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Victor Cha: U.S. Gloats Over North Korea's 'Failed Sputnik' at Its Own Peril

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un salutes as he watches a military parade in Pyongyang on Apr. 15, 2012, two days after a North Korean rocket apparently exploded within minutes of blastoff and plunged into the sea. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea's failed satellite launch last week doesn't mean the hermit kingdom won't try, and succeed, in the future, according to one of George W. Bush's Asia advisers.

To Understand China, Does It Help To Be From Minnesota?

An overcast day over the old and new China. (**Maurice**/Flickr)

Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom contemplates whether U.S. reporters and writers from Minnesota who cover China well are stealing the mantle from the previous leader, Missouri.

Former Secretary of State Speaks Candidly About Asian Policy Hotspots [Videos]

Former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III in Houston on Thursday, April 12, two days before the grand opening of the Asia Society Texas Center. (Bill Swersey/Asia Society)

James A. Baker III spoke to an Asia Society audience in Houston about China, North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the "Asian Century."

Schell: Beijing Had 'Knives Out' for 'Theatrical' Bo Xilai


Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations, appeared on PBS Newshour last night to talk about the scandal surrounding the dramatic fall of Chinese government official Bo Xilai and his wife Gu Kailai.

Expert: Bo Xilai Scandal No Tiananmen, 'Not Terribly Significant'

A Chinese policeman blocks photos from being taken outside Zhongnanhai, central headquarters for China's Communist Party, after the sacking of politician Bo Xilai from the country's powerful Politburo, in Beijing on April 11, 2012. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Asia Society Associate Fellow Steven Lewis says the Bo Xilai scandal is similar to the ousting of other public officials in China, just with more media on hand to pay attention.

Thein Sein, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Avoiding 'Sabotage' in Myanmar

Prime Minister of Myanmar Thein Sein addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 28, 2009. (United Nations Photo/Flickr)

Conservatives in Myanmar may push back against reforms, says U.S. diplomat Priscilla Clapp, and President Thein Sein will need to be a strong leader to rebuff them.

Fact, Fiction and the News Out of China

Artist Ai Weiwei holds a webcam that he was reportedly ordered by Chinese police to disconnect, at his home in Beijing on April 5, 2012. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

Asia Society Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom discusses Ai Weiwei, Mike Daisey, Bo Xilai, Neil Heywood and the "blurry divide" between real and unreal in recent China news.

Gross National Happiness vs. Gross Domestic Product

Bhutan has been rated the happiest country in Asia. (Michael Foley Photography/Flickr)

While the U.N. debates the merits of Bhutan's way of thinking, Asia Society's Andrew Billo writes that wellbeing and happiness in Southeast Asia can only be achieved by avoiding resource depletion.

Interview: Vali Nasr on Revisiting US Strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Vali Nasr, professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University and former advisor to Richard Holbrooke. (Vali Nasr/Flickr)

Whether the U.S. agrees or not, argues Vali Nasr, "Pakistan more than any other country will decide the fate of Afghanistan."

The 'Myth' of Urbanization as a Driver of Economic Growth in China

Asia Society Associate Fellow Alexandra Harney on Bloomberg News earlier today.

Asia Society Associate Fellow Alexandra Harney talks to Bloomberg News about how China's labor reform efforts could boost domestic consumption by making migrant workers more permanent.