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Cultural Diplomacy with US Sends Crucial Message to Afghanistan's Young People

Rada Akbar,
ArtsCurrent Affairs

A regular, sustained exchange of ideas and values would signal to Afghan youth that this time, the U.S. isn't about to forget them.

Interview: Afghanistan Observer Sees Same 'Failed Status Quo' Continuing After Election

Current AffairsPolicy

Speaking frankly on the eve of Afghanistan's 2014 presidential election, journalist Anand Gopal sees no end in sight for the country's 30-year conflict.

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)
Current AffairsPolicy

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."

2014: South Asia's Make or Break Year

An Afghan policeman stands guard at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on July 2, 2013. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

2013 was a challenging year for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and this year could define the fate of the region for years to come. The U.S. can enhance stability by pursuing a regional strategy.

Video: What is the Afghanistan Government's 'Red Line' Regarding the Taliban?

Afghanistan Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul (R) and journalist John Hockenberry at Asia Society New York on September 24, 2013. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Policy

Watch highlights from Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul's talk, including what he thinks of Afghanistan's "Twitter generation."

Are Drone Strikes Killing Terrorists or Creating Them?

Pakistani demonstrators shout anti-US slogans during a protest in Multan on January 8, 2013, against the drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal areas. (S.S Mirza/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

After the publication of an interactive website visualizing drone strikes in Pakistan, Asia Society Senior Advisor Hassan Abbas analyzes the difficulty of assessing whether drone strikes are actually an effective terror-fighting tool.

Could a Nobel Prize for Malala Yousafzai Inspire Pakistan to Stand Up to Extremism?

Supporters of Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting girls' education, displayed portraits of her at a ceremony marking
Policy

Pakistan's "Malala moment” may have passed, but there's no telling what effect a Nobel win would have on a polarized country. M. Bilal Lakhani reports from Lahore.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar Accuses India of 'Warmongering'

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar addresses Asia Society in New York on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. (Tahiat Mahboob/Asia Society)
Policy

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar told an audience at Asia Society that despite tough talk from India this week, Pakistan remains committed to dialogue with the country to find "peacefully coexist."

Pakistan Needs to Address Own Problems Before it Focuses on Region

A Pakistani Shiite Muslim girl holds placard during a protest against the twin bombings in Quetta, in Karachi, Pakistan on January 13, 2013. (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

With violent extremism plunging the country to new lows, Pakistan needs to focus all its energies on a multi-dimensional counter-extremism strategy at home, writes M. Bilal Lakhani.

Video: Pakistan's Military Shift From India to Insurgents 'Genuine'

Pakistani cadets march during a ceremony on the 136th birth anniversary of Pakistan's founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah at his mausoleum in Karachi on December 25, 2012. (Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Despite a recent skirmish with its neighbor, the Pakistan military may be serious about putting insurgents on the hit list above India, says Asia Society Senior Advisor Hassan Abbas.