Archive for May, 2013

In The News

Indo-Pak Cooperation Necessary for Increased Regional Trade in South Asia

May 29, 2013

Despite some tentative new signs that point to improved relations and potential for trade between South Asia’s biggest economies – India and Pakistan – the region remains poorly integrated economically, with intraregional trade dreadfully low, hovering at less than 5 percent of total trade.

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In The News

Is Aquino Moving the Philippines Closer to Good Governance?

May 29, 2013

Philippine President Benigno Aquino secured big wins in the May midterm elections, which were seen as vital to his ambitious reform agenda. Aquino now marks the midpoint of his single six-year term as president, and while it might be clear that politics has yet to change in the last three years…

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In The News

A New Aid Order in the Asian Century

May 29, 2013

The future of “traditional” aid is increasingly and rather suddenly in question. Why? Several reasons: rapid transformations in the global economic and political order, the growth and diversification of private financial flows to developing countries…

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In The News

A Conversation with First Resident U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN

May 29, 2013

In Asia editor Alma Freeman caught up with David Carden, the first resident U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN based in Jakarta, on a recent visit to The Asia Foundation in San Francisco, to discuss ASEAN connectivity, U.S.-ASEAN relations…

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Uncategorized

Luce Scholars Program Marks 40 Years

May 29, 2013

Since its launch in 1974, The Asia Foundation has had the honor of administering in Asia the signature program of the Henry R. Luce Foundation, the Luce Scholars program, a major effort to provide an awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society.

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Notes from the Field

New Study to Reveal Impact of Foreign Aid on Asia’s Enduring Subnational Conflicts

May 29, 2013

On June 3 in Bangkok, The Asia Foundation will release a major new study, “The Contested Corners of Asia,” that examines subnational conflict, now the most deadly, widespread, and enduring form of violent conflict in Asia.

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Featured

3rd Annual Lotus Leadership Awards Luncheon in New York City

May 29, 2013

On June 6, The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle will recognize outstanding individuals and organizations making major contributions to the well-being of women and their communities in Asia at the 3rd Annual Lotus Leadership Awards Luncheon in New York City. Awardees this year are the Honorable Sapana Pradhan Malla and Mr. Chong-Moon Lee, both pioneers in […]

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In The News

Families, Not Political Parties Still Reign in the Philippines

May 22, 2013

There has been some controversy about the quality of the May 2013 general elections in the Philippines, during which some 18,000 local and national positions were elected. But the fairest verdict of this exercise in electronic voting would seem to be that, like in May 2010, elections changed…

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Notes from the Field

In 21st Century Asia, Civil Society Blossoms

May 22, 2013

With ongoing tensions in Northeast Asia – North Korea threatening war, pervasive struggles over island territory, and disputes over history and trade – there is a temptation to grow impatient with dialogue and diplomacy. But for more than 60 years, economic growth, peace, and stability in this region…

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In The News

Can Engaging with Gang Members in the Maldives Break Cycle of Violence?

May 22, 2013

With presidential elections in the island nation of the Maldives approaching in September, anxiety over an increase in gang-led violence is on the rise, despite the Maldives Police Service having successfully reduced crime on the streets of the capital, Male, in recent months.

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