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Video: Ambassador Saran Reaffirms Indian Commitment to Afghanistan

India's Shyam Saran speaking at Asia Society Washington on April 12, 2013.
Policy

Speaking at Asia Society Washington, Indian diplomat Shyam Saran emphatically reiterated India's commitment to Afghanistan's peace process and its confidence in Afghan security forces.

Book Excerpt: 'Shanghai Gone' Depicts a City Consuming Its Own Past and People

Policy

Qin Shao's wrenching new study of a frantically developing Shanghai introduces the concept of "domicide" — the eradication of a home against the will of its dwellers.

Central Asia's Energy Market: From Moscow to Beijing

Petroleum tanks owned by Hurricane Kumkol Munai in Chemkent, Kazakhstan. (Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images)
Policy

In the future, competition for energy reserves in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan will be between Russia and China — with time being on Beijing's side.

For Those in Seoul, the North Korea 'Joke' May Be Over

A South Korean activist stabs a pocket knife on a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) during an anti-North Korea rally near the national assembly in Seoul on March 22, 2013. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Nathan McMurray, legal advisor for Samsung in Seoul, writes that the recent ratcheting up of tensions between North and South may be more than just a story this time.

Sino-U.S. Power Play in Asia: India's Imperatives

U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on November 8, 2010. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

India's foreign policy focus, explains C. Raja Mohan, is on deepening engagement with both Washington and Beijing while retaining a prudent "strategic autonomy."

Experts Debate: Is China Doing All It Can to Rein in Kim Jong Un?

Two North Korean men, center, listen to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei during a press briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2013. North Korea appears to be preparing a fourth nuclear test as well as a provocative missile launch, South Korea said, despite an unusually blunt call from China for restraint. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

A ChinaFile panel of experts assess whether China might finally be out of patience with its intractable smaller neighbor.

In US Asia Policy, Great Success Requires Greater Ambition

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a joint press conference with Yun Byung-se, South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, at the State Department in Washington, DC on April 2, 2013. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society D.C. Director Matt Stumpf says Secretary of State John Kerry would do well to focus on bringing a "fresh, positive vision" for U.S.-Asia relations when he visits the region later this week.

Video: Christopher Hill Says North Korea's Leaders 'Don't Know What They Want'

Christopher Hill, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, discusses North Korea's most recent round of nuclear provocations at Asia Society's studio in New York City.
Policy

The chief U.S. envoy to the Six Party Talks reflects on what's behind North Korea's latest round of provocations and how much China can be engaged to help quell the crisis.

Territorial Disputes Put ASEAN Between Dialogue and the Deep Blue Sea

A Vietnamese fishing boat sails next to the U.S. 7th Fleet's flagship USS Blue Ridge entering Tien Sa port on April 23, 2012. (Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

As Asia rises, it faces a dilemma: whether to abide by Western diplomatic norms, or to respect Asian values, such as consensus, harmony, and good neighborliness.

The Pope and China's Communist Party: More Similar Than You Think

Pope Francis (L) (Catholic Church (England and Wales)/Flickr), and Xi Jinping disembarking plane in Africa with his wife, Peng Liyuan (R). (Getty Images)
Policy

A decision, cloaked in secrecy, that would affect more than a billion people. Speculation on whether the chosen one would be a "conservative" or a "reformer." Which leadership change are we talking about?