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The Quarterly Report: India’s Feckless Elite & Surveying the World of Ideas

On an encore broadcast of Dialogue at the Wilson Center we take a look at the newest edition of the Wilson Quarterly with the help of its editor, Steve Lagerfeld.  Also joining us is a contributor to the current issue, Sadanand Dhume. Sadanand is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and has written a piece on leadership failures in India, titled, India’s Feckless Elite

Live Broadcast of NPR's Talk of the Nation

Obama's Foreign Policy: Opportunity and Risk

Earlier this year, President Obama was caught on camera telling then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that a second term would give him more flexibility to negotiate on missile defense. If true, where else does this flexibility reach, how would he use it and where should he start?

David Ignatius, Associate Editor and columnist, The Washington Post
Robert Kagan, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Deborah Amos, Foreign Correspondent, NPR

Declassified 1964 National Intelligence Estimate Predicts India’s Bomb But Not Israel’s

  • New Release Reports Country-by-Country Nuclear Capabilities,

  • Fresh Data on Global Proliferation Trends in Mid-1960s

  • Finds “Better than Even” Chance India Will Soon Build a Bomb; But Mistakenly Concludes Israeli Leaders “Probably Have Not Yet Decided”

  • NIE’s Findings Add to Debate about How One State’s Acquisition of Nuclear Capability Could Affect Decisions by Regional Rivals

Combating Barriers and Expanding Opportunities for Women in Public Service in India

Indira Jaising is an eminent Supreme Court lawyer and the first woman Assistant Solicitor General of India. She served as a member of the UN's Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Jaising, who became the first woman to be designated as a Senior Advocate by the High Court of Bombay in 1986, has fought several landmark cases focusing on human rights and protection of rights of women. The President of India awarded her the Padma Shree in 2005 for her public service.

Green Urbanization in Asia










Urban Governance and Citizen Rights in China and India

Today, according to Xuefei Ren, 129 cities in China and 45 in India have populations of over a million people. Such large-scale urbanization has created major governance challenges. At a May 23 Asia Program event, cosponsored with the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States and the Comparative Urban Studies Project, Ren, a Wilson Center Fellow, examined two case studies of urbanization-driven governance in China and India, and their effect on citizen rights.


Don't Forget India's Nukes

"We urge all nuclear-capable states to exercise restraint regarding nuclear capabilities," a State Department spokesman said last month after India successfully blasted its new long-range Agni 5 missile into the Bay of Bengal. But he quickly softened the admonishment: "That said, India has a solid nonproliferation record."