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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."

Photo of the Day: Music from Kabul Reaches America

The Afghanistan National Institute of Music visited the U.S. Department of State to perform traditional Afghan music on February 4, 2013. (U.S. Dept of State: South and Central Asia/ Flickr)
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The Afghanistan National Institute of Music visited the U.S. Department of State to perform traditional Afghan music on February 4, 2013. (U.S. Dept of State: South and Central Asia/ Flickr)

Five Ways John Kerry Can Transform US Foreign Policy Toward Asia

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As John Kerry begins his first week as U.S. Secretary of State, he faces numerous opportunities to reshape American foreign policy in Asia.

Photo of the Day: Vibrant Strands of Spun Thread in Pakistan

An Afghan refugee smoothes down a row of spun thread in Pakistan on January 31, 2013. (U.S. Embassy Pakistan/Flickr)
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An Afghan refugee smoothes down a row of spun thread in Pakistan on January 31, 2013. (U.S. Embassy Pakistan/Flickr)

Philippines' UN Suit Against China More About Honor Than Action

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Asia Society's Andrew Billo says the Philippines filing of legal claims against China over the South China Sea does not mean the country will risk jeopardizing economic relations with its powerful neighbor.

Coups, Kashmir and Clerics: Is Pakistan Headed for Delayed Elections?

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar addresses Asia Society in New York on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
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Asia Society Associate Fellow Faiysal Alikhan says due to tensions roiling the country "it seems unlikely" that Pakistan's historic elections later this year will be held as scheduled.

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's Moment is Near — but Will Anyone Care?

Supporters of Pakistani cleric Tahir-ul Qadri gather at a protest rally in Islamabad after the government ignored his ultimatum to disband parliament on January 15, 2013. (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)
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Asia Society Senior Advisor Hassan Abbas says Pakistan's election slated for later this year is crucial for the country's progress, though many in Pakistan are skeptical.

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.