghan political class to come together with a common vision toward peace, and the Taliban will need to agree to share power within a political system it has long rejected. In effect, the US-Taliban deal was the low-hanging fruit. Now the hard work begins.”
Deputy Director for Geoeconomics and Senior Associate for Northeast Asia, Asia Program
Jean H. Lee
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North Korea’s nuclear weapons are such a source of strength and pride for the people, and such a key strategic tool for Kim, that it’s hard to see him giving them up entirely.
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