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Pakistan: Starlet, Skin and Spies Add Up to Scandal

Veena Malik on the cover (cropped) of the December 2011 issue of FHM India. (FHMIndia.com)
Lifestyle

The social media world is all abuzz over a disputed nude image of Pakistani actress Veena Malik on the December 2011 cover of the Indian magazine FHM India.

Clinton Meets Suu Kyi, Offers 'Carrots' For Political Reform in Burma

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi meet in Rangoon, Myanmar on December 1, 2011. (Saul Loeb  /AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society's Suzanne DiMaggio analyzes the meeting between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Burma/Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.

Photo(s) of the Day: World AIDS Day in Asia

Multimedia

The following photos are from events across Asia commemorating World AIDS Day on December 1, 2011.

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

American edition of <i>The Convert</i> by Deborah Baker (Graywolf Press, 2011).
Arts

Deborah Baker on why she wrote about an unusual American convert to Islam. 

DiMaggio Previews Clinton's Historic Visit to Burma on The Takeaway

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waves alongside Myanmar Deputy Foreign Minister Myo Myint (L) upon her arrival in Naypyidaw on November 30, 2011.(Saul Loeb /AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society's Suzanne DiMaggio appeared on public radio's The Takeaway to discuss the first high-level visit by an American diplomat to Burma in decades and what it means for political reform and relations with China.

Kyrgyzstan's Otunbayeva: We Fought for Minds and Hearts

Kyrgyzstan President Roza Otunbayeva at Asia Society in New York on Nov. 22, 2011.
Policy

NEW YORK, November 22, 2011 — In an impassioned speech, Roza Otunbayeva, the outgoing President of the Kyrgyz Republic and the first female leader in Central Asia, spoke at the Asia Society about the impending democratic transition in the former Soviet nation, which will include the state's first peaceful transition of power and a national referendum ratifying a new constitution.

Photo of the Day: Pier Jumping in Indonesia

Multimedia

Fishermen’s children jump into the sea off a pier near Susupu beach, Indonesia on November 28. 2011. (Pra-Yudi /Flickr)

Photo, Video and Tweets from the Raid on the UK Embassy in Tehran

A man holds a poster featuring American actors John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in a scene from the film 'Pulp Fiction' following a break in at the British Embassy on November 29, 2011 in Tehran, Iran. (FarsNews/Getty Images)
Multimedia

Dozens of Iranian students screaming "death to England!" stormed the British embassy compound in Tehran on Tuesday after Iran downgraded diplomatic relations with the U.K. Check out this Pulp Fiction photo, a video from the raid and tweets from today's events.

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

L to R: Kati Marton, Roger Cohen, Gordon M. Goldstein, and David Rohde at Asia Society New York on Nov. 28, 2011.
Policy

Former Asia Society Chairman Richard C. Holbrooke, who died in December 2010, was a pivotal player in U.S. diplomacy for more than 40 years. As a diplomatic troubleshooter he worked for every Democrat president since the late 1960s and oversaw negotiations that ended the war in Bosnia.

DiMaggio on Myanmar's 'Moment of Change'

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi (C) speaks to supporters after attending the opening of a 'funfair' event in Yangon on November 21, 2011. (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Suzanne DiMaggio, Asia Society's Vice President of Global Policy Programs, has an op-ed on CNN.com today entitled "Clinton visit presents opportunity in Myanmar." Here's how it begins: