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Podcast: Salman Rashid: A Pakistani Travelogue, with Tears

Chris Lydon (R) with Salman Rashid (L) in his walled garden on the south side of Lahore, summer 2011.
Policy The distinguished travel writer Salman Rashid encounters painful memories in Punjab.

Desai: Hazare's Anti-Corruption Movement Must Include Democratic Institutions

Supporters of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare stand behind the national flag of India as they celebrate the 12th day of Hazare's hunger strike in New Delhi on Aug. 27, 2011. (Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai says the Hazare movement should not simply be a ‘my way or the highway’ kind of obstinacy.

Podcast: Mohsin Hamid on a 'Pakistan-like' Trend in America

Novelist Mohsin Hamid in Lahore, summer 2011.
Policy

The author of 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' turns a jaundiced eye on the United States. 

Asia-Pacific Women Make Big Gains on Forbes 'Most Powerful' List

Clockwise, from upper left: Indra Nooyi; Julia Gillard; Yingluck Shinawatra; Aung San Suu Kyi.
Lifestyle

Are Asia-Pacific women becoming more powerful? Or is the rest of the world finally just taking notice? If you take stock in lists like Forbes' "World's Most Powerful Women" — and we know that you do — it appears women from the region are increasingly considered forces to be reckoned with.

Welcome Back to the Industrial Revolution

(San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive/Flickr)

The latest turmoil in global stock markets following Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade its rating of the United States government has led many to fear another serious economic downturn. We asked our Sustainability Roundtable  what hopes might exist for global cooperation on sustainability issues like food security, energy policy, and climate change in a renewed economic crisis? Is it possible for any of these issues to play an important part of international policy discussions?

Podcast: Ayesha Jalal, Part II - What Would Manto Say?

Historian Ayesha Jalal with Iqbal Hussain's painting of two ladies of the night in Lahore (cover art on a Penguin Classics edition of Manto's stories).
Arts

Ayesha Jalal revisits the work of Manto (1912-1955), one of Pakistan's greatest writers, and finds it almost disturbingly relevant today.

'Savvy Strategist' Anna Hazare and India's Fed-Up Middle Class

Indian activist Anna Hazare gestures to his supporters during his anti-corruption hunger strike in New Delhi on Aug. 21, 2011. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Will the Gandhian activist succeed in creating a politically engaged middle class?

Podcast: Ayesha Jalal on Pakistan's 'Revenge of the '40s, Then the '80s'

Pakistani historian Ayesha Jalal in Lahore, Summer 2011.
Policy

For historian Ayesha Jalal, Pakistan's present woes are inseparable from the trauma of its birth. 

Podcast: Alia Amirali: Change Agent in a Stuck Society

Alia Amirali, General Secretary of the Student Federation in the Punjab.
Policy

Against all odds, Alia Amirali is determined to revitalize Pakistan's political left.

Economic Crisis May Make it Impossible to Break Climate Change Deadlocks

A factory smokestack in New Jersey emits pollutants into the atmosphere. (United Nations Photo/Flickr)

The latest turmoil in global stock markets following Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade its rating of the United States government has led many to fear another serious economic downturn. We asked our Sustainability Roundtable: What hopes might exist for global cooperation on sustainability issues like food security, energy policy, and climate change in a renewed economic crisis? Is it possible for any of these issues to play an important part of international policy discussions?