The Asia Foundation Remembers 2004 Tsunami

San Francisco, December 26, 2007 — Three years ago, a devastating tsunami hit Southeast Asia, bringing destruction to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the region. In the months and years since, The Asia Foundation has focused on long-term recovery and...

In Thailand: The Complexities of Vote-Buying

As Thailand approaches national elections, the government and election commission express increasing concern that the process will be subverted by massive vote-buying. Based on my experience in previous elections, that concern is probably justified. Over the past...

From Laos: Legal Aid on Wheels

In recent years, the Lao government has given increased attention to improving the rule of law. Yet the public still has a limited understanding of existing laws, citizen rights, the legal system, and the role of lawyers. This is especially true in remote areas of the...

In Cambodia: The Tuk-tuk That Could

After decades of misery and conflict, Cambodia is now a hot destination. A staggering two million foreign tourists are expected to visit Angkor and other destinations in 2008. The benefits are real and numerous; decent jobs have been created in the tens of thousands....

In Malaysia: Youth Power?

Although generally perceived by Malaysians to be ignorant on political issues, young people — 21 to 35-year-olds — account for nearly 45% of all eligible voters in Malaysia and could soon become the primary force in determining the issues and discourse of...