Archive for March, 2014

In The News

Transboundary Pollution in Northern Thailand Causes Dangerous Levels of Smog

March 26, 2014

Pollution kills roughly seven million people worldwide each year, with air pollution the cause of one in eight deaths, according to the latest data from the World Health Organization released on Tuesday. Asia faces the greatest burden where the majority of the deaths occur.

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Implementation of Bangsamoro Holds Lessons for Philippines as a Whole

March 26, 2014

As we prepare for the long-awaited March 27 signing in Manila between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, one of the striking things of the peace process…

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New Report Highlights Benefits for Consumers of the ASEAN Economic Community

March 26, 2014

With the December 2015 target date for the economic integration of ASEAN fast approaching, last week ADB economist Jayant Menon echoed increasing skepticism as to whether the targets for integration could be met.

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Notes from the Field

A Conversation with Thailand’s Ambassador to the U.S. Vijavat Isarabhakdi

March 26, 2014

The Asia Foundation’s director of Regional Cooperation Programs, John J. Brandon, speaks with Thailand’s Ambassador to the U.S. Vijavat Isarabhakdi, who served as a Congressional Fellow sponsored by The Asia Foundation.

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Featured

Google Launches Interactive Candidate Map Ahead of Indonesia Elections

March 26, 2014

Indonesia is gearing up for the first of two critical elections this year, and nearly 22 million of the 187 million registered voters, are 17 to 21 years old and will be casting ballots for the first time. The Asia Foundation is partnering with Google and Perludem to connect with these young voters and develop […]

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Transparency Needed for South Asia Transboundary Water Cooperation

March 19, 2014

In 2008, Nepal and India experienced one of the worst river disasters in their modern history, when the Kosi River breached an embankment flooding vast areas of terai Nepal and northeastern parts of Bihar, India. The floods caused tremendous loss of human life and property, affecting an estimated 50,000 Nepalis and 3.5 million Indians. A tributary of the Ganges and a transboundary river that flows through Tibet, Nepal, and India, the Kosi River is prone to seasonal variations in river flow and sediment discharge, resulting in frequent downstream floods.

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Study Finds Asian Mega Dams Are Not Cost-Efficient Form of Energy

March 19, 2014

The International Energy Agency states that between 2010 and 2035, increased and new demand for electricity will require worldwide power generation to rise from 5.2 terawatts to 9.3 terawatts, roughly equal to adding four times the electricity that the United States currently generates. In emerging economies…

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Better Urban Water Management Needed for Asia’s Cities

March 19, 2014

By 2050, estimates predict that close to 70 percent of the world will live in cities. Asia is home to 17 of the 25 most densely populated cities in the world, and the mass migration from the countryside to Asia’s cities is “unprecedented in human history” and has significant environmental consequences, according to the Asian Development Bank.

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Draft Media Bill Threatens Press Freedom in Timor-Leste

March 19, 2014

Google “newest democracy” and you are likely to find the young island nation of Timor-Leste among the top hits. Do the same for “media censorship,” however, and the top results are of nations not exactly known for promoting democratic values such as Russia and China. However, right now, Timor-Leste’s national parliament…

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Featured

New Report Examines Trade Barriers in ASEAN

March 19, 2014

Trade experts gathered in Bangkok this week for the release of The Asia Foundation’s report, “Trade Facilitation and Cost of Non-Cooperation to Consumers in the ASEAN Economic Community.” Based on first-hand interviews, surveys, and economic data analysis, report authors explore the real-world consequences of trade barriers for consumers and offer recommendations on improving trade between […]

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