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Can Aung San Suu Kyi Follow in the Footsteps of Walesa, Havel and Mandela?

Aung San Suu Kyiat the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on June 6, 2013. (Sikarin Thanachaiary/World Economic Forum)
Policy

It is altogether possible that Aung San Suu Kyi will soon march in the footsteps of other remarkable dissenters-turned-rulers, writes Asia Society's Tom Nagorski.

Interview: Pakistani Squash Star Maria Toorpakai Wins Victories On- and Off-Court

Maria Toorpakai, currently ranked #49 among the world's women squash players. (mariatoorpakai.com)
Lifestyle

The outspoken young athlete, a force for women's right to play sports, tells Asia Society, "Squash is a medium for me to make a positive change in the world."

Book Excerpt: Dan Washburn's Chapter From the 'Unsavory Elements' China Anthology

Zhou Xunshu's father. (Dan Washburn)
Arts

Asia Society Managing Editor Dan Washburn takes readers to a remote village in Guizhou in this excerpt from a forthcoming book.

Photo of the Day: A Fisherman on Dal Lake in Kashmir

A Kashmiri fisherman paddles his boat during sunset on Dal Lake in Srinagar, India on May 29, 2013. (Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images)
Multimedia

A Kashmiri fisherman paddles his boat during sunset on Dal Lake in Srinagar on May 29, 2013. (Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama-Xi: A 'Getting-to-Know-You Session' With 'Huge, Huge Stakes' [Video]

Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski on CNBC this morning.
Policy

Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski appeared on CNBC early this morning to discuss the two-day "informal" summit between U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

Expert: 'Re-Opening' to China Obama's Most Important Diplomatic Initiative

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, listens as then Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office on Feb. 14, 2012. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

The director of Yale Law School’s China Center explains what's at stake in the June 7-8 summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his American counterpart Barack Obama.

Aung San Suu Kyi for President in 2015?

Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaking at the World Economic Forum on East Asia, where she declared her intention to run for president, at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyidaw on June 6, 2013. (Soe Than WIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

If Aung San Suu Kyi succeeds in amending Myanmar's constitution so that she can run for president, she'll undoubtedly become the frontrunner in 2015. But she still could face stiff competition from current President Thein Sein, according to Asia Society's Suzanne DiMaggio.

Photo of the Day: Young Nomad Looks for Plastic in Afghanistan

A young nomad girl looks on as she searches amongst the garbage for iron and plastic items to sell in Ghazni, Afghanistan on May 28, 2013. (Rahmatullah Alizada/AFP/Getty Images)
Multimedia

A young nomad girl looks on as she searches amongst the garbage for iron and plastic items to sell in Ghazni, Afghanistan on May 28, 2013. (Rahmatullah Alizada/AFP/Getty Images)

Andrew Billo: 'Forward-Looking Approach' Needed in South China Sea Dispute

The USS Vandegrift cruises the South China Sea on Oct. 15, 2012. (U.S. Navy/Flickr)
Policy

Real progress toward resolving one of Asia's most pressing territorial disputes will only come by addressing a host of factors at once, writes the organizer of Asia Society's recent South China Sea conference.

Watch Outgoing National Security Adviser Tom Donilon's Major Address on Asia

United States National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon speaks at Asia Society New York on March 11, 2013. (Bill Swersey/Asia Society)
Policy

Donilon's March speech at Asia Society New York outlined the Obama administration's Asia-Pacific policy in its second term. He'll be honored at Asia Society's D.C. awards dinner next week.