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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.

Suu Kyi's Party Urges West to Keep Myanmar Sanctions

Myanmar's newly-released opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (C) smiles as she arrives at the National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon on November 15, 2010. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Myanmar’s leading opposition figure, Aung San Suu Kyi, and her party, Burma’s National League for Democracy (NLD), call for the continuation of Western sanctions against the country.

POLICY UPDATE: How Should the U.S. Respond to Burma’s Upcoming Elections?

Votes queue to collect their ballot papers during a demonstration of how to vote in Naypyidaw. (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images)
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In advance of Burma’s elections on 7 November, the first in 20 years, the Asia Society has just released a Burma Task Force Report Update.

Kyrgyzstan Votes

Kyrgyz women cast their votes at a polling station during the parliamentary elections in the village of Koy-Tash, some 15kms from Bishkek, on October 10, 2010. (Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP/Getty Images)
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An orderly election in this Central Asian republic offers cause for measured optimism, says Philip Shishkin.

Australian Election Cliffhanger

A combination photo shows Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (L) and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. (Getty Images)
Policy In a few hours the voters of Australia will decide their next government and leader. And, according to opinion polls, it could be a cliffhanger.

Burma/Myanmar Sets Election Date

Myanmar's junta chief Than Shwe reviews an honor guard from his car on Armed Forces Day in the administrative capital of Naypyidaw on March 27, 2009. (Hla Hla Htay/AFP/Getty Images)
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Burma/Myanmar's ruling junta sets election date for November 7.