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A Conversation with Singapore Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri

April 8, 2015

Last week, Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States Ashok Kumar Mirpuri addressed the World Affairs Council in San Francisco, where he spoke of the recent passing of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his strategic vision for Singapore’s role in the world. After the event, co-sponsored by the Asia Foundation and hosted by Foundation President and World Affairs Council Trustee David D. Arnold…

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Indian Supreme Court Nullifies Controversial Internet Speech Law

April 1, 2015

In a decision being hailed by the Indian press, legal activists, and citizen journalists as a significant victory for freedom of expression, the Supreme Court of India has struck down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act of 2000. The controversial law allowed judges to impose fines and prison…

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Lee Kuan Yew’s Role in Singapore-U.S. Relations

March 25, 2015

Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, who died on March 23, 2015, aged 91, has been the most instrumental factor in the development of Singapore’s relations with the United States. In fact, bilateral ties were initially very much centered on the friendship between Mr. Lee and successive American leaders who deeply respected his strong conviction…

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Remembering Lee Kuan Yew: A Passing of an Era for Singapore

March 25, 2015

Lee Kuan Yew, former prime minister of Singapore, has died at the age of 91. He was born Harry Lee Kuan Yew on Sept. 16, 1923, in Singapore. When he left England after graduating with a law degree from Cambridge University, he also left his English name behind.

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World Leaders Issue Political Declaration on Gender Equality by 2030: Asia Foundation Experts Weigh In

March 25, 2015

At the opening of the 59th Commission on the Status of Women at UN Headquarters on March 9, world leaders issued a political declaration calling for gender equality by 2030. In Asia editor Alma Freeman spoke with Barbara Rodriguez, The Asia Foundation’s assistant director for women’s empowerment programs, and Kate Bollinger…

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Energy Crisis in the Philippines: An Electricity or Presidential Power Shortage?

March 18, 2015

As predicted, the Philippines is heading into a severe “summer” power crisis. One peculiarity of the widespread use of English in the Philippines is the mismatch between seasonal names and the months of the year. Leaves start falling from trees in March – is it “autumn?”

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World Water Day 2015: Links We Like

March 18, 2015

March 22 is World Water Day, and this year’s theme is focused on water and sustainable development. The relationship between water and development is particularly critical in the Asia-Pacific region, one of the most water-stressed regions in the world, and home to 61 percent of the world’s people, with a population expected to reach five billion by 2050.

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Registration Symbolizes First Step in Integrating MILF in Philippines Electoral Process

March 11, 2015

It was an admirable effort. On March 7, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), understaffed with just four commissioners left after the retirement of Chairman Sixto Brillantes, held a symbolic special satellite voter registration of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members and their families….

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Post-2015 Development Agenda Needs Standalone Goal on Gender Equality

March 4, 2015

It has been more than a century since the world first celebrated March 8 as International Women’s Day. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women when representatives from 189 governments signed the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action…

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Can India’s Youth Change Pervasive Culture of Violence and Abuse?

March 4, 2015

It is estimated that every 20 minutes a rape occurs in India. Those who work on the front lines of providing legal and health services to victims say that the reported cases are just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, it is widely accepted that close to 90 percent of rape incidences in India happen within the household…

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