Archive for 2007

Notes from the Field

From Bangladesh: Building Trust between the Bangladeshi People & Police

October 31, 2007

Nine months after a military-backed Caretaker Government assumed power in Bangladesh after the cancellation of parliamentary elections, the tireless cycle rickshaw drivers that navigate the traffic-snarled streets of Dhaka are adjusting to the “new” rules of the road. These new rules are, in fact, the old rules that are now being enforced more strictly and […]

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In the Philippines: Conflict in Mindanao

October 31, 2007

In the Philippines, the way elections are carried out tends to exacerbate political rivalries and is one of the major causes of feuding amongst families. This is one of the key findings in The Asia Foundation’s book, RIDO: Clan Feuding and Conflict Management in Mindanao, the most comprehensive and informative resource on rido (family and […]

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From the Philippines: Definitive Reference on Clan Feuding in Mindanao Published

October 24, 2007

Mindanao, home to a majority of the country’s Muslims, is a region suffering from poor infrastructure, high poverty, and violence that has claimed the lives of more than 120,000 in the last three decades. At a ceremony held today at the Intercontinental Hotel Manila, The Asia Foundation released Rido: Clan Feuding and Conflict Management in […]

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In Afghanistan: The Afghan People’s Opinions in 2007

October 24, 2007

On Tuesday, The Asia Foundation released “Afghanistan in 2007: A Survey of the Afghan People,” which covers the largest population sample ever surveyed at one time in all 34 of Afghanistan’s provinces. This survey follows polls conducted by the Foundation in 2004 and 2006. Collectively the three surveys establish an accurate and long-term barometer of […]

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From Nepal: Election Detour in the Himalayas

October 17, 2007

The Maoists were polite, but firm: no civic or voter education activities could be conducted until their national political demands were met. Hours of negotiation succeeded only in convincing the young men not to burn the voter education materials that our local partners intended to distribute. For the previous two hours we had watched our […]

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In Sri Lanka: New Laws to Protect Victims and Witnesses of Crime

October 17, 2007

In April 2005, the Law Commission of Sri Lanka began work on the first-ever law in Sri Lanka to guarantee the rights of witnesses and victims of crime. The law’s enactment has been “a long-felt need in Sri Lanka,” which, according to Dr. Lakshman Marasinghe, Chairman of the Law Commission, will “greatly enhance the country’s […]

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In Vietnam: Women’s Leadership Essential to an Equal Society

October 17, 2007

In Vietnam, women’s status is determined by a complex interaction of social, family, economic, and cultural factors. In recent years, the Vietnamese government has taken some positive steps to promote gender equality, including supporting policies and programs aimed at increasing women’s participation in public decision-making and political life. While these efforts have been quite successful […]

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In Bangladesh: Unprecedented Cooperation in Registering Citizens to Vote

October 10, 2007

Lack of public confidence in the integrity of the national electoral roll (voters list) was one of many factors contributing to Bangladesh’s recent political crisis. The crisis resulted in the declaration of a state of emergency on January 11, 2007, the appointment of a new Caretaker Government, the cancellation of the national parliamentary election (scheduled […]

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The Denuclearization Dilemma

October 3, 2007

The following opinion article was originally printed in the Korea Herald: An inter-Korean summit meeting by its nature provides Korean leaders with a powerful opportunity to shape the future of the peninsula and to create new opportunities for peace and co-prosperity. It is a step toward solving “the question of the country’s reunification independently by […]

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From Timor-Leste: Fostering a New Generation of Leaders

October 3, 2007

In May 2002, Timor-Leste (formerly known as East Timor) became the first new nation of the 21st century after more than four centuries as a Portuguese colony and a quarter-century under Indonesian administration. As a young nation, with a literacy rate of only 50%, the country is struggling to establish institutions, provide basic public services, […]

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