Archive for September, 2012

In The News

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Inspires the Next Generation

September 26, 2012

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel laureate, elected parliamentarian, and political opposition leader of Burma (also known as Myanmar) came to Washington last week, on the first leg of her historic trip to the United States. This Friday, she makes her way to San Francisco…

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Optimism High, But Challenges Remain for Burma’s Future

September 26, 2012

Given the decades-long political stasis in Burma (also known as Myanmar), the changes introduced under President Thein Sein have been nothing short of remarkable. Over the past 18 months, President Thein Sein has released thousands of political prisoners…

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In The News

New Opportunities for the Women of Burma

September 26, 2012

On a recent trip to Burma (also known as Myanmar) as an observer on a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) delegation, I met with dozens of leading government officials, activists, and civil society leaders to talk about the changes taking place in the country and the prospects for a peaceful transition to democracy.

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Corruption in the Philippines: Public Sector Improves But Private Sector Lags

September 26, 2012

On September 18, the preliminary results of the “2012 SWS Survey of Enterprises on Corruption” were released to the public. Of the 20 government institutions rated for sincerity in fighting corruption, 17 have improved. The results have confirmed “radical progress” in corruption reforms…

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Notes from the Field

Burmese Librarians Discuss Country’s Appetite for Education, Changes Underway

September 26, 2012

The Asia Foundation’s Asian American Exchange unit and Books for Asia are currently conducting a 10-day observation program around northern California for 14 librarians from nine Asian countries. While in San Francisco, In Asia editor Alma Freeman caught up with two librarians from Burma…

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Featured

Asia Foundation Hosts Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

September 26, 2012

Last week, The Asia Foundation hosted Nobel laureate, democracy icon, and elected parliamentarian of Burma, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, for an invitation-only event in San Francisco. This marked her first public remarks in the Bay Area, and immediately followed a meeting with Foundation president David D. Arnold and the organization’s leadership. Watch video.

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Sadako Ogata Guest Speaker at The Asia Foundation, Washington, D.C.

September 19, 2012

The Honorable Sadako Ogata, former president of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and current senior advisor to JICA, was The Asia Foundation’s special guest speaker last week in Washington, D.C., at its 25th Ellsworth Bunker Asian Ambassadors Series. A distinguished diplomat and academic, Mrs. Ogata is one of […]

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Jakarta Governor’s Race Goes Online, With Mixed Results for Indonesia’s Democracy

September 19, 2012

The residents of Jakarta, Indonesia’s chaotic, smog-choked capital, head to the polls on Thursday, September 20 to elect a new governor, rounding off what has been a surprisingly engaging, and at times messy, new chapter in the country’s maturing democracy. This is not the first time that Jakartans have voted in free elections, but it is the first time that social media has played a prominent role in the campaign. Indonesia has more than 43 million Facebook users, and Jakarta was recently named the most active Twitter city in the world.

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Notes from the Field

In Conversation with BRAC’s Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

September 19, 2012

This week, development pioneer Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of BRAC, the largest nongovernmental development organization in the world, is in Washington, D.C., where he concludes his visit to the U.S. as an Asia Foundation Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellow.

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Rethinking Results Monitoring in Conflict Areas

September 19, 2012

Despite a major expansion of funding to the world’s most conflict affected areas over the past decade, many of these regions, including in Asia, remain afflicted by the same problems of poor governance, troubled state-society relations, and insecurity.

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