Notes from the Field

Notes from the Field

A Conversation with Pakistani Journalist Wajahat Ali

November 12, 2014

The Asia Foundation’s deputy country representative in Pakistan, Ameena Ilahi, recently spoke with Pakistani journalist Wajahat Ali, who in 2010 served as an Asia Foundation William P. Fuller Fellow in Conflict Resolution at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C.

As an accomplished journalist, looking back, what do you consider the highlight or most remarkable moment in your career?

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Video: Polling 9,300 Afghans

November 12, 2014

Afghan citizens defied security threats and turned out in millions to vote in this year’s elections, leading to the country’s first democratic transition from one elected president to another. Following these historic elections and national security transition, some signs point to progress, but challenges remain surrounding corruption, security, women’s rights, the economy, the Taliban, and […]

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Former Korea Country Representative David Steinberg Reflects on A Nation in Transition

November 12, 2014

The Asia Foundation marked its 60th anniversary with a special day-long event and gala on November 6 in Seoul, Korea, hosted by former Foreign Minister Han Sung-Joo…

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Myanmar’s National Museum Reveals Country’s Dynamic Past

October 29, 2014

Next month, Myanmar will host the ninth annual East Asia Summit, marking the conclusion of the country’s highly anticipated leadership role as 2014 ASEAN chair. Over the last three years, Myanmar has made strides in moving forward…

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Human Rights and Mongolia’s Small-Scale Mining Sector

October 29, 2014

Since the collapse of the socialist regime in 1990, Mongolia’s economic development has been dependent on an expanding formal and informal mining sector that for many years had little regard for the environment.

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Discussion Series Examines Myanmar’s Path to Decentralization

October 29, 2014

Since Myanmar’s President U Thein Sein took office in April 2011, the country has embarked on a dramatic set of reforms that have shifted the nation from one of the world’s most repressive regimes to this year’s Chair of ASEAN…

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One Year After Bohol Earthquake, Partnerships Thrive Amid Rehabilitation Efforts

October 15, 2014

One year ago today, an earthquake reported to have the energy equivalent of 32 Hiroshima bombs struck Bohol and nearby provinces in south central Philippines. Generated from a fault in the northwestern sector of Bohol Island, the earthquake registered 7.2 on the Richter scale…

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Indonesian Lawsuit Pushes Local Government to Regulate Massive Coal Mining Industry

October 15, 2014

In last week’s In Asia, I examined the growing environmental and social costs that the coal mining industry is having on Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province, home to 28 percent of Indonesia’s total coal reserves. Already, 6.6 million hectares have been allocated for mining across the province, and in the provincial capital…

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Accurately Mapping Mongolia’s Sprawling Capital With Satellite Imagery

October 15, 2014

Almost 60 percent of the population of Mongolia’s sprawling capital, Ulaanbaatar, lives in informal settlements, known as ger areas. In 1989, 26.8 percent of Mongolia’s population lived in Ulaanbaatar; by 2006 that number had risen to 38.1 percent; and by the 2010 census, 45 percent of Mongolia’s population lived in the capital.

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Mongolia’s Capital Leads Charge to Improve Transparency and Fight Corruption

October 8, 2014

Ahead of a major forum on transparency and corruption in Mongolia’s capital of Ulaanbaatar this week, Capital City Governor and Mayor Bat-Uul Erdene set the tone for the discussions: “In Mongolia, corruption is so common that it has become a kind of social norm.” …

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