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Stumpf: Kim Jong Il's Death an Opportunity for US, China

The front pages of Tokyo's major evening newspapers report the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on December 19, 2011 in Tokyo. (Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

It would be understandable if, observing the post-Kim Jong Il era, the United States, China, South Korea and Japan saw more peril than promise. However, the history of North Korean negotiation indicates a small possibility of progress toward peace on the Korean peninsula and North Korea’s denuclearization.

Lintner: North Korea's King is Dead, But the Military Still Rules

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il waves from a car after the meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at Sosnovy Bor Military Garrison, Zaigrayevsky District, Buryatia outside Ulan-Ude on August 24, 2011. (Dmitry Astakhov/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

The King is dead! Long live the King! The old European cry when a monarch died and a new one took over was meant to prevent any argument over succession and make sure the throne was never empty. And this could just as well apply to North Korea today. Kim Jong Il had already a year before he died anointed his successor, his youngest son Kim Jong Un.

Experts React: North Korea's Kim Jong Il Dead at 69

The flag of the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) flies at half-mast in front of the embassy in Berlin December 19, 2011, following the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.  (John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellows Charles Armstrong and John Delury offer instant analysis on the death of Kim Jong Il and its implications for the region.

Kulma: Kim Jong Il's Death Adds to Regional Uncertainty

A South Korean activist paints on a caricature of Kim Jong Un, the youngest son and heir-apparent of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, during a rally denouncing the communist country's third-generation dynastic succession in Seoul on October 14, 2010. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

The news out of North Korea that leader Kim Jong Il has died, while surprising, is not completely unexpected. Faced with serious health concerns over the last few years, the North Korean leader began to put in place a plan for his son to take over the reins of power.

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.