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2012: Watch Out For the Chinese Bachelors

Will a severe gender imbalance leave these Chinese boys bride-less? (Flickr/tuppaware_001)
Lifestyle A severe gender imbalance will leave 40 million Chinese men without a bride, writes Alexandra Harney.

Photo of the Day: Kyrgyz Horse Cab

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A man rides in a horse cab at the central Ala-Too square decorated to mark the upcoming New Year holiday in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, on December 27, 2011. New Year, which was the biggest informal holiday of the year in the former Soviet Union, is also very popular in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan.

2011: In Thailand, the Pardon That Wasn't

Toys in the form of exiled former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on sale in Bangkok. (Flickr/Pittaya Sroilong)
Policy Whatever you think of Thaksin Shinawatra, his refusal to return to Thailand has been destabilizing for the country, writes Duncan McCargo.

Photo of the Day: Elephant Race

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Nepalese mahouts guide their elephants with grass across the Rapati river before the eighth International Elephant Race at Sauraha in Chitwan on December 27, 2011. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)

2011: Hu Yong Looks Back on the Year in Chinese Media (New and Old)

Hu Yong is one of China's leading experts on new media.
Policy The only useful outlet for the expression of popular concerns in China is the internet, says new media expert Hu Yong.

2012 (and beyond): What American Educators Can Learn From Asia

Graduating students in Singapore stand in the shape of the island nation. (Flickr/Joshua Sosrosaputro)
Education

Singapore has it. So does China. Korea is working on it, and a few months ago, India joined the club. What is “it,” you ask? School reform measures that prepare students for a global knowledge economy.

Photo of the Day: He Loves Anna

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A supporter of Indian activist Anna Hazare waves the national flag on the first day of Hazare's three-day fast at the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority recreation ground in Mumbai on December 27, 2011. (Indranil/AFP/Getty Images)

Lintner: Here's Why 2011 Will Not be Seen as the 'Year of Change' in Burma

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) meets with with Burmese President Thein Sein at the Office of the President in Nay Pyi Taw, Burma, on Dec. 1, 2011. (Flickr/U.S. Department of State)
Policy

Following a fraudulent referendum on a new constitution in May 2008, and a blatantly rigged election in November 2010, Burma/Myanmar's new president, Thein Sein, has taken some surprising and, for many, unexpected steps.

2011: The Year of the Southeast Asia Mini-Crisis

 The site of the proposed Xayaburi Dam in Laos on July 22, 2011. The dam was at the middle of one of several
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2011 in Southeast Asia saw a number of micro-disputes that haven’t yet escalated into full-fledged conflict. Much of the current disagreement is based upon historical rivalries and domestic political insecurities, while weak governance in the region continues to be a source of worry.

2012: Coming Year's Leadership Transitions Could Have Major Asia Impact

 Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R), the presumptive heir to current President Hu Jintao, speaks with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen  in Beijing on July 11, 2011. Xi is just one of several new world leaders who could have a major impact on Asia in 2012 and beyond. Photo by Chad J. McNeeley. (Flickr/Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff)
Policy

It seems only fitting that at the end of 2011, a year of such tremendous political change around the world, we should all be fixated with intense curiosity on the machinations of a leadership transition in North Korea.

There are many reasons for the events that unfolded into the Arab Spring, but at the root is a failure in leadership. While the Arab Spring did not result in similar uprisings in Asia, the events were followed with tremendous interest throughout the region.