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Young Chinese stand beside a lifesize cutout image of Barack Obama after he won the US presidential race at an election day event organized by the US embassy in Beijing on Nov. 5, 2008. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Asia’s Questions for America’s Next President
"Every time I visited an Asian country," writes Asia Society's President, "I was asked repeatedly about candidate Obama’s positions on three issues: trade, foreign policy, and the new geo-economic order." more
A South Korean woman watches an election broadcast on TV on November 5, 2008 in Seoul. (Chung Sun-Jun/Getty Images)
Obama and the Rise of the Rest
The optimism over Obama's win is being tempered by the sense all is not well in America. more
Afghan President Hamid Karzai addresses media representatives at the Presidential palace in Kabul on November 5, 2008. Karzai congratulated Barack Obama on his election victory, saying it took the world to a 'new era.' (Shai Marai/AFP/Getty Images)
From Great Game to Grand Bargain: Ending Chaos in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Why Obama must adopt a bold diplomatic initiative that will encompass the region. more
Democratic presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) speaks during a campaign rally at Veterans Memorial Arena November 3, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Obama and Pakistan: Mutual Trust, Respect and Understanding
Pakistanis grudgingly share the global excitement of Obama’s victory. more
Indian tribal organisation activists from Jarkhand state light fireworks and hold up portraits of US president-elect Barack Obama as they celebrate in front of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Ranchi on November 5, 2008. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
India Cautiously Welcomes Obama’s Election
Barack Obama's election has seized the imagination of many Indians. more
Shanghai Quartet
Shanghai Quartet: Turbulent Times, Beautiful Music
The Shanghai Quartet's first violinist recalls growing up during the Cultural Revolution in this exclusive interview. more

Chuck Hagel: 'You Do Have to Engage'

Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) warns that we risk "blow[ing] up the world" if the U.S. doesn't talk to Iran. more
U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) at Asia Society New York on October 24, 2008.
Hagel Urges New Strategic Policy in Asia
Senator Chuck Hagel calls it "essential" for the U.S. to engage with Iran. more

Sen. Chuck Hagel with Joe Klein (Complete)

Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) in conversation with Time magazine columnist Joe Klein in October 2008. more
Shafiqual Haque Choudhury. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Microfinance Made Simple
Radically streamlined operations have made Shafiqual Haque Choudhury's ASA the fastest-growing microfinance agency in the world today. more