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For North Korea, a Disastrous 2013 Has Set Up a Precarious 2014

A North Korea soldier stands guard on the banks of the Yalu River which separates the North Korean town of Sinuiju from the Chinese border town of Dandong on the second anniversary of the death of former leader Kim Jong-Il, December 17, 2013. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Asia Society's Matthew Stumpf says North Korea finds itself in an ever-more precarious international situation after a disastrous series of decisions in 2013.

Why Young Americans Need to Spend More Time Abroad

American students traveling in Yunnan, China. (moso2011/Flickr)

People-to-people exchanges can pave the way for a deeper mutual understanding between countries, writes U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel R. Russel.

US-China People-to-People Exchange an Opportunity to 'Dream Without Borders'

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Xi Jinping (then-Vice President of China) display shirts with a message given to them by students at the International Studies Learning School in Southgate, outside of Los Angeles, on Feb. 17, 2012. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Asia Society's Director of Chinese Language Initiatives outlines what to watch for in the upcoming U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange in Washington.

Are the US and China Finally Getting Serious About Climate Change?

President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in California on June 7, 2013. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

While recent developments have raised hopes the so-called “Group of Two” is making strides, the countries are "not even close" on some key targets, writes Asia Society Senior Advisor Junjie Zhang.

Biden 'Reaffirms' a US-India Relationship in Need of Stoking

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (C) interacts with students during a visit to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai on July 25, 2013. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)

Asia Society Associate Fellow Pramit Pal Chaudhuri reports from India on U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's attempt to strengthen ties with a crucial ally in Asia.

Southeast Asia's New Dominoes

America's pivot to Asia is raising eyebrows about a new domino theory that counters China's rise. (Great Beyond/Flickr)

Vietnam and the United States increasingly see a common interest in Southeast Asia. President Truong Tan Sang's upcoming visit to the White House is perhaps a harbinger of this budding bilateral relationship.

Video: How China Has Transformed the Global Order

Beijing's Tiananmen Square. (Tomoaki INABA/Flickr)

"The essential point is that when China is the world’s largest economy, there’s a psychological shift," notes Asia Society Senior Fellow Jamie Metzl at a recent Vail Symposium talk.

Video: Could the Dennis Rodman Approach be the Key to Cracking North Korea?

L to R: Bill Richardson, Donald Gregg, and Jon Williams at Asia Society New York on July 11, 2013. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)

In a joint appearance at Asia Society New York, former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson and Ambassador Donald Gregg discuss the pivotal roles the internet and "sports diplomacy" could play in finding a peaceful resolution to the North Korean impasse.

How the Snowden Affair Might End Up Helping US-China Relations

Protesters march to the U.S. consulate in support of Edward Snowden in Hong Kong on June 15, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)

The Snowden affair could be an equalizing force in US-China relations—if both sides let it be.

Video: Don't Overstate the Meaning of Obama-Xi Summit, Says Ouyang Bin


Ouyang Bin, Arthur Ross Fellow at Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations and Associate Editor of ChinaFile, wouldn't call Xi's first presidential state visit to the United States a historic meeting.