Asia

Geopolitical Implications of a New Era on the Korean Peninsula

The Trump administration has gone through a remarkable shift in its approach to North Korea, culminating in an initial embrace of summit diplomacy. That shift, however, may have opened a Pandora’s box that will have profound implications not just for the future of the Korean Peninsula, but for Japan, China, and Russia as well. What is certain is that engagement with Pyongyang has already impacted East Asia’s geopolitics and will continue to do so moving forward.

Fighting Two Fronts in the Trade War, With Only One Popular Path

With both Beijing and Washington expressing satisfaction with the latest round of bilateral trade negotiations, the U.S.-China talks appear to be heading on a track for a win for both sides. Expectations for China to buy more U.S. products and to be willing to make concessions on structural issues have undoubtedly increased, and hopes are high that some kind of resolution can be reached for the March 2 deadline in bilateral talks. 

Summary: Contested Spaces, Tangled Webs: Indian Geopolitics Today

The triangular relationship between the United States, India and China is a complex one. On one side, the United States and India to continue deepen their strategic partnership, and despite a few obstacles, relations between Washington and New Delhi are smooth. The other two sides, however, are complicated. China’s military assertiveness has hurt its relations with India, while trade disputes coupled with security threats emanating from China have fueled tensions between Beijing and Washington.

What To Look For in 2019: The Year Ahead in Asia

America In Search of an Asia Strategy

2018: Looking Back

Nearly one year ago, the Asia Program launched Dispatches, a blog that gathers analysis, commentary, and news on issues affecting the Asia-Pacific.  In our first post, Asia Program Director Abraham Denmark predicted that 2018 would be “highly consequential,” and that “the distribution of the region’s economic, political, and military power is evolving rapidly, which will have profound implications for regional stability and for American interests.”

Bangladesh’s 2018 National Election: What To Expect

On December 30, Bangladeshis go to the polls for an election that some observers have described as its most important in years. Michael Kugelman, deputy director of the Asia Program and senior South Asia associate at the Wilson Center, and William Milam, a Wilson Center senior scholar and former U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh, sit down with Bangladeshi journalist Mushfiqul Fazal to discusses what’s at stake for Bangladesh and what the implications are for U.S. policy and interests.

Warzone Conservation in Afghanistan: A Conversation with Alex Dehgan

Alex Dehgan arrived in postwar Afghanistan in 2006 with the mission of protecting Afghanistan’s distinctive yet threatened environment. An evolutionary biologist and lawyer working for the Wildlife Conservation Society, Dehgan’s efforts were central to the creation of the first Afghanistan National Park Program.

Event Recap: Islamic Law, the Nation State, and the Case of Pakistan

In recent decades, ambivalence toward modernity, along with the promise of justice and morality, have led to efforts in some Muslim-majority countries to partially “Islamize” the state. Pakistan presents an important case study. Pakistan’s Islamization program in the 1970s and 1980s promised increased justice and other public goods by virtue of laws purportedly rooted in revelation. This program has resulted in some controversial outcomes, such as Pakistan’s blasphemy law.

A Turning Point for U.S. Economic Leadership in Asia?

Fears of the latest G20 meeting in Buenos Aires collapsing were unwarranted. Unlike the APEC meeting in Papua New Guinea in November which failed to come up with a joint statement among the member countries, the G20 were able to unite in calling for fair and sustainable development. In fact, the G20 meetings actually exceeded expectations insofar as a truce was seemingly reached between the United States and China. In hindsight, however, the G20 summit of 2018 may actually be cited as the beginning of a greater schism among member countries and a potential unraveling of the group.

AfPak File Podcast: The Precarious State Of Civil Society In Pakistan

In recent weeks, new pressures have been placed on Pakistan's once-vibrant civil society.

The government expelled 18 international NGOs and placed new restrictions on the leaders of the Pashtun Tahfuz Movement (PTM), a civil rights initiative. Pakistani authorities even called on journalists to make their reporting “more positive” in a media environment reeling from censorship.

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