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2013 Gives Korean Leaders Chance to Right Fathers' Wrongs

South Korean presidential candidate Park Geun-hye (C) of the ruling New Frontier Party waves to her supporters in Seoul on Dec. 18, 2012, one day before her historic victory. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)
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Associate Fellow Katharine Moon says the Korean peninsula's dynastic leaders have a chance to improve on the mistakes of their fathers — but the obstacles are many.

2013, and Beyond: Why Reform May Be Mission Impossible for China's Xi Jinping

China's newly appointed leader Xi Jinping gestures as he attends a meeting with
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Facing many different political factions and conflicts, the cards are stacked against China's new leader, writes Ouyang Bin.

Wasserstrom: Making a China Book List — and Then Checking It Twice

Three more of the books on China from 2012 that made an impression on historian Jeffrey Wasserstrom. (Asia Society)
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Historian Jeffrey Wasserstrom praises some additional books on China from 2012 that didn't make his initial year-end selection.

In 2012 it Was Full Speed Ahead on China's Rails

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Asia Society's ChinaFile Fellow Maura Cunningham evaluates China's latest push for high-speed railways.

Northeast Asia in 2013: New Beginnings, Old Challenges

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Charles Armstrong discusses what all the political transitions of 2012 will mean for the upcoming year.

In 2013, Washington's Asian 'Rebalance' Needs to Start at Home

U.S. President Barack Obama poses for the ASEAN-United States Leaders' Meeting family photo at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, November 19, 2012. (State Department/William Ng/Flickr)
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U.S. leaders must educate the public about the assumptions on which they are already working — that engagement in Asia is both crucial and irreversible, writes Asia Society's Matt Stumpf.

South Korea's New President May Be Female, But She is No Women's Rights Crusader

South Korea's president-elect Park Geun-Hye waves to supporters as she arrives to deliver a victory speech on a stage in the centre of Seoul on December 19, 2012. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)
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As Park Geun-hye becomes the latest Asian female head of state, Vishakha Desai wonders what, if anything, this means for women's issues in the region.

Wasserstrom: The Five New China Books I'm Most Excited About in 2013

Two of the books Jeffrey Wasserstrom is anticipating in 2013:
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Get a jump on your reading as China expert Jeffrey Wasserstrom lists the five forthcoming books on China he most looks forward to in 2013.

International Migrants Day: Time to Commit to a Pro-Migrant Future

Migrant workers in Hong Kong, many of them from the Philippines and Indonesia, regularly congregate on city sidewalks. (KC Wong/Flickr)
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For the wealthiest nations of the world, with the resources to act with foresight, now is the time to move away from divisive and often ilinformed biases toward migration challenges, writes Andrew Billo.

North Korea Playing Small Role in S. Korea Election, But Will Loom Large Afterward

South Korean presidential campaign posters in Seoul. (Julio Martinez/Flickr)
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If the next government in Seoul makes a bold, strategic decision to re-engage the North, there is good reason to expect that inter-Korean dynamics can improve markedly, writes John Delury.