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Government Fiddles While Indonesia's Workforce Burns

Indonesian workers display placards during a rally in Jakarta on Nov. 21, 2012, when thousands of workers took to the streets calling on the government to increase wages and end the practice of outsourcing manpower. (Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

A wage increase in Jakarta this week doesn't go far enough in settling labor disputes that are roiling the country's manufacturing sector, says Associate Fellow Michael Buehler.

China's Leadership Change: A Paradox in Transition

Asia Society's Orville Schell tells Asia Society members that China's government has a
Policy

Asia Society's Orville Schell explains how China's government suffers from a "leadership deficit."

Audio: Expert Says Timing of Obama's Myanmar Visit 'Exactly Right'

U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Aung San Suu Kyi during a stop at her private residence in Yangon on November 19, 2012. (Pete Souza/U.S. Department of State)
Policy

Asked for comment by WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, Asia Society Vice President of Global Policy Programs Suzanne DiMaggio explains why President Obama's trip to Southeast Asia is the right move at the right time.

Obama Takes a Crucial Step Toward Southeast Asia

L to R: U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Scot Marciel, Ambassador David Carden, U.S. Mission to ASEAN, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. President Barack Obama at the ASEAN Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, on Nov. 18, 2011. (Flickr/The White House)
Policy

President Barack Obama's visit to Southeast Asia, representing the first time a sitting American president has visited either Cambodia or Myanmar, is unprecedented in its timing and chosen itinerary.

China's 18th Party Congress: Transition Delayed

Chairman Mao Zedong statue, Dandong, China. (Shining75/Flickr)
Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellow Steven Lewis says observers both inside and outside China were disappointed with a changing of the guard that may not bring much change.

Susan Shirk: Age Had Its Privileges at China's Eighteenth Party Congress

The new Politburo Standing Committee members (Xi Jinping, 3rd from left) meet the press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 15, 2012. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

How did China's self-interested ruling elite manage to agree on how power at the top would be shared? Susan Shirk says a basic seniority principle may have been the answer.

Video: Since 2005, Sustained Rollbacks Have Stunted Legal Reform in China

Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng listens to a question at the Council on Foreign Relations on May 31, 2012 in New York. (Don Emmert/AFP/GettyImages)
Policy

Fordham Law's Carl Minzner discusses the past, present, and future of legal reform in the modern developing Communist China.

Video: Obama's Asia Visit Will Be 'Closely Watched' in Beijing

President Barack Obama waves during the election night rally at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, on November 6, 2012. (Kevin Gebhardt/Flickr)
Policy

Asia Society Vice President of Global Policy Programs Suzanne DiMaggio says Beijing will closely monitor Barack Obama's Asia trip to get a sense of how much the U.S. hopes to increase its influence in the region.

Video: Yale Historian Sees Continuity Between Qing Dynasty, 18th Party Congress

Yale University historian Peter Purdue puts China's 18th Party Congress in historical perspective on November 14, 2012.
Policy

Historian Peter Perdue traces the parallels between Qing Dynasty practices and this week's 18th Party Congress in Beijing.

Video: China's Leadership Must Deal With New Realities

Chinese citizens on a laptop computer at a wireless cafe in Beijing in 2009. Richard H. Solomon argues that in many ways China's
Policy

Richard H. Solomon, former president of the U.S. Institute of Peace, states that in some ways, China's society and economy have both outgrown its political system.