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Desai: New Indian President Could Play 'Vital Role'

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai with Pranab Mukherjee at Asia Society Museum's Rabindranath Tagore exhibition in New York City in September 2011. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Policy

Pranab Mukherjee, an advocate of the arts who visited Asia Society last year, could be more than just a figurehead in shaping India's future.

Thein Sein, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Avoiding 'Sabotage' in Myanmar

Prime Minister of Myanmar Thein Sein addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 28, 2009. (United Nations Photo/Flickr)
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Conservatives in Myanmar may push back against reforms, says U.S. diplomat Priscilla Clapp, and President Thein Sein will need to be a strong leader to rebuff them.

Myanmar Elections Show 'Nascent Return' Of Opposition Politics

National League for Democracy (NLD) supporters celebrate their victory in parliamentary elections outside party headquarters on April 1, 2012 in Yangon, Myanmar. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
Policy Asia Society's Suzanne DiMaggio sees hope in Myanmar's parliamentary elections and calls on the U.S. to respond by easing sanctions.

What You Need to Know About Myanmar's Upcoming Elections

A Burmese worker hangs up freshly silkscreened National League for Democracy party (NLD) tshirt ahead of the parliamentary elections March 26, 2012 in Yangon, Myanmar. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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"The world will be watching to see if the shift toward democracy in Myanmar is real," writes Asia Society's Suzanne DiMaggio.

India and the United States: Whither Democracies?

Samajwadi Party leader and designate chief minister for Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav leaves parliament after the opening of the budget session in New Delhi on March 12, 2012. (Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy Unfolding events in India and the U.S. suggest there's actually hope for the democratic process, argues Asia Society President Vishakha Desai.

Interview: Indian Election Results a 'Rejection' of Gandhi-Nehru Dynasty

India's Samjwati Party (SP) workers celebrate their victory in the state elections at their party office in New Delhi on March 6, 2012. (Raveendran/AFP/Getty Images)
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"The family has a tough way forward in gaining popular confidence," says political analyst Yashwant Deshmukh. "However, that’s the only way they can cling to power, that is, gaining people’s confidence."

2011: On the U.S. Campaign Trail, a Deficit of Diplomacy

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain made headlines for the wrong reasons with his
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The U.S. presidential campaign heated up in 2011, as Americans ready themselves to vote in November 2012. While the current fiscal environment demands candidates focus on domestic economic challenges and solutions, in our interdependent world, foreign policy has to take a top spot on the list of presidential priorities. Unfortunately, election season is rife with fire and brimstone foreign policy rhetoric, attempting to engage voters at the detriment of diplomacy.

Huntsman Woos Colbert in Mandarin, But 'Delivery' Joke Falls Flat

Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman (L) talks to Stephen Colbert on the 'Colbert Report' October 24, 2011.
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Republican presidential hopeful and former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman spoke Mandarin on Comedy Central's Colbert Report last night, but most media outlets reported on his would-be attempt at humor.

Topic of Discussion: A Rising Asia and the US Presidential Race

Candidates pose for a group photo before the first 2012 Republican presidential candidates' debate in Manchester, New Hampshire June 13, 2011. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)
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What role do you believe Asia's rise should play in the upcoming U.S. presidential race and election? And how would you like to see the candidates address this issue? What will you be looking for?

In Kazakhstan, Even Rivals Vote for the Incumbent

A man votes in the presidential election in the village of Internatsional'nyy, some 40 kms from Astana, on April 3, 2011. (Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty Images)
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If there were any doubts that Kazakhstan mastered the trappings of democracy without heeding its substance, then this election would surely dispel them.