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Why Richard Holbrooke Clashed With Barack Obama
When President Obama appointed Richard Holbrooke to manage the U.S. relationship with Afghanistan and Pakistan, the assignment seemed like a perfect challenge for the veteran diplomat. Instead, the two men could not see eye to eye before Holbrooke's untimely death in 2010. George Packer, author of a new biography of Holbrooke, explains the fundamental differences between the president and diplomat.
Iran Foreign Minister's Defiant Message for the U.S.
In a lively appearance at Asia Society, Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran would continue to sell its oil to foreign buyers in spite of American pressure, offered to negotiate a prisoner exchange with the U.S, and said that Iran, the U.S., and Saudi Arabia had agreed to a ceasefire in Yemen in 2015 — but Saudi Arabia pulled out at the last minute.
Japan's Unheralded Opportunities
Economist Jesper Koll explains his counterintuitive take on the country's growing prospects — particularly for its youth.
How Will 'Crazy Rich Asians' Change the Entertainment Industry?
Whether it's on the silver screen, a television screen or your computer screen, Asian and Asian American talent has achieved mainstream status in Hollywood.
Why the Trump/Kim Talks Fell Apart
Daniel Russel of the Asia Society Policy Institute discusses the limits of President Trump's "mano a mano" approach to solving the North Korean nuclear crisis.
Remembering China's Cultural Revolution
Financier Weijian Shan recounts his experience as a teenager during China's Cultural Revolution and his subsequent arrival in the United States.