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A New Model for Clean Water in the 21st Century

Municipal water and sewer bond issuance in the United States, 2008-11. (Source: Thomson Municipal Market Monitor)
Sustainability

The latest turmoil in global stock markets following Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade its rating of the United States government has led many to fear another serious economic downturn. We asked our Sustainability Roundtable: what hope is there for global cooperation on sustainability issues like food security, energy policy and climate change in a renewed economic crisis? Is it possible for any of these issues to play an important part of international policy discussions?

Podcast: Alia Amirali: Change Agent in a Stuck Society

Alia Amirali, General Secretary of the Student Federation in the Punjab.
Policy

Against all odds, Alia Amirali is determined to revitalize Pakistan's political left.

Shishkin: Kyrgyzstan's Presidential Election a 'Wild Democratic Experiment'

Supporters of the Kyrgyz Byutun party protest against the results of the Parliamentary elections in Bishkek on October 18, 2010. (Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Bernard Schwartz Fellow Philip Shishkin discusses Kyrgyzstan's democratic experiment and its chances for success.

A Global 'Green' New Deal Still Within Reach

(United Nations Photo/Flickr)
Sustainability

The latest turmoil in global stock markets following Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade its rating of the United States government has led many to fear another serious economic downturn. We asked our Sustainability Roundtable to discuss what hopes might exist for global cooperation on sustainability issues like food security, energy policy, and climate change amid a renewed economic crisis. Is it possible for any of these issues to play an important part of international policy discussions?

Biden Time in Beijing

US VP Joe Biden speaks during the opening session of the 2011 US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue May 9, 2011 in in Washington, DC. Looking on from left are: State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Vice Premier Wang Qishan. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

This week, Vice President Biden travels to China to face his creditors. He is hoping to calm unease over the United States' much-criticized debt-ceiling deal and an upcoming decision on arms sales to Taiwan.

Metzl: China's Hacking Campaign a Threat to World Order

A Chinese youth uses a computer in an internet cafe in Chongqing, China. (China Photos/Getty Images)
Policy

Allegations that China is behind massive computer hacking operations should be no surprise, argues Jamie Metzl. (Views expressed are those personally held by the author.)

Podcast: Haris Gazdar: Why Is the US in Pakistan — Really?

Karachi-based economist Haris Gazdar.
Policy

Economist Haris Gazdar likens US-Pakistani relations to a "sleazy affair" requiring plausible deniability. 

Economic Crisis May Make it Impossible to Break Climate Change Deadlocks

A factory smokestack in New Jersey emits pollutants into the atmosphere. (United Nations Photo/Flickr)
Sustainability

The latest turmoil in global stock markets following Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade its rating of the United States government has led many to fear another serious economic downturn. We asked our Sustainability Roundtable: What hopes might exist for global cooperation on sustainability issues like food security, energy policy, and climate change in a renewed economic crisis? Is it possible for any of these issues to play an important part of international policy discussions?

Metzl on CBS News: Tough Conversations Ahead for Biden in China

Policy

Appearing on CBS News yesterday, Asia Society Executive Vice President Jamie Metzl previewed what could be on the agenda when Vice President Joe Biden visits China today.

Podcast: Saad Haroon: Pakistan as a Bad Bollywood Comedy

Pakistani comedian Saad Haroon.
Policy

This is the latest installment of a series of podcasts entitled Another Pakistan, a co-production of the Asia Society and the Watson Institute at Brown University. Click here to learn more. Scroll to the end of this post to listen to the podcast.