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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.

Photos: From Linsanity to Galloping Gangnam, a Look Back at Asia in 2012

Then-New York Knick Jeremy Lin (#17) in action at New York City's Madison Square Garden on March 16, 2012. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

As the world bids 2012 adieu, Asia Blog reminisces over some of the year's most memorable people and events from Asia.

Northeast Asia in 2013: New Beginnings, Old Challenges


Charles Armstrong discusses what all the political transitions of 2012 will mean for the upcoming 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."

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)

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)

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

"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)

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)

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)

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.