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Photo of the Day: A Morning Bath in Laos

An elephant splashes around in the jungles of Laos on September 20, 2012. (worldsurfr/Flickr)
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An elephant splashes around in the jungles of Laos on September 20, 2012. (worldsurfr/Flickr)

Experts: Time for Recalibrating US Policy Toward South Asia

(From L to R) Suzanne DiMaggio, Husain Haqqani, Frank Wisner, Alexander Evans at Asia Society on Dec.12, 2012 (Debra Eisenman/Asia Society)
Policy

At a report launch event today, panelists stressed that the opportunity now exists to implement a long-term, integrated U.S. strategy for the region.

Why Critics of Chinese Nobel Prize-Winner Mo Yan Are Just Plain Wrong

Chinese writer and 2012 Nobel Literature Prize laureate Mo Yan poses for photographers before giving a press conference in Stockholm on December 6, 2012. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
Arts

Nobel Prize-winner Mo Yan may have made some disappointing choices in public life, argues Charles Laughlin, but his fiction wasn't written to serve a political agenda.

Asia Society Remembers India's Musical Giant Ravi Shankar, 1920-2012

Indian musician Ravi Shankar salutes the audience as he performs on June 4, 2008 during a concert at London's Barbican centre. (Shaun Curry/AFP/Getty Images)
Arts

India's premier musical ambassador, who had a long history with our organization, passed away on Tuesday.

Photo of the Day: Poised to Perform in Indonesia

A dancer in Bali in the midst of a performance on July 25, 2012. (worldsurfr/Flickr)
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A dancer in the midst of a performance in Bali, Indonesia on July 25, 2012. (worldsurfr/Flickr)

Photos: Documenting Mongolia's At-Risk Nomadic Herders

Naadam brings out the holiday spirit and competitiveness in everyone, both young and old. This young man shows off his horsemanship in front of his friends. (Taylor Weidman)
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As harsh winters and widespread overgrazing take their toll on Mongolia's nomadic pastoral herders, photographer Taylor Weidman joins them on the road to capture a threatened way of life.

Obama's South Asia Opportunity

President Barack Obama converses with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan at the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 12, 2010. (U.S. Department of State/Flickr)
Policy

With the end of the Afghanistan conflict, the Obama administration has a window of opportunity not seen since the end of the Cold War to refocus its strategy in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the other countries of South Asia.

Photo of the Day: Covered in Greenery in India

A tree covered in foliage spreads out its branches in India on December 4, 2012. (VikramDeep/Flickr)
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A tree covered in foliage spreads out its branches in India on December 4, 2012. (VikramDeep/Flickr)

What's Next for US Policy Toward South Asia?

Policy

Simply connecting the countries of South Asia with each other and their neighbors may not be enough, says a new Asia Society report.

Photos: In Kabul, a New National Museum for Afghanistan Starts to Take Shape

The design submitted by the Spanish firm AV62 Arquitectos SLP, above, won the International Architectural Ideas Competition for the new design for the National Museum of Afghanistan. (U.S. Embassy Kabul Afghanistan/Flickr)
Arts

After decades of neglect (and worse), a Kabul home for Afghanistan's cultural heritage has a new lease on life.