Recent Commentary and Q&A
Feeding a Billion: Agriculture and Food Security in India
Suresh Babu (International Food Policy Research Institute) examines the key challenges and opportunities facing India’s agriculture as the country seeks to meet its food security need while moving more of its workforce to the industrial and services sectors.
China’s Off-the-Chart Air Pollution: Why It Matters (and Not Only to the Chinese) - Part Two
In part two of a two-part interview, Daniel K. Gardner, (Smith College) explains how the Chinese government has responded to
the country’s air pollution crisis and what challenges it will face
in implementing policies and measures developed to address the
problem. He also discusses the impact of China’s air pollution not
only on its Asian neighbors but also on the United States.
India Looks Skyward to Tackle Challenges on the Ground
Bharath Gopalaswamy (Atlantic Council) provides insight on the Indian space program's future ambitions and the potential for U.S.-India cooperation in exploring and harnessing the final frontier.
Myanmar's 2014 ASEAN Chairmanship: A Litmus Test of Progress?
Moe Thuzar (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies) assesses Myanmar’s prospects as the 2014 chair of ASEAN. She contends that it is in the interest of both the United States and ASEAN to work to ensure that Myanmar’s chairmanship year strengthens the country’s reforms and path toward democracy.
The Third Plenum: Prospects for Reform in China
Christian Murck (former president of the American Chamber of Commerce in China) evaluates the significance of these reforms, explains the motivations behind them, and discusses what next steps the leadership is likely to take in implementing them.
India’s Upcoming Elections: Will the States and the Economy Decide?
This spring, nearly 790 million Indians will participate in the world’s largest democratic exercise. Milan Vaishnav (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) offers insights on the issues driving voters and the potential impact of several state elections that will precede the 2014 general election.
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The Japan-China Feud in the East China Sea
Ken Jimbo (Keio University) assesses the prospects for a Japan-China dialogue to manage tensions in the East China Sea. He emphasizes the need for crisis management and the importance of setting realistic negotiating goals, which would allow both countries to work toward a mutually acceptable status quo.