Subnational Conflicts in Asia: Can Foreign Aid Help?

On June 3, The Asia Foundation will release a major new study on subnational conflict, now the most deadly, widespread, and enduring form of violent conflict in Asia. This comprehensive  report looks at the effect subnational conflict has had on the region as well as...

United Efforts, Not Boycotts, Will Help Bangladesh’s Garment Workers

The horrific collapse three weeks ago of an eight-story garment factory building in Savar, just outside of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, took the lives of more than 1,100 people, and was followed just last week by a deadly fire in another garment factory that left at least eight dead. The tragedies have left a nation in mourning, shining a spotlight on the lack of safety for garment sector workers in Bangladesh. These incidents have drawn international attention on the urgent need for better working conditions for workers, starting with safer, more secure buildings.

Pakistan’s Elections Give Grounds for Hope

These were the elections which many did not expect to see in Pakistan. Despite persistent and widespread rumors right up until the actual day of elections that they would be cancelled or postponed, Pakistan’s General Elections took place as scheduled on May 11. Around 50 million citizens took part in this historical event…

Asia Foundation Signs MOU with Government of Myanmar

Last week in Nay Pyi Taw, H.E. U Zin Yaw, Myanmar’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Asia Foundation President David Arnold signed an MOU marking the Foundation’s expansion of programs to support Myanmar’s democratic transition and plans to...