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How China's Security Commission Can Manage Crises By Learning from the Past

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (2L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (3rd L) during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People April 9, 2014 in Beijing, China. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Matt Stumpf, Director of the Asia Society Policy Institute’s Washington office, proposes five practices to make the commission more effective.

Watch: Deputy Sec. of State Calls Focusing on Asia 'Great Challenge of Our Time'

Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns speaks at Asia Society New York during the Asia Society Policy Institute's formal launch event on April 8, 2014. (Ellen Waldrop/Asia Society)
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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns said that whether the United States can maintain its focus on Asia amid competing pressures in the international arena will be “the great challenge of our time."

Watch: Henry Kissinger on Cooperation and Power in U.S.-Asia Relations

Dr. Henry A. Kissinger in conversation with Zhu Min, IMF Deputy Managing Director at the Asia Society Policy Institute's launch event on April 8, 2014. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
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Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said conflict is "not excluded" from relations within Asia but relations between large countries will evolve toward cooperation.

Photos: A Glimpse of Afghanistan Before and During a Historic Election [UPDATED]

An Afghan roadside vendor hangs scarves next to political leaflets on a wall in Kabul on April 4, 2014. Some 12 million Afghans will go to the polls on April 5 to elect a new president. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)
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In pictures: Afghanistan gears up for its third presidential election since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Incumbent Hamid Karzai, who has held office since 2004, will step down to make room for a new head of state.

Listen: Assistant Secretary of State on the U.S. Strategic Rebalance Toward Asia

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping next to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon before the group photo at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit on March 25, 2014 in The Hague, Netherlands. Leaders from around the world have come to discuss matters related to international nuclear security, though the summit is overshadowed by recent events in Ukraine. (John Thys/Pool/Getty Images)
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Daniel R. Russel, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, speaks about the Obama Administration’s efforts to “rebalance” American foreign policy towards the Asia-Pacific region.

Afghanistan Literally Can't Afford to Hold an Election That Isn't Free and Fair

Afghan election employee, Forouzan Barez checks the plastic boxes containing election material at a warehouse prior to transportation to the polling centers, in the northwestern city of Herat on April 3, 2014. (Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)
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Because a key condition for the continuation of international aid to Afghanistan is a comprehensive, transparent and credible vote, Saturday's election takes on even greater importance.

What Do Afghanistan's 'Generation America' Think of Their Country's Future?

Supporters run to get a spot near the stage at an election rally for presidential candidate Abudullah Abdullah on the outskirts of Kabul on April 2, 2014, the last day of campaigning by Afghanistan's presidential candidates. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)
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Foreign soldiers may be heading home, and several international organizations are fleeing the pre-election violence, but there's no shortage of hope and optimism among Afghanistan's young people.

Yes, the Afghanistan Election is Important — But So is the Day After

Afghan men crowd a field at a political rally during a campaign stop by presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul in Bamiyan on April 1, 2014. (Hashmatullah/AFP/Getty Images)
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A member of Asia Society's Afghanistan Young Leaders Initiative reminds readers that Afghanistan's April 5 election is "only a means to an end — a stable, peaceful, inclusive, and prosperous Afghanistan."

A Dispatch from India's Campaign Trail by a BJP Parliamentary Candidate

The BJP Central Election Committee Meeting on March 13, 2014, at which Jayant Sinha was announced as the BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate for Hazaribagh, Jharkand. (Photo courtesy of BJP)
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Jayant Sinha, a parliamentary candidate for the BJP, shared his personal views on the upcoming elections and state of affairs in India in an AsiaConnect briefing from the Asia Society Policy Institute.

When Will Sri Lanka End Its Silence?

Sri Lankan policemen look on as Tamil pro-government activists take part in a demonstration outside the UN offices in Colombo on March 10, 2014, to protest a proposed US-led UN resolution to investigate Sri Lanka for alleged war crimes. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images)
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It's obvious the situation in Sri Lanka has improved since the end of the civil war, but the government’s loftier and more consequential promises remain unfulfilled, writes Bhavani Fonseka.