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'We Must Act': UN's Ban Ki-moon Calls for Syrian Arms Embargo in Asia Society Address

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at Asia Society New York on June 20, 2014. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
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"All the values for which we stand, and all the reasons for which the United Nations exists, are at stake, here and now, across the devastated landscape that is Syria today," the UN Secretary-General told listeners at Asia Society New York.

Complete Text of Ban Ki-moon's Address, 'Crisis in Syria: Civil War, Global Threat'

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the Asia Society in New York on Friday, June 20, 2014. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
Policy

"The immediate priority of the United Nations in Syria is to end the violence," the United Nations Secretary-General said Friday, June 20, 2014, at Asia Society in New York.

Book Excerpt: 'Cyber War Will Not Take Place' by Thomas Rid

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Policy

In his new book, Thomas Rid explores the opportunities and challenges that cyberspace creates for those who use violence for political purposes. In-person appearance tonight at Asia Society New York.

Interview: Does Cyber Terror Need to Be Violent to Be Considered a 'War'?

Thomas Rid
Policy

Author Thomas Rid says he "can't see a good reason why an innovation that has never injured or killed a single human being — cyber-attacks — should prompt us to rethink the notion of war."

Video: US 'Has to Fix' Middle East Before It Can Credibly Pivot to Asia, Says Vali Nasr

Foreign policy analyst Vali Nasr speaking at Asia Society New York on June 17, 2013. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Policy

Vali Nasr, Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, tells Asia Society that the Chinese are investing "where they think the game is tomorrow" — the Middle East.

Video: Mohammad Khazaee, Thomas Pickering Discuss Future of US-Iran Relations

Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaee (L) and former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Pickering at Asia Society in New York on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. (Bill Swersey/Asia Society)
Policy

Iran's highest-ranking official in the United States, Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaee, and former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Pickering discuss Iran’s nuclear program, Syria, Afghanistan, and the future of U.S.-Iran relations at Asia Society in New York.

India’s Foreign Policy and Opportunities for Intervention

Maldives President Mohamed Waheed speaks to reporters at his office in Male on February 11, 2012. A top US diplomat arrived in the Maldives on February 11 seeking to help resolve a deepening political crisis sparked by the ousting of the Indian Ocean nation's first democratically elected president. (Ishara S.Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

India has much to gain from its strategic policy with respect to intervention in intra-state conflict, writes Andrew Billo.

Xi Jinping and U.S.-China Relations in the Shadow of the Arab Spring

Future Chinese president Xi Jinping will visit the United States next week. (Luong Thai Linh/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Contrasts between the way some diplomatic topics are thought about on opposite sides of the Pacific can be striking, and these different worldviews can complicate meetings between leaders, writes Jeffrey Wasserstrom.

Metzl: Self Interests Dictate China and Russia's UN Votes on Syria

Policy

The U.N. Council has failed to act on the Syrian government's violent crackdown on dissidents, Asia Society's Executive Vice President, Jamie Metzl, weighs in as to why.