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The Scholar-Spy Who Saw Tibet's Densatil Monastery in All Its Glory

A historic photograph of the Densatil Monastery taken by an anonymous photographer at an unknown date. Image courtesy of David Holler.
Arts

How the "Great Game," the 19th-century imperial rivalry between Great Britain and Russia that stretched across Asia, may have touched on the famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Exhibition on view at Asia Society Museum through May 18, 2014.

Listen: How India’s 'Politics of Aspiration' Are Shaping Its National Elections

An elderly Indian voter, seen sitting on her son's bicycle, gestures her inked-marked finger as others wait in line to vote outside a polling station in Koliabor, in Assam state's Nagaon district some 180 kms east of Guwahati, on April 7, 2014. (STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Marshall Bouton, Interim Director of the Asia Society Policy Institute, talks with WNYC's Brian Lehrer about India's shift from "politics of scarcity" to "politics of aspiration."

Photo of the Day: A Purple Sunrise in Thailand

A sunrise over long tail boats paints the sky purple in Koh Lipe, Thailand on April 1, 2014. (Bambi Corro III/Flickr)
Multimedia

A sunrise over long tail boats paints the sky purple in Koh Lipe, Thailand on April 1, 2014. (Bambi Corro III/Flickr)

Watch: Deputy Sec. of State Calls Focusing on Asia 'Great Challenge of Our Time'

Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns speaks at Asia Society New York during the Asia Society Policy Institute's formal launch event on April 8, 2014. (Ellen Waldrop/Asia Society)
Policy

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns said that whether the United States can maintain its focus on Asia amid competing pressures in the international arena will be “the great challenge of our time."

Video: The World According to Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger and Zhu Min on stage at the launch of the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York on April 8, 2014. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
Policy

At the official launch of the Asia Society Policy Institute, the former U.S. Secretary of State offers observations on matters as diverse as America's "pivot" to Asia, China's past and present leaders, and why he doesn't use social media.

Watch: Experts on Why the US Needs to Reframe its 'Pivot' to Asia

Cui Tiankai, China's Ambassador to the U.S., responds to a question during a panel discussion at Asia Society in New York on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
Policy

Whether true or not, a U.S. rebalance toward the Asian region “was perceived first as a military type engagement to contain certain other countries in Asia that were growing,” said experts at Asia Society in New York on Tuesday.

Watch: Henry Kissinger on Cooperation and Power in U.S.-Asia Relations

Dr. Henry A. Kissinger in conversation with Zhu Min, IMF Deputy Managing Director at the Asia Society Policy Institute's launch event on April 8, 2014. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
Policy

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said conflict is "not excluded" from relations within Asia but relations between large countries will evolve toward cooperation.

Interview: Afghanistan Observer Sees Same 'Failed Status Quo' Continuing After Election

Current AffairsPolicy

Speaking frankly on the eve of Afghanistan's 2014 presidential election, journalist Anand Gopal sees no end in sight for the country's 30-year conflict.

Photos: A Glimpse of Afghanistan Before and During a Historic Election [UPDATED]

An Afghan roadside vendor hangs scarves next to political leaflets on a wall in Kabul on April 4, 2014. Some 12 million Afghans will go to the polls on April 5 to elect a new president. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)
Current AffairsMultimedia

In pictures: Afghanistan gears up for its third presidential election since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. Incumbent Hamid Karzai, who has held office since 2004, will step down to make room for a new head of state.

Listen: Assistant Secretary of State on the U.S. Strategic Rebalance Toward Asia

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping next to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon before the group photo at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit on March 25, 2014 in The Hague, Netherlands. Leaders from around the world have come to discuss matters related to international nuclear security, though the summit is overshadowed by recent events in Ukraine. (John Thys/Pool/Getty Images)
Policy

Daniel R. Russel, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, speaks about the Obama Administration’s efforts to “rebalance” American foreign policy towards the Asia-Pacific region.