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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: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/publication/reaching-across-the-pacific_2014

Agenda

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.

The Woodrow Wilson Center Announces 2013 – 2014 Fellowship Class

WASHINGTON—Jane Harman, director, president & CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, announced the members of the 2013-2014 fellowship class. The 21 fellows, most of whom are expected to start September 2013 to spend an academic year in residence at the Center, include scholars and practitioners from the United States, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, the Netherlands, and New Zealand.

Poland and Romania: The Loyal Republic and the Maverick

This is a selection of the most interesting documents produced by the Embassy of the Polish People's Republic in Bucharest from 1968 to 1977. The first date is a watershed, as in 1968, due to the developments in Czechoslovakia and the position of the Romanian leadership on the events, the Embassy greatly intensified its activity and began to prepare more detailed reports.

Addressing Disrespect and Abuse During Childbirth

“Today we have a golden opportunity to use respectful maternal care to break new ground at the intersection of health and human rights,” said Lynn Freedman, director of the Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program and professor of clinical population and family health at Columbia University, at the Wilson Center.

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