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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. 

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.

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.

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?

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)

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

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)

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?

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)

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.