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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)
Lifestyle

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."

Milestone for South Korea: Nation Elects Park Geun-hye, First Female President [UPDATED]

Park Geun-hye on the cover of Time magazine on December 17, 2012, two days before being elected as South Korea's first female president. (Hein-Kuhn Oh/Time)
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Earlier today South Korea elected a new president, Park Geun-hye, the nation's first female president and the daughter of its longest-ruling dictator, Park Chung-hee. Asia Society surveys reactions to the news.

North Korea Playing Small Role in S. Korea Election, But Will Loom Large Afterward

South Korean presidential campaign posters in Seoul. (Julio Martinez/Flickr)
Policy

If the next government in Seoul makes a bold, strategic decision to re-engage the North, there is good reason to expect that inter-Korean dynamics can improve markedly, writes John Delury.

2012: Psy, J-Lin Define Asian 'Zeitgeist' According to Google

Korean artist Psy (C) performs his worldwide hit
Lifestyle

"Gangnam Style" and Jeremy Lin sweep through Asia. We present the top searches in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Japanese Voters Bring Back Party With 'Nationalist Tilt'

Incoming Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe points to a journalist during a press conference at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo on December 17, 2012. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellow Ayako Doi says the sweeping victory by Japan's Liberal Democratic Party will likely heighten tensions with China, South Korea, and other neighbors.

We Asked Our Experts: What Does Obama's Re-Election Mean for Asia?

U.S. President Barack Obama arrives on stage after winning the 2012 U.S. presidential election in Chicago, Illinois on November 7, 2012. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

How is a second term for the Obama administration likely to affect relations with China, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Afghanistan — to name just some of the Asian nations that have featured most prominently in recent headlines? Click to read commentary from Asia Society experts.

UN Security Council Adds Australia, S. Korea — Does This Strengthen a US Asian 'Pivot'?

Australia Foreign Minister Bob Carr (R) during the United Nations General Assembly session October 18, 2012 before the vote for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for the years 2013-2014 in New York. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

After Thursday's vote added two key Asia-Pacific allies, the U.S. could now find greater support in pursuing actions favorable to its interests in the region, writes Andrew Billo.

Photos: What's Your Favorite Asian Street Food?

Papadum, fried paper-thin wafer of lentil or chickpeas, usually eaten as an accompaniment with dips, from India. (Saki Yuen)
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This past summer we asked readers to tell us what their favorite street foods were from around Asia and send us photos. This mouth-watering slideshow is what we got.

Photo of the Day: Balancing Amidst Chaos in South Korea

A yoga instructor remains compose in the warrior pose amidst the bustling center of Myeong-dong in Seoul, South Korea on May 26, 2012. (anosteen/Flickr)
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A yoga instructor remains compose in the warrior pose amidst the bustling center of Myeong-dong in Seoul, South Korea on May 26, 2012. (anosteen/Flickr)

Photos: Asians Taste the Thrill of Victory at the London Olympics

GOLD: North Koreas's Kim Un Guk celebrates his new world record during the weightlifting men's 62kg group A event on July 30, 2012. (Yuri Cortez/AFP/GettyImages)
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Almost a week into the 16-day event, here's a look at how triumphant Asian Olympians reacted when they realized they had just won a medal.