Archive for May, 2012

In The News

Back to the Philippines, But First: Renato Corona, Lady Gaga, and that Debate over the Sea

May 23, 2012

At the end of a sabbatical team-teaching one course and blogging weekly, I am eager to get back to my work on the ground in the Philippines. At the end of this “Representative Professor” series, it’s interesting to look back at both what I’ve written and some of what has transpired in the past four months.

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Paper Examines Afghans’ Views on Governance

May 23, 2012

On the heels of the Chicago NATO summit which set the stage for the departure of NATO troops from Afghanistan and the transition of security to Afghan forces, questions now turn to the future of institution building, development, and the nation’s ability to provide security to its citizens post-2014.

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In The News

Fighting Corruption in the Philippines: Models for Long-Term Success

May 16, 2012

The issue of corruption in the Philippines has once again hit international newspapers with reports that the chief justice of the Supreme Court, Renato Corona (currently undergoing an impeachment trial before the Philippine Senate), had dozens of dollar accounts…

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In The News

NATO Summit: Afghanistan Progresses toward Transition

May 16, 2012

It’s May, and as the old saying goes, spring is in the air. In Afghanistan, while spring has surely brought a bounty of roses and wonderful weather, it is probably more apt to say “transition is in the air.” No matter with whom one speaks – from shopkeepers and farmers…

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Notes from the Field

U.S.-Afghan Pact and Strengthening Rule of Law in Afghanistan

May 16, 2012

An interview published by Stanford University on May 3 with Professor Erik Jensen who just returned from Kabul, where he was working on the Afghanistan Legal Education Project at the American University of Afghanistan.

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Notes from the Field

Study Examines Voice, Choice, and Decision in Cambodia

May 16, 2012

On June 3, Cambodians will vote for the third time since 2002 to select their local representatives, or commune councilors. This is a crucial part of the long-term process of decentralizing governance and enabling citizens to play a greater role in decision-making.

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Video

Asia Foundation Trustee and Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry Lectures on Future of U.S. Military

May 16, 2012

In the lead up to the NATO Summit in Chicago where leaders are expected to discuss the transition in Afghanistan, The Asia Foundation’s new trustee and former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry

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Featured

Development Entrepreneurship: A Model for Transformative Institutional Change

May 16, 2012

In a brand-new “Occasional Paper,” from the Philippines, Asia Foundation economist Jaime Faustino introduces development entrepreneurship, a practical framework to help development agencies and practitioners combine both technically sound and politically possible dimensions of reform. Download paper.

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Notes from the Field

New Index to Help Steer Malaysia’s Local Business Growth

May 9, 2012

Real GDP growth in Malaysia has slowed considerably over the past decade and domestic investment, measured as a percentage of GDP, has also decreased. These trends raise doubts about whether Malaysia can attain its goal of reaching developed nation status by the year 2020…

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In The News

How Can International Assistance to Burma Avoid Mistakes of the Past?

May 9, 2012

Burma (also known as Myanmar) may be on the verge of a dramatic expansion of international assistance. After last month’s parliamentary by-elections, there is likely to be more support for easing sanctions and increasing foreign assistance to the country to support the changes underway.

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