Given the uncertainties in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the Middle East, Central Asia will present both historic opportunities and serious challenges for the United States in the 21st century. The presence of oil and natural gas, coupled with the region’s geographic location, makes Central Asia strategically important to the United States. Instability in the greater Middle East and the war on terrorism are demanding a new strategic posture.

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Cato Studies

Capitalism’s Assault on the Indian Caste System: How Economic Liberalization Spawned Low-caste Dalit Millionaires

By Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar. Policy Analysis No. 776. July 21, 2015.

Manufacturing Growth and the Lives of Bangladeshi Women

By Rachel Heath and A. Mushfiq Mobarak. Research Briefs in Economic Policy No. 10. September 17, 2014.

Asia’s Story of Growing Economic Freedom

By Razeen Sally. Policy Analysis No. 725. June 5, 2013.

Articles

Pakistan: Washington’s Blind Spot in Afghanistan

Malou Innocent. Foreign Service Journal. Vol. 87. No. 9. September 2010.

A Coherent Strategy for Pakistan’s Tribal Areas Would Draw Lessons from Anbar

Malou Innocent. World Politics Review. September 5, 2010.

Should the President Announce an Afghanistan Exit Strategy?

Malou Innocent. CQ Researcher. Vol. 19. No. 28. August 7, 2009.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Defending Sweatshops

Pierre Lemieux. Regulation. Summer 2015.

Events

India Awakes

Featuring Johan Norberg and Ian Vásquez. August 14, 2015. Policy Forum.

The Global Village Myth: Distance, War, and the Limits of Power

Featuring Justin Logan. May 26, 2015. Book Forum.

India Grows at Night: A Liberal Case for a Strong State

Featuring Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar and Ian Vásquez. June 11, 2013. Book Forum.