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DiMaggio Previews Clinton's Historic Visit to Burma on The Takeaway

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waves alongside Myanmar Deputy Foreign Minister Myo Myint (L) upon her arrival in Naypyidaw on November 30, 2011.(Saul Loeb /AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society's Suzanne DiMaggio appeared on public radio's The Takeaway to discuss the first high-level visit by an American diplomat to Burma in decades and what it means for political reform and relations with China.

Kyrgyzstan's Otunbayeva: We Fought for Minds and Hearts

Kyrgyzstan President Roza Otunbayeva at Asia Society in New York on Nov. 22, 2011.
Policy

NEW YORK, November 22, 2011 — In an impassioned speech, Roza Otunbayeva, the outgoing President of the Kyrgyz Republic and the first female leader in Central Asia, spoke at the Asia Society about the impending democratic transition in the former Soviet nation, which will include the state's first peaceful transition of power and a national referendum ratifying a new constitution.

Photo of the Day: Pier Jumping in Indonesia

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Fishermen’s children jump into the sea off a pier near Susupu beach, Indonesia on November 28. 2011. (Pra-Yudi /Flickr)

Photo, Video and Tweets from the Raid on the UK Embassy in Tehran

A man holds a poster featuring American actors John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in a scene from the film 'Pulp Fiction' following a break in at the British Embassy on November 29, 2011 in Tehran, Iran. (FarsNews/Getty Images)
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Dozens of Iranian students screaming "death to England!" stormed the British embassy compound in Tehran on Tuesday after Iran downgraded diplomatic relations with the U.K. Check out this Pulp Fiction photo, a video from the raid and tweets from today's events.

Richard Holbrooke, 'The Unquiet American,' Remembered at Asia Society New York

L to R: Kati Marton, Roger Cohen, Gordon M. Goldstein, and David Rohde at Asia Society New York on Nov. 28, 2011.
Policy

Former Asia Society Chairman Richard C. Holbrooke, who died in December 2010, was a pivotal player in U.S. diplomacy for more than 40 years. As a diplomatic troubleshooter he worked for every Democrat president since the late 1960s and oversaw negotiations that ended the war in Bosnia.

DiMaggio on Myanmar's 'Moment of Change'

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi (C) speaks to supporters after attending the opening of a 'funfair' event in Yangon on November 21, 2011. (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Suzanne DiMaggio, Asia Society's Vice President of Global Policy Programs, has an op-ed on CNN.com today entitled "Clinton visit presents opportunity in Myanmar." Here's how it begins:

Asia Society Visit to China Underscores Need for Further Cultural Exchange

Meryl Streep talks about her craft with fellow actor Ge You (葛优) during a panel discussion
Arts

A group of prominent American artists traveled to Beijing last week for the U.S.-China Forum on the Arts and Culture, a festival organized by Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations and the Aspen Institute in order to promote cross-cultural ties.

Re-Engaging Burma, Containing Beijing

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L), seen here with President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. on November 28, 2011, makes a historic trip to Burma this week. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Policy

Hillary Clinton’s trip to Burma this week could be a breakthrough moment in U.S.-Burma relations. In every respect, the conditions in Burma are among the most dire of any country. To its credit, the Obama administration recognizes that this moment of change is an opportunity for the United States to help move Burma away from authoritarian rule and into the world community. 

Photo of the Day: Hong Kong Graffiti

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A clever take on a typical construction sign with reference to '852,' Hong Kong’s international dialing code and slang for the city itself on November 26, 2011. (Dan Washburn /Flickr)

Interview: Tuong Vu, Author of 'Paths to Development in Asia'

<i>Paths to Development in Asia</i> by Tuong Vu, selected as runner-up in the 2011 Bernard Schwartz Book Award.
Policy

Since the economies of East Asia first experienced broad economic growth in the post-World War II era, academics have debated which factors best explain such success. In his book Paths to Development in Asia, University of Oregon Political Science professor Tuong Vu argues that state formation, more than colonial legacy or geography, played a decisive role in explaining such success. Vu's study was selected as a runner-up for Asia Society's 2011 Bernard Schwartz Book Award.