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In Japan's Wake, Can Nuclear be Relied Upon to Fuel Asia's Boom?

Anti-nuclear activists hold a protest near the presidential palace in Manila on March 15, 2011. (TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Global Council Co-Chair Simon Tay has penned an op-ed entitled "Japan gives Asia pause in its nuclear ambitions," published earlier this week in Singapore's Today newspaper and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.

Rising Food Prices: Eight Months and Counting…

East Timorese residents of Dili haul bags of rice as they loot empty homes during political turmoil in Dili, East Timor, in 2006. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
Business Global food prices have risen to their highest levels ever recorded since the UN Food and Agriculture Organization began its price index more than 20 years ago. So how has Asia been impacted by these price increases?

How to Reform Schools: Lessons from the Best

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Education

It's a fact: American students' academic achievements are falling desperately behind their peers worldwide. It's not surprising considering the state of American schools: one in three students in American never graduate and only one in two students in urban centers have a high school diploma.

It's also true that nations with declining education systems will also suffer economically as a result. In short, American schools are not preparing the rising generation for the global knowledge economy of the future.

Drone Attacks in Pakistan: Truth and Consequences

Activists of the Pakistani fundamentalist Islamic party Jamaat-i-Islami shout slogans calling for an en end to American drone attacks in tribal areas on January 23, 2011 during an anti-US protest rally in Peshawar. (A Majeed /AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

In an unprecedented move, a Pakistani general has proclaimed that most of the targets of US drone attacks in Pakistan’s Pushtun tribal belt are "hardcore militants" and the number of "innocent people being killed is relatively low."

This must be music to the ears of CIA officials who run this program. However, everyone else is surprised because this statement has come at a time when the Raymond Davis controversy has sullied the bilateral relationship.

Video: USA Today On Emotional Kodo Drum Performance at Asia Society

Kodo performers at Asia Society in New York on March 14, 2011.
Arts

Kodo, the famous Japanese Taiko troupe, gave a rousing and heartfelt performance yesterday at the Asia Society in New York. The event was originally intended to celebrate Kodo's 30-year anniversary, but with the performers' minds focused on family and friends back home, the evening took on greater significance.

How You Can Help Japan's Earthquake Victims

Members of the Special Malaysia Disaster Assitance and Rescue Team (SMART) load emergency and relief supplies into an aircraft for Japan at the Subang Airforce base in Kuala Lumpur on March 15, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

As we continue to watch the horrible tragedy unfold in Japan, many of us are looking for ways we can help. Asia Society would like to direct our members and online readers to our sister organization, Japan Society, which has set up a Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. One hundred percent of your contributions will go to organizations that directly help victims recover from the devastating earthquake and tsunamis that struck Japan on March 11, 2011.

Is Real Peace Possible for Sri Lanka?

L to R: Sri Lankan Ambassador Palitha T.B. Kohona, Asia Society’s Jamie Metzl, and Amb. Robert Blake of the US State Department in New York on Mar. 14, 2011.
Policy The panel came just after Ambassador Blake's public call for greater transparency and accountability with regard to potential war crimes committed in the latter stages of Sri Lanka's decades-long civil war.

Crisis a "Leadership Opportunity" for Japan

A man cycles past upturned cars and tsunami wrought devastation in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. (Mike Clarke /AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Northeast Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami have already killed thousands and left a landscape in ruin, but the country's nightmare is far from over. Rescuers are struggling to find survivors and the Japanese government is grappling with unstable nuclear reactors.

"The Japanese government and its people are working together to deal with both the physical and emotional damage left in the wake,” says Michael Kulma, Asia Society's Executive Director for Global Leadership Initiatives.

Japan's Disaster: Assessing the Long-Term Effects

 A survivor wrapped in a blanket stands to look on tsunami-damaged town at Ishinomaki city in Miyagi prefecture on March 13, 2011. (Yomiuri Shimbun /AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

The March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and the nuclear plant explosions that followed, are the biggest national emergency Japan has faced since World War II. As the scale of the damage emerges, how the Japanese government responds will determine more than the fate of hundreds of thousands of people in the areas affected. It will also shape the country's direction for many years to come.

Japan Battered by Devastating Earthquake and Tsunami

Fire and water engulf homes after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami at Natori city in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan on March 11, 2011. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Lifestyle

A massive earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of Japan on Friday, March 11.