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State of the Union: An Educator's Take on Obama's 'Year of Action'

President of the United States Barack Obama. (Pete Souza/Official White House Photo)
Education

Can we finally make education the great equalizer Horace Mann said it could be, nearly 200 years ago? Tony Jackson cites some common practices in East Asian school systems that are among the world's best.

China v. Japan: Three Questions, and a Sea of Anxiety

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with US Vice President Joe Biden (L) inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 4, 2013. (Lintao Zhang/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski, currently traveling in China, asks, "Could the world's great powers really come to blows over a handful of rocky, uninhabited islands?"

Why Iran President's US Visit Brings Opportunity for Re-Engagement

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani attends a session of the Assembly of Experts in Tehran on September 3, 2013. (Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

On the eve of newly-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's visit to the United States, a series of positive signals indicate Tehran is readying itself to engage in diplomacy aimed at reducing tensions with Washington.

Are the US and China Finally Getting Serious About Climate Change?

President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in California on June 7, 2013. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

While recent developments have raised hopes the so-called “Group of Two” is making strides, the countries are "not even close" on some key targets, writes Asia Society Senior Advisor Junjie Zhang.

Southeast Asia's New Dominoes

America's pivot to Asia is raising eyebrows about a new domino theory that counters China's rise. (Great Beyond/Flickr)
Policy

Vietnam and the United States increasingly see a common interest in Southeast Asia. President Truong Tan Sang's upcoming visit to the White House is perhaps a harbinger of this budding bilateral relationship.

How the Snowden Affair Might End Up Helping US-China Relations

Protesters march to the U.S. consulate in support of Edward Snowden in Hong Kong on June 15, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

The Snowden affair could be an equalizing force in US-China relations—if both sides let it be.

Photos: From Ping Pong to Judo, World Leaders Practice Sports Diplomacy

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry heads an Afghan-made soccer ball toward the unseen captain of the Afghanistan's women's national soccer team in Kabul on March 26, 2013. (Jason Reed/AFP/Getty Images)
Multimedia

It's all work and some play for these world leaders. We take a look at Asian and American statesmen who demonstrate a little athletic prowess on their travels.

Orville Schell: Summit an Opportunity for 'Breakthrough' in US-China Relations

 U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) and Chinese then-Vice President Xi Jinping (2nd L) communicate through translators while meeting in the Oval Office at the White House on Feb. 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Policy

On the eve of this weekend's summit, veteran China-watcher Orville Schell says U.S.-China relations could stand a little Confucian "rectification."

Video: Don't Overstate the Meaning of Obama-Xi Summit, Says Ouyang Bin

Policy

Ouyang Bin, Arthur Ross Fellow at Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations and Associate Editor of ChinaFile, wouldn't call Xi's first presidential state visit to the United States a historic meeting.

Obama-Xi: A 'Getting-to-Know-You Session' With 'Huge, Huge Stakes' [Video]

Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski on CNBC this morning.
Policy

Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski appeared on CNBC early this morning to discuss the two-day "informal" summit between U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.