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Young Afghan Leader Says Fair Elections Will Prevent New 'Dark Ages' in His Country

Asia Society 21 Afghanistan Young Leader Jamil Danish in Kabul in October 2013.
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As the international press fixates on worst-case scenarios for Afghanistan's future, a new generation of Afghans set their sights on free and fair elections leading to a legitimate government in 2014.

Abbas: Obama and Sharif Meeting Signals Action Must Follow Words

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (L) with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on Oct. 23, 2013. (Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
Policy

After a meeting in the Oval Office, U.S.-Pakistan relations are clearly improving, notes Asia Society Senior Adviser Hassan Abbas — but American drone strikes are an increasingly divisive sticking point.

Interview: Pink is Powerful as India's 'Gulabi Gang' Offers Hope for Oppressed Women

Sampat Pal, leader of India's
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Dressed in a bright pink sari and armed with a bamboo stick, 55-year old Sampat Pal has become the unlikely leader of a grassroots movement for women's rights in India.

Afghanistan in 2014: Three Young Afghans Look Ahead to a Game-Changing Year

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As Asia Society's Afghanistan 21 Young Leaders prepare to meet in Kabul, Asia Blog spoke with former fellows about the year ahead, which will bring a new president and the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

Daring to Hope: Afghanistan 21 Fellows Take Aim at Myriad Issues Facing Their Country

Members of Asia Society's Afghanistan's Young Leaders Initiative.
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Introducing the latest group of fellows in Asia Society's landmark Afghanistan 21 program: Ten young men and six young women, journalists, business people, diplomats and NGO workers.

Interview: MSF Doctor on Afghanistan's Steep Challenges to Women's Health

Bamiyan, 2009: An Afghan midwife helps a mother nurse her newborn baby at the Bamiyan Provincial hospital. Photo featured in the ART WORKS exhibition
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Severine Caluwaerts of Médecins Sans Frontières explains why women's health is such an uphill struggle in Afghanistan. In-person appearance at Asia Society New York this Thursday, October 3.

Photos/Interview: Arresting Images Capture Afghan Women 'Between Peace and War'

Kabul, 2002: Switan, age ten, looks into the window of the Herat restaurant. She gazes at people eating with the hopes of getting leftovers and makes 50,000 to 70,000 Afghani ($2.50 U.S.) per day begging from foreigners. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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A powerful traveling photo exhibition helps educate the world about the plight of women in Afghanistan. Related panel discussion at Asia Society New York this Thursday, October 3.

Video: What is the Afghanistan Government's 'Red Line' Regarding the Taliban?

Afghanistan Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul (R) and journalist John Hockenberry at Asia Society New York on September 24, 2013. (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
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Watch highlights from Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul's talk, including what he thinks of Afghanistan's "Twitter generation."

Why Iran President's US Visit Brings Opportunity for Re-Engagement

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani attends a session of the Assembly of Experts in Tehran on September 3, 2013. (Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)
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On the eve of newly-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's visit to the United States, a series of positive signals indicate Tehran is readying itself to engage in diplomacy aimed at reducing tensions with Washington.

Former U.S. Ambassador: A Fresh Start in Pakistan?

Then-Senators Joseph Biden and John Kerry with Nawaz Sharif during a U.S. congressional election monitoring trip to Lahore, Pakistan, in February 2008. (John Moore/Getty Images)
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With new personnel in key positions, writes Cameron Munter, Americans and Pakistanis have a chance to move past some of the damage their relationship has suffered in recent years.