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Desai: A 'New Chapter' For North Korea?

South Korean protesters participate in a rally celebrating news of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on December 19, 2011 in Seoul, South Korea. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
Policy

Will Kim Jong Il's passing open up a new era of reform as we have seen recently in Myanmar? Or will there be further restrictions on its people?

Video: Mousavian and Pickering on Search for US-Iran 'Common Interests'

L to R: Suzanne DiMaggio, Hossein Mousavian and Thomas Pickering at Asia Society New York on Dec. 13, 2011.
Policy

Asia Society brought together Ambassador Hossein Mousavian, Iran's former lead nuclear negotiator, and Ambassador Thomas Pickering, former U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, on Tuesday night for a discussion on the future of U.S.-Iran relations, covering a range of issues from Iran's nuclear program to prospects for bilateral engagement.

History Lessons From Karbala

Pakistani Shiite Muslim mourners offer noon prayers during an Ashura procession in Karachi on December 6, 2011, on the tenth day of the holy month of Muharram, to mark the martyrdom of seventh century saint Imam Hussain. (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

The idea of defiance against tyranny and oppression owes a great deal to Hussain ibne Ali, the hero of the battle of Karbala in 680 AD.

Video/Tweets: Fire Kills 89 in India, Hospital Accused of Abandoning Patients

Rescue workers evacuate a woman after a fire engulfed a hospital in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata on December 9, 2011. (Strdel/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Government officials have accused a privately-owned hospital in Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, of abandoning its patients after a blaze ripped through the hospital early Friday morning, killing 89 people.

Interview: Ambassador Hossein Mousavian on Iran, Washington and the Middle East

Iran's Ambassador Hossein Mousavian (L) and U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering (R), appearing at Asia Society New York on Dec. 13, 2011.
Policy

The former Iranian diplomat discusses his country's relations with America, Saudi Arabia and Syria.

Asia Society's Young Afghan Leaders Make Case at Bonn Afghanistan Conference

Tamim Asey (2nd row, 4th from L) and fellow Afghan leaders at Asia Society's Afghanistan Young Leaders Initiative (AYLI) in Kabul in Oct. 2011.
Policy

Young Afghans who are part of Asia Society's Afghanistan Young Leaders Initiative (AYLI) submitted a report on key issues facing their country, and strategies to solve them, to the Afghanistan International Conference convening in Bonn this week.

2011 Bernard Schwartz Book Award Winner Peers 'Behind the Curtain' in China

Tuong Vu, Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Richard McGregor at Asia Society's Bernard Schwartz Book Award luncheon in New York City on Dec. 1, 2011. (Bill Swersey/Asia Society)
Policy

In New York last Thursday, Financial Times journalist Richard McGregor received Asia Society's 2011 Bernard Schwartz Book Award for The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers, an honor for which he was presented a $20,000 prize at an Asia Society luncheon.

What Are Asian Nations Saying About Sri Lanka’s Conflict?

Sri Lankan state workers and ruling party activists protest outside the main railway station in Colombo on August 2, 2011. The protest was aimed to denounce Britain's Channel 4 documentary 'Sri Lanka's Killing Fields'. (Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society's Andrew Billo gets the discussion started in advance of a New York event about a controversial Channel 4 film about Sri Lanka's civil war.

Interview: Richard McGregor, Author of 'The Party' [UPDATED]

Richard McGregor, author of 'The Party.'
Policy

Richard McGregor, whose book The Party was selected as the winner of Asia Society's Bernard Schwartz Book Award, discusses the Chinese Communist Party with Asia Society Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom.

Clinton Meets Suu Kyi, Offers 'Carrots' For Political Reform in Burma

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi meet in Rangoon, Myanmar on December 1, 2011. (Saul Loeb  /AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society's Suzanne DiMaggio analyzes the meeting between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Burma/Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.