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Photos of the Day: Asia Celebrates the Arrival of 2013

A worker puts up a sign to bring in the new year ahead of Myanmar's first public New Year countdown celebration at the Myoma grounds in Yangon, Myanmar on December 31, 2012. (Soe Than WIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Amidst face paint, fireworks and festivities, countries around Asia rejoice at the beginning of a new year.

What Were the Five Most Watched Asia Society Videos in 2012?

Arif Lohar and his playful stage moves met with roars of approval from the audience at Asia Society New York on April 28, 2012. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)

What videos from Asia Society did you found most interesting in 2012? A look back at the five most watched videos from Asia Society on YouTube. From music to politics to robotics, our viewers' tastes ran the gamut.

NYT Lists Arif Lohar's Asia Society Gig as One of 2012's Best — Watch it Now!

Arif Lohar performing at Asia Society in New York in April. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)

What do Jay-Z, The Rolling Stones, Nicki Minaj, Fiona Apple, Neil Young, and Pakistani musical legend Arif Lohar have in common? They all made The New York Times list of the best concerts of 2012.

Interview: Translator Gives Urdu Literary Classic 'Basti' a Passport Into English

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As Intizar Husain's 1979 novel gets its first American publication, Asia Society talks with scholar and translator Frances Pritchett about the difficulties involved in rendering it into English.

Asia Blog's Top Five Posts of 2012

The best Chinese restaurants in America, Oprah eating with her hands, and Obama's trip to Southeast Asia were among the most interesting topics to readers this year.

13 Predictions for Asia in 2013

North Korean performers sit beneath a screen showing images of leader Kim Jong-Un at a theatre in Pyongyang, North Korea on April 16, 2012. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski offers his predictions on Asia for the year to come — but he'd "be surprised if any of them came true."

Karachi's 'Lost Jews,' Onstage, Raise Troubling Parallels With Today's Pakistan

Jewish community of Karachi, Pakistan, outside the Karachi synagogue, early in the 20th century. (

As a student play evokes Pakistan's long-departed Jewish community, it's time to ask whether persecution will force other religious minorities to go the way of the country's Jews.

Experts: Time for Recalibrating US Policy Toward South Asia

(From L to R) Suzanne DiMaggio, Husain Haqqani, Frank Wisner, Alexander Evans at Asia Society on Dec.12, 2012 (Debra Eisenman/Asia Society)

At a report launch event today, panelists stressed that the opportunity now exists to implement a long-term, integrated U.S. strategy for the region.

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)

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.

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)

"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.