Korea’s Ambassador to the U.S Speaks at World Affairs Council

Korea’s ambassador to the U.S, his excellency Ahn Ho-young, spoke last week at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco at an event co-presented by The Asia Foundation. Ambassador Ahn Ho-young joined the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1978, and has led...

Hope for Afghanistan’s Women Entrepreneurs?

As the 2014 deadline for withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan nears, concern is increasing that the fragile, hard-fought gains made by Afghan women will be rolled back. The World Bank has said the decline in foreign spending that comes with the shift will have a “profound and lasting impact” on Afghanistan’s economy. These realities will present even greater challenges for Afghanistan’s small group of women entrepreneurs and business leaders. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are a key economic driver of Afghanistan’s development. They constitute approximately 75 percent of the labor force and generate over 50 percent of GDP.

Is Vietnam Really That Happy?

In 2012, Vietnam came second in the New Economics Foundation’s Happy Planet Index (HPI). According to the HPI, the only happier people in the world live in Costa Rica. The HPI ranks 151 countries across the globe on the basis of how many long, happy, and sustainable lives they provide for the people that live in them…

Picturing: Turn Down the Heat

The World Bank’s second “Turn Down the Heat” report warns of dramatic changes that will occur in the world’s poorest countries if the Earth’s temperature rises 2-4°C above pre-industrial levels. The report delves into some of the changes that will impact Asia, one of the world’s most vulnerable regions…