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Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain made headlines for the wrong reasons with his "Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan" line. (Flickr/Gage Skidmore)

2011: On the U.S. Campaign Trail, a Deficit of Diplomacy

Fire and brimstone foreign policy rhetoric may play well for some on the campaign trail, but such talk is dangerous, writes Debra Eisenman. more
Yingluck Sinawatra may be following in the footsteps of her brother, Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, but had her own career as a successful businesswoman before she became the country's first female prime minister. (Flickr/Ratchaprasong 2)

Vishakha Desai: Female Politicians in Asia Making it on Merit

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai writes that unlike in the past, female politicians in Asia today are increasingly entering politics on their own merits rather than relying on family ties. more
Local Pakistani kids await to be evacuated on a CH-60 Blackhawk in Khyber - Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, on Sept. 13, 2010. Photo By Joshua Kruger. (Flickr/DVIDSHUB)

Hassan Abbas: 'How Obama Can Fix U.S.-Pakistani Relations'

In an article for Foreign Affairs, Asia Society's senior advisor offers some advice to U.S. President Barack Obama. more
Young Pakistani students sit after being rescued following a police raid on Madrassa Zakarya in Karachi late on December 12, 2011. (ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Children in Chains: Pakistan's Madrassa Scandal

Twitter reacts to the news of at least 50 chained-up students recovered from a religious seminary in Karachi. more
Locally developed character Baji in "Sim Sim Hamara," Pakistan's Urdu-language version of "Sesame Street." (Reuters Photo/

Muppets Speak a New Language on Sim Sim Hamara, the Sesame Street of Pakistan

Elmo comes to Pakistan in Sim Sim Hamara, the Urdu-language version of Sesame Street. more
Pakistani Shiite Muslim mourners offer noon prayers during an Ashura procession in Karachi on December 6, 2011, on the tenth day of the holy month of Muharram, to mark the martyrdom of seventh century saint Imam Hussain. (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)

History Lessons From Karbala

Asia Society Senior Advisor Hassan Abbas examines the misconceptions surrounding the Muslim observance of Ashura and why terrorists and extremists like al-Qaeda and the Taliban often attack Ashura-related gatherings. more
Veena Malik on the cover (cropped) of the December 2011 issue of FHM India. (

Pakistan: Starlet, Skin and Spies Add Up to Scandal

Pakistani actress Veena Malik sparks controversy with a provocative nude cover for Indian magazine. more
American edition of The Convert by Deborah Baker (Graywolf Press, 2011).

Interview: Deborah Baker's 'Convert' Presents a Life of Exile and Extremism

Deborah Baker on why she wrote about an unusual American convert to Islam. more
L to R: Kati Marton, Roger Cohen, Gordon M. Goldstein, and David Rohde at Asia Society New York on Nov. 28, 2011.

Richard Holbrooke, 'The Unquiet American,' Remembered at Asia Society New York

A distinguished panel of journalists and historians assess the outsized legacy of the career diplomat and Asia Society's former Chairman. more

The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke (Complete)

The late Asia Society Chairman and veteran U.S. diplomat's career is assessed by his ex-wife, journalists and a historian. more