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Philippine Democracy, the Aquinos and Asia Society

Philippine President Benigno Aquino speaks during a press conference after a mass to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of late president Corazon Aquino, at the La Salle Gymnasium in Mandaluyong, in the eastern Manila suburbs on August 1, 2010. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)

On September 20, 2011 — just one day before the 39th anniversary of the start of the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines — President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, popularly known as “PNoy” (a play of the term “Pinoy” which describes any Filipino), will speak before the Asia Society in New York.

Video: Asia Society Leaders Discuss Arrival of Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III

Philippines President Benigno Aquino III

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai and Executive Vice President Jamie Metzl spoke recently to the Philippines Presidential Broadcast Staff about the imminent arrival of current Philippines president Benigno S. Aquino III, a charismatic new leader who says he is committed to rooting out government corruption in his country. Metzl also referenced Manila's key role as a U.S.

The 5 Biggest Chinese News Stories of Summer 2011

Workers clear wreckage on July 24, 2011 near the city of Wenzhou, in Zhejiang province, after a high-speed train collision a day before. The crash was China's worst rail accident since 2008. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy Jeffrey Wasserstrom and Evan Osnos assess Biden's visit, the high-speed train crash, and other top stories of the past three months.

Asian Nations Must Work Together to Fight Rising Sea Levels

Floating fishing village in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. (A. Strakey/Flickr)

Recently, a report in Nature Geoscience revealed that polar ice may be melting faster than previously thought, leading to a more significant rise in sea levels throughout the course of the century. We asked our Sustainability Roundtable to discuss the implications of the warming of the oceans and the subsequent rise in sea levels. What will these phenomena mean for the future development of Asian countries? Are there opportunities for regional cooperation in dealing with the consequences of these environmental changes?

Asia Society Philippines Welcomes Astronaut Ambassador

See ya later! Malaysian spaceflight participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor waves farewell at the steps of the Soyuz rocket. (Bill Ingalls/NASA/Flickr)

The "first and only" astronaut from the ASEAN region, Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor of Malaysia (see video below), dropped by Asia Society in the Philippines earlier this month. Executive Director of Asia Society Philippines, Harvey Keh, said the visit was part of a project to "better understand our ASEAN neighbors."

America's Climate Dilemma

Oil and homes. Signal Hill, California. (Evan G/Flickr)

Last week, former American Vice President Al Gore sharply criticized the Obama administration for failing to significantly alter United States policy on climate change and energy. We asked our Sustainability Roundtable to discuss the role American leadership should play in shaping government policies on climate change throughout Asia.

John Ciorciari: 'Non-negligible Risk of War' in South China Sea

John D. Ciorciari speaks on the conflict between China and its neighbors with Asia Society.

John D. Ciorciari has written a CNN opinion piece on China's conflict with Southeast Asian countries over the South China Sea.

Democracy is More Than Just Deposing a Dictator

Military personnel re-enact the scene of the 1986 People Power revolution where civilians showed their support to military personnel who revolted against the Philippine dictator Marcos during the 25th anniversary of the People Power revolution in Manila on February 25, 2011. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)

The overthrow of a tyrant is probably only the beginning of a series of upheavals and crises

Photo of the Day: Slum Dwellers and Officials Clash, Leaving 40 Injured


Local residents take cover as they and the demolition crew throw stones at each other during the demolition of shanty homes in San Juan City, east of Manila on January 25, 2011.

Anand Giridharadas on Jon Stewart: American Dream 'Still Alive'... in India

Anand Giridharadas with Jon Stewart on Jan. 24, 2011. (Comedy Central)

'India Calling' author Anand Giridharadas appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night to talk about his book.