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Our Picks From Around Asia: Syria's Future, Oxycontin's Spread, and the Life of a Chinese Linguistics Giant

A photo taken on March 4, 2015 shows a banner bearing a portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a street in the city of Damascus. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

Each week, Asia Society brings you a roundup of the most interesting Asia-related content curated by our staff, officers, and affiliates.

What Trump Has in Common With Mao

A soldier stands guard in front of Mao Zedong's portrait at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. (Matt Spurr/Flickr)
Current Affairs

Orville Schell likens Trump's populist vows to upend the existing order to Mao Zedong.

Could China's System Replace Democracy?

A local resident votes during elections in the village of Wukan on March 31, 2014. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

The world may be turning from democracy — but the alternatives possess serious flaws.

Why Humanity Can't Move Past War

Croatian Defense Council Army tanks pull into firing position. (Kim Price/Wikimedia Commons)
Current Affairs

Bioethicist Jonathan Glover describes the "traps" that humans fall into that unnecessarily lead to conflict.

U.S. Secretary of State Nominee Praises China for 'Curtailing Elements of Radical Islam'

Former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, testifies during his confirmation hearing before Senate Foreign Relations Committee January 11, 2017. (Alex Wong/Getty)
Current Affairs

Rex Tillerson's remarks at his Senate confirmation hearing are likely to rile Muslim Uighur advocates.

How Mixed Chinese-Western Couples Were Treated A Century Ago

The Bund of Shanghai, China in 1907. (Kanamaru/New York Public Library Digital Collections)
Current Affairs

Emma J. Teng describes the social and legal dynamics for mixed Chinese and American couples in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Podcast: Donald Trump and Asia

As Donald Trump prepares to take power, he has some leaders in the Asia Pacific on edge. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty)
Current Affairs

The new American president ran a campaign that promised to dramatically shake up the U.S. role in the world. The Asia Society Podcast explores what this might mean for Asia.

Our Picks From Around Asia: Duterte's Online Army, The Passing of a Bollywood Great, and U.S.-China History

The Indian actor Om Puri died in Mumbai of a heart attack at age 66. (Wikimedia Commons)
Current Affairs

This week's best content from Asia, courtesy of the Asia Society family.

How Exposure to Foreign Media May Strengthen Chinese Support For Their Government

Two Chinese protesters wear anti-CNN t-shirts on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on August 8, 2008. (Robert Saiget/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

Chinese authorities have been increasingly censoring foreign media, but studies suggest they may be better off letting it in.

Four Elections To Watch in Asia in 2017

 President of Iran Hassan Rouhani addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 22, 2016 in New York City. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

Looking ahead at key political events in Iran, South Korea, China, and Hong Kong.