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Listen: Kevin Rudd on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japan's Economic and Security Policies

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan speaks during a May 1, 2015 luncheon co-sponsored by Asia Society Southern California in Los Angeles, California. (Mario Anzuoni/Getty Images)
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"It is difficult to overemphasize the significance of the Japanese government's current exercise in the reinterpretation of Japan's postwar constitution," says Kevin Rudd.

Video: What Does India Have to Do to Get Into APEC?

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) in the Oval Office of the White House September 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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India wants to join the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation, but current members worry it will "slow down the process of moving toward greater trade facilitation and liberalization."

Weekly Rewind: Poetry in Iran, Internet Rebellion in Uzbekistan, and Japan's New 'Girl Band'

An Iranian woman walks past graffiti on a street northwest of the capital Tehran, on July 16, 2015. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)
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Our latest Weekly Rewind, featuring some of the best Asia-related content you may have missed from the past seven days.

#TBT: Sri Lankan Dance Troupe 'Snakes' Its Way Through America in 1958

Sri Lanka’s Ceylon National Dancers. (Asia Society)
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Each week, we'll reach into Asia Society's archives to find a photo from the organization's nearly 60-year history. This week: one of Asia Society's earliest cultural performances.

Video: Kevin Rudd on How China Is 'Learning the Difficulties of Handling a Market'

Asia Society Policy Institute President Kevin Rudd speaks with guest host Ian Bremmer on Charlie Rose, July 10, 2015. (Jinq Qian/Asia Society)
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On Charlie Rose, the Asia Society Policy Institute president discusses China’s ongoing economic reforms in light of the recent stock market plunge, as well as security issues in the Asia-Pacific.

Video: Karim Sadjadpour Sees 'Plenty of Room for Cooperation' Between US and Iran

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (R) and Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi (L) meet at a hotel where the Iran nuclear talks meetings are being held in Vienna, Austria on July 9, 2015. (Carlos Barria/AFP/Getty Images)
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A leading researcher on Iran, Sadjadpour argues that Iran and the U.S. can work together once Iran sees itself as a state, not a cause. He will take part in a July 22 panel at Asia Society New York on Iran-U.S. relations.

Video: Bilingual Rap Traces China's Development from the Qing to the 'Bling' Dynasty

The Great LOL of China episode 6: Mo Money Mo Fazhan
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In the sixth episode of The Great LOL of China comedy series, Jesse Appell explores the highs and the lows of China economic transformation in the music video "Mo Money, Mo Fazhan (development)."

Opinion: With Fast-Track in Place, Key Issues Remain for TPP in Asia

US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy (R) smiles with US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) president Philip Seng (L) and the mascot for US pork 'Gochipo' (C) as she inspects the US booth at the annual 'Foodex' food exhibition in Chiba, suburban Tokyo on March 3, 2015. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)
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Former Asia Society fellow Shom Sen writes that even though "Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations are in the home stretch, some key issues require hard decisions by respective governments."

The Iran Nuclear Deal: A 'Monumental Outcome,' With a Long Backstory

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif leaves a final press conference of Iran nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria on July 14, 2015. (Samuel Kubani/AFP/Getty Images)
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The landmark pact was the product not only of marathon negotiations — it also had roots in efforts begun nearly two decades ago in the so-called "back channels" of global diplomacy.

Interview: How India's Media is 'Often Fearless, But Seldom Objective'

Two men in Amritsar, India read newspapers on April 26, 2015. (Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)
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Columnist Santosh Desai describes how the Indian press often promotes "muscular nationalism" and how "the integration of media with the market has damaged objectivity."