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Afghanistan Literally Can't Afford to Hold an Election That Isn't Free and Fair

Afghan election employee, Forouzan Barez checks the plastic boxes containing election material at a warehouse prior to transportation to the polling centers, in the northwestern city of Herat on April 3, 2014. (Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)
Current AffairsPolicy

Because a key condition for the continuation of international aid to Afghanistan is a comprehensive, transparent and credible vote, Saturday's election takes on even greater importance.

What Do Afghanistan's 'Generation America' Think of Their Country's Future?

Supporters run to get a spot near the stage at an election rally for presidential candidate Abudullah Abdullah on the outskirts of Kabul on April 2, 2014, the last day of campaigning by Afghanistan's presidential candidates. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)
Current AffairsPolicy

Foreign soldiers may be heading home, and several international organizations are fleeing the pre-election violence, but there's no shortage of hope and optimism among Afghanistan's young people.

Yes, the Afghanistan Election is Important — But So is the Day After

Afghan men crowd a field at a political rally during a campaign stop by presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul in Bamiyan on April 1, 2014. (Hashmatullah/AFP/Getty Images)
Current AffairsPolicy

A member of Asia Society's Afghanistan Young Leaders Initiative reminds readers that Afghanistan's April 5 election is "only a means to an end — a stable, peaceful, inclusive, and prosperous Afghanistan."

A Dispatch from India's Campaign Trail by a BJP Parliamentary Candidate

The BJP Central Election Committee Meeting on March 13, 2014, at which Jayant Sinha was announced as the BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate for Hazaribagh, Jharkand. (Photo courtesy of BJP)
Policy

Jayant Sinha, a parliamentary candidate for the BJP, shared his personal views on the upcoming elections and state of affairs in India in an AsiaConnect briefing from the Asia Society Policy Institute.

Interview: Huawei Official Sees 'Watershed' Moment for Worldwide Cyber-Security Rules

Shoppers walk past a Huawei store in Beijing on March 24, 2014. Chinese telecoms and Internet giant Huawei condemned the U.S. National Security Agency on March 24 after reports revealed the organization had been secretly tapping the company's networks for years. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
BusinessPolicy

Reacting to reports that the NSA spied on his company, Huawei Vice President William Plummer argues that "old-world thinking and policy comes at a risk" in today's "borderless" world.

Book Excerpt: 'Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival' by David Pilling

Financial Times Asia editor David Pilling, author of
Policy

An excerpt from David Pilling's new book relates his immersion, at age 37, in Japanese culture and customs. In-person appearance at Asia Society New York this Thursday, March 20.

Book Excerpt: 'The Contest of the Century' by Geoff Dyer

Policy

Geoff Dyer's new book anticipates "an old-fashioned struggle for influence and power between China and the U.S., the two most important nations in the world." In-person appearance at Asia Society New York this Thursday, March 20.

When Will Sri Lanka End Its Silence?

Sri Lankan policemen look on as Tamil pro-government activists take part in a demonstration outside the UN offices in Colombo on March 10, 2014, to protest a proposed US-led UN resolution to investigate Sri Lanka for alleged war crimes. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images)
Current AffairsPolicy

It's obvious the situation in Sri Lanka has improved since the end of the civil war, but the government’s loftier and more consequential promises remain unfulfilled, writes Bhavani Fonseka.

How Governments Are Managing Food Safety as International Trade Grows

Delegates attend the APEC Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance Food Safety Cooperation Forum Meeting in Surabaya, Indonesia on April 13, 2013.
Food & RecipesPolicy

Shom Sen, Asia Society's Jack Wadsworth Fellow, shares his perspective on how globalization is making it harder for governments to enforce food safety standards, and what governments and businesses can do to help improve food safety.

Why the US and China Should Focus on Air Pollution to Tackle Climate Change

Photographs of Beijing on a blue-sky day (June 19, 2009) and a smoggy day (June 22, 2009). (Lin Yang and John Billingsley/Asia Society)
Policy

The U.S. and China can mitigate climate change and create economic and social benefits by collaborating to reduce air pollution, writes environmental economist Junjie Zhang.