Archive for June, 2013

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Asia Foundation Experts to Discuss Subnational Conflicts in Mindanao and S. Thailand

June 26, 2013

On the heels of The Asia Foundation’s release of the highly anticipated study, “The Contested Corners of Asia,” the Foundation co-sponsored a panel on June 27 at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., “Is Peace Breaking Out in Southeast Asia?” The Foundation’s Thailand expert, John Brandon, and country rep in the Philippines, […]

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In Mongolia, an Incumbent Vies with First Woman Candidate and a Former Wrestler for Presidency

June 26, 2013

Mongolians headed to the polls on June 26 to cast their ballots in the country’s sixth presidential election. With the election results being announced the day after, anticipation is high…

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Notes from the Field

Rapid Pursuit of GDP Growth in Lower Mekong Region Threatens Environment

June 26, 2013

Next week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will join leaders from the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) partner countries – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam – for the sixth LMI Ministerial Meeting in Brunei, Darussalam. The meeting will be held on the margins of the ASEAN Regional Forum Ministerial Meeting…

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Vietnam’s Youth Environmental Movement Takes Off

June 26, 2013

At a ceremony to mark World Environment Day on June 5, Vietnam’s deputy prime minister, Nguyen Thien Nhan, added a sober warning that his country is facing grave environmental problems, and called on citizens and the government ministries to act.

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New Round of Talks Gives Hope for Peace in Thailand’s South

June 19, 2013

After nearly a decade of deadly conflict in Thailand’s Deep South, Thai officials and insurgent groups met in Kuala Lumpur last week for the third round of peace talks in hopes of finding common ground to end the violence. While both sides agreed to reduce violence during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which starts next month, few concrete solutions emerged. The Thai government has been requesting a cessation or reduction of violence since discussions began on March 28, 2013, but judging from the ongoing violence on the ground, and the apparent inability by the self-proclaimed separatist leaders to influence the militants on the ground, this upcoming Ramadan is likely to be a significant test for the Barisan Revolusi Nacional (BRN) separatist movement.

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Confidence in Mindanao Peace Process Fragile

June 19, 2013

While the peace process in Mindanao has made tremendous progress over the past year, including the signing of a Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, there is still a long way to go. The current stage can be described as a “fragile transition,” where there is significant progress in the negotiation of a final settlement to the conflict…

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Myanmar’s Speaker of the Lower House Shwe Mann: Economic Reforms Needed Ahead of 2015 Election

June 19, 2013

On June 10, Myanmar’s speaker of the Lower House of Parliament, Thura U Shwe Mann, during the first official visit to the U.S. by Myanmar’s Parliament since the reform process began two years ago, confirmed he would run for president in 2015. Shwe Mann, a former general and widely considered a “key architect” of recent reforms…

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Mongolia’s Young Women Leaders Inspire Merali Scholars

June 19, 2013

On June 9, the Zorig Foundation held its annual Young Women Leaders Event, which brought together 115 young women recipients of the Shirin Pandju Merali scholarship program. The recipients had a chance to meet one another and to hear the experiences of three successful women who rose to the top in spite of barriers…

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The Asia Foundation and the Skoll Global Threats Fund Expand Partnership

June 19, 2013

As demand for water for the 700 million people living in the world’s most densely-populated river basins – the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra – rises, new tensions are surfacing that threaten South Asia’s stability. To respond, The Asia Foundation just announced an expansion of its partnership with the Skoll Global Threats Fund, to strengthen access […]

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Asia Foundation President Honors His Excellency U Thura Shwe Mann

June 12, 2013

On June 17, The Asia Foundation honored His Excellency Thura U Shwe Mann, speaker of the lower house of Myanmar’s parliament, at Foundation headquarters for a special breakfast hosted by President David Arnold and the Pacific Council on International Policy. Read about the recent MOU marking the Foundation’s expansion of programs to support Myanmar’s democratic […]

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