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(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
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
An Afghan woman takes a photograph with her mobile phone at an election rally in Jalalabad on February 18, 2014. Smartphone technology, writes Ahmad Shuja, played a vital role in ensuring a free and fair election for Afghanistan in April 2014. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

How Smartphones Helped Empower and Enfranchise Afghanistan's Voters

Two public service tech projects allowed Afghans — men and women, urban and rural, educated and illiterate — to participate in and strengthen the April 2014 election. more
Afghan villagers search through dirt and debris at the scene in the landslide-hit Aab Bareek village in Argo district of Badakhshan on May 5, 2014. At least 300 were killed, and officials warned the death toll could rise by hundreds more. (Farshad Usyan/AFP/Getty Images)

How You Can Help Afghanistan's Landslide Victims

As Afghanistan reels from a devastating natural disaster, members of Asia Society's Afghanistan 21 Young Leaders Initiative are actively coordinating relief efforts. more
Saad Mohseni

Afghan Media Mogul Compares American Cable News to 'Professional Wrestling'

During a recent visit to New York, Saad Mohseni, founder of the largest media company in Afghanistan, said some U.S. cable news networks "could learn a lot from the Afghans." more

Afghan Media Mogul Saad Mohseni on the State of US Cable News

Saad Mohseni, an Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leader and Moby Group chairman, shares his views on U.S. cable news and how it differs from coverage in Afghanistan. more