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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.

Lintner: Here's Why 2011 Will Not be Seen as the 'Year of Change' in Burma

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) meets with with Burmese President Thein Sein at the Office of the President in Nay Pyi Taw, Burma, on Dec. 1, 2011. (Flickr/U.S. Department of State)
Policy

Following a fraudulent referendum on a new constitution in May 2008, and a blatantly rigged election in November 2010, Burma/Myanmar's new president, Thein Sein, has taken some surprising and, for many, unexpected steps.

2011: Will Japan's Leaders Squander Post-Disaster Goodwill?

John Dicola (R) of the U.S. Navy assists in removing debris during a cleanup effort at the Misawa Fishing Port in Japan on March 14, 2011. Photo by Devon Dow. (Flickr/U.S. Pacific Fleet)
Policy

The world may admire Japan's resolve, but unless the country's leaders get their act together "it’s hard to see a bright future," writes Ayako Doi.

What Are Asian Nations Saying About Sri Lanka’s Conflict?

Sri Lankan state workers and ruling party activists protest outside the main railway station in Colombo on August 2, 2011. The protest was aimed to denounce Britain's Channel 4 documentary 'Sri Lanka's Killing Fields'. (Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society's Andrew Billo gets the discussion started in advance of a New York event about a controversial Channel 4 film about Sri Lanka's civil war.

Clinton Meets Suu Kyi, Offers 'Carrots' For Political Reform in Burma

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi meet in Rangoon, Myanmar on December 1, 2011. (Saul Loeb  /AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society's Suzanne DiMaggio analyzes the meeting between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Burma/Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.

DiMaggio Previews Clinton's Historic Visit to Burma on The Takeaway

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waves alongside Myanmar Deputy Foreign Minister Myo Myint (L) upon her arrival in Naypyidaw on November 30, 2011.(Saul Loeb /AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society's Suzanne DiMaggio appeared on public radio's The Takeaway to discuss the first high-level visit by an American diplomat to Burma in decades and what it means for political reform and relations with China.

Photo, Video and Tweets from the Raid on the UK Embassy in Tehran

A man holds a poster featuring American actors John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in a scene from the film 'Pulp Fiction' following a break in at the British Embassy on November 29, 2011 in Tehran, Iran. (FarsNews/Getty Images)
Multimedia

Dozens of Iranian students screaming "death to England!" stormed the British embassy compound in Tehran on Tuesday after Iran downgraded diplomatic relations with the U.K. Check out this Pulp Fiction photo, a video from the raid and tweets from today's events.

DiMaggio on Myanmar's 'Moment of Change'

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi (C) speaks to supporters after attending the opening of a 'funfair' event in Yangon on November 21, 2011. (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Suzanne DiMaggio, Asia Society's Vice President of Global Policy Programs, has an op-ed on CNN.com today entitled "Clinton visit presents opportunity in Myanmar." Here's how it begins:

Re-Engaging Burma, Containing Beijing

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L), seen here with President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. on November 28, 2011, makes a historic trip to Burma this week. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Policy

Hillary Clinton’s trip to Burma this week could be a breakthrough moment in U.S.-Burma relations. In every respect, the conditions in Burma are among the most dire of any country. To its credit, the Obama administration recognizes that this moment of change is an opportunity for the United States to help move Burma away from authoritarian rule and into the world community. 

Video: Duncan McCargo on the Political and Economic Impact of Thailand's Floods

Policy

In a video interview, Asia Society Associate Fellow Duncan McCargo, the 2009 Bernard Schwartz Book Award winner, analyzes the political and economic implications of Thailand's worst flooding in more than half a century.