Barbara Crossette is The Nation's United Nations correspondent. A former foreign correspondent for the New York Times, she is the author of several books on Asia, including So Close to Heaven: The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas, published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1995 and in paperback by Random House/Vintage Destinations in 1996, and a collection of travel essays about colonial resort towns that are still attracting visitors more than a century after their creation, The Great Hill Stations of Asia, published by Westview Press in 1998 and in paperback by Basic Books in 1999. In 2000, she wrote a survey of India and Indian-American relations, India: Old Civilization in a New World, for the Foreign Policy Association in New York. She is also the author of India Facing the 21st Century, published by Indiana University Press in 1993.
Rafael Correa came to the United Nations this week armed with the usual anti-US rhetoric--but also with a plan for Latin American economic empowerment.
Neda Agha-Soltan has become a powerful and tragic icon of the new Iran--and an emblem of just how much women have lost in the thirty years of Islamic rule.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is halfway through his first term. Whether he gets a second term depends on his ability to get results.
Defying expectations and boosting hopes for stability, Indian voters rejected extremism and caste divisions, to give a decisive victory to Congress Party moderates.
Just as tourism returns to the nascent Himalayan democracy, new political discord could derail economic recovery and a constitution.
By choosing to boycott the UN conference on racism, the United States has increased the clout of Iran's Ahmadinejad and undermined global efforts to defeat intolerance.
As mob violence and political strife destroy Thailand's reputation as Southeast Asia's magic kingdom, the fortunes of Vietnam and Indonesia are rising.
A UN investigation of Israel's attacks on Gaza may put the US in the middle of a tense dispute between the international body and Israel.
In a forthcoming memoir, John Gunther Dean writes about not only pressure from pro-Israeli officials in Washington but attempts on his life for reaching out to the Palestinians.
Pakistan's Chief Justice is restored after protests rock Lahore, but questions remain about the stability of President Asif Ali Zardari--and new challenges for the Obama administration.