Archive for May, 2013

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A New Beginning for Malaysian Politics?

May 8, 2013

On May 6, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak took the oath of office as Malaysia’s 7th prime minister before King Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah at the National Palace. Prime Minister Najib’s coalition, Barisan Nasional, returned to power when it won 133 of the 222 parliamentary seats to form the Federal Government.

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The Philippines Rocks for a Fully Abled Nation

May 8, 2013

Eastwood City in Metro Manila came alive on May 7 as top bands and artists came together, in front of some 200 persons with disabilities (PWDs) and more than a thousand fans for a free concert to encourage and inspire the audience to go out and vote in the upcoming midterm elections on May 13…

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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Speaks with Mongolian Youth

May 8, 2013

Just months before Mongolia prepares for its 6th Presidential Elections on June 26, the capital, Ulaanbaatar, hosted thousands of delegates from over 100 countries for the 7th Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies. Among the impressive list of influential guests…

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Conference on Asia’s Rise and Future of Aid at University of Melbourne

May 8, 2013

On May 9-10, The Asia Foundation, in partnership with the Lowy Institute, Australian National University, and the University of Melbourne, will bring together leading experts at the University of Melbourne to examine the rise of Asia, the future of aid, and post-2015 development framework. The Foundation’s VP Gordon Hein will chair session one. Read more.

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Asia Foundation Sponsors Himalayan Film Festival

May 1, 2013

The Asia Foundation sponsors the first Annual Himalayan Film Festival May 15-19 in Berkeley, CA. Showcasing a diverse collection of films, the festival will explore themes of compassion, conflict, occupation, love, peace, migration, environmental justice and human rights. View the complete listing of festival films, and join us Wednesday, May 15, 7:00 pm – opening […]

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In The News

Tensions High as Malaysians Head to Polls

May 1, 2013

With only four days left before Malaysians cast their votes in the nation’s 13th general elections, both the Barisan Nasional and the Pakatan Rakyat are intensifying campaign efforts to win the hearts and minds of voters. Political giants from both sides of the competing coalitions, such as the incumbent prime minister, Najib Razak, former prime minister Mahathir Mohamed, and opposition leaders Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang, and Hadi Awang have all attracted massive turnouts at their campaign events. Thousands of posters and flags cover almost every intersection in the country, with some party workers and supporters being more creative than others, making giant replicas of the scale, rocket, and moon from flags to represent their party logos.

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New Idea of Politics Needed For a Stable Nepal

May 1, 2013

Nepal has been in a state of transition since 1950. In the ensuing years, a relatively brief, decade-long romance with democracy ended in three decades of single-party, autocratic rule. Since the restoration of multiparty, democratic politics just over 20 years ago, we have had 20 prime ministers…

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Muslim Mindanao’s Cadre of New Leaders and Managers

May 1, 2013

When we hear about the current slow pace of negotiations between the government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, we can lose sight of the many concrete achievements made over the years. As peacemakers on both sides of the negotiating table try to learn lessons from past peace efforts…

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Notes from the Field

7th Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies Showcases Mongolia’s Democratic Transition

May 1, 2013

Against the background of Mongolia’s famous blue sky, around 1,215 delegates from 104 countries gathered in Ulaanbaatar to participate in the 7th Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies (CD) from April 27- 29, 2013, organized under Mongolia’s Presidency of the CD, which started in July 2011.

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Cambodia Must Up its Game in Rice Exports

May 1, 2013

Cambodia announced two major bilateral trade agreements last month, with the Philippines and Thailand, that are expected to further expand the country’s rice export sector. Over the last few years, Cambodia has emerged as a major rice exporter in the region, due in large part to the Royal Government of Cambodia’s recent expansion of its agricultural sector.

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