Archive for May, 2013

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Subnational Conflicts in Asia: Can Foreign Aid Help?

May 22, 2013

On June 3, The Asia Foundation will release a major new study on subnational conflict, now the most deadly, widespread, and enduring form of violent conflict in Asia. This comprehensive  report looks at the effect subnational conflict has had on the region as well as what impact foreign aid has made – or not – […]

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United Efforts, Not Boycotts, Will Help Bangladesh’s Garment Workers

May 15, 2013

The horrific collapse three weeks ago of an eight-story garment factory building in Savar, just outside of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, took the lives of more than 1,100 people, and was followed just last week by a deadly fire in another garment factory that left at least eight dead. The tragedies have left a nation in mourning, shining a spotlight on the lack of safety for garment sector workers in Bangladesh. These incidents have drawn international attention on the urgent need for better working conditions for workers, starting with safer, more secure buildings.

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Pakistan’s Elections Give Grounds for Hope

May 15, 2013

These were the elections which many did not expect to see in Pakistan. Despite persistent and widespread rumors right up until the actual day of elections that they would be cancelled or postponed, Pakistan’s General Elections took place as scheduled on May 11. Around 50 million citizens took part in this historical event…

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Cautious Optimism in the Philippines as Elections Considered ‘Generally Peaceful’

May 15, 2013

In the lead up to the Philippine midterm elections on May 13, the Philippine National Police (PNP) identified 15 provinces as priority areas where there was a risk of election violence. These areas have a history of intense political contestations…

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Pacific Council Presents Inaugural Warren Christopher Award to Hillary Clinton

May 15, 2013

Last Wednesday night, in a ballroom packed with a who’s who of west coast movers and shakers at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the Pacific Council on International Policy (PCIP) presented its inaugural Warren Christopher Public Service Award to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Notes from the Field

Cambodia’s Small Businesses Serve as Backbone of Sustainable Economy

May 15, 2013

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced in late March that the nation was on target to move from the status of a low-income to a lower-middle-income nation by the end of 2013, ranking it the 15th country that obtained high economic growth in the world in the last 10 years.

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Asia Foundation Signs MOU with Government of Myanmar

May 15, 2013

Last week in Nay Pyi Taw, H.E. U Zin Yaw, Myanmar’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Asia Foundation President David Arnold signed an MOU marking the Foundation’s expansion of programs to support Myanmar’s democratic transition and plans to re-establish a resident office in the country. The Foundation also announced the appointment of Dr. Kim […]

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The Asia Foundation Releases Annual Report

May 10, 2013

The Asia Foundation just released its annual report, a review of the past year’s work and the culminating output of a year-long collaborative process to refresh its mission, vision, and values after nearly 60 years at work. Read highlights from each country office on how – as its new mission states – the Foundation is […]

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Amid Heightened Insecurity, Pakistan’s Election Observers Get Ready

May 8, 2013

Against a backdrop of heightened insecurity and increasing violence in the lead-up to Pakistan’s general elections, slated for this Saturday, more than 43,000 trained, non-partisan volunteers are gearing up…

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Notes from the Field

Mitigating Clan Violence in Mindanao Ahead of Midterm Elections

May 8, 2013

Late last month, gunmen opened fire on a mayor of a town campaigning for local elections, killing 12 people including his daughter, in what has been the bloodiest attack ever in the Philippines ahead of midterm elections which are scheduled for May 13. Local officials declared the attack to have been motivated by rido…

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