Archive for 2014

In The News

One Year After Siege, Zamboanga Critical to Success of Any Peace Agreement

September 10, 2014

On Sept. 9, 2013, Zamboanga City woke to an unfolding nightmare. Some 200 Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters under the charismatic commander Ustadz Habier Malik had landed. They professed, despite the fact that they were fully armed, an intention merely to have a peaceful march in support of independence for Muslim-dominated areas in the southern Philippines. When government security forces halted their march, MNLF forces took hostages as a string of human shields, tying them together with rope. As a nightmare, this was a recurrence…

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WEF Declares Philippines Most Improved Country in Global Competitiveness

September 10, 2014

The Filipino workforce has long been considered to be internationally competitive, exemplified in its impressive performance in the business process outsourcing and overseas labor markets. However, it is only recently that Philippine competitiveness has been recognized on a global scale.

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Notes from the Field

Emerging Trends in Property Rights for Vulnerable Populations in Asia

September 10, 2014

Although they don’t often make international headlines, land disputes and conflict over property rights regularly make national coverage across Asia. On August 30, over 1,000 farmers assembled in Myanmar to protest ongoing land grabs. Last month in Sri Lanka, a public outcry over forced evictions in urban…

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A Conversation with World Learning CEO, Development Expert, & Trustee Donald Steinberg

September 10, 2014

In Asia editor Alma Freeman sat down last month with The Asia Foundation’s new trustee, Donald Steinberg, president and CEO of World Learning, and former deputy administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development, White House Deputy Press Secretary, and U.S. ambassador to Angola.

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Notes from the Field

Exhibit Opens with International Photographers on Assignment in Nepal, Pakistan, China

September 10, 2014

September 4 marked opening night for The Asia Foundation’s stunning photography exhibition, Critical Issues Facing Asia: Marking 60 Years at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco. Artists, photographers, journalists, thought leaders, development experts…

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Asia Foundation Survey Reveals Optimism of Security Situation in Timor-Leste

September 10, 2014

A new Asia Foundation survey on community-police perceptions in Timor-Leste reveals an increasingly optimistic view of the country’s security situation. While feelings of insecurity remain high (64%), the survey, which polled 3,106 Timorese citizens, community leaders, and police in all 13 districts, indicates reduced levels of public concern about their safety for the first time […]

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Khmer Rouge Sentence a Milestone, but Cambodia’s Justice System Remains Fragile

September 3, 2014

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia last month sentenced two former senior Khmer Rouge leaders to life in prison for crimes against humanity. The Khmer Rouge’s 88-year-old chief ideologist and No. 2 leader, Nuon Chea, and its 83-year-old former head-of-state, Kheiu Samphan…

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Elections Boost Trust in Indonesia’s Constitutional Court

September 3, 2014

On August 21, millions of Indonesian voters watched live as the Constitutional Court Chief Judge, Hamdan Zoelva, read the conclusion of the Court’s 300-page decision of the 2014 presidential election results dispute. The court rejected on all counts the challenge from presidential and vice presidential candidate, Prabowo Subianto and Hatta Rajasa…

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A Case for Redesigning Nepal’s National Security Council

September 3, 2014

Nepal is at a crossroads. A comprehensive peace accord in 2006 capped a decade of protracted Nepalese armed conflict. In the years since, Nepal’s leaders have worked to build a resilient and inclusive political system capable of dealing effectively with the country’s internal and external challenges alike. Those challenges remain daunting.

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Notes from the Field

Youth Essential to Future Sustainable Development in Cambodia

September 3, 2014

Despite a remarkable economic growth average of 7.9 percent in Cambodia over the last decade, and a drop in the poverty rate from 53 percent in 2004) to 20.5 percent in 2011, experts at the first Enrich Forum on Sustainable Development 2014 held on August 23 in Phnom Penh raised important questions about what makes such growth sustainable.

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