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Looking for Signs of 'Real Change' as a New Iranian Leader Visits New York

Iranian President Dr. Hassan Rouhani (C) arrives with his entourage for an Asia Society event in New York on September 26, 2013. (Kenji Takigami/Asia Society)
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Asia Society Executive VP Tom Nagorski on the change in mood of U.S.-Iran relations.

This Fall Season, the United Nations is in Fashion

Thein Sein, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly meeting Sept. 27, 2012 at the United Nations in New York City. (Don Emmert/AFP/GettyImages)
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The U.N. is "hot" again, as it finds itself at the center of at least two of the critical global issues of the moment, writes Tom Nagorski.

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)
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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.

Video: Indonesia's 'Burden' Regarding Islam and Democracy

Indonesia Foreign Minister Dr. Marty Natalegawa (L) and Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski at Asia Society New York on September 19, 2013.
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Can Indonesia be seen as a democratic model for other Muslim-majority countries like Egypt and Tunisia?

Thai Prime Minister: 'Woman's Touch' Needed in South China Sea Dispute

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra addresses the crowd at Asia Society New York on Wednesday, September 26, 2012. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
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Yingluck Shinawatra said her government will "make every effort to help build trust and confidence" among parties in the South China Sea disputes in a speech at Asia Society in New York.

Thailand's Yingluck Shinawatra Turning From 'Stopgap' to a Lasting Presence

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra waves as she arrives to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vladivostok, Russia on Sept. 8, 2012. (Saeed Khan/AFP/GettyImages)
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Asia Society Associate Fellow Duncan McCargo says Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been proving the experts wrong with her political savvy and brokering skills.

What Would You Ask Myanmar President Thein Sein? #asktheinsein

President of Myanmar Thien Sein in Singapore, Jan 30, 2012. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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In 2011, a new, quasi-civilian government took power in Myanmar, and boldly began to implement democratic reforms which continue today. At the helm of this fluid and fragile transition is President Thein Sein, a former military brigadier general who served as Prime Minister in the previous military government led by Senior General Than Shwe.

When the 'Asian Way' Can Be the Wrong Way

Mongolian President President Tsakhia Elbegdorj at Asia Society New York on Sept. 19, 2011. (Suzanna Finley/Asia Society)
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Originally published in the Bangkok Post, Oct. 11, 2011

East Asian countries are well-known for nationalist policies that coalesce around single ethnicities, or in the case of Singapore, recognition of diversity, but careful management of diversity in the name of a higher national calling.

Video: In New York, Asian Leaders Link Economic and Social Development to Democracy

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In the past, when talking about development issues, political leaders have generally referred to socio-economic development and democracy as separate issues. This week at Asia Society, however, leaders from Asian countries with very different historical backgrounds and political, social and economic systems spoke of freedom, justice, accountability and respect for human rights as being essentially linked to democracy.