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2011: Year-End Reflections on America's Strategic 'Pivot'

L to R: IMF Chief Christine Lagarde and U.S. President Barack Obama talk with China President Hu Jintao at the opening session of the 2011 APEC Summit at the Marriott Hotel in Honolulu on Nov. 13, 2011. (International Monetary Fund/Flickr)
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This post is part of a series of year-end posts on Asia Blog written by Asia Society experts and Associate Fellows looking back on noteworthy events in 2011. You can read the entire series here.

Exactly 100 years ago, on December 12, 1911, the British empire firmly established its new capital in Delhi with full pageantry and began the grand project of building a new city that would appropriately project its global standing.

Afghanistan Untold: Multimedia by Augstin Pictures, MediaStorm and Asia Society

Pashtun girl in a village in eastern Afghanistan. (Lukas Augustin)
Multimedia

What do we really know about Afghanistan? Here are this year's multimedia pieces that have gone beyond images of war to tell the story of the Afghan people.

Video: Mousavian and Pickering on Search for US-Iran 'Common Interests'

L to R: Suzanne DiMaggio, Hossein Mousavian and Thomas Pickering at Asia Society New York on Dec. 13, 2011.
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Asia Society brought together Ambassador Hossein Mousavian, Iran's former lead nuclear negotiator, and Ambassador Thomas Pickering, former U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, on Tuesday night for a discussion on the future of U.S.-Iran relations, covering a range of issues from Iran's nuclear program to prospects for bilateral engagement.

Muppets Speak a New Language on Sim Sim Hamara, the Sesame Street of Pakistan

Locally developed character Baji in
Education

Elmo comes to Pakistan in Sim Sim Hamara, the Urdu-language version of Sesame Street.

History Lessons From Karbala

Pakistani Shiite Muslim mourners offer noon prayers during an Ashura procession in Karachi on December 6, 2011, on the tenth day of the holy month of Muharram, to mark the martyrdom of seventh century saint Imam Hussain. (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)
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The idea of defiance against tyranny and oppression owes a great deal to Hussain ibne Ali, the hero of the battle of Karbala in 680 AD.

Asia Society's Young Afghan Leaders Make Case at Bonn Afghanistan Conference

Tamim Asey (2nd row, 4th from L) and fellow Afghan leaders at Asia Society's Afghanistan Young Leaders Initiative (AYLI) in Kabul in Oct. 2011.
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Young Afghans who are part of Asia Society's Afghanistan Young Leaders Initiative (AYLI) submitted a report on key issues facing their country, and strategies to solve them, to the Afghanistan International Conference convening in Bonn this week.

Photo of the Day: Combat Outpost, Afghanistan

Multimedia

U.S. Army Sgt. Barry Dilley from the Oklahoma National Guard, walks down a path at a combat outpost in Afghanistan on November 28, 2011. (The U.S. Army /Flickr)

Richard Holbrooke, 'The Unquiet American,' Remembered at Asia Society New York

L to R: Kati Marton, Roger Cohen, Gordon M. Goldstein, and David Rohde at Asia Society New York on Nov. 28, 2011.
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Former Asia Society Chairman Richard C. Holbrooke, who died in December 2010, was a pivotal player in U.S. diplomacy for more than 40 years. As a diplomatic troubleshooter he worked for every Democrat president since the late 1960s and oversaw negotiations that ended the war in Bosnia.

New Asia Foundation Afghanistan Survey to Launch in New York on Friday

An Afghan man being interviewed in his home in Panjshir, approximately 60 miles from Kabul, for the Asia Foundation survey
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Tomorrow morning in New York City, Asia Society hosts a launch event for the new Asia Foundation survey Afghanistan in 2011: A Survey of the Afghan People.

Interview: Beena Sarwar on Journalism and Safety in Pakistan

Journalist Beena Sarwar. (Maha Sarwar Shahid)
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The body of missing Pakistani journalist Javed Naseer Rind was found on Saturday in a remote part of the troubled Pakistani province of Balochistan, marking the seventh death of a Pakistani journalist in 2011 and placing Pakistan on pace to rank as the world’s deadliest place for journalists for the second year in a row, according to a report by The Committee to Protect Journalists.