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Asia Society Remembers India's Musical Giant Ravi Shankar, 1920-2012

Indian musician Ravi Shankar salutes the audience as he performs on June 4, 2008 during a concert at London's Barbican centre. (Shaun Curry/AFP/Getty Images)
Arts

India's premier musical ambassador, who had a long history with our organization, passed away on Tuesday.

Photo of the Day: Poised to Perform in Indonesia

A dancer in Bali in the midst of a performance on July 25, 2012. (worldsurfr/Flickr)
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A dancer in the midst of a performance in Bali, Indonesia on July 25, 2012. (worldsurfr/Flickr)

Photos: Documenting Mongolia's At-Risk Nomadic Herders

Naadam brings out the holiday spirit and competitiveness in everyone, both young and old. This young man shows off his horsemanship in front of his friends. (Taylor Weidman)
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As harsh winters and widespread overgrazing take their toll on Mongolia's nomadic pastoral herders, photographer Taylor Weidman joins them on the road to capture a threatened way of life.

Obama's South Asia Opportunity

President Barack Obama converses with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan at the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 12, 2010. (U.S. Department of State/Flickr)
Policy

With the end of the Afghanistan conflict, the Obama administration has a window of opportunity not seen since the end of the Cold War to refocus its strategy in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the other countries of South Asia.

Photo of the Day: Covered in Greenery in India

A tree covered in foliage spreads out its branches in India on December 4, 2012. (VikramDeep/Flickr)
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A tree covered in foliage spreads out its branches in India on December 4, 2012. (VikramDeep/Flickr)

What's Next for US Policy Toward South Asia?

Policy

Simply connecting the countries of South Asia with each other and their neighbors may not be enough, says a new Asia Society report.

Photos: In Kabul, a New National Museum for Afghanistan Starts to Take Shape

The design submitted by the Spanish firm AV62 Arquitectos SLP, above, won the International Architectural Ideas Competition for the new design for the National Museum of Afghanistan. (U.S. Embassy Kabul Afghanistan/Flickr)
Arts

After decades of neglect (and worse), a Kabul home for Afghanistan's cultural heritage has a new lease on life.

Interview: For Wu Qing, Pushing for Change is 'Citizen's Responsibility'

Wu Qing. (Jonah Kessel)
Policy

I want to change China from a country ruled of man and by man to a country ruled of law and by law," activist and legislator Wu Qing tells Asia Blog.

Photo of the Day: A Splash of Color in Kyoto

Bright yellow leaves fall from the autumn trees on this grey street in Kyoto, Japan on November 28, 2012. (genpi215/Filckr)
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Bright yellow leaves fall from the autumn trees on this grey street in Kyoto, Japan on November 28, 2012. (genpi215/Filckr)

US Can't Afford to Forget About Afghanistan Yet Again

US Marine Sgt. Cody Turpen from Kilo Company of the 3rd Battalion 8th Marines Regiment shakes hand with Afghan children during a patrol in Garmser district in southern Helmand Province on June 22, 2012. (Adek Berry/AFP/GettyImages)
Policy

"Unlike the early 1990s, the United States should not and will not leave Afghanistan to its neighbors alone," writes Alexander Evans, who calls for a long-term, regional strategy for the embattled country.