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Framing Human Trafficking to Address Commoditization of Human Beings

August 13, 2014

A passenger greets family after returning to Nepal through Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Migrant labor in the Middle East has been a growing area of employment for Nepalis. Photo/Conor Ashleigh

The U.S Government's latest Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Report makes some critical observations in relation to how 187 countries are addressing human trafficking, and how this relates to the larger issues of labor migration and its manifestation into forced labor. For Asia – the world's most economically dynamic region with more than 30 million migrant workers – the findings come with enormous implications. This year's report brought bad news for both Thailand and Malaysia, which were downgraded from last year's Tier 2 Watch List to Tier 3, defined as "countries whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards."

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After a Lively Election, What's Next for Indonesia's Mobilized Civil Society?

August 13, 2014

Just weeks after election results declared former Jakarta governor Joko Widodo ("Jokowi") as Indonesia's presidential front-runner, the president-elect's team of volunteers announced that he would be crowdsourcing his cabinet. Through an online survey, anyone can choose...

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In The News

Subnational Conflict: New Approaches Needed

August 13, 2014

In last week's In Asia, I examined how the rise of Asia in recent decades has been accompanied by a growth in deadly subnational conflicts (SNCs). These conflicts are occurring across the continent, including in middle-income and otherwise stable states. Democratization has not been a cure. Asia's subnational conflicts last twice as long as those elsewhere in the world.

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Notes from the Field

A Conversation with Mongolian Free Press Advocate Naranjargal Khashkhuu

August 13, 2014

As The Asia Foundation recently marked its 20th anniversary in Mongolia, Country Representative Meloney Lindberg sat down with Naranjargal Khashkhuu, president and CEO of the Globe International Center...

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Notes from the Field

Photo Exhibit: Asia's Critical Issues Through the Lens of Award-Winning Photographers

August 13, 2014

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Minorities within the Minority: Indigenous Communities in the Bangsamoro

August 6, 2014

In March this year, a major milestone passed in the 40-year effort to end hostilities in the Philippines between the national government and Muslim separatist fronts. Photo/Karl Grobl

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What Do Increasing Attacks Against Soft Targets in Thailand's South Signal?

August 6, 2014

Following the first-round meeting in February 2013 between the Thai Government and the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) rebel group that marked the start of surprise peace talks, insurgents have primarily targeted hard targets such as military and police personnel. However, following the breakdown of talks in July 2013...

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