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Report from Sri Lanka: Parliamentary Elections

August 26, 2015

After a hotly contested campaign, Parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka concluded peacefully last week in a vote hailed by local and international observers as one of the most free, fair, and peaceful in Sri Lanka’s recent history. The 70 percent turnout fell short of last January’s 82 percent, possibly due to the monsoon rain that arrived two hours before polls closed on Monday, August 17.

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The Next Revolution in Rice: An Interview with Dr. Robert Zeigler of IRRI

August 12, 2015

In 1966, IRRI, the International Rice Research Institute, achieved one of the key breakthroughs of the Green Revolution, the “miracle rice” IR8, whose shorter, sturdier stalks were strong enough to support the much higher yields produced with modern fertilizers and pesticides. Fifty years later, rice remains vitally important to Asia, and, indeed, the world.

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China and the United States: A Conversation with David M. Lampton

July 29, 2015

David M. Lampton is Hyman Professor and Director of China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he also heads SAIS China, the school’s overall presence in the PRC. He joined The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2006, and became Chairman of the Board in 2014.

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To Be or Not To Be Part of AIIB

July 22, 2015

June 29, 2015, may have marked a turning point in multilateral development financing in the Asia-Pacific region. On that day, 50 countries signed the articles of agreement of the $50 billion, China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). While there is a lot of excitement about the potential of this new multilateral financing institution…

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Beijing Panel Explores Stabilizing Afghanistan: A Role for the Neighbors?

July 8, 2015

As the era of massive foreign aid and foreign troops in Afghanistan draws to a close, the eyes of the international community are turning to Afghanistan’s nearest neighbors, including China, India, and Pakistan…

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Karl Eikenberry: A Role for China?

July 8, 2015

Ambassador Karl Eikenberry is the Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, and a trustee of The Asia Foundation. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2009 to 2011, where he led the civilian surge directed by President Obama to set the conditions for transition to full Afghan sovereignty.

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Since the Bombs… My Life Has Changed

June 24, 2015

For the last 11 years, Thailand’s southern border provinces of Yala, Narathiwat, and Pattani and neighboring districts of Songkhla – the Deep South – have been torn by a subnational conflict in which bomb attacks, assassinations, and other acts of violence have claimed over 6,400 lives and injured more than 11,500 people.

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An Aerial Sensing Map-a-thon in Mongolia

June 24, 2015

Almost 60 percent of the population of the capital city of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, lives in “ger” areas – sprawling and mostly unplanned informal settlements on the periphery of the city – and these areas continue to grow as new migrants settle there. Ger area residents commonly lack basic services such as heat, water…

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China’s Development Policy and the West: Convergence or Parallel Play?

June 17, 2015

The launch of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and China’s increasingly muscular profile in international development, have aroused curiosity and some anxiety among Western analysts and development organizations. With the world’s second largest economy, China clearly has the resources to make a difference, and as China’s unique approach to development cooperation becomes clearer…

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Improving Urban Services in Ulaanbaatar

June 17, 2015

After three years of work to improve services in Ulaanbaatar’s ger districts and introduce a more inclusive style of urban governance to the City Municipality, more than eighty project stakeholders gathered for a June 12 workshop in the City to look back and reflect.

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