Research by the Asia Programme, led by Dr John Swenson-Wright, is focused on the key political, economic and social developments affecting Asia.
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Afghanistan: Opportunity in Crisis
The Afghanistan project focuses on how Western governments can encourage and support stability in Afghanistan after 2014 around three priority issues: elections, reconciliation and development. More.
Implications of the Afghanistan Withdrawal
The Afghanistan: Opportunity in Crisis project focuses on how Western governments can encourage and support stability in Afghanistan after 2014. At a recent event, Ahmed Rashid discussed what the NATO drawdown means for Pakistan.
Britain Turns to Asia
Recent UK government engagement with Asia has seen high-level visits to Japan and China and a growing role for London in the internationalization of the RMB. However, continued focus on the Middle East means that Asia’s relative importance in UK policy remains uncertain, writes Tim Summers.
Preventing Water Wars in South Asia
Disputes over water threaten to aggravate tensions in South Asia, writes Gareth Price. But many successful collaborative projects show there is a way forward.
Kim Jong-Un's Brutal but Risky Move
The execution of Chang Song-thaek may quell dissent, but exposing disunity in the leadership could raise doubts about the stability of the regime, writes John Swenson-Wright. Meanwhile, Kim Jong-il's remembrance ceremony was closely monitored for further signs of revolt.