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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.

Book Excerpt: 'The Illicit Happiness of Other People' by Manu Joseph

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Arts

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way," begins a certain other novel. How is other people's happiness "illicit?" Join the Chackos family in their quest for happiness in 1980s Madras. Author appearance at Asia Society New York on January 10, 2013.

To Ensure Peace and Justice, International Community Must Lead by Example

Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva (C) arrives at the Bangkok Metropolitan Police headquarters on Dec. 9, 2011 for questioning over a deadly military crackdown he oversaw on mass opposition protests in Bangkok in April and May of 2010. (Joan Manuel Baliellas/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

A critical question confronts Thailand, Sri Lanka and other Asian nations: Is lasting peace possible in the absence of justice?

Interview: Oscar Shortlisted Filmmaker Alison Klayman on Stumbling Onto Ai Weiwei

A poster from Alison Klayman's documentary on Chinese artist Ai Weiwei,
Multimedia

“The Sundance Film Festival in January of 2012 was really the first time I’ve ever been to a film festival,” the first-time director admits.

Photo of the Day: Shadow Puppets in China

A boy and a girl meet in this shadow puppet show in Xi'an, China on September 9, 2012. (Poorfish/Flickr)
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A boy and a girl meet in this shadow puppet show in Xi'an, China on September 9, 2012. (Poorfish/Flickr)