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Are Private Police Forces 'Contributing to Violence' in Iraq and Afghanistan?

An Afghan policeman keeps watch as clergy men attend a gathering at the Shahi Doshamshira mosque where an Afghan woman, 27, was beaten to death and her body set alight by a mob, in Kabul on March 26, 2015. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

In a new Foreign Policy article, Asia Society Senior Advisor Hassan Abbas asks tough questions about privately run police forces in perennially strife-torn locations.

Photo of the Day: Sparks Fly in India

A welder is hard at work amidst the richness of colors in Chennai, India on March 10, 2015. (Ramesh SA/Flickr)
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A welder is hard at work amidst the richness of colors in Chennai, India on March 10, 2015. (Ramesh SA/Flickr)

Photo of the Day: Watchful Eyes in Bangladesh

A toddler looks up at a vibrantly painted mural in Dhaka, Bangladesh on March 10, 2015. (Zamil Ul Hasan/Flickr)
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A toddler looks up at a vibrantly painted mural in Dhaka, Bangladesh on March 10, 2015. (Zamil Ul Hasan/Flickr)

Photo of the Day: A Smoky Ritual in India

A priest waves incense sticks as part of a ritual in Varanasi, India on February 25, 2015. (rahul rekapalli/Flickr)
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A priest waves incense sticks as part of a ritual in Varanasi, India on February 25, 2015. (rahul rekapalli/Flickr)

Video: Why Are Asian Women Underrepresented in Corporate Leadership?

Janet Wong (L) moderates a panel on Asian Pacific women leaders with (L to R) Janet Yang, Anna Mok, Leona Tang, and Purnima Kochikar.
Current Affairs

Accomplished Asian women discuss why their demographic is so underrepresented in upper corporate leadership, despite studies showing how much they help the bottom line.

Photos of the Day: The Hues of Holi in India

Indian revelers dance during Holi celebrations in Hyderabad on March 5, 2015. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)
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People gathered all around India to celebrate Holi, the festival of colors on March 5, 2015. Holi is an annual celebration of the coming of spring. During the festivities, revelers spray colored powder and water on each other with great gusto.

#TBT: Musical Legend Ravi Shankar at Asia Society in 1962

Ravi Shankar poses with a sculpture from the Asia Society’s Rockefeller Collection in New York in 1962.
Arts

Each week, we'll reach into Asia Society's archives to find a photo from the organization's nearly 60-year history. First up: sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar.

Video: Twitter India Director Says, 'When You Make Governance More Transparent, Things Get Better'

India and Southeast Asia Market Director for Twitter Rishi Jaitly speaking in Mumbai on January 29, 2015. (Asia Society India Centre)
Current Affairs

Speaking in Mumbai, Rishi Jaitly explains how Twitter is adapting to the Indian market and changing governance in the process.

Book Excerpt: 'Discontent and Its Civilizations' by Mohsin Hamid

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"The idea that we fall into civilizations, plural, is merely a politically convenient myth," writes Moshin Hamid in the title essay of his new collection. Author talk at Asia Society New York on February 23.

Video: Kevin Rudd on India's 'Encouraging' Stance on Climate Change

ASPI President Kevin Rudd and
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Interviewed in Delhi, Asia Society Policy Institute President Kevin Rudd said, “What is very encouraging … is the language which we saw emerge from Prime Minister Modi, during President Obama’s visit, about India wanting to see a global agreement in Paris.”