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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?

Podcast: Saad Haroon: Pakistan as a Bad Bollywood Comedy

Pakistani comedian Saad Haroon.
Policy

This is the latest installment of a series of podcasts entitled Another Pakistan, a co-production of the Asia Society and the Watson Institute at Brown University. Click here to learn more. Scroll to the end of this post to listen to the podcast.

Podcast: Shahrukh Hasan: The Peace That Could Save Pakistan

Shahrukh Hasan, managing director of the Jang newspaper group in Pakistan.
Policy

A Pakistani media mogul launches a gutsy campaign to retire official anti-India rhetoric.

Podcast: The Fisherfolk of Karachi: A Parable of Pakistan

Mohammad Ali Shah, Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum.
Policy

In some of the oldest fishing grounds in the world, ordinary Pakistanis fight to maintain a way of life. 

Podcast: Dr. Geet Chainani, American Doc, Speaking Sindhi, in the Flood Zone

Dr. Geet Chainani at a medical camp in a village near Dadu, Sindh. (Beena Sarwar)
Policy

Dr. Geet Chainani is an American born in India, raised in New York City, trained as a medical doctor in the Caribbean, treating families in the tent cities of the flood waters of the Indus River, upstream from Karachi.

Podcast: Mohammed Hanif and the Explosive Case of Karachi

Mohammed Hanif
Arts

Mohammed Hanif is the pride of literary Pakistan these days, but he is warning us that the arts and liberated media in Pakistan all live in something of a bubble.

Karabell: Developing Countries Key to Curing Economic Woes

Indian stockbrokers react as they monitor share prices during intraday trade at a brokerage firm in Mumbai on August 5, 2011. Indian shares plunged by nearly four percent to its lowest point in over a year, triggered by US economic worries and the European debt crisis which have spooked world markets. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)
Business

Asia Society Associate Fellow Zachary Karabell took stock of Thursday's market crash in The Daily Beast:

Pakistan-India Relations Moving from 'Bombs' to 'Bombshells'?

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar (R) shakes hands with Indian Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna (L) prior to a meeting in New Delhi on July 27, 2011. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

While the mysteries surrounding interactions between the CIA and Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency continue to be partly entertaining and partly amazing, the situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating — complicating U.S. withdrawal plans.

Video Highlights: Lobsang Sangay on What's Next for Tibet

Lobsang Sangay and Jamie Metzl on stage at the Asia Society in New York on July 19, 2011.
Policy

Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the newly elected Kalon Tripa (or Prime Minister) of the Tibetan Government in Exile, appeared at the Asia Society in New York on Tuesday in conversation with an old friend from Harvard Law School — Asia Society Executive Vice President Jamie Metzl. One writer covering the event called Sangay — who was born in India and has never set foot in Tibet — "charming, extremely intelligent ...

Clinton's Asian Swing Comes at Time of 'Increasing Uncertainty'

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) receives flowers after disembarking from her plane upon her arrival in Chennai, India on July 20, 2011. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who continues her swing through Asia this week, wrapped up two days of high-level meetings in India on Wednesday. On Tuesday in New Delhi, Clinton talked trade and investment and met with External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna.