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In Thailand, More of the Same Versus Change

Thai army chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha gives a traditional greeting to delegates during a meeting at the Army Club in Bangkok on May 20, 2014. Thailand's army declared martial law after months of deadly anti-government protests, deploying armed troops in central Bangkok and censoring the media but insisting the move was 'not a coup'. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Matthew Stumpf of the Asia Society Policy Institute analyzes the political standoff that is preventing Thailand from emerging from its crisis and achieving reform and prosperity.

Photo of the Day: A Perfect Reflection in Taiwan

Buildings and people are reflected upside down in the water at Kaohsiung Love Pier in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan on April 15, 2014.
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Buildings and people are reflected upside down in the water at Kaohsiung Love Pier in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan on April 15, 2014. (Chien Liang Kuo/Flickr)

Watch: Analysts Describe BJP's Big Win as a Call for Growth and a Rejection of the Left

L to R: Marshall Bouton, Frank Wisner, Devesh Kapur, and Bobby Ghosh discuss Narendra Modi's electorial win and what it means for India at Asia Society New York. (Elena Olivo/Asia Society)
Policy

A panel of veteran India observers engaged in a wide-ranging discussion on what Narendra Modi’s decisive win might mean for India’s domestic politics and its economic and foreign policies.

Can Japan and the US Make a Deal on Automobile Trade - and Get to a Final TPP?

Singapore Minister of Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang (L) speaks as US trade representative Michael Froman (R) looks on during the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Ministerial Meeting in Singapore on May 19, 2014. Trade Ministers and officials from the 12 TPP countries -- Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, the US, Vietnam and Singapore -- convened for the meeting. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Shom Sen, 2014 Jack Wadsworth Fellow, examines the automobile-sector trade negotiations between Japan and the U.S. and considers what it might take to make a deal and clear the way for a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

Photo of the Day: A Rain of Cherry Blossoms in Japan

Cherry blossom petals fall like rain in Fussa, Japan on April 9, 2014. (Wunkai/Flickr)
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Cherry blossom petals fall like rain in Fussa, Japan on April 9, 2014. (Wunkai/Flickr)

Modi's Mandate, and Other Reasons Why India's Election Results Are So Historic

BJP leader Narendra Modi surrounded by supporters, security, and media after visiting his mother on May 16, 2014 in Ahmedabad, India. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
Current AffairsPolicy

The phenomenal scale of Narendra Modi's win gives him the mandate to carry out the wide-ranging reforms that are seen as necessary to revive India's economy, writes Pramit Pal Chaudhuri.

Does Modi's Election Signal an End to 'Inclusive India'?

BJP leader Narendra Modi gestures to supporters as he sits with his mother Heeraben Modi, not seen, on her front porch after seeking her blessing on May 16, 2014 in Ahmedabad, India. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
Policy

An extreme disenchantment with the status quo has propelled Indians to choose a candidate that could make their country unrecognizable, writes Satchit Balsari.

What Does the BJP's Big Win Mean for India? Experts Weigh In

BJP supporters dance as they set off crackers as poll results come in at the party's headquarters on May 16, 2014 in Ahmedabad, India. Early indications from the Indian election results show Mr Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party was ahead in 277 of India's 543 constituencies where over 550 million votes were made, making it the largest election in history. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Asia Society experts and fellows comment on what the election results mean and what they’ll be watching for as the BJP government assumes power and begins implementing its agenda.

Photos: A Final Look at Tibet's Densatil Monastery Before Exhibition Closes

Photograph by Pietro Francesco Mele, 1948. © Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zürich, VMZ 402.00.0498.
Arts

In 1948, an Italian photographer gave the world a privileged glimpse inside the storied Densatil Monastery in central Tibet. Asia Society Museum exhibition closes Sunday, May 18.

Photo of the Day: Surrounded by Greenery in Bangladesh

Three boats float in the middle of a green paddy field in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh on March 27, 2014. (Rakib Hasan Sumon/Flickr)
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Three boats float in the middle of a green paddy field in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh on March 27, 2014. (Rakib Hasan Sumon/Flickr)