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The Sacred Islamic Tradition of the Hajj in 8 Photos

Muslim pilgrims walk around the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Mecca on November 30, 2009. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

The annual pilgrimage brings roughly two million Muslims to the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Experts: Reform in the Middle East Must Come From Within

Dennis Ross, Michael Herzog, Kevin Rudd and Prince Turki Al-Faisal, engage in a high-level discussion on the evolving security challenges in the Middle East and potential pathways to stability. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

"You need to rebuild the social structure, the social fabric, invest in long term education plans, economic plans.”

US Human Trafficking Report Is Both 'Carrot and Stick' in Combating Global Scourge

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) presents Susan Ople of the Phillipines with a Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Heroes' award during an event releasing the Annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) Report at the State Department in Washington, DC, on June 19, 2013. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellow Wenchi Yu explains why the U.S. State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons Report, while controversial in the diplomatic community, remains "an important and effective tool."

Interview: Ambassador Hossein Mousavian on Iran, Washington and the Middle East

Iran's Ambassador Hossein Mousavian (L) and U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pickering (R), appearing at Asia Society New York on Dec. 13, 2011.
Policy

The former Iranian diplomat discusses his country's relations with America, Saudi Arabia and Syria.

Malaysian Reality TV Show Updates Islam

Contestants gather on the set of
Arts In Malaysia, a new reality show called "Imam Muda" or "Young Leader" is taking reality television in a much holier direction.