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Video: Rudd Sees 'Real Constituency for Change' in Burma

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd at Asia Society in New York on January 13, 2012. (Asia Society/Bill Swersey)
Policy

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd says "until we have evidence that it's going to slide in the other direction" foreign nations need to open up to Burma.

Kevin Rudd on Australia's Unique Role in U.S.-China Relations [Gallery/Video]

Policy

In a wide-ranging speech, peppered with Mandarin phrases, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd touched on history and culture as much as contemporary politics to propose a new "rules-based" way for Asia to accommodate Sino-U.S. rivalries. He calls it "Pax Pacifica."

Video: Aung San Suu Kyi says Burma 'on the Verge of a Breakthrough to Democracy'

Aung San Suu Kyi. (Drn/Getty Images)
Policy

Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Global Vision Award at the Asia Society Awards Dinner earlier this evening at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. Unable to leave Burma, Daw Aung accepted the award via a recorded video message, which you can watch below.

Orville Schell's Top 5 Books on China and the West

Orville Schell (R) speaks to Damian Woetzl (L) and Yo Yo Ma at the opening ceremony of the US-China Forum on the Arts and Culture in Beijing on Nov. 17, 2011. (Dong Lin)
Policy

As China rises to power in a tumultuous political and economic environment, the U.S. finds itself struggling to build a relationship with its greatest rival. Perhaps the biggest challenge in this international bridge-building is the conflict between traditional Western and Eastern ways of thinking.

Kevin Rudd and Australia's Role in the 'Asia Pacific Century'

Kevin Rudd, Foreign Minister of Australia. (Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Australia's foreign minister is speaking at the Asia Society in New York on Friday, January 11, 2012. Whether or not most Australians identify themselves as "Asian," the country's future is directly tied to its neighbors to the north, writes Andrew Billo.

What Will Hu Jintao Think of 'Titanic 3D'?

The original 'Titanic' was a big hit in mainland China. Will its upcoming 3D release be seen by Chinese leaders as a
Policy

The Chinese leader's recent "cultural war" seems to be part of an unpleasant “new normal” for China, in which any excuse can be used to justify a tightening of control, writes Jeffrey Wasserstrom.

Obama's Military Commitment in East Asia Fraught With Risk

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (C) listens as U.S. President Barack Obama (R) delivers remarks on the Defense Strategic Review at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Also pictured is Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter (L). President Obama vowed Thursday that the U.S. military would maintain its
Policy

The U.S. now needs to manage its Asian alliances carefully, so as not to provoke China in particularly volatile areas like the South China Sea, writes Andrew Billo.

Climate Change, Maids and Refugees: Asian Migration in 2011

Migrant construction workers outside of Bangkok, Thailand. (Flickr/Ronn aka
Policy

In the Asia-Pacific region, large-scale migration continues to be an upwardly trending phenomenon and, sadly, migrant vulnerability and exploitation is glaringly apparent, writes Andrew Billo.

Moon: New Actors and New Demands for North Korea

Propaganda art in the Pyongyang Metro in North Korea, photographed in August 2011. (Flickr/Joseph Ferris III)
Policy

Kim Jong Il’s death dealt a blow to the North Korean regime and people. A smooth political transition that places Kim Jong Un, the “Great Successor,” at the helm and consolidates social and political order are Pyongyang’s pressing priorities. No one knows what kind of “order” may ensue.

2011: In Thailand, the Pardon That Wasn't

Toys in the form of exiled former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on sale in Bangkok. (Flickr/Pittaya Sroilong)
Policy Whatever you think of Thaksin Shinawatra, his refusal to return to Thailand has been destabilizing for the country, writes Duncan McCargo.