Going Into Paris Talks, U.S. and China Collude to Gobble Up Global Carbon Pie

Visiting Fellow Anukriti Hittle writes that China and the U.S. have staked out carbon claims so large that they may crowd out the rest of the world’s chances to develop and prosper.

China-U.S. Wealth Gap

Senior Fellows Denny Roy and Christopher McNally write about the limited significance of the private wealth gap between China and the U.S. in the Oct. 27 issue of The Diplomat.

Democracy in the Arab and Muslim World

EWC governance scholar Shabbir Cheema recently spoke about building democratic institutions to combat violent extremism in the Arab and Muslim World. View his presentation video here

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Young Pacific Islands Leaders Meet with President Ma Ying-jeou

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou met with fellows from the Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan on Oct. 27 in Taipei and shared thoughts about  leadership skills and pathways in the Asia Pacific region.  The PILP fellowship, which includes field study at a Ministry of Foreign Affairs diplomatic  institute in Taipei, is now accepting applications. ...more...

Vietnam Bird Flu Study Confirms That Urban Fringes Are Hot Spots for Emergence of Infectious Disease

A new study led by East-West Center researchers and funded by the National Science Foundation has confirmed that “peri-urban” areas at the outer fringes of cities are particular hot spots for the emergence of animal-to-human infectious diseases. “Our research model for the first time presents data-based evidence that the process of urbanization combines risk factors to produce peri-urban landscapes with significantly higher potential for infectious disease emergence,” said lead researcher Sumeet Saksena....more..

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