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Book Excerpt: 'The Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42'

American edition of
Arts

A cautionary tale of 19th-century imperial hubris that still resonates today. In-person appearances by William Dalrymple upcoming at Asia Society New York and Asia Society Northern California.

Video: Ambassador Saran Reaffirms Indian Commitment to Afghanistan

India's Shyam Saran speaking at Asia Society Washington on April 12, 2013.
Policy

Speaking at Asia Society Washington, Indian diplomat Shyam Saran emphatically reiterated India's commitment to Afghanistan's peace process and its confidence in Afghan security forces.

Photo of the Day: A Pink Spectacle in Japan

A tree branch staggers under the weight of beautiful pink blooms in Fukushima, Japan on April 13, 2013. (shin--k/Flickr)
Multimedia

A tree branch staggers under the weight of beautiful pink blooms in Fukushima, Japan on April 13, 2013. (shin--k/Flickr)

Book Excerpt: 'Shanghai Gone' Depicts a City Consuming Its Own Past and People

Policy

Qin Shao's wrenching new study of a frantically developing Shanghai introduces the concept of "domicide" — the eradication of a home against the will of its dwellers.

Central Asia's Energy Market: From Moscow to Beijing

Petroleum tanks owned by Hurricane Kumkol Munai in Chemkent, Kazakhstan. (Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images)
Policy

In the future, competition for energy reserves in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan will be between Russia and China — with time being on Beijing's side.

For Those in Seoul, the North Korea 'Joke' May Be Over

A South Korean activist stabs a pocket knife on a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L) during an anti-North Korea rally near the national assembly in Seoul on March 22, 2013. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Nathan McMurray, legal advisor for Samsung in Seoul, writes that the recent ratcheting up of tensions between North and South may be more than just a story this time.

Photo of the Day: An Artist in Vietnam

A painter takes a break from creating artwork in Hanoi, Vietnam on April 10, 2013. (julianlimjl/Flickr)
Multimedia

A painter takes a break from creating artwork in Hanoi, Vietnam on April 10, 2013. (julianlimjl/Flickr)

Photos: 'Made in Bangladesh' Takes Behind-the-Scenes Look at Garment Workers

Garment worker leaders form a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club, demanding punishment for the killers of Aminul Islam, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Gazi Nafis Ahmed)
Multimedia

A young socially-minded Bangladeshi photographer turns his lens on his country's garment factories and the workers who brave hazardous conditions in them to scrape together a living.

A Tale of Two Viruses: SARS, Bird Flu, and What They Say About China Then and Now

Despite public concern about the emergence of H7N9 bird flu in Shanghai, only a handful of pedestrians walking along the waterfront Bund on April 8, 2013 chose to don face masks. (Maura Elizabeth Cunningham)

Despite obvious similarities between the SARS and "bird flu" outbreaks, writes an American correspondent in Shanghai, it's harder for China's government to hide things today than it was in 2003.

Multimedia: Chitra Agrawal on Making, and Finding, Good South Indian Vegetarian Food

Masala dosas at Saravana Bhaavan in New York City. (Pei Ketron/penelopesloom.com)
Lifestyle

Chitra Agrawal explains how you can prepare certain key South Indian vegetarian dishes at home — and also where to find them when you're dining out.