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Chokepoint India: Torrent of Water and Questions Pour From India’s Himalayas

The Asia Program is partnering with the Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum and the Circle of Blue organization on Chokepoint India, a new project examining the intersection of water and energy stress in India. In this new blog post, Circle of Blue’s Keith Schneider reports on his recent field work in India.

Recent Books by Asia Program Scholars and Staff

Asia Program scholars and staff have produced a bumper crop of new books over the past two years.  Our ten most recent publications cover the broad expanse of Asia with a wide variety of focuses.  You can learn about how climate change is affecting the security of the region, the changing attitudes towards America among Koreans, and the role of U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan, among other topics.  Please click on the title to purchase any of these books:
 
 
 
 

Innovation in Urban Development: Incremental Housing, Big Data, and Gender

Over the next two decades the number of city dwellers will soar to nearly five billion, 60 percent of the world’s population. Virtually all of this urban growth will occur in cities of the developing world, overwhelming ecosystems and placing tremendous pressure on the capacity of local governments to provide necessary infrastructure and services. The profound demographic and economic transformations brought by urbanization are reshaping the world and how it works, demanding research, policies and practice that reflect a new urban reality.

Innovation in Urban Development: Incremental Housing Approaches and Big Data for Smarter Cities

Over the next two decades the number of city dwellers will soar to nearly five billion, 60 percent of the world’s population. Virtually all of this urban growth will occur in cities of the developing world, overwhelming ecosystems and placing tremendous pressure on the capacity of local governments to provide necessary infrastructure and services. The profound demographic and economic transformations brought by urbanization are reshaping the world and how it works, demanding research, policies and practice that reflect a new urban reality.

Addressing Violence Against Women in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Indira Jaising, renowned women’s rights lawyer, a Wilson Center Global Fellow, and the first woman Additional Solicitor General of India, discussed the aftermath of the groundbreaking Nirbhaya gang rape case in New Delhi in December 2012, and the impact it has had on the South Asian region and the world.

A Singh and a Miss

Nearly four years ago, Barack Obama hosted the first state dinner of his presidency in honor of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. That event, however, was soon overshadowed by the exploits of Michaele and Tareq Salahi, two Washington socialites who crashed the dinner, embarrassing the White House and dominating headlines for days.

Tailored to Fit: Programming for the Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs and Rights of Young Women

The first time Almaz, a teenager living in rural southern Ethiopia, went to the crowded health care clinic in her village to get contraception, she was told they only helped older women with children. The second time, she waited hours only to find out that her preferred method of contraception was out of stock and she would have to return another day.

From the Peaceful Atom to the Peaceful Explosion

NPIHP Working Paper #3. Jayita Sarkar explores technological collaboration between the French and Indian Atomic Energy Commissions, using new archival documents to expose how shared opposition to U.S. information censorship and the desire to preserve foreign policy independence fostered nuclear collaboration between the two nations. 

Key Findings

France and India negotiated the first ever nuclear cooperation agreement (NCA) in reactor technology in 1951, prior to President Eisenhower’s 1953 “Atoms for Peace” proposal.

The Expanding Indo-Japanese Partnership

 

Asia Program Public Policy Scholar K. V. Kesavan discusses this year’s Indo-Japan summit and the expanding Indo-Japanese Partnership.

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New Security Challenges in Asia

New security challenges are increasingly important in U.S. security planning. Transnational threats that do not arise from national rivalries or involve geopolitical competition—climate change, food insecurity, pandemic disease, terrorism, and cybercrime—can destabilize a country just as severely as an invading army. All affect Asia and are particularly problematic for China due to its size, development, and governance.

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