Archive for May, 2012

In The News

Polling for Peace in the Philippines

May 30, 2012

Now that I have returned from my sabbatical, one of the most exciting and challenging parts of my job is attending negotiations between the government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The current round of talks, hosted in Kuala Lumpur by the Malaysian Facilitator, started Monday…

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Nepal’s Constitutional Transition and Uncertain Political Future

May 30, 2012

Around midnight on May 27, when most Nepalis were waiting for the new constitution to be unveiled, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai announced a fresh election for Nov. 22, 2012, from a hurriedly put-together press conference at his residence.

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A Look Back at 10 Years of Independence in Timor-Leste

May 30, 2012

Timor-Leste marked 10 years of independence over the past weekend, with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon commending Asia’s newest nation for its “impressive advances,” and congratulating the new President, Taur Matan Ruak, on his inauguration.

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Notes from the Field

Banking on the Poor: Integrating Low Income Populations into Vietnam’s Modern Economy

May 30, 2012

Nearly two decades of market-based development has dramatically changed the way Vietnamese live and work, transforming patterns of personal and commercial saving, borrowing, and lending. By 2011 there were 93 banks…

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Asian Development in an Asian Century

May 30, 2012

It is no wonder that political and economic analysts have dubbed our era “The Asian Century,” and quite timely that we will soon be seeing the White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century commissioned by Prime Minister Gillard last September.

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SLIDESHOW

AusAID, The Asia Foundation Address Critical Needs Across Asia-Pacific

May 30, 2012

As Australia strives to close development gaps in places most affected by poverty, conflict, and instability, the Asia-Pacific region remains its highest priority area of focus. On May 29, 2012, the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and The Asia Foundation…

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Foundation President David D. Arnold Speaks at Australia’s Lowy Institute

May 30, 2012

On the heels of a new landmark partnership agreement between The Asia Foundation and AusAID that will address development challenges in the Asia-Pacific, Foundation President David Arnold spoke this week on Asia’s emerging donors at Australian National University and the country’s preeminent think tank, Lowy Institute for International Policy. Read his guest post for Lowy’s […]

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Kabul ER: Video Highlights Books for Asia Donation to Afghanistan Hospitals

May 23, 2012

In Afghanistan, physicians across the country struggle to update their skills and provide adequate care to patients because of a lack of equipment, materials, and up-to-date medical texts. In 2011, The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia provided over 4,000 medical texts to health care institutions in Afghanistan. Watch a new video, Kabul ER, filmed inside […]

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In The News

Stateless in New Nepal: Inclusion without Citizenship is Impossible

May 23, 2012

Last week, Nepal’s Constituent Assembly (CA) members drafted citizenship provisions in the country’s long-awaited constitution, causing much consternation and almost guaranteeing that approximately 2.1 million persons out of an estimated population of nearly 30 million will remain stateless. The specific draft provision that is deeply problematic and regressive refers to how a child may obtain citizenship by descent in the new Nepal: a child would be granted Nepali citizenship if both mother and father prove they are Nepali citizens.

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Asia Foundation’s William Cole Discusses Afghanistan’s Transition

May 23, 2012

On Monday, NATO leaders, with Afghan and Pakistani leaders joining, formally approved the plan for drawing down international forces and handing over security responsibilities to Afghanistan by 2014. The Asia Foundation’s Senior Director for Governance, Law, and Conflict, William Cole

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