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Ian Johnson: China's Xi Jinping 'a Cipher'

Policy

"He has never made any programmatic statement, he's never come out in favor of anything — and that is why he got where he is," the Pulitzer Prize-winner said at Asia Society in New York.

Watch: New Film Shows Sri Lanka's Media Battered, but Not Beaten

A scene from the new documentary film 'Silenced Voices.'
Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellow Vasuki Nesaih says a new film about Sri Lanka's suppressed media sheds light on a troubled, but continually creative press corps.

Expert: Ouster of Pakistan PM Could Be 'Positive Development' For Rule of Law

Asia Society Senior Advisor Hassan Abbas weighs in on Pakistan's political ferment and empty Cabinet on CNN on June 21, 2012.
Policy

Asia Society Senior Advisor Hassan Abbas tells CNN the Supreme Court of Pakistan's decision to oust the prime minister and his compliance with the order is a positive step toward rule of law.

Desai: Bigger Voice for Asians Needed in US Society

A group of newly natualized U.S. citizens say the Pledge of Allegiance after taking their Oath of Allegiance at Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, on Sept. 20, 2010. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

A Pew Research Center study shows that more Asians than Latinos are now immigrating to the U.S. But why are Asians still so underrepresented in public debate?

Expert: Why a Group of BRICS Has Pledged Cash to a Wealthier West

(L to R) Brazilian President Dilma Roussef, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chinese President Hu Jintao and South African President Jacob Zuma join their hands during a BRICS's Presidents meeting in Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico on June 18, 2012 before the opening of the G20 leaders Summit. (Roberto Stuckert Filho/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellow Pramit Pal Chaudhuri says India and China used the "BRICS" label as political cover to send aid to the ailing, though by some measures better-off, Eurozone.

Experts: Self-Critical Pentagon Report Demonstrates Limits of Military Action

A soldier with Troop B, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Redhorse scans a nearby hilltop during a search of the Qual-e Jala village, Afghanistan. (The U.S. Army/Flickr)
Policy

Asia Society experts reflect on the draft Pentagon report outlining key lessons from a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

US, Thailand Need 'Shared Vision' to Revitalize Ties

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks with Thai Foreign Minister Dr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. on June 13, 2012. (YouTube)
Policy Thailand is a rare example of a U.S. relationship in Asia that has languished — but if the countries can build around Thailand’s role at the center of a new, broader “Asia,” there may indeed be room for progress after all.

Video: James Fallows on the 'Chinese Dream' vs. the 'American Dream'

Policy

Journalist James Fallows compares the 'American Dream' with the 'Chinese Dream,' and examines the significance of the arrival of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng in the U.S.

US Officials Announce Plans for the US-India Strategic Dialogue

Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake makes remarks to the U.S.-India World Affairs Institute in Washington, D.C., on June 4, 2012. (Stella Park/Asia Society)
Policy

Major gains for both the Indian and the American people are visible, not just on the horizon, but now, writes Matt Stumpf.

India Comes Out of Its Myanmar Shell

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (R) addresses reporters during a joint press conference following his meeting with Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi at a hotel in Yangon on May 29, 2012. (Soe Zeya Tun/AFP/GettyImages)
Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellow Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, after covering Prime Minister Singh's visit to Myanmar, says India is now competing with China, Thailand and the U.S. for influence in the reforming nation.