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Blog Posts by Jeff Tompkins

Video: Fahimda Riaz Brings Down the House at Asia Society

Arts

One of Pakistan's most revered poets slays the crowd at Asia Society's mushaira. 

Faiysal AliKhan: Relief, Shock Mark Pakistani Reaction to Bin Laden News

Asia Society Associate Fellow Faiysal AliKhan speaking from Islamabad via Skype on May 6, 2011 (video below).
Policy

An Asia Society Fellow in Islamabad describes reactions on the ground in Pakistan to Osama bin Laden's death. 

CNN's Peter Bergen: Is There an Al-Qaeda After Osama?

Peter Bergen speaking on CNN about Osama bin Laden's death on May 2, 2011 (video below).

With Osama bin Laden now dead, what's next for counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan? And what do the circumstances of bin Laden's death mean for U.S.–Pakistan relations?

Interview: Waqas Khwaja, The Translator as Ambassador

Detail of cover art for <i>Modern Poetry of Pakistan</i> (Dalkey Archive, 2011).
Arts

In Pakistan, explains Waqas Khwaja, being a poet has always entailed a special responsibility.

What's Urdu for Poetry Slam? Mushaira!

Rocking the mic at the Mughal court, circa mid-1800s: Mushaira scene from the film <em>Mirza Ghalib</em> (1954).
Arts

A classical tradition comes to life for one night at the Asia Society New York. 

Singapore Home Cooking, From One Who Knows

Cheryl Tan speaking at the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Washington on April 2, 2011.
Lifestyle

A prodigal daughter delves into the origins of Roti John, "gambling rice," and other culinary treats. 

George Packer Chosen to Write Bio of Richard Holbrooke

Former Asia Society Chairman Richard Holbrooke, shown here at a press conference in Brussels in October 2010. (Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Packer's book on Richard Holbrooke will also be a history of American foreign policy over the past 50 years. 

Cricket World Cup: An Unlikely Vote for the Men in Green

Ramachandra Guha at Asia Society New York on March 25, 2011.
Lifestyle

Pakistan's World Cup cricket team drew support from an unexpected source here at the Asia Society last Friday, when eminent Indian historian Ramachandra Guha explained to Christopher Lydon why he's rooting for Pakistan in the March 30 World Cup semifinal.

In the following clip, Guha genially explains to Lydon, "I am not a jingoist .... I want Pakistan to win for two reasons. One is a negative reason and one is a positive reason."

Watch Ramachandra Guha:

Army College Expert Likens US Intelligence to 'Clipping Agency'

Stephen Blank at Asia Society's panel discussion on Central Asia in New York on March 17, 2011.
Policy

NEW YORK, March 18, 2011 - Stephen Blank of the US Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute offered an unsparing assessment of current US intelligence-gathering capabilities here yesterday at an Asia Society panel discussion on the present and future of Central Asia.

Thailand, One Year Later: No Compromise in Sight?

Anti-government Thai demonstrators flee during a clash with soldiers near central Bangkok's Lumphini Park on May 13, 2010. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
Policy March 12, 2011 marks the one-year anniversary of the start of Thailand's anti-government Red Shirt protests