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Woodroofe: Clinton, Not Ban, Should Be Next UN Chief

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a press conference at the United Nations Office at Geneva, Switzerland, on February 28, 2011. (Eric Bridiers/State Department/Public Domain)
Policy

The United Nations Security Council recently approved Ban Ki-moon for a second five-year term as U.N. Secretary General. But, according to Asia Society Associate Fellow Thom Woodroofe in an Australian Broadcasting Corporation opinion piece, this was the wrong decision. His choice?

As CCP Turns 90, Time For 'Backward Glances' and 'Symbolic Gestures'

A Chinese military band practices inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing before celebrations start for the Chinese Communist Party's 90th anniversary on July 1, 2011. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom has a piece in Miller-McCune magazine set to coincide with today's 90th anniversary of the Chineses Anniversary. In "Whose Road Led to Hu’s China?" Wasserstrom — author of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know — asks, "What kinds of historical echoes sound loudest in today’s China?

Experts: Afghan 'Arab Spring' Would Lead to 'Anarchy and Chaos'

Panelists speaking at Asia Society Southern California's discussion on Afghanistan in Los Angeles on June 21, 2011.
Policy

Asia Society Southern California held a panel discussion Tuesday to discuss the proposed troop drawdown.

Foreign Policy on Jon Huntsman's Journey from China to Presidential Hopeful

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., during his time as U.S. Envoy to China. March 8, 2010. (saucy_pan/Flickr)
Policy

Asia Society's Orville Schell talks with the magazine about the latest presidential candidate's China experience.

Video: Security a 'Major Concern' as Aung San Suu Kyi Plans Burma Tour

Burma/Myanmar's detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi holds a bouquet of flowers as she appears at the gate of her house after her release in Yangon (Rangoon) on November 13, 2010. The lakeside home had been her prison for most of the past two decades. (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Priscilla Clapp, Asia Society Consultant and former Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Burma, shares her thoughts on Suu Kyi's announcement and the prospects for real political change with the military junta still in power.

Harney: 'Japan's politicians are failing the country' [UPDATED]

A girl holds her petition to ask the education ministry to protect children from radioactive contamination at Fukushima prefecture during a rally at the Education Ministry in Tokyo on May 23, 2011. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

"Politicians in Tokyo are lollygagging and bickering over partisan issues instead of offering practical ideas for rebuilding the devastated regions," says Asia Society Associate Fellow Alexandra Harney.

Slideshow: Inside Ai Weiwei's 'Zodiac Heads'

Ai Weiwei's 'Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads,' now on view at the Pulitzer Fountain outside the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan until July 15, 2011. (Shreeya Sinha/Asia Society)
Arts

Asia Society Museum Director Melissa Chiu explains the history and cultural significance of detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads in New York City. 

Moeed Yusuf: US 'Can Still Turn Pakistan Around'

South Asia adviser in the U.S. Institute of Peace's Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention <strong>Moeed Yusuf</strong> testifies during a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee May 5, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Pakistan 2020 Study Group member testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on May 5, 2011.

Bin Laden's Death Will Prove 'Demoralizing' to Al Qaeda

This May 2, 2011 photo shows the FBI website announcing the death of Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden was killed in an overnight raid by US forces on a heavily fortified compound north of Islamabad, US President Barack Obama announced in a late-night White House address. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

But Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Fellow Hassan Abbas warns "the battle against violence and extremism is by no means over."  

After Osama, a Balancing Act for President Obama

Newspapers announcing the death of accused 9-11 mastermind Osama bin Laden are seen at a newsstand outside the World Trade Center site May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society President Vishakha Desai says Barack Obama must "balance claims of victory with the pursuit of his administration’s military and civilian strategy."