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Interview: Sichan Siv Says Khmer Rouge Sentence Doesn't 'Match the Crime'

A handout photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on February 3, 2012 shows fomer Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav — better known as Duch (C) — greeting judges in the courtroom at the ECCC in Phnom Penh. (Nhet Sokheng/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

"Beyond a small number of people in Phnom Penh, no one really cares about what is happening to the Khmer Rouge in the tribunal," says former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and Asia Society Associate Fellow Sichan Siv.

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.

Photo of the Day: Busy Bee at Tet Flower Market

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A bee sits on top of a flower during Tet, Vietnam's New Year celebrations at a flower market on January 29, 2012. (Danny Tan /Flickr)

Photo (and Video) of the Day: 'Space-Baby' Buddha at Asia Society Hong Kong Center

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Asia Society Hong Kong Center's inaugural exhibition, Transforming Minds: Buddhism in Art, will showcase a contemporary take on Buddhism. Take a video tour of the new site.

Interview: Thomas Gouttierre on Early U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Afghan men walk past by U.S. soldiers in Ghazni province on February 2, 2012. (Aref Yaqubi/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Afghanistan expert and Asia Society Associate Fellow Thomas Gouttierre says non-military job creation is key to a successful exit for the U.S. military in Afghanistan.

Interview: Ronnie Chan on the Opening of Asia Society's Hong Kong Center

Asia Society Co-Chair Ronnie Chan, second from left, at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center Pre-Opening Gala Dinner on February 8, 2012. Pictured to Chan's left is Tung Chee Hwa, the first Chief Executive of Hong Kong after the 1997 handover. (Nick Mak)
Lifestyle

On the eve of its grand opening, Asia Society Co-Chair and Hong Kong-native Ronnie Chan discusses the new Asia Society Hong Kong Center and its significance to the Asia Society and the city of Hong Kong.

Review: Harvard's Online China Lectures a 'Useful' Overview

A slide from the introductory lecture in Harvard University's online series
Education

A new Harvard online lecture series is lauded as an an "exceptionally useful tool" for anyone needing an intro to Chinese civilization.

Photo of the Day: Cold Spell Grips Afghanistan

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A cold winter morning in Kandahar on February 3, 2012 submitted by Ayat Ullah from Afghanistan. Frigid temperatures have claimed the lives of at least 22 people in the past month.

Top Tweets: Pete Hoekstra's Super Bowl Ad Reaches 'New Low'

Screenshot from Pete Hoekstra's controversial ad.
Policy

Racially-charged campaign ad from Republican Senate candidate stirs controversy among pundits.

Photo of the Day: Taiwan Lantern Festival

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Lunar New Year celebrations come to a close on Monday, the 15th day on the lunar calendar - otherwise known as the Lantern Festival, on February 5, 2012 in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.  (lyra444 /Flickr)