Asia’s water problems are particularly acute. The region is home to 60 percent of the world’s population but has only 36 percent of global water resources. That stark imbalance is sobering. If Asia is to continue to prosper and do so in an atmosphere of peaceful relations among nations, then greater co-operation on water issues will be critical.
Asia has a long history of viewing water as both sacred and wicked. That profound dichotomy persists in current strategies to cope with an emerging water crisis in the region.
Asia faces water conflicts, natural disasters and rapid urbanization. The 7th World Water Forum in April aims to find solutions.
China’s vast size, population and shared resources with other countries mean its water policies are increasingly a subject of regional interest and concern.
The waters of the Mekong River are contested by advocates of hydropower and the millions who need its water to live. Can the two be reconciled?
India must foster honest engagement to resolve water tensions that have either been or are becoming key areas of dispute with its neighbors to the north.
There are precedents for reading Pyongyang’s offers to restart talks, but the US has not properly read the signals this time.
The US should beware North Korean offers to resume nuclear negotiations as its concessions are empty.
What to do about North Korea? Start by looking at the different historical perspectives of the Six-Party Talks participants to explain halting progress.
It’s time for regional financial security initiatives to co-operate more closely with the IMF.
Indonesia’s newfound ambitions to rule the waves could put the country on a collision course with China in the South China Sea.
Resource-rich and growing in importance, Central Asia can’t be ignored, but the EU must rethink its engagement to be more effective.
Think tanks have a complex taxonomy, reflecting their myriad forms. Asia has begun to make distinct contributions.
Chinese think tanks are still associated with government. But independent think tank numbers are growing.
Japan is losing out in the global contest for ideas and influence for lack of a vibrant think tank culture.
Alternative Asian histories explored in two volumes of Asia Inside Out, edited by Eric Tagliacozzo, Helen F. Siu and Peter C. Perdue, and Asian Encounters: Exploring Connected Histories, edited by Upinder Singh and Parul Pandya Dhar.
A startling thesis on China’s rise in The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower, by Michael Pillsbury.
Recent titles by Daniel Tudor and James Pearson; Michael Meyer; Jong-sung You; Andrew Small; Mariya Y. Omelicheva (ed.); Karen Dawisha; and Xi Jinping. Plus a video documentary by Chai Jing.