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Citigroup Senior Advisor: "We all would pitch in" to help Japan

CNBC's Amanda Drury reporting live from the Asia Society in New York on Wednesday, March 23, 2011.
Business

The Asia Society in New York played host Wednesday afternoon to a panel discussion entitled "Does Economic Nationalism Threaten the World Economy?" featuring former Director of the National Economic Council for the Obama Administration Larry Summers, Asia Society Trustee and Citigroup Senior Advisor William R. Rhodes and Kathleen Stephansen, Managing Director and Head of Economic Strategy at AIG.

World Water Day Highlights Crisis in Asia

Pakistani women carry water in jerrycans on their heads in a slum area of Lahore. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

While the rising cost of food stokes fears of an impending food crisis in Asia, the region is also grappling with another ongoing worry: water scarcity. Both problems are closely related and water scarcity has a direct, and often immediate, effect on both national and global food security. The agricultural sector is the heaviest user of water, on average consuming 70 percent of a country's available water supply to fuel crop production.

In Disaster's Wake, Japan Defies Prediction

Asia Society Associate Fellow Ayaka Doi.
Policy

The unprecedented catastrophe in Japan's Tohoku region brought on by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake, the following tsunami and the unfolding crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant have produced countless stories of human tragedy, endurance and bravery, as well as of a spirit of cooperation among the people of Japan. But the destruction is so complete and the challenges are so enormous and multi-faceted that it's hard to predict what the economic and political consequences of this disaster will be, mid- to long-term.

Despite Japan, Despite WikiLeaks, India's Nuclear Program on Track

Asia Society Associate Fellow Mira Kamdar.
Policy

In the wake of the nuclear accident at Fukushima, Japan, India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and spokesmen for its nuclear industries rushed to reassure the country's citizens that its nuclear industry was safe. No other country in the world has as much national pride wrapped up in nuclear power than India. Of necessity, India painstakingly built up its nuclear capability, civilian and military, largely on its own. The ambition of India to achieve total energy self-reliance for a rapidly industrializing economy via thorium-fuelled reactors seems on the verge of being realized.

Alexandra Harney: In Japan, "Stark Difference" in Reactions to Radiation [Video]

Alexandra Harney, Asia Society Associate Fellow based in Hong Kong.
Lifestyle Asia Society Associate Fellow Alexandra Harney talks differing views on radiation, and the short- and long-term political and economic effects of Japan's March 11 natural disaster.

Army College Expert Likens US Intelligence to 'Clipping Agency'

Stephen Blank at Asia Society's panel discussion on Central Asia in New York on March 17, 2011.
Policy

NEW YORK, March 18, 2011 - Stephen Blank of the US Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute offered an unsparing assessment of current US intelligence-gathering capabilities here yesterday at an Asia Society panel discussion on the present and future of Central Asia.

Japan's Human Tragedy and the Confidence of a Nation

A religious statue stands among the rubble in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture on March 17, 2011 after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

Asia Society Associate Fellow Ayako Doi contributed a special report to Fareed Zakaria's "Global Public Square" (or GPS) blog on CNN.com yesterday.

Japan and the Art of Rebuilding

Members of Kodo, the famous Japanese taiko troupe, perform March 14, 2011 at the Asia Society in New York.
Arts

I learned about the enormous earthquake in my homeland via email. A number of my New York friends were immediately concerned about the safety of my family and friends in Japan. Luckily, I was able to get in touch with most of my closest relations by phone in less than an hour. Then I waited anxiously for my friends in Japan to respond to my emails.

Soon, responses from my acquaintances in Japan's art world poured into my inbox. They were shaken, but safe.

Davis Release Highlights Fragility of US-Pakistan Partnership

Pakistani police escort arrested US national Raymond Davis (C) to a court in Lahore on Jan. 28, 2011. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy The bilateral relationship should not be allowed to become hostage to similar incidents in future.

In Japan's Wake, Can Nuclear be Relied Upon to Fuel Asia's Boom?

Anti-nuclear activists hold a protest near the presidential palace in Manila on March 15, 2011. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Global Council Co-Chair Simon Tay has penned an op-ed entitled "Japan gives Asia pause in its nuclear ambitions," published earlier this week in Singapore's Today newspaper and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.