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Obama in India: What's at Stake?

US President Barack Obama shakes hands with India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during meetings on the sideline of the G20 Summit in Toronto on June 27, 2010. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

President Obama's upcoming trip to India has raised a few questions: Who will he meet? Which sites will he visit? And most importantly, what does his visit mean for the US and the host country?

Vishakha Desai: A 'Very Nascent' Relationship Between India and the US

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai.
Policy Elaborating on her earlier Huffington Post opinion piece, Desai characterizes Obama's trip as "very important" for both countries and their respective leaders, for a host of security- and business-related reasons.

Photo of the Day: Goat Grabbing in Kyrgyzstan

Mounted Kyrgyz men play the traditional Central Asian sport Buzkashi or Kok-boru or Oglak Tartis ('goat grabbing'), in Bishkek on November 4, 2010.
Lifestyle

Mounted Kyrgyz men play the traditional Central Asian sport Buzkashi or Kok-boru or Oglak Tartis ('goat grabbing'), in Bishkek on November 4, 2010.

Former Khmer Rouge Soldier Aki Ra Saves Each Day

Aki Ra, founder of Cambodia Landmine Museum. (Image via Wikipedia)
Lifestyle In this amazing tale of heroism, former Khmer Rouge conscripted child soldier, Aki Ra is now working to clear landmines in his native Cambodia, many of which he planted himself many years ago.

The Sufi and the Bearded Man

Arts

An unusual, unheard tale of a female, Muslim saint who traveled from the Middle East to seek knowledge and spread Islam in the island-state of Singapore, Siti Maryam's shrine in Singapore was recently bull-dozed despite protests from her followers.

Asia Society Fellow Mira Kamdar Assesses the Obama Agenda

Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellow Mira Kamdar appeared on WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show earlier today to assess the likelihood of a lasting peace between India and Pakistan.

Photo of the Day: Molten Lava Over Mt. Merapi

Molten lava flows from the crater of Mount Merapi in central Java on November 2, 2010.
Lifestyle

Indonesia warned its most active volcano could continue erupting for months as 50,000 remained in temporary shelters and airlines cancelled flights over the disaster-hit nation.

Goodbye Indo-Pakistan Border Ceremony

Indian and Pakistan border guards display strengths at Wagah border's flag-lowering ceremony. (suz kosh/Flickr)
Policy The ceremony at Wagah, the only road border crossing between the two countries, is an adaptation of a simple military exercise that has become a spectacle over the last 60-plus years since independence was gained from the British.

Shifting Sands Make Beautiful Art at AS

Arts Over the weekend Asia Society hosted artist Joe Mangrum as part of the Family Day celebration of the festival of Diwali. Over the course of the afternoon, he created a beautiful rangoli out of colored sand on the floor of the lobby.

Japocalypse Watch: Metrosexuals Causing Economic Downfall?

A model shows off a Uniqlo T-shirt (UT) brand Japanese Manga Animation, 'One Piece' T-shirt during a photo session in Tokyo on April 15, 2010. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle While the United States suffers from a generation of 20-something college-graduated slackers, Japan sees its own share of underachievers too.