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What Do You Know About Afghanistan?

(Courtesy Williams Afghan Media Project)
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The average American cannot find Afghanistan on a map, despite a painful decade of war there.

Does a New Biography Tell the Whole Story on Deng Xiaoping?

Deng Xiaoping (1904-1997).
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Deng Xiaoping once appraised the rule of his predecessor as China's paramount leader, Mao Zedong, as being "70 percent positive and 30 percent negative". How would Deng's own performance in office be assessed?  A new biography by the Harvard professor Ezra Vogel attempts to answer this question, through using (fortunately) more sophisticated tools than mere mathematical formulae.

Tensions Mount, but the US and Pakistan Are Stuck With Each Other

Pakistani patients affected with dengue fever lie on beds in a ward at the hospital in Lahore on September 7, 2011. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
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Tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan appear to be increasing with every new statement by officials on either side. The media in both countries, with few exceptions, are also hurling accusations and supporting their respective state apparatus. Interestingly, Washington and Islamabad keep reiterating that both countries and their common fight against terror are important to each other — and yet relations are deteriorating.

US Ambassador Marc Grossman on US-Pakistan Relations, Terrorism and Rabbani's Death

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"Pakistanis have some decisions to make about their future," said U.S. Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman in an exclusive interview with Asia Society's Vice President of Global Policy Programs Suzanne DiMaggio.

"If they come to a realization that terrorism and extremism is a threat to them, they will be looking for ways to work with us to end this threat to Pakistan, to Pakistanis, to Pakistani society," he said.

Q&A: Nobel Prize Winning Economist Amartya Sen on Reviving Nalanda University

 Indian Nobel Laureate and noted economist Amartya Sen delivers an address in New Delhi on  January 27, 2004. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty)
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As an Indian Nobel Prize winning economist, philosopher and humanitarian, Amartya Sen is an intellectual force who needs little introduction. As a young boy, he was influenced by the suffering he witnessed during the 1943 Bengal Famine and the India-Pakistan partition. Sen has influenced the creation of the United Nations' Human Development Index and he has deepened and expanded discourse in fields ranging from social choice and welfare economics to human rights and justice.

Video: Nobel Prize Winner Amartya Sen Responds to Nalanda University Critics

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In an exclusive interview at Asia Society in New York (embedded below), Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen responded to news that former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam would no longer be associated with the revival of Nalanda University, one of the oldest universities in the world.

Sen said the position of "visitor" — responsible for monitoring and reviewing the functions of a university in India — is meant to be held by the current president. "Now," Sen said, "Dr. Kalam decided that since he’s no longer president it would be only appropriate that it should go to the present president."

President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has agreed to be visitor, he said.

He also stressed that Nalanda is still in a "formative" stage. He added, "There has to be some kind of intelligent merging of the short-run challenges with the long-run challenges to be met."

Podcast: Ashis Nandy and Pakistan's 'Latent Potential'

Ashis Nandy in New Delhi, summer 2011.
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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.

Video: Philippines President Open-Minded on Gay Marriage, Unsure About Gay Adoption

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Philippines President Benigno Aquino III expressed tolerance toward the prospect of legalized gay marriage in his country, saying that normally "adults should be able to do whatever you want so long as it doesn't hurt anybody else." Aquino's comments came in a question and answer session following his speech at the Asia Society in New York on Tuesday.

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

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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?

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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).