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Watch: Pakistan FM Calls Drone Strikes 'Illegal,' Says 'This Has to Be Our War'

An activist of Muttahida Sheri Mahaz burns US flag during a protest in Multan on July 7, 2012, against a recent US drone attack. (S S Mirza/AFP/GettyImages)
Policy

"As a drone flies over the territory of Pakistan, it becomes an American war again," said Hina Rabbani Khar at Asia Society in New York.

Pakistan FM Khar 'Embarrassed' By Riots, But Calls for Understanding

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar responds to a question at Asia Society in New York on Thursday, September 27, 2012. (Bill Swersey/Asia Society)
Policy

"We do not condone violence," Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said Thursday at Asia Society in New York. "That is not what Islam teaches us."

Photo of the Day: Fishermen Afloat in Myanmar

Fishermen at work on the Inle Lake in Shan State, Myanmar on January 7, 2008. (immu/Flickr)
Multimedia

Fishermen at work on the Inle Lake in Shan State, Myanmar on January 7, 2008. (immu/Flickr)

Thai Prime Minister: 'Woman's Touch' Needed in South China Sea Dispute

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra addresses the crowd at Asia Society New York on Wednesday, September 26, 2012. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Policy

Yingluck Shinawatra said her government will "make every effort to help build trust and confidence" among parties in the South China Sea disputes in a speech at Asia Society in New York.

Interview: Lin Tianmiao on Art, Influence, and 'Bodily Reaction' as Inspiration

Lin Tianmiao: 'Gazing Back - procreating (outdoor),' 2009. Polyurea, automotive paint, television recordings. (Lin Tianmiao)
Arts

Artist Lin Tianmiao, currently featured at Asia Society Museum, talks to Sun Yunfan of ChinaFile about her influences, becoming a mother, and the "Chinese-ness" of contemporary Chinese art.

Former US Ambassador to Myanmar on Thein Sein's 'Totally Different Course'

Burton Levin, former U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar, addresses Asia Society Hong Kong on September 20, 2012.
Policy

Burton Levin, who represented the U.S. in the Southeast Asian nation from 1987 to 1990, discussed the current political situation in Myanmar recently at Asia Society in Hong Kong.

Prime Minister of Bangladesh: Climate Change 'Disastrous' for Developing Countries

Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, addresses Asia Society New York at the launch of the Climate Vulnerability Monitor on September 26, 2012.

In New York, top officials help launch a comprehensive new report about the countries on the front lines of climate change.

Photo of the Day: Power Outage in Indonesia

A power outage lights up the night sky in East Java, Indonesia on June 14, 2012. (yunir/Flickr)
Multimedia

A power outage lights up the night sky in East Java, Indonesia on June 14, 2012. (yunir/Flickr)

Thailand's Yingluck Shinawatra Turning From 'Stopgap' to a Lasting Presence

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra waves as she arrives to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vladivostok, Russia on Sept. 8, 2012. (Saeed Khan/AFP/GettyImages)
Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellow Duncan McCargo says Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been proving the experts wrong with her political savvy and brokering skills.

Expert: New Report Shows Climate Change Actually a 'Regressive Tax' On World's Poor

A Bangladeshi woman stands outside her house in Gabura, in southern Bangladesh, after Cyclone Aila devastated the area on May 26, 2009. Low-lying southwest Bangladesh is on the frontline of the battle to adapt to climate change. (Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)
Sustainability

Asia Society Associate Fellow Junjie Zhang says a new climate vulnerability report supports the notion that climate change will hit the poorest communities the hardest.