Asia and Pacific

Event

Age of Empires: How the Qin and Han Dynasties Are Shaping China's Contemporary Identity

Speaker: Elizabeth C. Economy
Speaker: Howard French
Speaker: Mike Hearn
Speaker: Deborah M. Lehr
Presider: Joseph F. Kahn
Introductory Remarks: Richard N. Haass

The Council on Foreign Relations and the Metropolitan Museum of Art invite you and your guest to view the Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties exhibition, followed by a panel discussion on how these dynasties have informed contemporary Chinese art, politics, economics, and foreign policy.

See more in China; Culture and Foreign Policy

Article

Trump to Cut Foreign Aid Budgets, Opening South and Central Asia's Door to Chinese Influence

Author: Alyssa Ayres
Forbes

It looks like U.S. President Donald Trump's plan to reduce the foreign aid budget will come at a cost to his administration's other aims in South and Central Asia. Some of the cuts come as no surprise as they target programs, like climate change, that the president came into office determined to roll back. But others will undermine stated administration priorities, such as regional counterterrorism and cooperation with India. 

See more in Asia and Pacific; United States; Foreign Aid

Article

Why Trump Was Right to Invite Duterte to the White House

Author: Ely Ratner
Politico

President Trump raised hackles over the weekend by offering a White House invitation to Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines president accused of abetting deaths squads and extrajudicial killings as part of his signature war on drugs. Victims have numbered in the thousands, reported to include not only small-time users and petty criminals, but also political opponents and even children.

See more in Philippines; United States; Presidents and Chiefs of State; Diplomacy and Statecraft

Foreign Affairs Article

Adrift in Afghanistan

Author: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

As the war in Afghanistan drifts back into the public spotlight, Senior Fellow Gayle Tzemach Lemmon argues that five “urgent questions must be answered about the near- and long-term future of the fight.” The United States must clarify its definition of stability and success in Afghanistan, determine whether the Taliban, ISIS, or both is the enemy, discuss how many troops are needed on the ground, and create plans for stemming the loss of life among Afghan forces and for bringing an end to the war. 

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Event

A Conversation With Arun Jaitley

Speaker: Arun Jaitley
Presider: Charles R. Kaye

Arun Jaitley discusses the status of India’s economy, its relationship with the United States, and its place in the world economy.

See more in India; Economics

Article

Can India Save the Warming Planet?

Author: Varun Sivaram
Scientific American

With its population and living standards rising quickly, India is a wild-card country that could prevent the world from limiting global warming to sought-for levels—or it could help make the difference in a better future. For the country to make a low-carbon transition, technical and financial support from other nations will be crucial, writes Varun Sivaram. 

See more in India; Global; Climate Change

Article

Small Footprint, Small Payoff

Authors: Stephen D. Biddle, Julia Macdonald, and Ryan Baker
Journal of Strategic Studies

Stephen Biddle, Julia McDonald, and Ryan Baker argue that training, equipping, and advising partner militaries is an increasingly popular alternative to large U.S. ground force deployments in places like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine, and many other places where the United States has real but limited interests at stake. Yet SFA has often yielded disappointing results in actual practice. The authors explain this pattern as the result of systematic interest misalignment between the United States and the partners it must work with in these kinds of missions—and argue that these problems are only partly remediable. The authors present ways to do better at the margin, but also argue that underlying interest misalignment will limit this tool's likely utility in the future, and that U.S. decision makers must take this into account when deciding when, where, and how to use it. 

See more in Iraq; Afghanistan; Defense and Security; Conflict Assessment