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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Leave Afghanistan to the Afghans: Obama Administration Should Speed Military Withdrawal

By Doug Bandow. Forbes. March 16, 2015.

The New GDP Data Shouldn’t Cause Euphoria

By Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar. Economic Times (India). February 4, 2015.

Investor Summits: Photo-ops for CMs and Industrialists

By Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar. Economic Times (India). January 21, 2015.

Cato Studies

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.

India and the United States: How Individuals and Corporations Have Driven Indo-U.S. Relations

By Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar. Policy Analysis No. 713. December 11, 2012.


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.


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

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

The War in Afghanistan: What Went Wrong?

Featuring Malou Innocent. April 5, 2013. Policy Forum.

The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War

Featuring Christopher A. Preble. March 18, 2013. Book Forum.