Archive for 2007

Notes from the Field

From Mongolia: Aggressively Combating Corruption

September 26, 2007

In late 2006, the Mongolian Anti-corruption Agency (ACA) was created to actively combat corruption, although its authority has been blocked by legal technicalities. Last month, these technicalities disappeared when the Criminal Procedures Code was amended and ratified by Parliament, granting ACA the opportunity to fulfill its mandate to investigate, gather intelligence, and educate the public […]

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Kim Jong Il’s Calculation

September 26, 2007

The following opinion article was originally printed last week in the Korea Times. Many doubts have been expressed in Washington about the wisdom of holding an inter-Korean summit in the waning months of a presidential term, but there is little reason to be surprised. There is inherent unpredictability in a meeting between a high-stakes gambler […]

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From Vietnam: Searching for Cultural Ambassadors

September 26, 2007

Recently, the National Library of Vietnam and The Asia Foundation launched a national essay contest to find three young ambassadors who will promote friendship and cooperation between the youth of Vietnam and their counterparts in the United States. The topic of the essay contest — open to Vietnamese students between the ages of 18-22 — […]

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From Cambodia: Improving Local Business Environments

September 19, 2007

“Keep making your voice heard, keep informing us of your concerns, we need to hear from you,” Senator Ung Huot, Vice Chairman of the Senate Commission on Economy, urged representatives of provincial small business associations in a meeting at the Senate on September 7th in Phnom Penh. “Improving your business environment will take time,” he […]

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In Cambodia: The Muslim Minority

September 19, 2007

Only 2-3% of Cambodia’s population is Muslim, but on the streets of Phnom Penh and its village suburbs, Muslims’ colorful veils and sarongs are a common sight. Historically, Muslims and the majority Buddhist Khmer population have enjoyed peaceful relations: the King has traditionally funded pilgrimages to Mecca for selected Muslims, and Muslims have served as […]

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Throughout Asia: A Shrinking Water World

September 19, 2007

This week, ahead of two global summits on climate change ” one called for by President Bush, the other by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon — the World Affairs Council of Northern California held a conference on Climate Change and Global Politics in San Francisco. While discussing climate change among experts and political […]

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From Nepal: Preparing for Upcoming Elections

September 12, 2007

Nepal marked a historic milestone on the road to peace when, on April 1, 2007, members of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) were sworn into the interim government after a decade long insurgency. The primary task of the government is to hold elections for a constituent assembly, which are scheduled for November 22, 2007. […]

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From Sri Lanka: Putting Mobile Libraries in Motion

September 12, 2007

Last week, a new mobile library initiative was launched to help an estimated 80,000 families and children who do not have access to existing library services in four Local Authorities in Sri Lanka. Many of these communities were devastated by the tsunami, and schools and libraries are still in the process of being rebuilt. The […]

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Thailand: Misperceptions of the Referendum

September 12, 2007

On Sunday, August 19, 2007, Thailand’s Election Commission organized the Kingdom’s first referendum in history. Voters were given the opportunity to vote either “Yes” or “No” to adopt the newly drafted Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand, which would provide the ground rules for a new elected civilian government to replace the Interim Constitution of […]

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Events

In San Francisco: Why India Matters — U.S.-India Relations, Economic Prospects, and Nuclear Future

September 5, 2007

With Ambassador Rajendra Abhyankar, Former Consul General to San Francisco and Program Development Consultant for The Asia Foundation. As India celebrates sixty years of independence, the country’s outlook is marked by dramatic turns in its economic position, a rapidly evolving nuclear program, and efforts to determine the role India will play in the region. The […]

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