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Experts: Reform in the Middle East Must Come From Within

Dennis Ross, Michael Herzog, Kevin Rudd and Prince Turki Al-Faisal, engage in a high-level discussion on the evolving security challenges in the Middle East and potential pathways to stability. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
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"You need to rebuild the social structure, the social fabric, invest in long term education plans, economic plans.”

#CultureUnderThreat Task Force Recommends Steps to Combat 'Cultural Crimes'

On March 31, 2016, a photographer holds his picture of the Temple of Bel taken on March 14, 2014 in front of the remains of the historic temple after it was destroyed by Islamic State group jihadists in September 2015 in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)
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A new report by a task force established to address antiquities trafficking in the Middle East lays out recommendations for governments, NGOs, and private stakeholders.

Ten Events That Shaped Asia in 2015

Satellite image of the Asian continent. (Visible Earth/NASA)
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From Iran to Nepal and Singapore to Syria, here's how 2015 will be remembered on the world's largest continent.

Flashback to 2014: Ian Bremmer's Prescient Remarks on Syrian Refugee Crisis

In this video from 2014, Eurasia Group CEO Ian Bremmer scolds the United States for its hesitancy in accepting Syrian refugees.
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Months before the issue dominated international deadlines, the Eurasia Group CEO scolded the U.S. for not taking in more displaced by the country's civil war.

Podcast: Financing Terror Through 'Cultural Cleansing'

A Syrian policeman patrols Greco-Roman ruins in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, on March 14, 2014, before Islamic State forces seized the city the following year. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)
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In the third episode of the Asia Society Podcast, we’ll look at the destruction and trafficking of antiquities in the Middle East — how it perpetuates terrorism and what can be done to stop it.

Video: The Daily Show Profiles Terror Financing

The ruins of Palmyra, Syria, are now under occupation from the Islamic State. (Michal Unolt/Flickr)
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Comedy Central's iconic news program looks at how ISIS traffics in stolen antiquities to earn revenue.

Weekly Rewind: North Korea's Girl Band, Candy-Colored Apartments in Singapore, and One Million Mandarin Students in America

Hazy conditions cover the Marina Bay Circuit before the start of the practice session for the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix in Singapore on September 19, 2015. (Mohd Fyrol/AFP/Getty Images)
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Our latest Weekly Rewind, featuring some of the best Asia-related content you may have missed from the past seven days.

Can the World Save Antiquities Under Terrorist Threat?

Asia Society Policy Institute president Kevin Rudd (L) looks on as Ibrahim al-Jaafari, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Iraq, discusses antiquities trafficking at Asia Society on Thursday.
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Statesmen, archaeologists, and other experts discuss the trade in priceless artifacts and terrorist financing at a Thursday event at Asia Society.

Before and After: This Is What's Happening to Historic Sites in the Middle East

Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo, Syria. (Aleppo Media Center/Antiquities Coalition)
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Before-and-after photos offer a glimpse of the recent destruction of historic sites and cultural treasures in the Middle East and Africa.

Watch: Five of Charlie Rose's Top Interviews on Asia

Television journalist Charlie Rose holds the Peabody Award he won for his
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Ahead of the veteran TV journalist's February 17 Asia Society conversation with Kevin Rudd on Asia's future, Asia Blog compiles some of his most memorable interviews with major Asian figures.