Archive for July, 2012

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Jakarta Elections Test Indonesia’s Democratic Maturity

July 25, 2012

As 4.4 million Jakartans went to the polls to vote for the governor of Indonesia’s capital city on July 11, I needed only to step out my front door to experience the pervasive influence money has on politics here. The first campaigner I spoke to on election day told me about the envelopes of cash he had distributed to voters the night before. His concern was not of corrupting the process, but rather that another campaign was paying three times as much. Gubernatorial elections in Indonesia’s vast capital are a big deal, involving 7 million registered voters and 15,000 voting booths across the city.

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Is the Party Over for Indonesia’s Political Parties?

July 25, 2012

The Jakarta gubernatorial election on July 11 was arguably Indonesia’s single most important ballot before the 2014 presidential polls. With high stakes for the parties jockeying for a win, the race saw political heavyweights vying for the attention of the city’s 7 million voters.

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Pivots Toward Peace in Mindanao

July 25, 2012

A fortnight ago I blogged about the energy for peace I found at two very different events in Mindanao. We might now ask: what is the origin of that energy, and of the general surge toward a peace agreement? At first glance, this may seem to have an obvious answer, since it is clear from citizen surveys…

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Notes from the Field

Bicycle Patrols Rebuild Trust Between Sri Lanka’s Police and Communities

July 25, 2012

Still recovering from the effects of a 26-year civil war that ended in 2009, Sri Lanka is now seeing hopeful signs that one of its deepest wounds – the relationship between the police and the community – is improving. During the war, police were often preoccupied with counter-insurgency and national security.

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ASEAN Regional Forum Deploys First Election Observation Mission to Timor-Leste

July 25, 2012

Nearly 19 years after the establishment of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) at the 26th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Singapore in July 1993, the ARF just embarked on its first concrete elections mission, to observe the July 7 parliamentary elections in Timor-Leste.

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RSIS Policy Report: Timor-Leste Celebrates a Decade of Independence

July 25, 2012

On the heels of Timor-Leste’s decade of independence and presidential and parliamentary elections, a new paper examines the nation’s development progress, national security, the significance of the 2012 elections and implications for the country and its role in Southeast Asia. The paper was published by the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) Studies in […]

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Hillary Clinton Speaks at International Women’s Leadership Forum

July 14, 2012

Earlier this week in Mongolia, The Asia Foundation organized an International Women’s Leadership Forum, hosted by the Community of Democracies, to examine women’s challenges in economic, political and civic arenas. Hillary Clinton spoke at the event, which brought together 100+ participants to discuss ways to promote women’s entrepreneurship, access to natural resources, and leadership in […]

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South Asia Women Parliamentarians Take Lead

July 11, 2012

At the opening day of the South Asia Women Parliamentarians’ Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dr. Miria Matembe, former member of parliament from Uganda, voiced an increasingly common theme: “The issue of women’s participation in politics is no longer in contention. What is central to the debate now is how to make their participation effective enough to influence the governance agenda and make it responsive to women’s interests, needs, and concerns.” But, despite what seems like a growing consensus around this idea, still just 19.5 percent of the world’s parliamentarians are women.

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Will Timor-Leste’s Elections Result in a Grand Coalition?

July 11, 2012

On Saturday, July 7, Timor-Leste’s parliamentary elections took place in a peaceful political environment. The provisional results from the State Technical Body for Administration of the Elections show only four of the 21 political parties on the ballot are going to go through to parliament.

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Energy for Change Surges in Southern Mindanao

July 11, 2012

In the past two weeks, I have been privileged to attend two very different events that are both aimed at the same outcome: bringing peace to Muslims in Mindanao. In the rural town of Butig, Lanao del Sur, the Pinagundo Clan gathered to launch their officially compiled genealogy, or Salsilah.

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