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Video: 'Timing Seems Right' for US Special Envoy to Burma

Suzanne DiMaggio
Policy

Suzanne DiMaggio, Asia Society Vice President of Global Policy Programs, reacts to reports that say the United States is preparing to name Derek Mitchell as the country's Special Envoy to Burma (Myanmar). 

Gandhi Biographer: 'I Aim to Be Provocative, Not Offensive'

Joseph Lelyveld and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Lelyveld photo by Janny Scott)
Lifestyle

Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph Lelyveld, appearing at the Asia Society in New York on Thursday, April 7, adds that he never used the word "bisexual" in his new book Great Soul.

Interview: Jonah Kessel, 'The Fate of Old Beijing: The Vanishing Hutongs'

Jonah Kessel
Lifestyle

A series of documentary videos, produced for Asia Society, looks at the destruction of Beijing's historic hutong neighborhoods.

In Kazakhstan, Even Rivals Vote for the Incumbent

A man votes in the presidential election in the village of Internatsional'nyy, some 40 kms from Astana, on April 3, 2011. (Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

If there were any doubts that Kazakhstan mastered the trappings of democracy without heeding its substance, then this election would surely dispel them.

India vs. Pakistan: 'Cricket Diplomacy at its Best'

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani (L) speaks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India during the 2011 ICC World Cup on March 30, 2011 in Mohali, India. (Raveendran-Pool/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

Could a sporting event could jump-start a stalled peace process?

Ai Weiwei: From Porcelain Seeds to Chinese Prison?

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei holds some porcelain sunflower seeds from his installation at The Tate Modern in London on October 11, 2010. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Policy

The outspoken Chinese artist is the latest Chinese progressive to be detained in a government crackdown that began in February.

Asia Needs More Women Leaders

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai speaks at Asia Society's Women Leaders of New Asia summit in Singapore on April 2, 2011.
Lifestyle

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai's Op-Ed in the Huffington Post.

George Packer Chosen to Write Bio of Richard Holbrooke

Former Asia Society Chairman Richard Holbrooke, shown here at a press conference in Brussels in October 2010. (Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Packer's book on Richard Holbrooke will also be a history of American foreign policy over the past 50 years. 

Jazz Musician Vijay Iyer to Launch New Album with Trio 'Tirtha' This Weekend at Asia Society

Tirtha. (Photo courtesy of the artists)
Arts Acclaimed Indian–American pianist–composer Vijay Iyer launches his new trio and album — both named Tirtha

Video: Gerald L. Curtis on 'Misreporting' in Western Media About Japan Crisis

Gerald L. Curtis, Burgess Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, will appear at
Policy

If you happen to be in New York City on Monday, April 4, we urge you to attend an important Asia Society town hall meeting on the ongoing crisis in Japan, entitled "Looking Ahead to Recovery." The 6:30pm event — which will also be broadcast live at asiasociety.org/live — features an esteemed group of panelists based both in the United States and Japan.