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September 26, 2018


'Something Miraculous Is Happening on the Korean Peninsula'

So says South Korean President Moon Jae-in, fresh off a trip last week to Pyongyang where he met with his counterpart, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In an appearance on Tuesday at the Council on Foreign Relations as part of a program co-presented by Asia Society and the Korea Society, Moon said that Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump "trust each other" and that the mercurial North Korean leader seeks economic development for his country. Moon also said that South Korea's relationship with the United States was strong; the two weren't "mere allies," he said, "but great allies."


China's Sputnik Moment

When the Google-made machine AlphaGo routed China's teenage champion Ke Jie last year in a highly-publicized match of Go, the victory wasn't just a milestone for the Silicon Valley giant — it also catalyzed China's quest to surpass the United States as the global leader in artificial intelligence. In this excerpt from his new book AI Superpowers, the celebrated entrepreneur and venture capitalist Kai-Fu Lee details the high stakes of the coming Sino-American battle over AI.


Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa's South Asian-Tinged Jazz

Pianist Vijay Iyer and saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa are two of the most prominent jazz musicians in the United States, performing widely across the country and releasing albums, both separately and together, to critical acclaim. The two Indian-American musicians performed at Asia Society's recent Season of India gala in New York City.


Catching Up With Taiwan Digital Minister Audrey Tang

Audrey Tang, digital minister of Taiwan, dropped by Asia Society last Friday to deliver a presentation about open government and social innovation on her native island. Tang, a veteran programming prodigy, then discussed these issues — and much more — with Asia Society Policy Institute Vice President for International Security and Diplomacy Daniel Russel.


How Local Solutions in Education Can Become Available Worldwide

Educators across the world routinely develop innovative and effective solutions for challenges occurring in local contexts. The trick is getting these ideas to spread. In conjunction with the release of a new report Investing in Knowledge Sharing to Advance SDG 4, representatives from several organizations convened at Asia Society to discuss ways innovations in education can become available to all. Download the report here.



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