Posts By Kim McQuay

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U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Doha Echoes Call for New Beginning

March 10, 2010

I was honored to represent The Asia Foundation at the seventh U.S.-Islamic World Forum co-hosted by the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy and the State of Qatar in Doha last month. The Saban Center has convened the forum for seven years, shaping an event that is duly recognized and anticipated as the […]

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Reflecting on Rizwana Hasan’s Goldman Environmental Prize

April 22, 2009

Among the many satisfactions of our work with The Asia Foundation, it is a special privilege to work with remarkable individuals who invest tremendous energy and passion in their work with little thought or appetite for attention, but whose contributions are ultimately so innovative, bold, or otherwise striking, that they cannot escape notice. This week […]

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Bangladeshis Relish Milestone Election

January 7, 2009

The military has no intention of returning power to an elected government It will take five years to produce a proper voters’ list with photographs Bangladeshis will vote as they always have, with no expectation for change The election will be meaningless as a deal has already been cut with the major political actors for […]

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In Bangladesh: Hoping for Change

November 12, 2008

Last Wednesday morning, November 5th, I was leaving a gathering in Dhaka that featured big-screen television coverage of the U.S. election, when a cycle rickshaw driver drew up alongside me. I assumed that he had slowed to offer me a ride, but in turning toward him, I found his face lit with excitement. With a […]

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From Bangladesh & Indonesia: Community Policing

June 18, 2008

It was a remarkable scene: a mix of faces from across Asia crowding a small conference room whose walls reverberated with the ring of different languages. In each of the four corners of the room, teams of visitors from Cambodia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, and Timor-Leste stood huddled in half-circles around flip charts, recording bullet points […]

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In Bangladesh: One Year After State of Emergency Declared

February 13, 2008

On January 11, 2008, Bangladesh quietly marked the first anniversary of the state of emergency and appointment of a military-backed Caretaker Government. A year earlier, Bangladeshis had accepted these interventions”and the cancellation of a national parliamentary election that was almost certain to have been rigged by the ruling party and boycotted by the opposition Grand […]

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In Bangladesh: 650,000 Evacuated Before Cyclone Hit

November 21, 2007

On the evening of Thursday, November 15, the cyclone in the Bay of Bengal that weather monitors had been tracking nervously for two days as it increased in intensity reached the coast of Bangladesh with a fury. Cyclone Sidr battered the coast with 150-mile per hour winds and a tidal surge that lifted waters ten […]

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In Bangladesh: Unprecedented Cooperation in Registering Citizens to Vote

October 10, 2007

Lack of public confidence in the integrity of the national electoral roll (voters list) was one of many factors contributing to Bangladesh’s recent political crisis. The crisis resulted in the declaration of a state of emergency on January 11, 2007, the appointment of a new Caretaker Government, the cancellation of the national parliamentary election (scheduled […]

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In Bangladesh: Public Perception of the State of Emergency

April 4, 2007

Since the declaration of a state of emergency and the cancellation of the national parliamentary election in January 2007, the affairs of state in Bangladesh have been administered by a non-party Caretaker Government (CG) that operates under the auspices of the armed forces. A recent public perception survey found that there is a broad consensus […]

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