The Critical Issues Affecting Asia

More than half of the planet lives in Asia. Six of the 10 largest nations in the world are in the Asia Pacific, and the region is playing an increasingly important role in the global economy, international security, and the world’s collective efforts to advance human development. The dynamism of Asian economies contributed greatly to the global economic recovery, simultaneously lifting more than half a billion people out of poverty. Glittering cities and bustling ports bear testament to the so-called “Asian miracle” that has become the dominant narrative in economic and political analysis of recent years.

Indonesia’s Election Activists Fight to End Money Politics

By the end of President Yudhoyono’s term, for the first time, Indonesians will have witnessed their first 10-year stretch of both democracy and stability. While there is no shortage of criticism of what democracy has yet to achieve, the last 10 years have proven a commitment to what the overwhelming majority of citizens…

Asia Foundation Launches Community Mapping Website in Mongolia

The Ulaanbaatar City Municipality and The Asia Foundation this week launched a new online community website, “manai khoroo,” as an interactive resource for citizens and city officials to find information and download maps on 11 different indicators about...

New Report Examines Hydropower Development in Nepal

Nepal is increasingly confronted with chronic power cuts, currently reaching up to 18 hours a day. To shed light on this crisis, The Asia Foundation and its local partner, Niti Foundation, just released a new paper that examines the potential of hydropower development...