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Interview: Irshad Manji on 'Keeping Faith' and 'Ditching Dogma'

Irshad Manji (Jimmy Jeong)
Arts

Self-described "reformist Muslim" Irshad Manji, who will appear at Asia Society in New York on June 16, discusses her new book Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom.

Metzl: Self Interests Dictate China and Russia's UN Votes on Syria

Policy

The U.N. Council has failed to act on the Syrian government's violent crackdown on dissidents, Asia Society's Executive Vice President, Jamie Metzl, weighs in as to why.

Video: The Biggest Challenges Facing Asia

Thought leaders across Asia-Pacific convened at the 39th Williamsburg Conference in Singapore on May 13 to 15, 2011.
Policy

Asia-Pacific thought leaders discussed the most pressing issues facing the region at the 39th Williamsburg Conference in Singapore from May 13-15, 2011.   

Before the Gold Rush: A Call for Responsible Mining in Afghanistan

A man melts gold to be re-formed as jewelry in a shop in Herat, Afghanistan, on Feb. 27, 2010. Undeveloped gold and other mineral deposits in Afghanistan have the potential to transform its economy. (Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)
Sustainability

Simran Sethi discusses the importance of considering society and environment when developing Afghanistan's mining industry.

Chinese Dilemmas in the South China Sea

Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie gestures during a courtesy visit to Philippine President Benigno Aquino (unseen) at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on May 23, 2011. Aquino said he hoped his talks with Liang would help to avoid a real conflict over the chain of islands in the South China Sea which both countries claim. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Aggressive maritime maneuvers may not serve China's long-term interests, says John D. Cioriciari. 

Experts: Binding Global Agreements Needed to Tackle Climate Change

Skyscrapers are reflected on a man-made lake as a cloud hovers overhead in Singapore in Apr. 2007. Desalination and recycled water are key to addressing the world's growing thirst for the precious resource, officials said here. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)
Sustainability

This week we asked our Sustainability Roundtable to reflect on last week's C40 Cities climate leadership group meeting in Brazil, where the World Bank signed an agreement with mayors from around the world to provide significant technical and financial assistance for climate-change-reduction projects. Are cities in the right position to manage the effects of climate change? 

In Dealing with Climate Change, Cities the Right Place to Start

An aerial view of buildings standing out amid haze engulfing Wuhan, central China's Hubei province on Dec. 3, 2009. China will need to invest up to 30 billion dollars a year to meet its goal of curbing greenhouse gas emissions, the state press said, citing an academic study. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Sustainability

This week, we asked our Sustainability Roundtable to reflect on last week's C40 Cities climate leadership group meeting in Brazil, where the World Bank signed an agreement with mayors from around the world to provide significant technical and financial assistance for climate-change-reduction projects. Are cities in the right position to manage the effects of climate change?

Asia Society Remembers Pre-Eminent Indian Painter M.F. Husain, 1915-2011

M.F. Husain (1915-2011) in March 1999, seated in front of his 40-foot (13-meter) canvas <i>VIOLENCE</i> at Gallery 7 in Mumbai, India. (Sebastian D'Souza/AFP/Getty Images)
Arts

M.F. Husain's passing at 96 years of age signals the end of an era.

Hassan Abbas Picks His Top Five Books on Reforming Pakistan

Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Fellow Hassan Abbas in Houston, Texas in 2009. (Asia Society Texas Center)
Education

Hassan Abbas suggests five books that he feels are critical to understanding and solving the issues that hinder reform in Pakistan.

What Cities Can, and Can't, Do in Fight Against Climate Change

This image contrasting Manila's financial district with a squatter colony on the banks of the Pasig River (foreground) suggests some of the challenges facing Asia's cities as the effects of climate change become a reality in the 21st century. (Joel Nito/AFP/Getty Images)
Sustainability

This week, we asked our Sustainability Roundtable to reflect on last week's C40 Cities climate leadership group meeting in Brazil, where the World Bank signed an agreement with mayors from around the world to provide significant technical and financial assistance for climate-change-reduction projects. Are cities in the right position to manage the effects of climate change?