Archive for 2014

In The News

Survey Reveals 2014 Election Major Driver of Optimism in Afghanistan

November 19, 2014

On September 21, Ashraf Ghani sent his first tweet as Afghanistan’s new president: “Thank you, all! Our work for a better & prosperous Afghanistan starts today. I request everyone to join us in this vital national task.” Despite what seems like a daily news ticker of doom – “insurgent violence on the rise in Kabul,” “opium cultivation at an all time high,” “bribery rampant in customs system” – millions of Afghan citizens defied security threats to vote in this year’s elections…

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Does the Ghani Administration Mean a Greater Role for Women in the Afghan Economy?

November 19, 2014

At his inauguration on September 29, President Ashraf Ghani thanked his wife, Rula, for her support during the campaign, and to the surprise of many in Afghanistan, promised Afghans that she would continue her work advocating on behalf of the nation’s 750,000 internally displaced people. Having previously served as the country’s finance minister in 2002-2004…

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The Need for Evidence-Based Narratives Around Afghanistan’s Youth

November 19, 2014

Earlier this year, the U.S. Congress reduced its development assistance to Afghanistan by half. This still leaves over a billion U.S. dollars. Indeed, since 2001, the country’s economy has relied heavily on foreign aid, including its nascent institutions which now face a number of challenges: to do more with less money, battle the resilient insurgency, and create employment opportunities…

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Q&A: Najla Ayubi Discusses Afghanistan’s New Leadership & Afghan Survey Findings

November 19, 2014

In Asia editor Alma Freeman spoke with Judge Najla Ayubi, The Asia Foundation’s deputy country representative in Afghanistan, for her reaction to the just-launched 2014 Survey of the Afghan People.

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Afghans Aren’t Giving Up

November 19, 2014

Afghanistan’s newly inaugurated president, Ashraf Ghani, appears to be off to a good start with the Afghan people. He has announced a series of new initiatives and adopted a hands-on style of governing, including surprise visits to military posts…

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Afghanistan is Not Iraq … Just Ask the Afghan People

November 19, 2014

The recently manifested massive failure of America’s intervention in Iraq has led outside observers to speculate that the ongoing rapid drawdown of international military forces in Afghanistan will lead to similar chaos in that country. Ahmed Rashid, a respected commentator on Afghanistan security issues and author of the superb book Taliban, wrote…

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Featured

Asia Foundation & ODI Release Working Politically Series

November 19, 2014

The Asia Foundation and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) just released a new paper series called “Working Politically in Practice,” with support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia (DFAT). The first paper in the series, “Aiding Institutional Reform in Developing Countries: Lessons from the Philippines,” on what works, what doesn’t and why, […]

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AT APEC, Ministers Endorse Strategic Blueprint for Promoting Global Value Chains

November 12, 2014

This year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in Beijing kicked off Nov. 7-8 with the 26th Ministerial Meeting, which focused on three priority areas: advancing regional economic integration, promoting economic growth, and strengthening connectivity and infrastructure development. In its joint ministerial statement, the group endorsed the “APEC Strategic Blueprint for Promoting Global Value Chain Development and Cooperation” as a mechanism to strengthen mutual economic cooperation within the global value chain network.

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Doing Business in Asia: Why Competitiveness Depends on Regulatory Reforms

November 12, 2014

This year’s new Doing Business Report, the World Bank’s annual ranking of economies in 10 business regulatory areas, has garnered plenty of headlines in the media. Chief among these in Asia is the Philippines’ significant drop in ranking, despite the global business community celebrating the country’s strong economic performance in recent years…

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Notes from the Field

A Conversation with Pakistani Journalist Wajahat Ali

November 12, 2014

The Asia Foundation’s deputy country representative in Pakistan, Ameena Ilahi, recently spoke with Pakistani journalist Wajahat Ali, who in 2010 served as an Asia Foundation William P. Fuller Fellow in Conflict Resolution at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C.

As an accomplished journalist, looking back, what do you consider the highlight or most remarkable moment in your career?

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