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For Those in Seoul, the North Korea 'Joke' May Be Over

A South Korean activist stabs a pocket knife on a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) during an anti-North Korea rally near the national assembly in Seoul on March 22, 2013. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)
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Nathan McMurray, legal advisor for Samsung in Seoul, writes that the recent ratcheting up of tensions between North and South may be more than just a story this time.

Video: Mohammad Khazaee, Thomas Pickering Discuss Future of US-Iran Relations

Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaee (L) and former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Pickering at Asia Society in New York on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. (Bill Swersey/Asia Society)
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Iran's highest-ranking official in the United States, Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaee, and former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Pickering discuss Iran’s nuclear program, Syria, Afghanistan, and the future of U.S.-Iran relations at Asia Society in New York.

A Former US Ambassador's Advice on How to Work With Pakistan

Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari meets with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, January 2010. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
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Cameron Munter, U.S. envoy to Pakistan from 2010-12, says, "Now is not the time to turn away from Pakistan, despite the frustrations of recent years."

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar Accuses India of 'Warmongering'

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar addresses Asia Society in New York on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. (Tahiat Mahboob/Asia Society)
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Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar told an audience at Asia Society that despite tough talk from India this week, Pakistan remains committed to dialogue with the country to find "peacefully coexist."

Pakistan Needs to Address Own Problems Before it Focuses on Region

A Pakistani Shiite Muslim girl holds placard during a protest against the twin bombings in Quetta, in Karachi, Pakistan on January 13, 2013. (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)
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With violent extremism plunging the country to new lows, Pakistan needs to focus all its energies on a multi-dimensional counter-extremism strategy at home, writes M. Bilal Lakhani.

After Year of Transitions in Northeast Asia, 2013 Needs to Be a Year of Leadership

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta meets with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping prior to a meeting in Beijing on Sept. 19, 2012. (U.S. Secretary of Defense/Flickr)
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With a resurgent nationalism just one trend potentially threatening the region, new leaders settling into office need to provide steady hands, says Asia Society's Michael Kulma.

In 2013, Washington's Asian 'Rebalance' Needs to Start at Home

U.S. President Barack Obama poses for the ASEAN-United States Leaders' Meeting family photo at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, November 19, 2012. (State Department/William Ng/Flickr)
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U.S. leaders must educate the public about the assumptions on which they are already working — that engagement in Asia is both crucial and irreversible, writes Asia Society's Matt Stumpf.

Ambassador Locke: US 'Not Trying to Contain China'

U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke (R) in conversation with George Stephanopoulos (C), of ABC News, and Orville Schell, Director of Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society in New York on December 17, 2012. (Bill Swersey/Asia Society)

U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke joined ABC News' George Stephanopoulos and Asia Society's Orville Schell in a wide ranging discussion on U.S.-China relations Monday night in New York.

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)
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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)
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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.