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New Asia Foundation Afghanistan Survey to Launch in New York on Friday

An Afghan man being interviewed in his home in Panjshir, approximately 60 miles from Kabul, for the Asia Foundation survey
Policy

Tomorrow morning in New York City, Asia Society hosts a launch event for the new Asia Foundation survey Afghanistan in 2011: A Survey of the Afghan People.

Photo of the Day: Lulusar Lake, Pakistan

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A view of Lulusar Lake, the source of the Kunhar River which lies along the Naran-Babusar-Chilas Highway, in Mansehra District, Pakistan, taken in October 2009. The lake is famous for its placid waters and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. (Imran M. Khan)

Interview: Ayesha Haroon on Pakistan Education and Religious Intolerance

Pakistani and foreign religious students taking an exam at the Jamia Binoria madrasa in Karachi in 2009. (Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images)
Education

A new study by the U.S. government's commission on religious freedom (USCIRF) found that Pakistan's public schools and madrassas — privately run religious schools — fuel discrimination by casting Hindus, Christians and other religious minorities in a negative light.

Photo of the Day: Volcanic Eruption on Mount Yasur

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The Mount Yasur volcano erupts on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu, on October 26, 2011. Mt. Yasur has been blasting out sulfur, ash and chunks of lava for some 800 years. (Chris Arneil /Flickr)

Top Tweets About China's Mysterious Desert Images

What do you think is going on in the deserts of China?
Policy

On Sunday, Gizmodo published a story entitled, "Why Is China Building These Gigantic Structures In the Middle of the Desert? Some in the traditional media have tried to make sense of the mysterious patterns in the desert, and others have bandied about wild guesses on Twitter. We've included some of our favorites below.

Interview: Frank Dikötter, Author of 'Mao's Great Famine' [UPDATED]

Frank Dikötter, author of 'Mao's Great Famine.' (Hong Kong University)
Policy

The author of Mao's Great Famine, which was a runner-up in the 2011 Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award, spoke with Asia Blog about China, famine, and why the Great Leap Forward doesn't get enough attention. He also has a few choice words for The New Yorker's Pankaj Mishra.

Video: Duncan McCargo on the Political and Economic Impact of Thailand's Floods

Policy

In a video interview, Asia Society Associate Fellow Duncan McCargo, the 2009 Bernard Schwartz Book Award winner, analyzes the political and economic implications of Thailand's worst flooding in more than half a century.

Photo of the Day: Singapore Skyline

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View of the Singapore skyline showing the Central Business District from the Esplanade bridge on November 15, 2011. (Nicolas Lannuzel /Flickr)

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.