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US Imposes New Sanctions on North Korea

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates (L), US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (2L), South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan (2R) and South Korean Defence Minister Kim Tae-young (R) stand together as they lay a wreath at the Korean War Memorial in Seoul on July 21, 2010. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy The Obama administration has imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea and is conducting military exercises with South Korea in response to North Korea's alleged sinking of a South Korean warship two months ago.

US State Governments Look to China for Funds

An official adjusts Chinese and US flags during the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, held July 27, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy China's investments in the US shot up a whopping 360 percent in the first half of this year compared to 2009, reports Asia Society Fellow Sheridan Prasso for Fortune.

ASEAN Tackles Korea, Myanmar, and US-China Ties

Foreign Ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) pose for a group picture with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at the opening of their 43rd annual meeting in Hanoi on July 20, 2010. (Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy This week, the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will come together to tackle issues of regional leadership.

Afghanistan's Tough Road Ahead

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks to the media at the Presidential palace on September 17, 2009 in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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On July 20, European, American, and other foreign leaders met in Kabul to renew their dedication to the success of Afghanistan. While the cause is a good one, it will be easier said than done for Afghan forces to take charge of their own security.

Pakistan Bristles at US Call to 'Do More'

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is greeted by Pakistani Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi as she arrives for a bilateral meeting with him at the Pakistani Foreign Ministry in Islamabad on July 19, 2010. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy Secretary Clinton's recent visit to Pakistan was less hostile and generally more promising than her last. Still, relations between the two nations remain complicated and not everyone is pleased with the outcome of Clinton's visit.

Heated Immigration Debate Continues in Australia

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The issue of how to deal with refugees coming in to Australia from places like Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka is a tough one. Prime Minister Julia Gillard hopes to resolve the divisive matter by sending refugees to East Timor, but not everyone is on board with the new plan.

CNN recently reported on how the immigration debate is taking center stage in national polls scheduled to take place on August 21.

Uncertainty in Japan -- What It Means

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan answers questions during a press conference in Tokyo on June 4, 2010. (Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy “Just a month after former grassroots political activist Naoto Kan took the helm of Japan’s government with approval ratings running over 60 percent, voters have handed him the worst imaginable outcome," said Asia Society Associate Fellow Ayako Doi.

Singapore's PM is upbeat about growth

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addresses Houston's business and civic leaders at the Hyatt Regency on July 12, 2010. (Marc Nathan Photographers, Inc.)
Policy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore gives an upbeat assessment of Asia's prospects for growth.

Taiwan's Big Brawl

A book is thrown at a group of legislators from Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang party as they try to block their counterparts from occupying a podium at parliament in Taipei on July 8, 2010. (Patrick Lin/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy A brawl broke out in Taipei's legislature on Thursday almost as soon as the session began. Scuffles erupted after lawmakers used books, garbage bins, and tea cups to attack one another.

North Korea on the Brink?

North Korean schoolchildren as depicted in an official government video.
Policy Barbara Demick's latest dispatch from North Korea describes life after the disastrous 2009 currency devaluation.