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Remembering Sabeen Mahmud, and Making Sure Her Voice is Not Silenced

Current Affairs

Asia Society's Tom Nagorski looks back at the life of Sabeen Mahmud, a member of the Asia 21 Young Leaders network who was tragically gunned down in Karachi on Friday.

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)
Current Affairs

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.

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)
Current Affairs

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.

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.