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Ten of the Biggest Stories from China in 2014

Runners in masks file past a soldier during the Beijing Marathon. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

Approaching its second anniversary, ChinaFile looks back on its coverage of 2014, which was, "as ever, an eventful year for China." 

Video: Meet the Authors Behind Some of the Best Books of 2014

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Seven authors who appeared on multiple year-end "best-of" lists all presented their new books at Asia Society in 2014.

After Peshawar Attack, Warnings Against Chasing 'Wrong Demons'

Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) activists rally for the victims of the Peshawar school massacre, in Lahore on December 21, 2014. Al-Qaeda's regional branch on December 21 said its hearts were 'bursting with pain' over the Taliban's massacre at a Pakistan school and urged the militants to target only security forces. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

Two Asia 21 Young Leaders call for major changes following last week’s attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, and warn against solutions that will not “alleviate the threat of future attacks.”

Malala Yousafzai: The Taliban 'Are Afraid of Women'

Yusra Sami Askari, in green, prepares Malala Yousafzai for an on-camera interview in Oslo. (Yusra Sami Askari)
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Asia 21 Young Leader Yusra Sami Askari reflects on her interview with the education activist — it was intended to focus on the Nobel Peace Prize, but was overshadowed by the Peshawar tragedy.

It's 'Fifteen for '15' as Our Predictions for Asia's Year Ahead Return

Close, but not quite there: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif prior to closed-door nuclear talks at the Palais Coburg in Vienna on Nov. 23, 2014. Asia Society's Tom Nagorski predicts a nuclear deal will be signed in 2015. (Ronald Zak/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski's forecast for Asia in 2015 encompasses everything from cyber-attacks to cricket.

Video: After Sony Hack, Kevin Rudd Urges Democracies to Consider Cyber-Readiness

Current Affairs

Appearing on CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” the incoming President of the Asia Society Policy Institute said North Korea’s alleged cyber-attack on Sony Pictures should prompt “a global learning exercise” about cybersecurity.

Video: Predictions, Prognostications Range Far and Wide in 'Asia 2015' Panel Discussion

L to R: Ian Bremmer, Josette Sheeran, Ruchir Sharma, and Tom Nagorski at Asia Society New York on December 17, 2014. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

In a freewheeling discussion at Asia Society New York, four informed figures offered thoughts on what's next for Modi's India, Xi Jinping's China, Kim Jong Un's North Korea, and many other locales.

Win Some, Lose Some: We Grade Our Forecast for Asia in 2014

Team Japan's fate at the World Cup in Brazil was just one of the predictions on which our fearless forecaster whiffed this year. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)
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In what is now an annual tradition, Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski looks back at the predictions he made a year ago for Asia's 2014 — and assesses his ratio of hits to misses.

Interview: Johns Hopkins Professor Views Hong Kong Protests as 'Defense of Dignity'

Protest site in Hong Kong on October 18, 2014. (Pasu Au Yang/ Flickr)
Current Affairs

Expanding on his remarks at a recent Asia Society panel, Ho-fung Hung argues that Hong Kong's younger generation sees itself as having "nothing to lose."

National Book Award Winner Evan Osnos 'Tried to Do Justice' to Chinese People

Journalist and author Evan Osnos onstage at Asia Society New York on May 14, 2014. (Ellen Wallop/Asia Society)
Current Affairs

The journalist and author received the award in Nonfiction for "Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China," a collection based on his eight years of living in Beijing.