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Asia Society Names Josette Sheeran New President

Policy

Today Asia Society announced the appointment of Josette Sheeran, the Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum, as the seventh president and CEO of the institution. Sheeran will assume the office on June 10.

White House Visit for Myanmar's Thein Sein Historic, and Earned

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Myanmar's President Thein Sein (R) after a meeting at the regional parliament building in Yangon on November 19, 2012. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

In a show of just how far Myanmar has come, President Thein Sein — the unlikeliest of reformers — is in Washington to meet President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday.

History in the (Re)making as Nawaz Sharif Set to Become Pakistan's Prime Minister

Pakistan's incoming prime minister Nawaz Sharif speaks to journalists at his farm house in Raiwind, on the outskirts of Lahore, on May 13, 2013. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Given a choice between Khan’s promise of "change" and Sharif’s presumably safer bet of "experience," writes M. Bilal Lakhani, Pakistani voters have leaned heavily towards experience.

Book Excerpt: Peter Hessler's 'Strange Stones' Tells Stories from East and West

Policy

Peter Hessler's new book is a selection of his thought-provoking reportage on both China and the United States over the past decade. Author appearance at Asia Society New York on Tuesday, May 21.

Video: What to Look for When Myanmar's Thein Sein Visits the White House

Policy

Asia Society's Vice President of Global Policy Programs Suzanne DiMaggio says the meeting is an opportunity for both leaders to "further solidify the normalization process of U.S.-Myanmar relations."

Video: Election Ushers in 'New Model' of Democracy for Pakistan

Policy

Asia Society Senior Advisor Hassan Abbas tells CNN that although Nawaz Sharif won the prime ministership for the third time in his career, the election showed progress in Pakistan's democratic system.

Expert: Pakistan Election Outcome Hinges on Voter Turnout, Safety

Punjab police wait for the arrival of Nawaz Sharif, leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML) party, during the final day of campaigning at an election rally in Lahore, Pakistan on May 09, 2013. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Senior Advisor Hassan Abbas says former Pakistan cricket star Imran Khan could win this weekend's election if voters come out in large numbers.

Video: Solution to Bangladesh Factory Tragedy is 'Mending, Not Ending' Industry

A Bangladeshi man holds a portrait of his missing relatives, believed trapped in the rubble of an eight-storey building that collapsed in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh on April 28, 2013. (Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

In the wake of the April tragedy at a Dhaka clothing factory, argues Asia 21 Fellow Ejaj Ahmad, foreign companies shouldn't leave Bangladesh, but should try instead to improve safety conditions.

Video: Evan Osnos on the 'High Bar' of the New 'Chinese Dream'

Evan Osnos. (World Economic Forum/Adam Nadel/Flickr)
Policy

The New Yorker's China correspondent on the meaning behind Chinese President Xi Jinping's political slogan, and the obstacles in its way.

For Pakistan's Elite, Facebook Turns Into a Political Battleground Ahead of Election

Supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) or the
Policy

Ahead of the May 11 election, Facebook has become an unlikely virtual platform that allows Pakistan's more liberal-secular sector to remain actively engaged in political campaigning.