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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.

Interview: Indian Election Results a 'Rejection' of Gandhi-Nehru Dynasty

India's Samjwati Party (SP) workers celebrate their victory in the state elections at their party office in New Delhi on March 6, 2012. (Raveendran/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

"The family has a tough way forward in gaining popular confidence," says political analyst Yashwant Deshmukh. "However, that’s the only way they can cling to power, that is, gaining people’s confidence."

Interview: Syracuse Talks Show North Korea Wants to 'Engage the World in a New Way'

This undated picture, released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on March 10, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waving his hand on a naval vessel as he inspects Korean People's Army Navy Unit 123 honored with the title of O Jung Hup-led Seventh Regiment at undisclosed place in North Korea. (KNS/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Charles K. Armstrong says a conference attended by a North Korea nuclear envoy showed the country is continuing to implement, and even accelerating negotiation efforts put in motion before the death of Kim Jong Il.