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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (2L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (3rd L) during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People April 9, 2014 in Beijing, China. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Can Women Affect the Outcome of India's Elections?

Shown here on February 6, 2014, Indian Supreme Court lawyer Karuna Nundy is a co-author of the six-point Womanifesto 2014 document. (Guido Bergmann/Bundesregierung via Getty Images)
Current Affairs

In the midst of India's national election, Asia Society's President Emerita sees hope for the country's women in the new six-point manifesto released by a group of prominent activists.

Photo of the Day: Celebrating the Birthday of a God in India

A Hindu devotee dressed as a deity, in preparations to celebrate Hanuman Jayanti, the birthday of the Hindu monkey-god Hanuman, in New Delhi, India on April 15, 2014. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)
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A Hindu devotee dressed as a deity, in preparations to celebrate Hanuman Jayanti, the birthday of the Hindu monkey-god Hanuman, in New Delhi, India on April 15, 2014. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)

Cultural Diplomacy with US Sends Crucial Message to Afghanistan's Young People

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ArtsCurrent Affairs

A regular, sustained exchange of ideas and values would signal to Afghan youth that this time, the U.S. isn't about to forget them.

Asia Society Online Looking for Summer 2014 Interns

Check out these exciting Summer 2014 internship opportunities with the online team at Asia Society's New York headquarters.
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Check out these exciting Summer 2014 internship opportunities with the online team at Asia Society's New York headquarters.

Photo of the Day: A Sea of Revelers in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi revelers march during a rally in celebration of the Bengali New Year, or Pohela Boishakh, in Dhaka, Bangladesh on April 14, 2014.(Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)
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Bangladeshi revelers march during a rally in celebration of the Bengali New Year, or Pohela Boishakh, in Dhaka, Bangladesh on April 14, 2014.(Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)

The Scholar-Spy Who Saw Tibet's Densatil Monastery in All Its Glory

A historic photograph of the Densatil Monastery taken by an anonymous photographer at an unknown date. Image courtesy of David Holler.
Arts

How the "Great Game," the 19th-century imperial rivalry between Great Britain and Russia that stretched across Asia, may have touched on the famous Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Exhibition on view at Asia Society Museum through May 18, 2014.

Listen: How India’s 'Politics of Aspiration' Are Shaping Its National Elections

An elderly Indian voter, seen sitting on her son's bicycle, gestures her inked-marked finger as others wait in line to vote outside a polling station in Koliabor, in Assam state's Nagaon district some 180 kms east of Guwahati, on April 7, 2014. (STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Marshall Bouton, Interim Director of the Asia Society Policy Institute, talks with WNYC's Brian Lehrer about India's shift from "politics of scarcity" to "politics of aspiration."

Photo of the Day: A Purple Sunrise in Thailand

A sunrise over long tail boats paints the sky purple in Koh Lipe, Thailand on April 1, 2014. (Bambi Corro III/Flickr)
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A sunrise over long tail boats paints the sky purple in Koh Lipe, Thailand on April 1, 2014. (Bambi Corro III/Flickr)

Watch: Deputy Sec. of State Calls Focusing on Asia 'Great Challenge of Our Time'

Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns speaks at Asia Society New York during the Asia Society Policy Institute's formal launch event on April 8, 2014. (Ellen Waldrop/Asia Society)
Policy

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns said that whether the United States can maintain its focus on Asia amid competing pressures in the international arena will be “the great challenge of our time."

Video: The World According to Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger and Zhu Min on stage at the launch of the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York on April 8, 2014. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
Policy

At the official launch of the Asia Society Policy Institute, the former U.S. Secretary of State offers observations on matters as diverse as America's "pivot" to Asia, China's past and present leaders, and why he doesn't use social media.