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Corruption in Afghan Elections Continues

Workers unload ballot boxes at the Independent Election Commission warehouse September 20, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Voter turnout was light in many parts of the country with at least 12 people killed, some polling stations attacked and some never opened. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
Policy

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has canceled a trip to the UN General Assembly in New York in order to monitor the outcome of parliamentary polls at home.

Tough Questions for Sri Lanka During UNGA

A Sri Lankan vendor displays daily newspapers in Colombo on September 9, 2010. President Mahinda Rajapakse, 64, secured the required two-thirds majority with 161 votes in the 225-member parliament, state television announced. (Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

With the upcoming UN General Assembly in New York, Sri Lanka's President Mahinada Rajapaksa and Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris are likely to face tough questions about the country's political reconciliation after decades of brutal civil war.

Bhutan Allows Increase in Tourism

A Bhutanese monk stands in front of a large Thangkha painting at the Dratshang Kuenra Tashichho Dzong on November 6, 2008 in Thimphu, Bhutan. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
Policy Yesterday, Bhutan announced that it is looking to triple its annual number of visitors from 30,000 since it first opened its doors in the 1970s to 100,000 by 2012.

Is China Intimidating the US?

Jamie Metzl appeared on <i>Bloomberg TV</i>, Sept. 16, 2010.
Policy

On Thursday, US Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner expressed concern China is manipulating its currency, as senators from both parties expressed impatience with the Obama administration’s reliance on negotiation with Beijing, saying so far it has yielded few gains.

Key US-Pak Documents Detail Relations

The 'Tribute in Light' in downtown Manhattan is seen from the Brooklyn waterfront near the Brooklyn Bridge on September 11, 2010 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
Policy In recent news relating to key US-Pakistan relations, declassification of important documents that detailed the alliance between the two countries in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy have been hitting headlines lately.

Spotlight on Indian-Administered Kashmir

A Kashmiri protester holds a banner during an anti-India rally in Srinagar on September 11, 2010. The Muslim-majority Kashmir valley has been rocked by unrest since a teenage student was killed by a police tear-gas shell on June 11. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy Anti-Indian separatists in Kashmir are taking the streets to protest the Indian government's control over the region as skirmishes have left 66 civilians killed by Indian authorities since the protests first began in June.

Afghanistan Set for Elections

  	 Afghan municipality workers clear garbage in front of parliamentary election campaign billboards of various candidates in Kabul on September 6, 2010. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy With upcoming parliamentary elections set for Saturday, September 18, Asia Society Executive Vice President Jamie Metzl is doubtful the vote will stop conditions from deteriorating in the country.

Discuss: Fatima Bhutto & the Future of Democracy in Pakistan

<em>Songs Of Blood and Sword: A Daughter’s Memoir</em> by Fatima Bhutto (Nation Books, 2010).
Policy Fatima Bhutto was only 14 when her father Mir Murtaza Bhutto was murdered outside the family home in 1996. In 2007, her aunt, Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's former prime minister, was assassinated in Rawalpindi after serving several years in exile.

Discuss: Is Obama Steering the Country in the Right Direction?

<i>The Obama Syndrome</i> by Tariq Ali.
Policy Is Obama is steering the country in the right direction at home and abroad?

Sectarian Violence Rises Amid Floods in Pakistan

Pakistani Shiite Muslim men help injured blast victims at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Quetta on September 3, 2010. (Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Hassan Abbas, Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Fellow, explained that the Pakistani Taliban's attacks on Shiites would not weaken their campaign against the army or Nato.