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Video: 'Timing Seems Right' for US Special Envoy to Burma

Suzanne DiMaggio
Policy

Suzanne DiMaggio, Asia Society Vice President of Global Policy Programs, reacts to reports that say the United States is preparing to name Derek Mitchell as the country's Special Envoy to Burma (Myanmar). 

In Kazakhstan, Even Rivals Vote for the Incumbent

A man votes in the presidential election in the village of Internatsional'nyy, some 40 kms from Astana, on April 3, 2011. (Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

If there were any doubts that Kazakhstan mastered the trappings of democracy without heeding its substance, then this election would surely dispel them.

Ai Weiwei: From Porcelain Seeds to Chinese Prison?

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei holds some porcelain sunflower seeds from his installation at The Tate Modern in London on October 11, 2010. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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The outspoken Chinese artist is the latest Chinese progressive to be detained in a government crackdown that began in February.

George Packer Chosen to Write Bio of Richard Holbrooke

Former Asia Society Chairman Richard Holbrooke, shown here at a press conference in Brussels in October 2010. (Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Packer's book on Richard Holbrooke will also be a history of American foreign policy over the past 50 years. 

Video: Gerald L. Curtis on 'Misreporting' in Western Media About Japan Crisis

Gerald L. Curtis, Burgess Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, will appear at
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If you happen to be in New York City on Monday, April 4, we urge you to attend an important Asia Society town hall meeting on the ongoing crisis in Japan, entitled "Looking Ahead to Recovery." The 6:30pm event — which will also be broadcast live at asiasociety.org/live — features an esteemed group of panelists based both in the United States and Japan.

James Baker: Those Who View China as Threat 'Dangerously Wrong'

Former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III receives an award and argues that American fear-mongering about China is
Policy

Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker III offered his take on Sino-American relations last Thursday in a speech at the Asia Society Texas Center's annual Tiger Ball in Houston. And the 80-year-old Texas Republican didn't mince words. While accepting the Roy M. Huffington Award for Contributions to International Understanding, Baker said the following:

World Water Day Highlights Crisis in Asia

Pakistani women carry water in jerrycans on their heads in a slum area of Lahore. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

While the rising cost of food stokes fears of an impending food crisis in Asia, the region is also grappling with another ongoing worry: water scarcity. Both problems are closely related and water scarcity has a direct, and often immediate, effect on both national and global food security. The agricultural sector is the heaviest user of water, on average consuming 70 percent of a country's available water supply to fuel crop production.

In Disaster's Wake, Japan Defies Prediction

Asia Society Associate Fellow Ayaka Doi.
Policy

The unprecedented catastrophe in Japan's Tohoku region brought on by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake, the following tsunami and the unfolding crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant have produced countless stories of human tragedy, endurance and bravery, as well as of a spirit of cooperation among the people of Japan. But the destruction is so complete and the challenges are so enormous and multi-faceted that it's hard to predict what the economic and political consequences of this disaster will be, mid- to long-term.

Despite Japan, Despite WikiLeaks, India's Nuclear Program on Track

Asia Society Associate Fellow Mira Kamdar.
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In the wake of the nuclear accident at Fukushima, Japan, India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and spokesmen for its nuclear industries rushed to reassure the country's citizens that its nuclear industry was safe. No other country in the world has as much national pride wrapped up in nuclear power than India. Of necessity, India painstakingly built up its nuclear capability, civilian and military, largely on its own. The ambition of India to achieve total energy self-reliance for a rapidly industrializing economy via thorium-fuelled reactors seems on the verge of being realized.

Army College Expert Likens US Intelligence to 'Clipping Agency'

Stephen Blank at Asia Society's panel discussion on Central Asia in New York on March 17, 2011.
Policy

NEW YORK, March 18, 2011 - Stephen Blank of the US Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute offered an unsparing assessment of current US intelligence-gathering capabilities here yesterday at an Asia Society panel discussion on the present and future of Central Asia.