Jakarta Governor’s Race Goes Online, With Mixed Results for Indonesia’s Democracy

The residents of Jakarta, Indonesia’s chaotic, smog-choked capital, head to the polls on Thursday, September 20 to elect a new governor, rounding off what has been a surprisingly engaging, and at times messy, new chapter in the country’s maturing democracy. This is not the first time that Jakartans have voted in free elections, but it is the first time that social media has played a prominent role in the campaign. Indonesia has more than 43 million Facebook users, and Jakarta was recently named the most active Twitter city in the world.

In Conversation with BRAC’s Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

This week, development pioneer Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of BRAC, the largest nongovernmental development organization in the world, is in Washington, D.C., where he concludes his visit to the U.S. as an Asia Foundation Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellow.

Consul General Luncheon Series: China

12:00 pm- 1:00 pm World Affairs Council 312 Sutter Street, Suite 200 San Francisco, California, 94108 Members: $35; Non Members: $50 Price includes buffet lunch, served at 11:45 AM. To register:...

Video Discusses Community Policing Forums in Bangladesh

In a new video, members of the community and the police from Bangladesh’s Rajshahi discuss how The Asia Foundation’s community-based policing forums are helping build trust and increase communication. The forums, which take place in 518 villages, are one...