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USAID Honors Asia Foundation’s Visualizing Afghanistan

February 27, 2013

USAID honored The Asia Foundation’s in-house film “Visualizing Afghanistan: A Survey of the Afghan People  last week at its Social Media Week 2013 event, “#Popcorn + International Development,” held at USAID Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “Visualizing Afghanistan” allows users to interact with survey data digitally, exploring by region, year, or specific survey questions, and provides […]

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In The News

A Conversation with Author and Governance Expert Clare Lockhart

February 13, 2013

New Asia Foundation trustee Clare Lockhart, author of the acclaimed book, Fixing Failed States: A Framework for Rebuilding a Fractured World and co-founder (with Dr. Ashraf Ghani) of the Institute for State Effectiveness (ISE), spoke with In Asia editor Alma Freeman on state effectiveness, Afghanistan’s unsung progress, engaging youth for change, and why we are living on the cusp of a third industrial revolution.

A Foreign Affairs article on the 2012 Failed States Index claims that, “most countries that fall apart … do so not with a bang but with a whimper.” What are your thoughts on this statement?

There are examples of seemingly gradual deterioration: where a vicious cycle of state weakness generates a spiral of decline, with deepening corruption and reducing public service, leading to an increasing loss of trust from the population. We’ve seen this in countries including Haiti, Somalia, Liberia, and Zimbabwe.

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In The News

Debate over Corruption Heats Up

February 13, 2013

Over the last few weeks, in our blog, our studies, in well-respected surveys, at think tanks and other organizations, and the media, the topic of corruption and transparency seems to be everywhere you look. However, there seems no clear consensus on the extent of the problem…

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Open Budget Survey Ranks Afghanistan as Second Greatest Improver

January 23, 2013

The just-released Open Budget Survey 2012 ranks Afghanistan as the second greatest improver out of 100 countries in budget transparency. South Korea leads among Asian countries as having the most transparent budget, followed by India, Indonesia, and Afghanistan. The Survey also reveals that the national budgets of 77 of the 100 countries assessed fail to […]

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Notes from the Field

In Conversation with Afghan Museum Director Omara Khan Masoudi

January 23, 2013

One of the world’s most prominent experts in Afghan art, Mr. Omara Khan Masoudi, director of the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul, was in San Francisco recently on a two-week exchange at the Asian Art Museum as an Asia Foundation Brayton Wilbur, Jr. Fellow in Asian Art.

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Events

Visualizing Afghanistan: Peace and Security Beyond the Transition

January 23, 2013

Karl Eikenberry, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and Asia Foundation trustee, wrote in an op-ed in the Financial Times that, “Afghanistan’s future is of course uncertain. Lower levels of international support will inevitably place stress on its security forces, depress the economy…

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Karl Eikenberry and David Arnold Discuss Afghanistan at Pacific Council

January 9, 2013

On January 24, Asia Foundation trustee Karl Eikenberry, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, will join Asia Foundation President David Arnold in conversation at the Pacific Council in Los Angeles to discuss the state of Afghanistan, the 2014 transition, and political, economic, and security challenges ahead as the country works toward becoming a peaceful and stable […]

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In The News

Editor’s Picks: 2012 Must-Reads

December 26, 2012

Season’s Greetings! On behalf of In Asia‘s editorial board and bloggers, we thank you for your engagement and continued readership throughout the year. We’ll be taking a short break, but will return on January 9 for a special “Forecast: Asia in 2013″ edition. In the meantime, catch up on a few must-read pieces and highlights on the most pressing events and issues in Asia throughout 2012.

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Notes from the Field

Afghan Museum Director Leads Charge to Protect Nation’s Cultural Heritage

December 19, 2012

Stone sculptures of headless torsos, huge niches stripped of priceless Buddhist statues, rubble scattered on the floor of empty galleries lined with classical columns – these are the images of carnage inflicted on the art and artifacts of Afghanistan in the last three decades.

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Notes from the Field

Survey of the Afghan People: Data Reliability in Challenging Landscapes

December 12, 2012

It is 11 in the morning on June 21, 2012. The phone has been ringing at ACSOR’s (Afghan Centre for Socio-Economic and Opinion Research) Central office in Kabul. The project management team has been busy assigning new sampling points to those calling in and seeking a replacement.

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