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From the Indian Bomb to the Establishment of the First Brazil-Argentina Nuclear Agreement (1974-1980)

India’s first nuclear explosive test in May 1974 had deep consequences for the nuclear non-proliferation regime. The establishment of the Nuclear Suppliers Group in 1975 added to the safeguards requirements that were imposed on countries seeking nuclear technology—even those that were outside the NPT. This tightening of the nuclear technology transfer regime as a result of India’s 1974 test would have a considerable effect on the Brazilian and Argentine programs.

CEF Gets Published!

Asian Policy published a piece penned by the CEF team! Jennifer Turner, Susan Shifflett, and Robert Batten co-authored “China’s Upstream Advantage in the Great Himalayan Watershed” in the 16th issue of the National Bureau of Asian Research’s Asian Policy.

Tragedy in Afghanistan, Farce in Qatar

In an op-ed for Pakistan's Express Tribune newspaper, senior program associate Michael Kugelman laments the sad state of the war in Afghanistan--and of recent efforts to negotiate an end to it.

"Years from now," Kugelman writes, "people will look back on this conflict and see that history can be both tragedy and farce, at the same time."

Read the op-ed here.

Moving towards a stronger India–Japan partnership at the Tokyo summit

 For a long time, the partnership was centered on economic matters such as development loans, trade and investment. But it has diversified to cover a wide spectrum of interests including security, counter terrorism, sea-lanes, UN reforms, energy security and climate change. This year’s bilateral summit in Tokyo reflects this trend.

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Reaching Across the Pacific: Latin America and Asia in the New Century

An installment of the Latin American Program's Reports on the Americas series based on scholarship presented at this seminar is now available:


8:45 a.m.:  Welcome and Introduction
Cynthia Arnson, Director, Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson Center
8:55 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.:  Keynote Address:

Pakistan-India Trade: What Needs to Be Done? What Does It Matter?

After a period of warming ties in 2011 and 2012, Pakistan-India relations are off to a rough start in 2013--threatening to weaken the momentum for normalizing commercial ties between the two neighbors. A new Asia Program publication on Pakistan-India trade highlights the benefits and risks--for both countries--of a formal trade relationship, and examines what needs to be done to push the process forward.

Wilson Center and Circle of Blue Release Multimedia Report on India's Water, Food, Energy Nexus

NEW DELHI, India — Perhaps because India is so big, so bewildering and chaotic, and so determined to update its elusive rural identity with sleek urban flare, Indians and the national press are fascinated by how the nation’s wild animals are faring amid the dizzying change. In many cases, not well.

Elephants, chased out of their natural habitat, trample forest hamlets. Tigers hunt outside of national reserves and are killed by poachers. Monkeys, hungry and thirsty in an era of declining water reserves, steal food and drink from festival banquet tables.

Building BRICS: Human Rights in Today’s Emerging Economic Powers

Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative, Rangita de Silva de Alwis, recently spoke at a UCLA School of School of Law’s Journal of International Affair symposium titled “Building BRICS: Human Rights in Today’s Emerging Economic Power.” The two-day symposium, which was held on February 14-15, 2013, examined the human rights records in the so-called BRICS countries such as race relations in Brazil, freedom of expression in Russia, minority religious and language rights in China, women’s rights in India, and LGBT rights in South Africa.