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Kyrgyzstan's Otunbayeva: We Fought for Minds and Hearts

Kyrgyzstan President Roza Otunbayeva at Asia Society in New York on Nov. 22, 2011.
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NEW YORK, November 22, 2011 — In an impassioned speech, Roza Otunbayeva, the outgoing President of the Kyrgyz Republic and the first female leader in Central Asia, spoke at the Asia Society about the impending democratic transition in the former Soviet nation, which will include the state's first peaceful transition of power and a national referendum ratifying a new constitution.

Richard Holbrooke, 'The Unquiet American,' Remembered at Asia Society New York

L to R: Kati Marton, Roger Cohen, Gordon M. Goldstein, and David Rohde at Asia Society New York on Nov. 28, 2011.
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Former Asia Society Chairman Richard C. Holbrooke, who died in December 2010, was a pivotal player in U.S. diplomacy for more than 40 years. As a diplomatic troubleshooter he worked for every Democrat president since the late 1960s and oversaw negotiations that ended the war in Bosnia.

DiMaggio on Myanmar's 'Moment of Change'

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi (C) speaks to supporters after attending the opening of a 'funfair' event in Yangon on November 21, 2011. (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images)
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Suzanne DiMaggio, Asia Society's Vice President of Global Policy Programs, has an op-ed on CNN.com today entitled "Clinton visit presents opportunity in Myanmar." Here's how it begins:

Re-Engaging Burma, Containing Beijing

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L), seen here with President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. on November 28, 2011, makes a historic trip to Burma this week. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Hillary Clinton’s trip to Burma this week could be a breakthrough moment in U.S.-Burma relations. In every respect, the conditions in Burma are among the most dire of any country. To its credit, the Obama administration recognizes that this moment of change is an opportunity for the United States to help move Burma away from authoritarian rule and into the world community. 

Interview: Tuong Vu, Author of 'Paths to Development in Asia'

<i>Paths to Development in Asia</i> by Tuong Vu, selected as runner-up in the 2011 Bernard Schwartz Book Award.
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Since the economies of East Asia first experienced broad economic growth in the post-World War II era, academics have debated which factors best explain such success. In his book Paths to Development in Asia, University of Oregon Political Science professor Tuong Vu argues that state formation, more than colonial legacy or geography, played a decisive role in explaining such success. Vu's study was selected as a runner-up for Asia Society's 2011 Bernard Schwartz Book Award.

Book Excerpt: 'The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World'

Picture released on Dec. 19, 1977 of Phan Hien (C, back), Vietnamese Vice-minister of Foreign Affairs facing Richard Holbrooke (R, front) U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, during U.S.-Vietnamese talks on normalizing relations between the countries, at the Vietnamese Embassy in Saigon. (Michel Clement/AFP/Getty Images)
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On Monday, November 28, Asia Society New York will host a book event for the publication of The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World, a collection of writing by the friends and colleagues who knew the late diplomat and Asia Society Chairman best, as well as excerpts from Holbrooke's own writing.

Video: Kyrgyzstan President on Central Asian Neighbors, Future Plans

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Kyrgyzstan President Roza Otunbayeva discusses her relationship with neighboring Central Asian countries and her plans after ceding power in December.

Challenges for Pakistan's New Ambassador to the US

Then-Pakistani Information Minister Sherry Rehman briefs media representatives in Islamabad in 2008. Rehman was named Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S. on Nov. 23, 2011. (Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images)
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Pakistan has appointed former Minister for Information Sherry Rehman as its new ambassador to the United States, following a controversy surrounding a mysterious memo that forced the country's previous representative, Ambassador Husain Haqqani, to resign. Asia Society's experts believe that the new ambassador will be facing tough challenges in Washington.

Former Philippines President Gloria Arroyo Barred from Leaving Country

Former Philippines President and congresswoman Gloria Arroyo (C) arrives at the Manila International Airport in Manila on Nov. 15, 2011. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)
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The November 15 photograph of former Philippines president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in a wheelchair and neck brace at the Manila International Airport became something of a media sensation last week as Arroyo is now appealing the government's decision to not let her fly out of the country for medical reasons.

The case, the latest in a long series of Philippines dynastic political battles, pits Arroyo against the government of President Benigno Aquino III.

Memogate: Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S. Resigns, Twitter Reacts

Former Pakistan Ambassador to the U.S Husain Haqqani. (Pakistan Embassy, Washington, DC)
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Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani announced from his Twitter account (@husainhaqqani) this morning that he asked Prime Minster Yousaf Raza Gillani to accept his resignation. The resignation has been accepted.