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Asia Society President Vishakha Desai to Step Down

Arts

In a private staff meeting Tuesday at Asia Society New York, Vishakha Desai, president of the global non-profit organization since 2004, announced plans to leave Asia Society and pursue other professional opportunities.

Obama's Surprise Asian-Born World Bank Pick Could 'Quell Critics'

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) announces the nomination of Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim (C) for president of the World Bank, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) looks on, in Washington, DC on March 23, 2012. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Policy

President Obama's decision to put up a Korean-born health and development expert for the World Bank chief job could help quell critics arguing against another U.S. politician or financier in the post.

Desai: On March 8, Remember Women's Rights Are Human Rights

Policy

Asia Society President Vishakha N. Desai and a panel of experts offer thoughts to mark International Women's Day in 2012.

Desai: Myanmar Changes 'a Welcome Sign'

Myanmar political prisoner Kyaw Min Yu (C), known as Jimmy, and his wife Ni Lar Thein (L) holding her child, both members of the 88 Generation student group, celebrate upon their arrival at Yangon international airport following their release from detention on January 13, 2012. Myanmar pardoned prominent dissidents, journalists and a former premier on January 13 under a major prisoner amnesty, intensifying a surprising series of reforms by the army-backed regime. (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai reacts to a historic day of change in Myanmar.

Kevin Rudd on Australia's Unique Role in U.S.-China Relations [Gallery/Video]

Policy

In a wide-ranging speech, peppered with Mandarin phrases, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd touched on history and culture as much as contemporary politics to propose a new "rules-based" way for Asia to accommodate Sino-U.S. rivalries. He calls it "Pax Pacifica."

Video: Asia Society Leaders Discuss Arrival of Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III

Philippines President Benigno Aquino III
Policy

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai and Executive Vice President Jamie Metzl spoke recently to the Philippines Presidential Broadcast Staff about the imminent arrival of current Philippines president Benigno S. Aquino III, a charismatic new leader who says he is committed to rooting out government corruption in his country. Metzl also referenced Manila's key role as a U.S.

Desai: After Mumbai Bombings, Time to 'Stand Up to Fight for Peace'

An Indian office worker walks past wall graffiti made after the 2008 terror attacks near the recent blast site at Opera House in Mumbai on July 14, 2011. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

It's been just over 24 hours since three coordinated bomb blasts killed at least 21 and injured scores more in Mumbai, India's financial center.

After Osama, a Balancing Act for President Obama

Newspapers announcing the death of accused 9-11 mastermind Osama bin Laden are seen at a newsstand outside the World Trade Center site May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai says Barack Obama must "balance claims of victory with the pursuit of his administration’s military and civilian strategy."

Asia Society on PBS: How to fix America’s education system?

Vishakha Desai on PBS.
Education

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai was one of six experts interviewed recently for a segment on PBS's weekly Need to Know program.

Vishakha Desai: Not Enough 'Globally Minded' Pols in Washington

Asia Society President and CEO Vishakha Desai on CNBC's Squawk Box on Thursday, March 31, 2011.
Business

Asia Society President and CEO Vishakha Desai, in Singapore for the Women Leaders of New Asia conference, appeared on CNBC's Squawk Box Thursday morning local time, speaking about U.S.-China trade relations.

"There is definitely a discussion underway on the Hill and on Main Street America about protectionism — somehow that China is taking the jobs away — without understanding exactly how the complexity of trade works," Desai said.