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Murray Hiebert discusses the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the immediate and long-term challenges faced by government and international humanitarian responders, and the long road to recovery in the affected areas. 


Murray Hiebert serves as senior fellow and deputy director of the Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining CSIS, he was senior director for Southeast Asia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he worked to promote trade and investment opportunities between the United States and Asia. Mr. Hiebert joined the U.S. Chamber in 2006 from the Wall Street Journal'sChina bureau, where he covered trade, intellectual property rights, and China’s accession to the World Trade Organization. Prior to his posting to Beijing, he worked for the Wall Street Journal Asia and the Far Eastern Economic Review in Washington, reporting on U.S.-Asia relations. From 1995 to 1999, he was based in Kuala Lumpur for theFar Eastern Economic Review. He covered the Asian financial crisis and also reported on developments in Singapore. In the early 1990s, he was based in Hanoi for the Review, reporting on Vietnam’s economic reforms. He joined the Review's Bangkok bureau in 1986, covering political and economic developments in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Mr. Hiebert is the author of two books on Vietnam,Chasing the Tigers (Kodansha, 1996) and Vietnam Notebook(Review Publishing, 1993).

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Professor Akiko Yamanaka, former Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, discussed both Japan's and women's role in building and ensuring global peace and security.


This event was part of the Institute for Women, Peace, and Security's Ministerial Series.

 
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NBA star, Dennis Rodman, is visiting North Korea in his second trip to the isolated state. Professor Victor Cha discusses why Rodman is there again and if his visit will have any impact on the Kenneth Bae case. 

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In this installment of the Spotlight: Asia podcast, Professor Kristen Looney discusses the globally followed corruption and obstruction of justice trial of popular Chinese official, Bo Xilai.


Dr. Kristen Looney is an Assistant Professor of Georgetown University's SFS Asian Studies Program.
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Professor Victor Cha discusses the upcoming Upper House election for the Japanese Diet and Prime Minister Abe's policy agenda should the LDP gain control of both houses, as is expected.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is in the U.S. this weekend for informal talks with President Obama. Professor Victor Cha discusses what topics will be on the agenda, the informality of the talks, and what he expects to be the outcome of the meetings.

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Dr. Cecilia Van Hollen, a professor at Georgetown University, has recently published a book through Stanford University Press entitled Birth in the Age of AIDS: Women, Reproduction, and HIV/AIDS in India. In this installment of the Spotlight: Asia Podcast, Professor Van Hollen discusses her new book and extensive field research in India.

About the Book

Birth in the Age of AIDS is a vivid and poignant portrayal of the experiences of HIV-positive women in India during pregnancy, birth, and motherhood at the beginning of the 21st century. The government of India, together with global health organizations, established an important public health initiative to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. While this program, which targets poor women attending public maternity hospitals, has improved health outcomes for infants, it has resulted in sometimes devastatingly negative consequences for poor, young mothers because these women are being tested for HIV in far greater numbers than their male spouses and are often blamed for bringing this highly stigmatized disease into the family.

Based on research conducted by the author in India, this book chronicles the experiences of women from the point of their decisions about whether to accept HIV testing, through their decisions about whether or not to continue with the birth if they test HIV-positive, their birthing experiences in hospitals, decisions and practices surrounding breast-feeding vs. bottle-feeding, and their hopes and fears for the future of their children.

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Is China finally getting fed up with North Korea? Professor Victor Cha discusses the response pattern and motives of North Korea's biggest ally.

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Retired basketball player, Dennis Rodman, and several members of the Harlem Globetrotters surprised the rest of the world when they arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday to film for a new HBO series, Vice. With tensions between the U.S. and the DPRK as high as ever, will "basketball diplomacy" make a difference? Professor Victor Cha discusses his thoughts on the goodwill visit.

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