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State of the Union: An Educator's Take on Obama's 'Year of Action'

President of the United States Barack Obama. (Pete Souza/Official White House Photo)
Education

Can we finally make education the great equalizer Horace Mann said it could be, nearly 200 years ago? Tony Jackson cites some common practices in East Asian school systems that are among the world's best.

Abbas: Obama and Sharif Meeting Signals Action Must Follow Words

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (L) with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on Oct. 23, 2013. (Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
Policy

After a meeting in the Oval Office, U.S.-Pakistan relations are clearly improving, notes Asia Society Senior Adviser Hassan Abbas — but American drone strikes are an increasingly divisive sticking point.

Rouhani Victory 'Major Opportunity' for U.S.-Iran Diplomacy

An Iranian woman flashes a victory sign as she holds a portrait of moderate presidential candidate Hassan Rouhani during celebrations in downtown Tehran, June 15, 2013. Iran's Interior Minister has said Rouhani won the election with 18.6 million votes, or 50.68 percent of the vote. (Behrouz Mehr/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society's Suzanne DiMaggio says the U.S. should look to open the door to discussion with Iran's newly elected president.

Photo of the Day: A Bit of Irony in the Forbidden City

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An "ObaMao" T-Shirt hangs on a clothes line in the Forbidden City in Beijing, China on January 8, 2013. (clodxplore/Flickr)

Photos: From Linsanity to Galloping Gangnam, a Look Back at Asia in 2012

Then-New York Knick Jeremy Lin (#17) in action at New York City's Madison Square Garden on March 16, 2012. (Al Bello/Getty Images)
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As the world bids 2012 adieu, Asia Blog reminisces over some of the year's most memorable people and events from Asia.

By Bashing 'China Inc.,' US Presidential Candidates Miss the Point

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) debates with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (L) as moderator Bob Schieffer (C) listens at Lynn University on Oct. 22, 2012 in Boca Raton, Florida. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Policy

One of China's best-known bloggers says Romney and Obama miss the point of the China-U.S. relationship by focusing on trade and economics while skipping larger issues of liberty and human rights.

Obama's Surprise Asian-Born World Bank Pick Could 'Quell Critics'

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) announces the nomination of Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim (C) for president of the World Bank, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) looks on, in Washington, DC on March 23, 2012. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Policy

President Obama's decision to put up a Korean-born health and development expert for the World Bank chief job could help quell critics arguing against another U.S. politician or financier in the post.

On US Visit, China's Xi Jinping Will 'Only Be Able to Go So Far'

US Vice President Joe Biden (R) shakes hands with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, February 14, 2012. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society's Mike Kulma says Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to the U.S. is a coming-out party for the presumptive new president that will do little to address thorny issues in China-U.S. relations.

Michael O'Hanlon: U.S. Needs 'Another Three Years' in Afghanistan

Policy

The U.S. needs to balance troop withdrawal in a way that doesn't destabilize Afghanistan, says Michael O'Hanlon, who is appearing at the Asia Society in New York this week.