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Former Secretary of State Speaks Candidly About Asian Policy Hotspots [Videos]

Former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III in Houston on Thursday, April 12, two days before the grand opening of the Asia Society Texas Center. (Bill Swersey/Asia Society)
Policy

James A. Baker III spoke to an Asia Society audience in Houston about China, North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the "Asian Century."

Photos/Video: Desperately Seeking Spirituality in Lahore

The faithful come in all forms in a Lahore shrine dedicated to a Sufi saint. (Usman Malik)
Multimedia

Photographer Usman Malik captures a side of Pakistani culture that many urban English-speaking Pakistanis are unfamiliar with.

Interview: Vali Nasr on Revisiting US Strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Vali Nasr, professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University and former advisor to Richard Holbrooke. (Vali Nasr/Flickr)
Policy

Whether the U.S. agrees or not, argues Vali Nasr, "Pakistan more than any other country will decide the fate of Afghanistan."

Oz Prize Finalists Talk War in Afghanistan, Reform in Myanmar, and Chinese Stocks

Journalists at work in Hoi An, Vietnam. (Espen Faugstad/Flickr)
Policy

Asia Society's six finalists for the Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia give insights into their nominated reports. The winner will be announced next month.

Ahmed Rashid: Afghan Taliban Don't See India as Their Enemy

Policy

A veteran observer of the Afghan Taliban argues that they're moderating their outlook ahead of likely ceasefire negotiations with the United States.

Interview: Ahmed Rashid on the Road to Reconciliation in Afghanistan

Ahmed Rashid, author of Pakistan on the Brink. (Ahmed Rashid)
Policy

Leading Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid outlines what needs to happen for any kind of peaceful future to become possible in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan Civilian Killings Give Taliban 'Forum' to Align With Afghan Public

U.S. soldiers keep watch at the entrance of a military base near Alkozai village following the shooting of Afghan civilians allegedly committed by a rogue U.S. soldier in Panjwayi district, Kandahar province on March 11, 2012. (Jangir/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

A U.S. sergeant's slaying of 16 Afghan civilians could not only stall U.S. efforts to negotiate with the Taliban, but give the group more public support ahead of U.S. combat troop withdrawal next year, according to Asia Society experts.

Interview: William Dalrymple and the 'Very Attractive' World of the Late Mughals

Historian, travel writer and journalist William Dalrymple reading from his collection
Arts

The acclaimed historian relates how he came to co-curate an Asia Society Museum exhibition, and explains his ongoing fascination with the late Mughal era.

Gallup: Americans Like China Less Now Than They Did a Year Ago

(Flickr/Brent Finnegan)
Lifestyle

Several Asian nations held up the rear of a Gallup poll released yesterday measuring Americans' favorability toward foreign countries.

Excerpt: Ahmed Rashid's 'Pakistan on the Brink'

A Pakistani man reads a newspaper with the front page displaying news of the death of Osama bin Laden at a stall in Lahore on May 3, 2011. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Leading Pakstani journalist Ahmed Rashid lays out America’s options with Pakistan and Afghanistan in the post-Bin Laden years.