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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
Bifolio from a Qur’an in Maghribi script. North Africa, 13th–14th century. Ink, opaque pigment, and gold on parchment. 8 x 9 7/8 inches (20.2 x 25.1 cm) (folio). Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, bequest of Hervey E. Wetzel. (Katya Kallsen © President and Fellows of Harvard College)
'The First Thing God Created Was The Pen'
A look inside the world of the Islamic calligrapher. more
ESCAP Executive Secretary Noeleen Heyzer. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Energy Security: From Vicious Cycle to Virtuous Cycle
Transforming the region's "vicious cycle" of rising energy insecurity into a "virtuous cycle" of sustainable energy will require a paradigm shift. more
DHAKA, BANGLADESH - JULY 17: A man holds a handful of rice grains at a market in Dhaka. Rice, a staple for Bangladesh's 144 million people, has nearly doubled in price in the past 12 months. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
The Silent Tsunami: Addressing the Global Food Crisis
The global food crisis is putting the lives of millions under serious threat. What can be done to to stop it? more
Frank G. Wisner, left, and Vali Nasr. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Breaking the US-Iran Stalemate
Expert says the next US president is unlikely to initiate "radical" shift in policy. more