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Social Media: A Game Changer in Philippine Elections

April 27, 2016

Less than two weeks before May 9 presidential elections in the Philippines, it is still anyone’s ballgame and no one knows who will emerge as the frontrunner. With such a tightly contested race, it is bound to be a “last two minutes” kind of game, with each candidate scrambling to make the winning shot. How exactly will the candidates swing the votes in their favor on election day? It will likely be through a number of factors…

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Korea Elections: A Shocking Eruption of Public Dissatisfaction

April 27, 2016

Voting officially closed at 6 p.m. for Korea’s April 13 general elections, but 30 minutes earlier, I received the early exit poll results from a joint poll conducted among three major national networks including my company…

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One Year After Nepal Earthquake, a Nation Still Struggling to Recover

April 20, 2016

On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, followed by an even more devastating quake two weeks later resulting in almost 9,000 deaths, 8 million people affected, and vast swaths of the nation in rubble including the capital, Kathmandu.

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Korean Elections: A Model of Best Practice

April 20, 2016

Last week, South Koreans went to the polls to elect new National Assembly representatives, with results showing that the governing party led by President Park Geun-hye has lost its majority in Parliament.

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Afghanistan’s Electoral Reform: A Distant Reality

April 6, 2016

Last week, Afghanistan’s top election official, Yusuf Nuristani, announced his resignation as head of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), just three months after he announced that the country was slated to hold postponed parliamentary elections in October.

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Q&A: An Evolving Paradigm of South-South Cooperation

April 6, 2016

In March, The Asia Foundation’s director of International Development Cooperation program, Anthea Mulakala, joined more than 500 renowned scholars and experts from around the world for an international conference on South-South Cooperation (SSC) in New Delhi.

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The Curious Case of Thai-Chinese Relations: Best Friends Forever?

March 30, 2016

Thailand has a long tradition of balancing its relations with major powers and, since the 2014 coup, it has been shifting toward China. However, with the two countries now involved in a complicated collaboration on high speed rail, the Thai public has started to question…

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A Tale of Two Women: Presidential and VP Races Heat Up in the Philippines

March 23, 2016

March came in with a bang. In this month of International Women’s Day, two Filipino women stand out: Senator Grace Poe and Congresswoman Leni Robredo. Both are running for the two highest elective posts in the May 9 elections in the Philippines – Poe for president, Robredo for vice president. Both were thrust into the political limelight after the death of their loved ones: Senator Grace Poe lost her father, and one of the Philippines’ most famous movie stars turned presidential candidate in the 2004 elections; and Congresswoman Leni Robredo…

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A Conversation with Writer and Activist Ma Thida on Post-Election Myanmar

March 23, 2016

The Asia Foundation recently hosted a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., focused on changes underway in post-election Myanmar, which included the Foundation’s country representative in Myanmar, Kim Ninh, along with Ma Thida, noted human rights activist, surgeon, and writer.

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Social Enterprises: A Growth Engine to Stem Korea’s Unemployment Crisis?

March 16, 2016

While Korea’s development success is renowned, less known are its current development challenges. These include: an aging population, gender inequality, growing disparity, and a slowing economy. Eight out of 10 Korean adults said in a recent poll…

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