Afghanistan’s Complex Women’s Rights Discourse

Are women’s rights and gender equality universal or culturally and geographically confined to the West? Are there certain cultures and political systems that are inherently misogynistic? Are the concerns of Western powers’ about women’s rights sincere or are they an instrument to pursue their own political objectives against their rivals?

Asia Foundation Releases New Survey on Corruption in Mongolia

This week in Ulaanbaatar, a new survey on corruption in Mongolia came out. The Asia Foundation survey featured face-to-face interviews in 1,360 households in 7 districts. Respondents said corruption continues to be one of the most pressing problems in Mongolia, but...

Nyunt Han named Brayton Wilbur Jr. Memorial Fellow

December 1, 2013 — Formerly the Director-General of the Department of Archaeology under the Ministry of Culture in Myanmar, Mr. Nyunt Han, Senior Researcher, Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts at the Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization,...

2013 LankaCorps Fellows

November 28, 2013 — LankaCorps is a unique opportunity for young leaders of Sri Lankan heritage to professionally engage in social, cultural, and economic development activities in Sri Lanka. The program aims to foster the involvement and understanding of young...

Afghanistan: What Has Been Achieved?

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A forum presented by the Development Policy Centre at Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University. Featuring: Mark Kryzer, Afghanistan Country Representative, The Asia Foundation Palwasha Kakar, Director of the...

The Yolanda Tragedy: 7 Lessons in Early Emergency Response

Last month, when the 7.2 earthquake struck the Philippine provinces of Cebu and Bohol, I was in the southern city of Zamboanga facilitating dialogues between Muslim and Christian leaders to alleviate possible religious tension following the September siege that displaced thousands and threatened the good relationship of the city’s two faith communities. It was the furthest thing from my mind that an even more devastating disaster would happen just a month later, right in Tacloban City, where I had left my wife and kids in safety (or so I thought) and in the province of Eastern Samar where I grew up playing in the gentle edges of the mighty Pacific Ocean.