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To Ensure Stability in South Asia, Protection of Religious Minorities a Must

February 3, 2016

At the South Asian Forum for Minorities (SAFM) last week, prominent parliamentarians, government functionaries, civil society activists, and journalists put forward a first-ever call to action to the leaders of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation…

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A Look at Asia Foundation Highlights in 2016

January 27, 2016

What’s ahead in 2016 at The Asia Foundation? Over the next 12 months, we’ll be examining emerging trends in development, sharing insights into addressing Asia’s critical issues, and featuring the knowledge of our engaged partner and donor communities.

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In The News

Cloaked in Smog, Delhi Initiates Odd-Even Experiment

January 13, 2016

Winter is unmistakable in New Delhi for the ubiquitous pall of smog – a noxious combination of fog and smoke – that blankets the city. On most days, it’s hard to see beyond a few metres, with buildings, roads, and highways partially, if not completely, obscured. In 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Delhi…

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In The News

Asia’s Biggest Issues in 2016? Experts Weigh In

January 6, 2016

In the last year, Asia experienced both highs and lows: historic elections in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, devastating earthquakes in South Asia, booming growth in India and slumping economies in China and Mongolia, anti-government protests in Malaysia, South Korea, and beyond, aging populations juxtaposed with unprecedented youth bulges…

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In The News

Best of the Blog 2015

December 23, 2015

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. This week we feature a countdown of the year’s most-read pieces: our top 10 blog posts on some of the most pressing events and issues in Asia throughout 2015. We return on January 6 with the first issue of 2016.

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New Study Examines Barriers to Regional Trade in South Asia

December 16, 2015

South Asia has been called “the least integrated regional bloc in the world,” with intra-regional trade share in South Asia at just 4 percent - far lower than that of the European Union at 65 percent and East Asia at 24 percent, according to a new Asia Foundation report, “Mapping Barriers to Trade in South Asia.” The paper, part […]

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In Photos: 2015 Year in Review

December 16, 2015

During 2015, The Asia Foundation worked to address the critical issues facing Asia, from education of a new electorate in Myanmar, to aid and recovery programs in post-earthquake Nepal, to empowering young, dynamic change-makers…

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In The News

Why India Could Make or Break the Success of SDGs

October 14, 2015

Speaking at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York last month, Prime Minister Modi expressed the Indian government’s commitment to the new Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), which replace the Millennium Development Goals that expired in 2015.

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In The News

TPP and RCEP: Boon or Bane for ASEAN?

September 9, 2015

2015 is a critical year for the Asia-Pacific region. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), backed by the U.S. Senate’s recent approval of “fast-track” authority, is now entering the final round of negotiations in Hawaii. Another Asian free trade agreement (FTA), the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), is also due by the end of 2015, with a round of substantive talks in August and another to come in October.

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In The News

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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