Archive for August, 2013

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Engaging China in International Development Cooperation

August 21, 2013

As the world’s fastest rising power, China has sharply expanded its foreign aid spending in both scale and scope over the last decade. As China emerges as a major player in the field of foreign aid, longstanding “established” Western donors have begun to seize the opportunity to engage China in development cooperation in an effort to form new joint-venture programs and facilitate mutual understanding. Such cooperation and linking of resources could play a significant role in improving aid quality and effectiveness throughout the developing world. It could also help both China and established Western donors learn from each other in the rapidly evolving aid landscape.

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Will India’s Telangana Residents Benefit from Statehood?

August 21, 2013

While the Congress Working Committee’s July 30 resolution in favor of Telangana statehood may have put a light at the end of the tunnel for separatists, the question of whether a brand new state will work effectively enough to actually benefit Telangana residents looms over policymakers.

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Notes from the Field

The Business of Climate Change Preparedness

August 21, 2013

A recently released draft report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that global sea levels could rise by more than three feet by the end of the century if current emissions rates continue. It also states, more strongly than in previous assessment reports…

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A Conversation with Thai Diplomat & Congressional Fellow Maes Suwantra

August 21, 2013

Last week, Maes Suwantra of Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited The Asia Foundation’s headquarters to share his year-long experience as a 2012-13 Congressional Fellow that included an 8-month affiliation with the office of Representative Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill), in Washington, D.C.

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New Report Explores Challenges for Women’s Small Businesses in Indonesia

August 21, 2013

In early September, at the annual meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bali, Indonesia, The Asia Foundation will release a study examining how a variety of social, political, and economic factors influence women’s capacity to engage in small and medium enterprise (SME) in Indonesia.

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Korea’s Ambassador to the U.S Speaks at World Affairs Council

August 21, 2013

Korea’s ambassador to the U.S, his excellency Ahn Ho-young, spoke last week at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco at an event co-presented by The Asia Foundation. Ambassador Ahn Ho-young joined the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1978, and has led Korean Delegations to the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development and the […]

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The Asia Foundation Announces Two New Trustees

August 7, 2013

Former Congressman Howard L. Berman, and President of the World Justice Project William H. Neukom were recently elected to The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees. During his time in Congress, Mr. Berman was a leading voice in foreign affairs; Mr Neukom is also well known as the former president of the ABA. “We are honored […]

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Hope for Afghanistan’s Women Entrepreneurs?

August 7, 2013

As the 2014 deadline for withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan nears, concern is increasing that the fragile, hard-fought gains made by Afghan women will be rolled back. The World Bank has said the decline in foreign spending that comes with the shift will have a “profound and lasting impact” on Afghanistan’s economy. These realities will present even greater challenges for Afghanistan’s small group of women entrepreneurs and business leaders. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are a key economic driver of Afghanistan’s development. They constitute approximately 75 percent of the labor force and generate over 50 percent of GDP.

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Is Vietnam Really That Happy?

August 7, 2013

In 2012, Vietnam came second in the New Economics Foundation’s Happy Planet Index (HPI). According to the HPI, the only happier people in the world live in Costa Rica. The HPI ranks 151 countries across the globe on the basis of how many long, happy, and sustainable lives they provide for the people that live in them…

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India’s Young Diplomats Examine U.S. Energy Security Policy

August 7, 2013

As part of a partnership dating back to 2007, India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) annually selects a handful of young Foreign Service officers to participate in an Asia Foundation sponsored observation program in the United States. Managed by the Foundation’s Asian American Exchange unit in coordination with the India country office…

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