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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)
Current Affairs

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)
Current Affairs

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.

Listen: Afghan Think Tank Director Sees 'Growing Political Maturity' and Support for Democracy

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks to the media following talks at the Chancellery on December 5, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Policy

Ahmad Nader Nadery, Director of the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, a leading think tank in Afghanistan, spoke about the political and security situation in Afghanistan as well as key issues and priorities for the country in 2015.

In the Philippines, Hearing Music as a Key Step on Path Toward Peace

Composer and musician Susie Ibarra, shown here in
Arts

Composer, percussionist, and musicologist Susie Ibarra is driven by a belief that the values in traditional music and indigenous culture can bring people together. In-person appearance at Asia Society New York tonight, July 30.

Does Modi's Election Signal an End to 'Inclusive India'?

BJP leader Narendra Modi gestures to supporters as he sits with his mother Heeraben Modi, not seen, on her front porch after seeking her blessing on May 16, 2014 in Ahmedabad, India. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
Policy

An extreme disenchantment with the status quo has propelled Indians to choose a candidate that could make their country unrecognizable, writes Satchit Balsari.

How Smartphones Helped Empower and Enfranchise Afghanistan's Voters

An Afghan woman takes a photograph with her mobile phone at an election rally in Jalalabad on February 18, 2014. Smartphone technology, writes Ahmad Shuja, played a vital role in ensuring a free and fair election for Afghanistan in April 2014. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)
Current AffairsPolicy

Two public service tech projects allowed Afghans — men and women, urban and rural, educated and illiterate — to participate in and strengthen the April 2014 national election.

How You Can Help Afghanistan's Landslide Victims

Afghan villagers search through dirt and debris at the scene in the landslide-hit Aab Bareek village in Argo district of Badakhshan on May 5, 2014. At least 300 were killed, and officials warned the death toll could rise by hundreds more. (Farshad Usyan/AFP/Getty Images)
Current Affairs

As Afghanistan reels from a devastating natural disaster, members of Asia Society's Afghanistan 21 Young Leaders Initiative are actively involved in coordinating relief efforts.

Afghanistan Literally Can't Afford to Hold an Election That Isn't Free and Fair

Afghan election employee, Forouzan Barez checks the plastic boxes containing election material at a warehouse prior to transportation to the polling centers, in the northwestern city of Herat on April 3, 2014. (Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images)
Current AffairsPolicy

Because a key condition for the continuation of international aid to Afghanistan is a comprehensive, transparent and credible vote, Saturday's election takes on even greater importance.

Yes, the Afghanistan Election is Important — But So is the Day After

Afghan men crowd a field at a political rally during a campaign stop by presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul in Bamiyan on April 1, 2014. (Hashmatullah/AFP/Getty Images)
Current AffairsPolicy

A member of Asia Society's Afghanistan Young Leaders Initiative reminds readers that Afghanistan's April 5 election is "only a means to an end — a stable, peaceful, inclusive, and prosperous Afghanistan."

Interview: Jamie Metzl on Why Chinese Snowboarders Will Be Significant

Jamie Metzl at Asia Society's eighth annual Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit in Zhenjiang, China in December 2013. (Tahiat Mahboob)

AsiaBlog checks in with Asia Society's multitasking former Executive Vice President for news of his activities and his views on Asian news stories to watch out for in 2014 — starting with the Sochi Olympics.