Archive for 2012

In The News

Obama’s Trip to Burma Makes History

November 14, 2012

On November 19, Barack Obama will visit Burma (also known as Myanmar). History will be made as Mr. Obama will be the first U.S. president to ever visit the country. But he won’t be the first Obama. The president’s grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, reportedly served in Burma during World War II…

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Notes from the Field

Kabul University Students Take Lead in Afghanistan’s Future

November 14, 2012

The streets of Kabul were packed as usual with cars as women scurried by in the street covering their faces with their headscarves to keep out the dust. But today, traffic was much worse than usual due to a new minister travelling in his convoy of armored cars flanked by heavily armed men.

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Notes from the Field

Bloggers Discuss Internet Freedom at 2012 BlogFest in Cambodia

November 14, 2012

A buzz of excitement filled the room, with camera lights flashing and fingers fervently typing on laptops and smartphones. Students, young professionals, and seasoned journalists from around the Asia-Pacific gathered eagerly for the start of BlogFest Asia 2012 in Siem Reap…

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In The News

Strategic Continuity in U.S.-Philippine Relations after November Election

November 7, 2012

In the closing days of what looked like a close U.S. electoral campaign for president, concern in the Philippines turned to what a victory for one candidate or the other might mean for U.S.-Philippine relations. Though election night turned out to be a rather quick and decisive electoral victory for President Barack Obama, even before election day, I had argued on Philippine TV that “Whoever wins in U.S. polls, Philippine-U.S. ties would be the same.” The fact of the matter is that the 2012 election, like almost all presidential elections in the United States, was contested largely on the basis of domestic policy.

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Notes from the Field

The Heart of the New Burma

November 7, 2012

Rangoon shimmers under a blue sky in mid-October, but the gentle breezes announcing the coming end of the year soften the edge of the heat and allow for the day to ease gracefully into the evening. The city is more spread out than one would expect, with tree-lined streets wrapping around lakes and gardens…

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SLIDESHOW

Surveying Afghanistan in 2012

November 7, 2012

In June 2012, a team of Afghan pollsters – both men and women – fanned out across the country, often traveling long distances in difficult conditions, to gather first-hand opinions from nearly 6,300 Afghan citizens in all 34 provinces on a range of pressing topics…

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Notes from the Field

Expanding the Global Anti-Trafficking ‘Tool Box’

November 7, 2012

In President Obama’s speech at the Clinton Global Initiative this year, he called on all Americans and the world to take a broader, more comprehensive view of combating human trafficking of all kinds. He outlined how the U.S. is strengthening law enforcement through improved training…

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Notes from the Field

Unemployed Youth in Maldives Turn to Gangs, Reveals New Report

November 7, 2012

The Maldives – a stretch of islands in the Indian Ocean – is mostly known for its sandy white beaches and crystal clear oceans. Not surprisingly, tourism is the largest contributor to the island chain’s GDP and drives this popular perception. However, despite its undeniable beauty, healthy GDP growth of more than 8 percent…

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Featured

Asia Foundation to Launch 2012 Afghan Survey Nov. 14

November 7, 2012

On November 14 in Kabul, The Asia Foundation released findings from Afghanistan in 2012: A Survey of the Afghan People – the broadest, most comprehensive public opinion poll in the country – covering all 34 provinces, with candid data gleaned from face-to-face interviews with nearly 6,300 Afghan citizens on security, corruption, women’s rights, the economy, […]

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In The News

Can Civil Society Bridge Gap to Peace in Thailand’s Deep South?

October 31, 2012

More than 5,000 people have been killed and thousands more injured in Thailand’s southernmost provinces since a decades-long separatist Muslim insurgency reignited in January 2004. The predominantly Muslim southern region has a long history…

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