Mumbai Attacks

    The Mumbai attacks bear the hallmarks of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a group which operated in Kashmir in the 1990s, but has global reach today. It was founded and supported by the ISI, Pakistan’s intelligence agency. If Lashkar-e-Taiba responsible for the attacks, Pakistan will face new scrutiny from the U.S. as an ally in the war on terror.

    ASEAN Integration and Its Effects

    • Han Feng, Cheng Ji, Yuan Bo, Zhang Xuegang , Shen Shishun , Liu Lin, Li Huimin, Xiong Wei
    • November 28, 2008
    • Beijing

    Carnegie Beijing sponsored and co-hosted a policy debate with the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and the Center for Regional Security Studies to address the current internal and external challenges ASEAN countries face and the ASEAN Charter’s implications for alleviating some of these problems and improving regional relations.

    Mumbai Terrorists: Targets and Motivations

    The Mumbai terrorists attacked previously untargeted groups in India, including wealthy Indians and foreigners, in a likely attempt to discredit India as a safe place to conduct business and articulate a wide range of grievances with the government.

    Behind the Mumbai Attacks

    The Mumbai terrorists appear to have targeted wealthy Indians and foreigners in a series of coordinated attacks that have left over 100 dead and hundreds injured.

    Asia's Democracy Backlash

    Asia once was regarded as the vanguard of a global wave of democratization that, over the past three decades, has swept through southern Europe, Latin America, and Africa as well. In recent years, however, Asia has witnessed a democracy backlash.

    Stabilizing Afghanistan: Threats and Challenges

    • William Maley
    • October 30, 2008

    Stability in Afghanistan and the future of its government depend on the United States and its Afghan and other allies providing security for the Afghan people. Calls for an Iraq-style “troop surge” ignore the immediate need for a comprehensive political strategy to fix Afghanistan’s fragile security structure, dysfunctional system of government, and unstable borders.

    American Giver

    The U.S.-India civilian nuclear cooperation agreement passed another key hurdle on September 27 when the U.S. House voted in favor of the deal. The agreement will help limit the nuclear proliferation threat by keeping New Delhi from embracing foreign suppliers whose nuclear policies are more liberal than Washington's.

    De facto, not de jure - India is World's Sixth Nuclear Power

    The U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Agreement is a recognition of India’s rise as a global player, and its strategic importance to the United States. This is part of a transforming world order, which the U.S. wants to shape to its advantage, says Ashley J. Tellis in an interview with Mint - Wall Street Journal.

    Strategic Asia 2008-09: Challenges and Choices

    • Ashley J. Tellis, Mercy Kuo, Andrew Marble
    • September 24, 2008
    • The National Bureau of Asian Research

    This volume looks at the major strategic choices facing the U.S. policy community and, through a combination of country, regional, and topical studies, analyzes the impact of U.S. policy and geopolitical developments on Asia’s transformation over the past eight years.

    A Challenge for Washington

    The next president of the United States will inherit the challenge of persuading the Pakistani leadership that it needs to continue prosecuting an unpopular, but necessary, war. Two fundamental changes need to be made by the next administration - it will have to strengthen the civilian government in Islamabad, while still maintaining a cooperative relationship with the Pakistani military.

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