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A strawberry finch stands out like a beacon amidst green shrubbery in Gujrat, India on January 10, 2015. (Santanu Sen/Flickr)

Kevin Rudd: Amid Tensions, Asia Needs More Robust Regional Institutions

Former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd will speak on Asia's challenges at the World Economic Forum in Davos this Saturday. (Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)
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"Because the Asia-Pacific region looms as being the strategic cockpit of the 21st century, we need more robust institutions than those we have at present," said the incoming Asia Society Policy Institute president.

The Obama-Modi Summit: Experts Outline Predictions and To-Do Lists

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) makes a statement to the press as U.S. President Barack Obama listens after a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on September 30, 2014. (Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
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With a host of issues in play, what should the two leaders work on? Nine India analysts shared their takes, which had much in common but also traced a wide range of possible outcomes from the summit.

Photo of the Day: Spiraling Rice Terraces in China

Fog blankets the Honghe Hani rice terraces in Yuanyang County, Yunnan, China on January 16, 2015. (inkelv1122/Flickr)
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Fog blankets the Honghe Hani rice terraces in Yuanyang County, Yunnan, China on January 16, 2015. (inkelv1122/Flickr)

Can Obama's Visit to India Revitalize U.S.-India Relations?

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Oval Office of the White House on September 30, 2014. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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“Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have an opportunity to provide a renewed vision for the strategic partnership and get to work on some pressing matters of common concern,” writes Anubhav Gupta of the Asia Society Policy Institute.

Photo of the Day: Peeking in for a Photograph in Bangladesh

Two little boys smile through a window for a photograph in Faridpur, Bangladesh on January 18, 2015. (Rakib Hasan Sumon/Flickr)
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Two little boys smile through a window for a photograph in Faridpur, Bangladesh on January 18, 2015. (Rakib Hasan Sumon/Flickr)

Asia 21 Young Leader: Sri Lanka Election Offers Greater Hope for 'Truth and Justice'

A woman belonging to the Sri Lankan minority Tamil ethnic group holds a photo of her son, who disappeared during the final stage of the Sri Lankan civil war, at a human rights protest festival on November 13, 2013 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

The surprise election of opposition politician Maithripala Sirisena as Sri Lanka’s new president may open the door for "genuine and long-term reconciliation," a Sri Lankan analyst argues.

Photo of the Day: A Decaying Facade in Japan

A bicycle is parked in front of a textured, wooden facade on the street in Shiga, Japan on January 5, 2015. (VisualAge/Flickr)
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A bicycle is parked in front of a textured, wooden facade on the street in Shiga, Japan on January 5, 2015. (VisualAge/Flickr)

Interview: Anti-Trafficking Expert Explains How and Why Slavery Is Thriving in Asia

Children are pictured with candles during a protest against child slavery attended by Indian Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi in New Delhi on Nov. 22, 2014. (Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

Matt Friedman explains how people across the world are forced into slavery, and how the fight against it is being lost. In-person appearance at Asia Society Hong Kong on January 22.

Photo of the Day: Decked Out in Colors of the Rainbow in India

A row of brightly painted boats are moored at Kasimedu harbor in Chennai, India on January 3, 2015. (Ramesh SA/Flickr)
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A row of brightly painted boats are moored at Kasimedu harbor in Chennai, India on January 3, 2015. (Ramesh SA/Flickr)

Video: A Young Filmmaker's Journey from Small-Town Sichuan to the Oscars

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Despite not advancing to the final list of nominees announced on January 15, filmmaker Mu Zijian has made his mark by being the first Chinese national ever shortlisted in the Academy Awards' "Best Documentary Short" category.