Worldwide Locations

Worldwide Locations

Category: Policy

Video: In New York, Asian Leaders Link Economic and Social Development to Democracy

Policy

In the past, when talking about development issues, political leaders have generally referred to socio-economic development and democracy as separate issues. This week at Asia Society, however, leaders from Asian countries with very different historical backgrounds and political, social and economic systems spoke of freedom, justice, accountability and respect for human rights as being essentially linked to democracy.

US Wants Pakistani Elites to Pay More Taxes — Hypocritical?

Policy

In his remarks at Asia Society in New York on Monday, September 19, United States Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter mentioned that a key American priority is to get Pakistani elites to pay their fair share of the tax burden. Of course, one could say that getting American elites to do the same could also count as a key American priority at the moment (for some, at least).

Release of 'Iran Hikers' Reveals Domestic Fissure in Iran?

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran on September 17, 2011. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Today's release of Americans Shane M. Bauer and Joshua F. Fattal, two American hikers detained in Iran in 2009 for suspected espionage, represents a diplomatic victory for the United States, which had lobbied strenuously on the hikers' behalf.

Philippine Democracy, the Aquinos and Asia Society

Philippine President Benigno Aquino speaks during a press conference after a mass to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of late president Corazon Aquino, at the La Salle Gymnasium in Mandaluyong, in the eastern Manila suburbs on August 1, 2010. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

On September 20, 2011 — just one day before the 39th anniversary of the start of the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines — President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, popularly known as “PNoy” (a play of the term “Pinoy” which describes any Filipino), will speak before the Asia Society in New York.

Video: Asia Society Leaders Discuss Arrival of Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III

Philippines President Benigno Aquino III
Policy

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai and Executive Vice President Jamie Metzl spoke recently to the Philippines Presidential Broadcast Staff about the imminent arrival of current Philippines president Benigno S. Aquino III, a charismatic new leader who says he is committed to rooting out government corruption in his country. Metzl also referenced Manila's key role as a U.S.

Podcast: Imtiaz Alam: So You Want to Be a Journalist in Pakistan…

The late Saleem Shahzad pictured on the cover of a report edited by Imtiaz Alam.
Policy

This is the latest installment of a series of podcasts entitled Another Pakistan, a co-production of the Asia Society and the Watson Institute at Brown University, with support on the ground from Aman ki Asha. Click here to learn more. Scroll to the end of this post to listen to the podcast.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: 9/11 and 'Pakistan's Schizophrenia'

Pakistani refugee childen depicted in <i>Children of the Taliban</i>. (sharmeenobaidfilms.com)
Policy

Everyone has a 9/11 story — where they were, who they were with, how they felt when they watched the planes hit the Twin Towers. When I look back at that time, I remember the stories that flooded international news: brave firefighters, the resilience of New York and the cunning face of a certain Osama bin Laden. It was a bizarre moment in history; the international community banded together in an unprecedented brotherhood that was based on mutual fear that no one was safe anymore.

Reflections on 9/11, 10 Years On

Two Buddhist monks pray in front of Ground Zero and the future One World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 8, 2011. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images) )
Policy

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, AsiaSociety.org experts weigh in on the attacks and their aftermath.

Journalists Reflect on Covering China, Then and Now

Policy

It was 1979. China had established diplomatic relations with the U.S. and allowed the first U.S. bureaus into the People’s Republic, to present a more "open" China to the world.

Podcast: Nadeem ul Haque: 'The Country That Can Kill the World'

Nadeem ul Haque giving a talk at TedxLahore in July 2010.
Policy

This is the latest installment of a series of podcasts entitled Another Pakistan, a co-production of the Asia Society and the Watson Institute at Brown University. Click here to learn more. Scroll to the end of this post to listen to the podcast.