Archive for July, 2013

In The News

Cambodia’s 2013 Elections: A Measure of Political Inclusion?

July 24, 2013

Cambodians will go to the polls on July 28 for the fifth National Assembly election since the U.N. organized the historic 1993 elections. Victory for the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) is expected by many to be a foregone conclusion – a continuation of Hun Sen’s 28-year reign as prime minister, one of the longest serving leaders in Asia.

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Combating Pervasive Corruption Must Take a Multipronged Approach

July 24, 2013

This month, Transparency International released its latest Global Corruption Barometer. Surveying over 114,000 respondents across more than 100 countries, Transparency International reports that more than half of those surveyed believe that corruption has worsened in their country in the last two years…

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Notes from the Field

In China, Lessons in Disaster Management Lead to Regional Cooperation

July 24, 2013

The meeting room in the Guangzhou Academy of Governance is packed with 20 government officials. These officials are in charge of emergency management in Guangzhou, a city of over 12 million located in the Pearl River Delta of southern China. The situation in the room is tense. The officials have just learned that unexpected heavy rain fall…

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Conversation with Singapore’s Ambassador to the U.S., Ashok Kumar Mirpuri

July 24, 2013

The Asia Foundation hosted Singapore’s Ambassador to the U.S., Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, on July 9 at its San Francisco headquarters for a dinner discussion on Singapore’s role as a strategic partner in the Pacific Rim. Julian Rhoads, executive assistant to Foundation President David D. Arnold, met with Ambassador Mirpuri…

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Transparency International’s 2013 Global Corruption Barometer

July 24, 2013

Transparency International’s 2013 Global Corruption Barometer, the biggest survey tracking public opinion on corruption, revealed that over half of the 114,000 people surveyed in 107 countries believe the level of corruption has increased over the past two years. In India, for example, as many as 86% of people believe political parties are corrupt. At the […]

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Asia Foundation Hosts Singapore’s Ambassador to the U.S.

July 10, 2013

On July 9, The Asia Foundation hosted Singapore’s ambassador to the U.S., Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, for a special dinner at its San Francisco headquarters. Mr. Mirpuri discussed ASEAN and regional integration, the “haze” crisis, what it means to be Singaporean, and Singapore’s strong economy and low unemployment. Stay tuned in the next edition of In […]

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What Obama’s New Climate Change Plan Means for Asia

July 10, 2013

Two weeks ago, President Obama announced his new plan to address climate change. His three-pronged approach includes cutting greenhouse gas emissions, protecting our cities, people, and assets from the impacts of climate change, and leading international efforts to combat climate change. While his announcement predominantly addressed domestic efforts and the challenges for congressional action (he will instead use his executive powers to implement his proposed plan), President Obama touched upon a number of international actions. He re-visited the pledge he made in Copenhagen in 2009 for the U.S. to reduce emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020.

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Shifting from Negotiating Mindanao Peace Deal to Monitoring its Implementation

July 10, 2013

As the focus of building peace in Mindanao shifts from negotiating details to the actual implementation of agreements between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), The Asia Foundation has been asked by both parties to join the five-person Third Party Monitoring Team (TPMT).

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A Conversation with U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam David Shear

July 10, 2013

In June, The Asia Foundation hosted U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, David B. Shear, at its headquarters in San Francisco. In Asia editor Alma Freeman sat down with him to discuss expanding economic and diplomatic ties, negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, progress in human rights, and Vietnam’s lively but circumscribed social media landscape.

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Paths to Economic Success in Singapore and Indonesia

July 10, 2013

Singapore and Indonesia are close neighbors with very different paths of development. Set up by the British as a trading post in 1819, the city-state of Singapore became after independence in 1965 one of the 20th century’s great economic successes. Indonesia gained its independence from the Dutch in 1949.

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