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The Right Response to the Food Crisis

A farmer tills fields in Nigeria. (Yosef Hadar/World Bank/Flickr)
Sustainability

This week, we asked our Sustainability Roundtable about the growing concern that the world’s food supply is in serious danger over the long run. What can the developing and developed countries of Asia do to make their agricultural sector more resilient in the face of future climate shocks? How can these countries cope with a potentially crisis-inducing rise in food prices, growth in population, and increase in demand?

Topic of Discussion: A Rising Asia and the US Presidential Race

Candidates pose for a group photo before the first 2012 Republican presidential candidates' debate in Manchester, New Hampshire June 13, 2011. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

What role do you believe Asia's rise should play in the upcoming U.S. presidential race and election? And how would you like to see the candidates address this issue? What will you be looking for?

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.

Watch: Don't Joke With the Dalai Lama About Pizza

One with everything. (Adam Kuban/Flickr)
Lifestyle

An Australian TV host's attempt at humor falls flat.

Watch: Henry Kissinger on The Colbert Report

Policy

The controversial diplomat, who turned 88 last month, mentioned Mao Zedong's sarcastic side, said he didn't believe this was the "Chinese century" and explained why he stopped playing chess with his grandson. 

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.

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.

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?