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Oz Prize Finalists Talk War in Afghanistan, Reform in Myanmar, and Chinese Stocks

Journalists at work in Hoi An, Vietnam. (Espen Faugstad/Flickr)
Policy

Asia Society's six finalists for the Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia give insights into their nominated reports. The winner will be announced next month.

Stakes High in War Over Indonesia's Gas Prices

An Indonesian policeman shoots tear gas towards protesters during a protest against the government's plan to hike prices of fuel in Surabaya on March 29, 2012. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Lifting fuel subsidies to invest in education, social services and infrastructure is a necessary step to secure Indonesia’s economic and political future, writes Ann Marie Murphy.

Ahmed Rashid: Afghan Taliban Don't See India as Their Enemy

Policy

A veteran observer of the Afghan Taliban argues that they're moderating their outlook ahead of likely ceasefire negotiations with the United States.

What You Need to Know About Myanmar's Upcoming Elections

A Burmese worker hangs up freshly silkscreened National League for Democracy party (NLD) tshirt ahead of the parliamentary elections March 26, 2012 in Yangon, Myanmar. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
Policy

"The world will be watching to see if the shift toward democracy in Myanmar is real," writes Asia Society's Suzanne DiMaggio.

Obama's Surprise Asian-Born World Bank Pick Could 'Quell Critics'

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) announces the nomination of Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim (C) for president of the World Bank, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) looks on, in Washington, DC on March 23, 2012. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Policy

President Obama's decision to put up a Korean-born health and development expert for the World Bank chief job could help quell critics arguing against another U.S. politician or financier in the post.

India and the United States: Whither Democracies?

Samajwadi Party leader and designate chief minister for Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav leaves parliament after the opening of the budget session in New Delhi on March 12, 2012. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy Unfolding events in India and the U.S. suggest there's actually hope for the democratic process, argues Asia Society President Vishakha Desai.

Interview: Peter Popham on Profiling Aung San Suu Kyi, 'Warts and All'

Myanmar democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi greets her supporters wearing a traditional costume as she leaves after her speech in Lashio, the northern Shan state, on March 17, 2012. (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Journalist Peter Popham will discuss his new book The Lady and the Peacock, a major new biography of Aung San Suu Kyi, at Asia Society New York on March 28. Click the headline to read our interview.

Red Songs, Black Boxes and the Tale of Bo Xilai

The likeness of Bo Xilai, in red, adorns the
Policy

The downfall of Bo Xilai reveals that there continues to be something surreal about trying to keep up with Chinese high politics, writes Asia Society Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom.

Interview: Ahmed Rashid on the Road to Reconciliation in Afghanistan

Ahmed Rashid, author of Pakistan on the Brink. (Ahmed Rashid)
Policy

Leading Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid outlines what needs to happen for any kind of peaceful future to become possible in Afghanistan.

Interview: Bo Xilai's Ouster Means Other Chinese Leaders 'Will Watch Their Backs'

Chongqing Party Secretary Bo Xilai during the closing ceremony of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 14, 2012. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Rice University's Steven Lewis, and Asia Society Associate Fellow, says the sacking of the Communist Party boss in Chongqing could have a "chilling" impact on other Chinese officials.