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Discuss: Is Obama Steering the Country in the Right Direction?

<i>The Obama Syndrome</i> by Tariq Ali.
Policy Is Obama is steering the country in the right direction at home and abroad?

Sectarian Violence Rises Amid Floods in Pakistan

Pakistani Shiite Muslim men help injured blast victims at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Quetta on September 3, 2010. (Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Hassan Abbas, Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Fellow, explained that the Pakistani Taliban's attacks on Shiites would not weaken their campaign against the army or Nato.

Obama Sets Asean-US Summit for Sidelines of UN Meeting

Simon Tay, Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Fellow and author of Asia Alone: The Dangerous Post-Crisis Divide from America.
Policy President Obama plans to meet leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on the sidelines of this month's UN General Assembly session.

North Korea Convenes Rare Party Conference

In this frame grab made off undated North Korea's Korean Central Television (KCTV) footage aired on October 11, 2008 North Korean leader Kim Jong Il claps as he inspects a female military unit in North Korea. (Korean Central Television/Yonhap via Getty Images)
Policy All eyes are on North Korea this week, as the ruling Korean Workers Party is expected to hold a historic meeting of delegates.

As Iran's President Heads to New York, an Opportunity

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks during a press conference in Doha on September 5, 2010 (Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly later this month it will be his first appearance at the UN since the Security Council strengthened sanctions against Iran over its disputed nuclear program in June.

Sri Lanka's Growing Authoritarianism

Sri Lankan lawyers carry a makeshift coffin during a protest in Colombo on September 7, 2010 against a draft bill of the constitution that is being rushed through parliament on an urgent basis. (Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy Thousands of Sri Lankans are joining demonstrations against a controversial new amendment to the constitution, which would abolish limits on the number of presidential terms and increase the president's powers.

Australia Has a New Government, Finally

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (L) laughs beside Federal opposition leader Tony Abbott (R) after she finally secured enough independents to form the new government at Parliament House in Canberra on September 7, 2010. (Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy The incumbent Labor Party—under the nation's first-ever female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard—is forming a minority government.

Pakistan's Deadly Floods

Policy

Hassan Abbas speaks to Bloomberg about the recent flooding in Pakistan.

Reasons Behind Kim Jong-il's Recent China Visit

In this frame grab made off undated North Korea's Korean Central Television (KCTV) footage aired on October 11, 2008 North Korean leader Kim Jong Il claps as he inspects a female military unit in North Korea. (Korean Central Television/Yonhap via Getty Images)
Policy Kim Jong-il visits China, again.

An Emerging Economic Divide

Simon Tay, Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Fellow and author of Asia Alone: The Dangerous Post-Crisis Divide from America.
Policy

The interdependent nature of the US and Asian markets is the subject of Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Fellow Simon Tay's new book Asia Alone: The Dangerous Post-Crisis Divide from America.