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His Excellency Jalil Abbas Jilani. (Jeff Fantich)

Ambassador Jilani Addresses Tensions in South Asia

His Excellency Jalil Abbas Jilani discusses political transitions and their impact on peace and stability. more

Political Transitions in South Asia and the Prospect of Peace

Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S. Jalil Abbas Jilani discusses challenges, opportunities facing current U.S.-Pakistan relations. more

How Afghanistan Can Restore Its Political Credibility and Legitimacy

Panelists Omar Samad, Clare Lockhart, and Hassan Abbas discuss the causes of the controversy surrounding Afghanistan's presidential election and the solutions available to the leading candidates and their supporters. (3 min., 18 sec.) more

Dobbins: Afghanistan Isn't Ready for 'Winner-Take-All' Election

Amb. James Dobbins, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, explains why Afghanistan presidential candidates should seek a power-sharing arrangement to help settle the current electoral controversy. more
(L to R) Panelists Amb. Omar Samad, Clare Lockhart, and Hassan Abbas and moderator Tom Nagorski at Asia Society’s event in Washington, D.C. on July 9, 2014. (Christina Dinh/Asia Society)

Afghanistan Analysts Debate Causes and Solutions to the Country's Political Crisis

In a spirited discussion at Asia Society’s Washington center, three veteran analysts of Afghanistan and Southwest Asia debated the controversy over the results of Afghanistan’s presidential election. more

Afghanistan's Future: Politics, Prosperity, and Security Under New Leadership (Complete)

James Dobbins, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, speaks about post-presidential election Afghanistan, followed by a panel discussion featuring Clare Lockhart, Omar Samad, and Hassan Abbas. more
Amb. James Dobbins, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, speaks at the Asia Society Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. on July 9, 2014. (Christina Dinh/Asia Society)

US Envoy: Candidates' Support of 'National Unity' Is Key to Next Afghan Government

Ambassador James Dobbins, U.S. Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, said Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani will need to come to a consensus about forming the next Afghan government. more
"The Taliban Revival" (Yale University Press, 2014) by Asia Society Senior Advisor Hassan Abbas (R).

Book Excerpt: 'The Taliban Revival' by Hassan Abbas

A new book by Asia Society Senior Advisor Dr. Hassan Abbas charts how the Taliban re-emerged as a "formidable force, and one to be reckoned with." more
An Afghan voter shows her inked finger after she cast her ballot at a local polling station in Kabul on April 5, 2014. Afghan voters went to the polls to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai, braving Taliban threats in a landmark election held as US-led forces wind down their long intervention in the country. Afghanistan's third presidential election brings an end to 13 years of rule by Karzai, who has held power since the Taliban were ousted in a US-led invasion in 2001, and will be the first democratic handover of power in the country's turbulent history. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghanistan's Future: Politics, Prosperity, and Security Under New Leadership

As Afghans await the presidential election results, the Asia Society Policy Institute invites you to hear perspectives on what Afghans and Americans can expect from the new Afghan administration. more
L to R: Marshall Bouton, Frank Wisner, Devesh Kapur, and Bobby Ghosh discuss Narendra Modi's electorial win and what it means for India at Asia Society New York. (Elena Olivo/Asia Society)

Watch: Analysts Describe BJP's Big Win as a Call for Growth and a Rejection of the Left

A panel of veteran India observers engaged in a wide-ranging discussion on what the decisive win by the BJP and Narendra Modi might mean for India’s domestic politics and its economic and foreign policies. more