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Ai Weiwei's 'Zodiac Heads' Unveiled in New York Despite Artist's Absence

Ai Weiwei's <i>Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads</i> now on view in New York City, May 4, 2011. (Elaine Merguerian)
Arts

A steady, cold spring rain did not deter some 200 people from attending this morning’s official opening of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads outdoor installation in New York City.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Lauds Report on Chinese Investment, but has Harsh Words for China

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
Business

Speaking at the launch of an Asia Society paper entitled An American Door?, Gary Locke, nominated to be the next Ambassador to China, warned that China has been "narrowing its commercial environment" to U.S investors.

Java Rap Stars to Perform at Asia Society on May 14

Jogja Hip Hop Foundation. (Photo courtesy of the artists)
Arts

If there were any doubt that hip hop music is truly a global phenomenon, Indonesia's Jogja Hip Hop Foundation settles the issue. 

Peter Bergen Lands Osama Bin Laden Manhunt Book Deal

Peter Bergen, second from right, with Osama bin Laden in 1997.
Lifestyle

The CNN analyst is appearing at Asia Society in New York on Thursday, May 5, 2011.

Should America Be Afraid of Chinese Investment?

US Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, shown here in Washington, DC in Jan. 2011, delivers the keynote at Asia Society's report launch in DC on May 4, 2011. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)
Business

Is the US prepared for direct investment from China?

Opening of Ai Weiwei 'Circle of Animals' Outdoor Installation Postponed

Ai Weiwei's New York City installation <i>Zodiac Heads</i>, still under wraps on May 2, 2011. (Elaine Merguerian)
Arts

The unveling of Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads outdoor sculpture at Central Park's Grand Army Plaza in NYC was postponed, due to a change in Mayor Bloomberg's schedule following the death of Osama bin Laden.

CNN's Peter Bergen: Is There an Al-Qaeda After Osama?

Peter Bergen speaking on CNN about Osama bin Laden's death on May 2, 2011 (video below).

With Osama bin Laden now dead, what's next for counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan? And what do the circumstances of bin Laden's death mean for U.S.–Pakistan relations?

Bin Laden's Death Will Prove 'Demoralizing' to Al Qaeda

This May 2, 2011 photo shows the FBI website announcing the death of Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden was killed in an overnight raid by US forces on a heavily fortified compound north of Islamabad, US President Barack Obama announced in a late-night White House address. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

But Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Fellow Hassan Abbas warns "the battle against violence and extremism is by no means over."  

After Osama, a Balancing Act for President Obama

Newspapers announcing the death of accused 9-11 mastermind Osama bin Laden are seen at a newsstand outside the World Trade Center site May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai says Barack Obama must "balance claims of victory with the pursuit of his administration’s military and civilian strategy."

Bin Laden's Death Shows Pakistan 'Engaged in Proxy War Against U.S.'

A man takes pictures of the front page of a newspaper featuring a picture of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in front of the White House in Washington, DC, on May 2, 2011. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Executive Vice President Jamie Metzl offers his initial thoughts on the killing of Osama bin Laden in a compound in Pakistan.