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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)
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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.

Photo of the Day: Out For a Stroll in India

An old man goes out walking with a stick on the streets of Bangalore, India on March 29, 2014. (Soumya Geetha/Flickr)
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An old man goes out walking with a stick on the streets of Bangalore, India on March 29, 2014. (Soumya Geetha/Flickr)

Afghanistan Literally Can't Afford to Hold an Election That Isn't Free and Fair

Afghan election employee, Forouzan Barez checks the plastic boxes containing election material at a warehouse prior to transportation to the polling centers, in the northwestern city of Herat on April 3, 2014. (Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)
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Because a key condition for the continuation of international aid to Afghanistan is a comprehensive, transparent and credible vote, Saturday's election takes on even greater importance.

What Do Afghanistan's 'Generation America' Think of Their Country's Future?

Supporters run to get a spot near the stage at an election rally for presidential candidate Abudullah Abdullah on the outskirts of Kabul on April 2, 2014, the last day of campaigning by Afghanistan's presidential candidates. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)
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Foreign soldiers may be heading home, and several international organizations are fleeing the pre-election violence, but there's no shortage of hope and optimism among Afghanistan's young people.

Photo of the Day: A Repeating Pattern in China

A line of trees and moored boats are reflected in a pool of water in China on March 13, 2014. (vic xia/Flickr)
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A line of trees and moored boats are reflected in a pool of water in China on March 13, 2014. (vic xia/Flickr)

Yes, the Afghanistan Election is Important — But So is the Day After

Afghan men crowd a field at a political rally during a campaign stop by presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul in Bamiyan on April 1, 2014. (Hashmatullah/AFP/Getty Images)
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A member of Asia Society's Afghanistan Young Leaders Initiative reminds readers that Afghanistan's April 5 election is "only a means to an end — a stable, peaceful, inclusive, and prosperous Afghanistan."

A Dispatch from India's Campaign Trail by a BJP Parliamentary Candidate

The BJP Central Election Committee Meeting on March 13, 2014, at which Jayant Sinha was announced as the BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate for Hazaribagh, Jharkand. (Photo courtesy of BJP)
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Jayant Sinha, a parliamentary candidate for the BJP, shared his personal views on the upcoming elections and state of affairs in India in an AsiaConnect briefing from the Asia Society Policy Institute.

Photo of the Day: A Fiery Dance in Indonesia

A Balinese man kicks up fire during the 'Mesabatan Api' ritual ahead of Nyepi Day in Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia on March 30, 2014. (Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
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A Balinese man kicks up fire during the 'Mesabatan Api' ritual ahead of Nyepi Day in Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia on March 30, 2014. Mesabatan Api is held annually a day before the Nyepi Day of Silence, as symbolizes the purification of universe and human body through fire. Nyepi is a Hindu celebration observed every new year according to the Balinese calendar. (Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)

Interview: Huawei Official Sees 'Watershed' Moment for Worldwide Cyber-Security Rules

Shoppers walk past a Huawei store in Beijing on March 24, 2014. Chinese telecoms and Internet giant Huawei condemned the U.S. National Security Agency on March 24 after reports revealed the organization had been secretly tapping the company's networks for years. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
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Reacting to reports that the NSA spied on his company, Huawei Vice President William Plummer argues that "old-world thinking and policy comes at a risk" in today's "borderless" world.

Photo of the Day: A Patriotic Tiger in Bangladesh

A Bangladesh fan shows his support during the ICC World Twenty20 cricket match between Bangladesh and the West Indies in Dhaka, Bangladesh on March 25, 2014. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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A Bangladesh fan shows his support during the ICC World Twenty20 cricket match between Bangladesh and the West Indies in Dhaka, Bangladesh on March 25, 2014. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)