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The Implications of Soleimani’s Killing for South Asia

In the days since an American drone strike killed Qassem Soleimani, the powerful leader of Iran’s Quds Force, much ink has understandably been spilled over the ramifications of the strike for Iran and the broader Middle East.

Assignment: North Korea

Images and insights from inside the DPRK

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have transformed his image from Hermit King to diplomatic statesman by stepping out onto the world stage in 2018 and 2019. But in 2020, with few Americans traveling to Pyongyang due to years of tightened sanctions and travel bans, the people of North Korea remain as hidden and muted as ever before.

What to Look for in 2020: The Year Ahead in Asia

Alliances in Crisis

Realizing the Singapore-on-Thames Inspiration

The Conservative’s landslide victory in the latest UK elections led to a collective sigh of relief in the global financial markets. The win is expected to lead to political stability that has been much-needed since the 2016 referendum when Britons voted to leave the European Union. Whether for or against Brexit, the past three years have made it difficult for the country to focus on anything but its future relations with the Continent.

AfPak File: What's Next For The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor?

On November 21, Ambassador Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, delivered an address at the Wilson Center on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that was strikingly sharp and direct in its criticism of a sensitive and high-stakes project for both Beijing and Islamabad.

Both capitals rejected the speech's criticism and reasserted their commitment to CPEC.

AfPak File: What's Next As Anti-Government Protests Expand Across Pakistan

Recent weeks in Pakistan have seen the emergence of a new anti-government movement demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Led by politician Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the movement, known as the Azadi March, arrived in Islamabad late last month.

Rehman has recently announced that the movement will end its sit-in in Islamabad and focus its efforts outside of the capital. What is the Azadi March all about, what are its implications for Pakistani politics, how much of a threat does it pose to the Pakistani government, and what might be coming next?

Dispatches - December 2019

The Speech Heard Round the World

On November 21, Ambassador Alice Wells, the principal deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia, delivered an address on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)—the most expensive and operationalized component of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)—at the Wilson Center.

Japan's Global Economic Leadership Beyond the G20

Over the past two years, Japan has emerged as a global leader in forging ahead with multilateral trade agreements, and as such taking on a greater role in ensuring that free, fair, and open markets prevail. Washington’s reluctance to remain committed to a multilateral approach to governance has certainly presented Tokyo to enhance its international presence well beyond its borders.