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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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A New Opportunity for China-South Korea Relations Under Park Geun-hye and Xi Jinping?

January 23, 2013

Following an early ambassadorial visit and a courtesy call on President-elect Park Geun-hye from China’s special envoy Vice Minister Zhang Zhijun, Park has decided to reciprocate by sending her first special envoys to Beijing during the transition.

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Painting the Town Green: Asia’s Smart City Revolution

January 9, 2013

For the past 30 years, Asia has been urbanizing at a faster rate than any other region in the world. In 2011, Asia was home to roughly 61 percent of the world’s population, or 4.2 billion people. More than 40 percent of them now live in urban areas. By 2025, Asia will have 21 of the world’s 37 megacities…

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Challenges Ahead for South Korea’s First Female President

December 19, 2012

South Koreans proved once again why they have one of the most vibrant democracies in Asia by narrowly electing the first woman as president of the country on December 19. Even though exit polls showed that she would lose, five-term lawmaker Park Geun-hye secured 51.6 percent…

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Lee Hong-koo Examines 2012 Korean Election

December 19, 2012

Former Korean prime minister and Asia Foundation trustee, Lee Hong-koo, examines issues that loomed large in the  2012 presidential campaign in Korea, including an economy struggling with the global crisis, a young generation adrift with a desire for change, and a budding civil reform movement, known as the Ahn Cheol-soo phenomenon, that is driving Korea’s […]

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Asian Nations Must Look to Neighbors as Partners

December 12, 2012

When President Obama made his first post-election international trip last month to Southeast Asia, his message was clear: as Asia becomes the driver of global politics in the coming decades, the U.S. is strategically reorienting its presence in the region. But the U.S. is not the only one that recognizes a need for reorientation – Asia itself does too.

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Asian Development Cooperation: Insights from Australia

December 5, 2012

While the Asian Century is most often used to describe the global shift of economic power to Asia, Asia’s rise is also significant in the area of development cooperation. Asian countries have emerged as game changers in the aid arena, challenging traditional notions of aid, reshaping global aid architecture…

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South Korea’s New Missile Guidelines and North Korea’s Response

October 10, 2012

The DPRK (North Korea) National Defense Commission responded with predictable bravado (“DPRK NDC Reiterates Its Stand to Fight It Out against U.S. and S. Korean Regime”) to Sunday’s announcement by the government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) that it had secured U.S. agreement…

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Rio+20: Greening the Asian Tiger

June 20, 2012

Tens of thousands are gathering in Brazil this week for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which is expected to be the largest event in the history of the United Nations. World leaders will discuss the advances that have been made over the past two decades…

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After North Korea’s Rocket Launch: Picking Up the Pieces

April 18, 2012

North Korea’s failed rocket launch accomplished the rarest of feats. The regime managed to simultaneously outrage the world and embarrass itself at the same time. Unfortunately, this increases the likelihood that Pyongyang will undertake a nuclear test…

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