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Kevin Rudd: Amid Tensions, Asia Needs More Robust Regional Institutions

Former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd will speak on Asia's challenges at the World Economic Forum in Davos this Saturday. (Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)
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"Because the Asia-Pacific region looms as being the strategic cockpit of the 21st century, we need more robust institutions than those we have at present," said the incoming Asia Society Policy Institute president.

Asia 21 Young Leader: Sri Lanka Election Offers Greater Hope for 'Truth and Justice'

A woman belonging to the Sri Lankan minority Tamil ethnic group holds a photo of her son, who disappeared during the final stage of the Sri Lankan civil war, at a human rights protest festival on November 13, 2013 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)
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The surprise election of opposition politician Maithripala Sirisena as Sri Lanka’s new president may open the door for "genuine and long-term reconciliation," a Sri Lankan analyst argues.

Interview: Anti-Trafficking Expert Explains How and Why Slavery Is Thriving in Asia

Children are pictured with candles during a protest against child slavery attended by Indian Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi in New Delhi on Nov. 22, 2014. (Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)
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Matt Friedman explains how people across the world are forced into slavery, and how the fight against it is being lost. In-person appearance at Asia Society Hong Kong on January 22.

Interview: Chinese News Assistants React to Arrest of Colleague Zhang Miao

Screen grab taken on January 16, 2014 of Die Zeit’s online coverage of Zhang Miao’s imprisonment.
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The three-month detention of a Chinese researcher for the German newspaper Die Zeit in Beijing prompts her peers to reflect on the risks they face.

Asia 21 Young Leader: Sri Lanka Election Upset Builds Expectations for Rule of Law

 Newspapers for sale at a stall in Colombo on January 10, 2015, leading with headlines about Sri Lanka's new president Maithripala Sirisena. (Akruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images)
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After nearly a decade of deteriorating democracy and judicial independence under outgoing president Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan legal expert says it's time to reestablish individual rights and checks on power.

Profile: A Storyteller on a One-Man Mission to Preserve Lahore's Vanishing Legacy

In Lahore's Fakir Khana Museum, Farhan Shah recounts the story of Sikh ruler Maharaja Sher Singh's assassination. (Sonya Rehman)
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Pakistan's most storied city is at risk of losing its stories — but Farhan Shah is determined to prevent that from happening.

Ten of the Biggest Stories from China in 2014

Runners in masks file past a soldier during the Beijing Marathon. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
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Approaching its second anniversary, ChinaFile looks back on its coverage of 2014, which was, "as ever, an eventful year for China." 

After Peshawar Attack, Warnings Against Chasing 'Wrong Demons'

Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) activists rally for the victims of the Peshawar school massacre, in Lahore on December 21, 2014. Al-Qaeda's regional branch on December 21 said its hearts were 'bursting with pain' over the Taliban's massacre at a Pakistan school and urged the militants to target only security forces. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
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Two Asia 21 Young Leaders call for major changes following last week’s attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, and warn against solutions that will not “alleviate the threat of future attacks.”

Malala Yousafzai: The Taliban 'Are Afraid of Women'

Yusra Sami Askari, in green, prepares Malala Yousafzai for an on-camera interview in Oslo. (Yusra Sami Askari)
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Asia 21 Young Leader Yusra Sami Askari reflects on her interview with the education activist — it was intended to focus on the Nobel Peace Prize, but was overshadowed by the Peshawar tragedy.

Win Some, Lose Some: We Grade Our Forecast for Asia in 2014

Team Japan's fate at the World Cup in Brazil was just one of the predictions on which our fearless forecaster whiffed this year. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)
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In what is now an annual tradition, Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski looks back at the predictions he made a year ago for Asia's 2014 — and assesses his ratio of hits to misses.