New Book on Promoting Fair Elections in South Asia

In a new book, Promoting Fair Elections in South Asia, The Asia Foundation captures lessons learned from developing and implementing innovative strategies to promote free and fair elections across South Asia. Case studies include perspectives from Pakistan and...

The Asia Foundation Releases Rido Handbook in the Philippines

At a ceremony in Quezon City, Philippines, The Asia Foundation released a new handbook that informs police and peacekeepers about rido (family/clan conflicts). The book offers a toolkit on rido prevention and resolution, providing useful, real life case studies....

Thailand Political Standoff: The Latest Flash of Deep-Seated Tensions

This week, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of controversial former leader Thaksin Shinawatra, dissolved parliament in response to an escalating anti-government protest movement. Led by former Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, the movement has mobilized tens of thousands of whistle-blowing demonstrators under the banner of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC). PDRC has declared its intention to unseat the Pheu Thai government, remove the Shinawatra family from politics, and press for the appointment of an imprecisely defined “People’s Council” that would seemingly be composed of neutral, respected leaders who would replace elected government for an undefined period of time.

Getting Academics and Aid Workers to Work Together

Aid workers and academics would seem natural collaborators. Development studies courses are common and it is routine to find academics who oscillate between the academy and the field as aid workers. In turn, the aid world often calls upon academics to provide expert advice and looks to their literature for guidance.