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Don't Write Off Afghanistan as 'Mission Impossible' Just Yet, Says Expert

U.S. Army Sgt. Joshua Smith talks to group of Afghan children during a combined patrol clearing operation in Afghanistan's Ghazni province on April 28, 2012. (United States Army/Flickr)
Policy

On the eve of the American pullout, experts are predicting worst-case scenarios for 2014 and beyond. But all hope is not yet lost, according to Hassan Abbas.

US, Thailand Need 'Shared Vision' to Revitalize Ties

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks with Thai Foreign Minister Dr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. on June 13, 2012. (YouTube)
Policy Thailand is a rare example of a U.S. relationship in Asia that has languished — but if the countries can build around Thailand’s role at the center of a new, broader “Asia,” there may indeed be room for progress after all.

Interview: 'Political Stability at Home' Key to South China Sea Peace

A Philippine soldier stands guard next to fishing boats at a pier in Masinloc town, Zambales province, 140 miles from Scarborough Shoal on May 18, 2012. Philippine President Benigno Aquino told protesters to abort plans to sail May 18, to the disputed South China Sea shoal also claimed by China. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/GettyImages)
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Huang Jing, Director of the Center on Asia and Globalization at the Singapore-based Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, discusses the current tensions in the South China Sea.

DiMaggio: U.S. Myanmar Changes 'Right Move at the Right Time'

Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi (C) poses recently at her offices in Yangon with Asia Society Vice President of Global Policy Programs Suzanne DiMaggio (R) and Asia Society Senior Advisor Priscilla Clapp.
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The United States has shown the government of Myanmar that it is ready to react quickly to concrete reforms, writes Asia Society's Suzanne DiMaggio.

Video: Rudd Sees 'Real Constituency for Change' in Burma

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd at Asia Society in New York on January 13, 2012. (Asia Society/Bill Swersey)
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Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd says "until we have evidence that it's going to slide in the other direction" foreign nations need to open up to Burma.

Kevin Rudd on Australia's Unique Role in U.S.-China Relations [Gallery/Video]

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In a wide-ranging speech, peppered with Mandarin phrases, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd touched on history and culture as much as contemporary politics to propose a new "rules-based" way for Asia to accommodate Sino-U.S. rivalries. He calls it "Pax Pacifica."

2012: Coming Year's Leadership Transitions Could Have Major Asia Impact

 Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R), the presumptive heir to current President Hu Jintao, speaks with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen  in Beijing on July 11, 2011. Xi is just one of several new world leaders who could have a major impact on Asia in 2012 and beyond. Photo by Chad J. McNeeley. (Flickr/Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff)
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It seems only fitting that at the end of 2011, a year of such tremendous political change around the world, we should all be fixated with intense curiosity on the machinations of a leadership transition in North Korea.

There are many reasons for the events that unfolded into the Arab Spring, but at the root is a failure in leadership. While the Arab Spring did not result in similar uprisings in Asia, the events were followed with tremendous interest throughout the region.

Hassan Abbas: 'How Obama Can Fix U.S.-Pakistani Relations'

Local Pakistani kids await to be evacuated on a CH-60 Blackhawk in Khyber - Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, on Sept. 13, 2010. Photo By Joshua Kruger. (Flickr/DVIDSHUB)
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As Pakistan struggles with its democratic transition, Asia Society Senior Advisor Hassan Abbas writes in Foreign Affairs that Obama can help Pakistan help itself by taking a less unilateral approach and focusing instead on strengthening Pakistan's civilian government and investing in civil society. Abbas points out: 

Jae-Seung Lee: The Moment of Truth for the Two Koreas

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Kim Jong Il's death has created a critical opportunity for the two Koreas to figure out a roadmap for the coming years, writes Korea University's Jae-Seung Lee.

Videos/Tweets: Weeping and Laughing for the 'Dear Leader'

Crowds in Pyongyang mourn the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on Dec 19,  2011. ( Korea's Korean Central News Agency)
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North Koreans have entered 12 days of mourning in honor of their longtime leader Kim Jong Il — a complex dictator known as much for pursuing nuclear weaponry while his people starved as his zippered jumpsuits and obsession with Hennessy cognac.