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The Iran Nuclear Deal: A 'Monumental Outcome,' With a Long Backstory

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif leaves a final press conference of Iran nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria on July 14, 2015. (Samuel Kubani/AFP/Getty Images)
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The landmark pact was the product not only of marathon negotiations — it also had roots in efforts begun nearly two decades ago in the so-called "back channels" of global diplomacy.

#TBT: George W. Bush Celebrates Asia Society's 50th Anniversary in 2006

George W. Bush meets Asia Society President Vishakha Desai in 2006. (Paul Morse/White House)
Current Affairs

Each week, we'll reach into Asia Society's archives to find a photo from the organization's nearly 60-year history. This week: George W. Bush's 2006 visit.

Can Women Affect the Outcome of India's Elections?

Shown here on February 6, 2014, Indian Supreme Court lawyer Karuna Nundy is a co-author of the six-point Womanifesto 2014 document. (Guido Bergmann/Bundesregierung via Getty Images)
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In the midst of India's national election, Asia Society's President Emerita sees hope for the country's women in the new six-point manifesto released by a group of prominent activists.

India's Move on 'Hindus' Shows Disturbing Fear of Free Expression

Image taken from the cover of Wendy Doniger's 'The Hindus: An Alternative History.'

The recent brouhaha over a book on religion has Vishakha Desai worried that Indian cultural discourse is being "hijacked by narrow-minded interests."

Culture Matters: The Case of Devyani Khobragade and India-US Relations

Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade (CR), accompanied by her father Uttam Khobragade (CL) and surrounded by supporters and policemen, arrives at the domestic airport in Mumbai on January 14, 2014. (Punit Paranjpep/AFP/Getty Images)

How did a seemingly avoidable diplomatic snafu almost derail relations between the world's largest democracies? Asia Society President Emerita Vishakha Desai takes a look, and finds a relationship on the rocks.

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)

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

Video: How Asia Society Took the Lead in Asian Art


President Emerita Vishakha N. Desai reflects back on the exhibitions that put Asia Society at the forefront of Asian art in America.

A Farewell Message From Outgoing Asia Society President Vishakha Desai [Video]

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai's final day at Asia Society is August 29, 2012. She joined the organization 22 years ago.

On her final day at Asia Society, outgoing president Vishakha Desai looks back on her 22-year tenure with the organization.

Vishakha Desai Op-Ed Discusses 'Mythical' Rise of Asian Americans in US

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai speaks at the Diversity Leadership Forum in New York in June 2012. (Suzanna Finley/Asia Society)

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai's op-ed sheds light on the findings of a Pew study still reverberating in the press.

Video: Obama's Half-Sister Credits Their Mother for 'Freedom to Be Many Things'

Maya Soetoro-Ng (L) with Asia Society President Vishakha Desai in New York on July 10, 2012. (Nan Melville/Asia Society)

In her Tuesday night Asia Society talk, Maya Soetoro-Ng credited her mother, the late Ann Dunham, with giving her the ability to see things from multiple perspectives at once.