Women Candidates Prepare: All set For the 2009 Elections!

Jakarta, December 5, 2008 — A series of trainings for women legislative candidates was held in four cities in November and December, 2008. These trainings, organized by The Asia Foundation in partnership with its regional implementing partners, covered...

The Asia Foundation releases sixth Corruption Benchmarking Survey

December 4, 2008 — The Asia Foundation in Mongolia has released the sixth in a series of Corruption Benchmarking Surveys. The latest edition of the Corruption Benchmarking Survey covers the six months from March to September 2008. The purpose of the series is to...

South Asia Priorities for President-Elect Obama

This week, President-elect Obama announced his national security team, and with last week’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai, strengthening bilateral and regional relationships in South Asia will be among their most urgent priorities. In The Asia Foundation’s...

In Thailand: A Reality Check

On December 2, 2008, Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled to disband three core parties in Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat’s beleaguered ruling coalition government:  the People Power Party (PPP), Chat Thai (CT), and Matchima Thipataya (MT). The Court...

In Thailand: Back to Square One or Worse?

For one week, a group of anti-government protestors, known as the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), occupied Thailand’s two major airports in Bangkok. The PAD’s major demand was for Prime Minister Somchai Wonsawat and his cabinet to resign. The...

Adventures in Asian Travel: Thailand

Meet Buddhist Monks, Ride an Elephant Budget travelers in search of inexpensive Southeast Asian vacation packages take notice: the Constitutional Court of Thailand has disbanded the ruling government party and barred the current Prime Minister, Somchai Wongsawat, from...

From China: Six Months after the Earthquake

Six months ago, a major earthquake struck central China, leaving nearly 88,000 people dead or missing, injuring hundreds of thousands, and leaving over five million homeless. The quake, with a magnitude of 8.0, was centered in Wenchuan County in Sichuan Province, and...