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Kashmir: A Case for Self-Determination

L to R: Arundhati Roy, Pankaj Mishra, Mohamad Junaid and Philip Oldenburg in New York City on November 11, 2011.
Policy

Over the years, Asia Society has had a proud tradition of being an open forum for ideas on important and sometimes controversial issues — such as the one that has vexed South Asia for more than 60 years.

Video: How Much Is That 'Spider Butterfly' in the Window?

Korean artist U-Ram Choe's 'Unicus-Cavum ad initium' sculpture lives inside a street widow at Asia Society Museum. We asked people what they thought of this curious creature.
Arts

A flying, metal, spider-like creature is probably the last thing you’d expect to see displayed in a window near Manhattan's Park Avenue, but walk past Asia Society Museum and that's just what you'll find. We took our cameras to street to record the impressions of passersby. Click the headline to watch the video.

Slideshow: Sober Suits, Not Hawaiian Shirts, Define 2011 APEC Summit

L to R, bottom: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, U.S. President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. L to R, top: Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak, Republic of Korea President Lee Myung-bak, Mexican Trade Minister Bruno Ferrari and Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill in the APEC group photo on Nov. 13, 2011 in Honolulu, HI. (Kent Nishimura - Pool/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

Veteran Asia-Pacific watchers were deprived of a beloved tradition in Honolulu this past weekend when U.S. President Barack Obama decreed that attendees at the 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit wouldn't be required to wear aloha shirts for the Summit's main photo op.

Mishra: Kashmir "Doomed to a Very Long Silence"

An Indian paramilitary trooper stands guard in front of a wall bearing the grafitti 'Gaza Strip' during an undeclared curfew in Srinagar on May 21, 2011. Authorities in restive Indian Kashmir placed separatist leaders under house arrest to thwart a rally marking the anniversaries of the killing of two of the independence movement's key figures. (Rouf Bhat/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Authors Arundhati Roy and Pankaj Mishra appeared at Asia Society in New York to discuss their new book Kashmir: The Case for Freedom. Roy stated: "The word has gotten out … many more Indians are now aware and uncomfortable about participating in this occupation." But has the word truly "gotten out"? And do all sides view this as an "occupation"?

Reshaping Capitalism and Saving the Planet with Chandran Nair

Chandran Nair, author of <i>Consumptionomics</i>.
Business

On two occasions this week Asia Society will be hosting Chandran Nair, Founder and CEO of the Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT), for an author talk in which he shares his ideas about constraining consumption.

Photo of the Day: Golden Temple

Multimedia

The Golden Temple at Amritsar, India on November 14, 2011. (Ronald Woan /Flickr)

Upcoming Summits Underscore Importance of East Asia in U.S. Strategy

(L to R) Chinese President Hu Jintao, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, U.S. President Barack Obama and Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono stand together for a photograph at the Group of 20 (G20) Cannes Summit at the Palais des Festivals November 3, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Chris Ratcliffe-Pool/Getty Images)
Policy

Earlier today, the Asia Society released a task force report entitled U.S.-East Asia Relations: A Strategy for Multilateral Engagement. This report, compiled by an international group of experts, presents a series of practical recommendations on what the U.S. can do to build constructive relationships with Asian countries.

Taiwan For Sale?

Flags of the United States and Taiwan fly outside Chinatown gate in Washington, D.C. (Flickr/Photo Phiend)
Policy

In today's New York Times, former Harvard academic Paul V. Kane writes that the United States should terminate its defense arrangement with Taiwan in exchange for China forgiving the $1.14 trillion of U.S. debt that it holds. Kane argues that this move would be:

Photo of the Day: Shishi Odoshi, or 'Scare the Deer'

Multimedia

The teahouse at the Royal Park Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on April 23, 2010. (Larry Thompson)

Video: Freed AIDS/HIV Doctors Reflect on Iran Captivity

Policy

Pioneering Iranian doctors Arash and Kamiar Alaei, discuss their time in captivity in Tehran's notorious Evin prison.