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What Trump Has in Common With Mao

A soldier stands guard in front of Mao Zedong's portrait at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. (Matt Spurr/Flickr)
Current Affairs

Orville Schell likens Trump's populist vows to upend the existing order to Mao Zedong.

Could China's System Replace Democracy?

A local resident votes during elections in the village of Wukan on March 31, 2014. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

The world may be turning from democracy — but the alternatives possess serious flaws.

Why Humanity Can't Move Past War

Croatian Defense Council Army tanks pull into firing position. (Kim Price/Wikimedia Commons)
Current Affairs

Bioethicist Jonathan Glover describes the "traps" that humans fall into that unnecessarily lead to conflict.

How Will Trump and Duterte Change the U.S.-Philippines Relationship?

Filipino students burn an mock US flag and photo of US President-elect Donald Trump during a rally in front of the US embassy in Manila on November 10, 2016. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

The two men share an affinity toward one another — but may find themselves at odds over a number of issues.

17 Stunning Photos of Indonesia's Performing Masked Monkeys

A performing monkey in Jakarta. (Ed Wray)
Arts

The Jakarta-based photographer Ed Wray profiles a cruel practice that has since been banned by the Indonesian government.

U.S. Secretary of State Nominee Praises China for 'Curtailing Elements of Radical Islam'

Former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, testifies during his confirmation hearing before Senate Foreign Relations Committee January 11, 2017. (Alex Wong/Getty)
Current Affairs

Rex Tillerson's remarks at his Senate confirmation hearing are likely to rile Muslim Uighur advocates.

How Mixed Chinese-Western Couples Were Treated A Century Ago

The Bund of Shanghai, China in 1907. (Kanamaru/New York Public Library Digital Collections)
Current Affairs

Emma J. Teng describes the social and legal dynamics for mixed Chinese and American couples in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Asia In-Depth Podcast: Donald Trump and Asia

As Donald Trump prepares to take power, he has some leaders in the Asia Pacific on edge. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty)
Current Affairs

The new American president ran a campaign that promised to dramatically shake up the U.S. role in the world. The Asia Society Podcast explores what this might mean for Asia.

Trump's Rumored India Ambassador Says Globalization Advances U.S. Interests

Ashley Tellis, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, discussed President-elect Trump's Asia policy at Asia Society on November 10, 2016. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

Appearing at Asia Society two days after Donald Trump's victory, Ashley Tellis also argued for protecting America's international order.

Our Picks From Around Asia: Duterte's Online Army, The Passing of a Bollywood Great, and U.S.-China History

The Indian actor Om Puri died in Mumbai of a heart attack at age 66. (Wikimedia Commons)
Current Affairs

This week's best content from Asia, courtesy of the Asia Society family.