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Leaders to Tackle Tough Issues at 2nd U.S.-ASEAN Summit

September 22, 2010

On Friday, September 24, President Barack Obama will meet in New York City with 10 leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including eight heads of state, for the second U.S.-ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting, also known as the U.S.-ASEAN Summit. For much of the past two decades, critics in Southeast Asia said the United […]

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New Decree Opens Way for Civil Society in Laos

June 2, 2010

With a single-party government and state-run media, civil society in Laos is one of the most limited in the world. Since the founding of the Lao PDR in 1975, the state has disseminated information and policies, delivered basic social services, and consulted the public through state-funded mass organizations which are part of the communist party […]

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On Earth Day: Continuing Hunger in Asia

April 21, 2010

On Earth Day 2010, Asia has much to be thankful for. While the recent global financial crisis hit Asia hard, most of Asia’s governments acted swiftly and decisively and succeeded, against prevailing expectations, to limit the impact of the financial debacle. They had learned the hard way from the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Intertwined with […]

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World Water Day: Laos Hardest Hit by Mekong’s Falling Water Levels

March 17, 2010

The Mekong River, the longest in Southeast Asia, is at its lowest reported water level in 20 years. The river runs through six countries – China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam – but the highest percentage (35 percent) of the river’s overall water flow runs through Laos. The dramatic effects of the low water […]

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Vientiane Plays Host, and Dresses Up, for SEA Games

December 16, 2009

Vientiane has never looked so good. As host to the 25th Southeast Asian Games, the city has been spruced up and polished. The 10 ASEAN countries, plus Timor-Leste, are competing in 25 sporting events, ranging from soccer, badminton, and taekwondo to more regionally-specific sports such as sepak takraw and poomsae. Vientiane’s charm and beauty are […]

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ASEAN’s New Commission on Human Rights: Failed Hope or Positive Start?

December 9, 2009

At the 15th ASEAN summit, held this past October, ASEAN inaugurated its Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR).  The announcement was met with criticism from some quarters, but ASEAN called it a “historic milestone” in its 42-year history of community-building in the region. During the summit’s concluding statement, ASEAN said that the AICHR “gives concrete […]

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Emerging Leaders Exchange Program Broadens U.S.-Southeast Asia Understanding

November 11, 2009

From 2002 to 2006, The Asia Foundation implemented a series of exchanges for 80 promising young professionals from Southeast Asia and the United States to help develop a better understanding of one another’s region. This program was initiated by the Foundation because of concern that fewer Americans had been involved with Southeast Asia since the […]

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Disasters Strike Southeast Asia

September 30, 2009

The devastation from two earthquakes near the Indonesian city and West Sumatran capital of Padang continues to mount and the death toll has climbed well past 1,000. The neighboring town of Pariaman was destroyed. On Sunday, Typhoon Ketsana struck the main island of Luzon in the Philippines and caused devastating flooding in Manila, killing hundreds. […]

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A Drive To Vang Vieng

September 16, 2009

We started the drive to Vang Vieng early in the morning. It takes about three or four hours to get there from Vientiane on Highway 13, a long one-lane road that is bumper-to-bumper until you reach the city outskirts. Once out of the Lao capital, it becomes windy as Highway 13 stretches north. As the […]

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Water Monitoring in Vang Vieng, Laos

March 18, 2009

Only a few hours’ drive from Laos’s capital of Vientiane, Vang Vieng is a small but growing town, and one of the country’s most popular ecotourism destinations. Here, the Nam Song River is the center of life. People from around the globe travel to Vang Vieng to enjoy kayaking, tubing, fishing, caving, and trekking along […]

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