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Interview: Pink is Powerful as India's 'Gulabi Gang' Offers Hope for Oppressed Women

Sampat Pal, leader of India's
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Dressed in a bright pink sari and armed with a bamboo stick, 55-year old Sampat Pal has become the unlikely leader of a grassroots movement for women's rights in India.

Afghanistan in 2014: Three Young Afghans Look Ahead to a Game-Changing Year

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As Asia Society's Afghanistan 21 Young Leaders prepare to meet in Kabul, Asia Blog spoke with former fellows about the year ahead, which will bring a new president and the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

US Needs More Exchanges to Compete With China Making Inroads Worldwide

People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping (2L) and wife Peng Liyuan (L) pose with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (2R) and his wife Mrs. Ani Yudhoyono in Jakarta on Oct. 2, 2013. President Xi was in Indonesia for two days to discuss bilateral trade with the Indonesian president. (Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
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China's economic agreements and aggressive marketing of itself should not be seen as a threat to America, writes a former U.S. State Department official, but a challenge.

Daring to Hope: Afghanistan 21 Fellows Take Aim at Myriad Issues Facing Their Country

Members of Asia Society's Afghanistan's Young Leaders Initiative.
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Introducing the latest group of fellows in Asia Society's landmark Afghanistan 21 program: Ten young men and six young women, journalists, business people, diplomats and NGO workers.

Malala Yousafzai Doesn't Need a Nobel Prize to Inspire Her Fellow Pakistanis

Pakistani student Malala Yousafzai poses for photographers before a panel discussion in New York City on Oct. 10, 2013, the same day she was awarded the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)
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Despite threats to her life, the courageous teenager still wants to return and do something good for Pakistan. Her countrymen, writes Mehmal Sarfraz, can take heart from her example.

What You Get When Young Leaders From India and Pakistan Sit Around the Same Table

Attendees of the India-Pakistan Regional Young Leaders Initiative forum in Islamabad last month.
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At a recent Asia Society forum in Islamabad 11 rising stars shared personal stories and their visions for Indo-Pakistan relations, and their recommendations to turn those common dreams into reality in the not too distant future.

Domestic Politics Trumps Foreign Policy, and US Loses in Asia

Not going anywhere: U.S. President Barack Obama walks out of the Taylor Gourmet Deli in Washington, DC on Oct. 4, 2013. Obama canceled this weekend's trip to Asia as  the federal government as the shutdown went into its fourth day. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society's Mike Kulma explains why President Obama's just-announced cancellation of his Asia trip is harmful to American interests on multiple levels.

Interview: MSF Doctor on Afghanistan's Steep Challenges to Women's Health

Bamiyan, 2009: An Afghan midwife helps a mother nurse her newborn baby at the Bamiyan Provincial hospital. Photo featured in the ART WORKS exhibition
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Severine Caluwaerts of Médecins Sans Frontières explains why women's health is such an uphill struggle in Afghanistan. In-person appearance at Asia Society New York this Thursday, October 3.

Video: Highlights of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's Asia Society Appearance

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York City on September 26, 2013. (Kenji Takigami/Asia Society)
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Excerpts from Dr. Hassan Rouhani's appearance at an Asia Society event in New York City, on a wide range of topics from nuclear talks with the U.S. to his most recent reading choices.

Looking for Signs of 'Real Change' as a New Iranian Leader Visits New York

Iranian President Dr. Hassan Rouhani (C) arrives with his entourage for an Asia Society event in New York on September 26, 2013. (Kenji Takigami/Asia Society)
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Asia Society Executive VP Tom Nagorski on the change in mood of U.S.-Iran relations.