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

Trump’s Massive Afghanistan Mistake

By A. Trevor Thrall and Erik Goepner. New York Daily News. June 18, 2017.

Time for a (Different Kind of) Change in Afghanistan

By Erik Goepner and A. Trevor Thrall. The Hill (Online). May 31, 2017.

Will Donald Trump Embark on an Endless Crusade in Afghanistan?

By Ted Galen Carpenter. National Interest (Online). May 29, 2017.

Cato Studies

Twenty-Five Years of Indian Economic Reform

By Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar. Policy Analysis No. 803. October 26, 2016.

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.

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

U.S. Policy toward Afghanistan

Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 8th Edition (2017).

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.