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.

More on Central and South Asia

Commentary

Suicide’s No Crime, and You Can’t Drive Someone to It

By Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar. Times of India. August 21, 2016.

India’s Choice of Central Bank Governor Signals Continuity

By Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar. Financial Times. August 21, 2016.

India Gets Breathing Space as Regional Mega-Trade Agreements Stall

By Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar. Times of India. August 18, 2016.

Cato Studies

The Problem with the Light Footprint: Shifting Tactics in Lieu of Strategy

By Brad Stapleton. Policy Analysis No. 792. June 7, 2016.

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.

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

Twenty-Five Years of Indian Economic Reform: India’s Record and Prospects of Becoming a Major World Power

Featuring Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar and Ian Vásquez. June 22, 2016. Policy Forum.

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.