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Obama's South Asia Opportunity

President Barack Obama converses with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan at the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 12, 2010. (U.S. Department of State/Flickr)
Policy

With the end of the Afghanistan conflict, the Obama administration has a window of opportunity not seen since the end of the Cold War to refocus its strategy in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the other countries of South Asia.

Photo of the Day: Covered in Greenery in India

A tree covered in foliage spreads out its branches in India on December 4, 2012. (VikramDeep/Flickr)
Multimedia

A tree covered in foliage spreads out its branches in India on December 4, 2012. (VikramDeep/Flickr)

US Can't Afford to Forget About Afghanistan Yet Again

US Marine Sgt. Cody Turpen from Kilo Company of the 3rd Battalion 8th Marines Regiment shakes hand with Afghan children during a patrol in Garmser district in southern Helmand Province on June 22, 2012. (Adek Berry/AFP/GettyImages)
Policy

"Unlike the early 1990s, the United States should not and will not leave Afghanistan to its neighbors alone," writes Alexander Evans, who calls for a long-term, regional strategy for the embattled country.

Book Excerpt: 'The Illicit Happiness of Other People' by Manu Joseph

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Arts

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," begins a certain other novel. How is other people's happiness "illicit?" Join the Chackos family in their quest for happiness in 1980s Madras. Author appearance at Asia Society New York on January 10, 2013.

Commander of US Pacific Forces Underscores US Commitment to Asia

Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, addresses Asia Society in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 6, 2012. (Kaitlin Kerwin/Asia Society)
Policy

"America is a Pacific power, and [U.S. Pacific Command] looks forward to the hard work ahead to allow us to do our part to keep a dynamic Asia-Pacific hopeful, peaceful and secure for decades to come," Admiral Samuel Locklear told Asia Society on December 6, 2012.

Don't Write Off Afghanistan as 'Mission Impossible' Just Yet, Says Expert

U.S. Army Sgt. Joshua Smith talks to group of Afghan children during a combined patrol clearing operation in Afghanistan's Ghazni province on April 28, 2012. (United States Army/Flickr)
Policy

On the eve of the American pullout, experts are predicting worst-case scenarios for 2014 and beyond. But all hope is not yet lost, according to Hassan Abbas.

Asia Society International Schools Program Teaches 'Language of Globalism'

Students study at Sharpstown International School in Houston, TX, one of the hallmark schools in the Asia Society International Studies Schools Network.
Education

Asia Society's Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski describes how a Houston school participating in Asia Society's International Studies Schools Network goes from being on a "death march" to "exemplary."

Photo of the Day: Memories for Sale in India

Vintage cameras are stacked with other knick-knacks in a shop in the Chor Bazaar in Mumbai, India on November 30, 2012. (Monkeypainter/Flickr)
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Vintage cameras are stacked with other knick-knacks in a shop in the Chor Bazaar in Mumbai, India on November 30, 2012. (Monkeypainter/Flickr)

Some Asia Society Friends Make Shortlist for South Asia's Biggest Literary Prize

Novelists Amitav Ghosh (L) and Tahmima Anam (R), shown here in their Fall 2011 appearances at Asia Society New York, are two of the writers short-listed for this year's DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
Arts

Bangladeshi, Indian, and Pakistani novelists recently hosted by Asia Society are finalists for this year's DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.

Interview: 'Other Half of Tomorrow' Filmmakers Turn Lens on Pakistan's Women

L to R: Sadia Yousaf, Batool Fatima, Sana Mir, Asmavia Iqbal and Qanita Jalil of the Pakistan Women's Cricket Team, featured in the new documentary
Arts

A candid new documentary presents the diverse lives of a set of Pakistani women and demonstrates how women are at the forefront of shaping Pakistani society. Premieres tonight at the Margaret Mead Film Festival in New York City.