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7th Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies Showcases Mongolia’s Democratic Transition

May 1, 2013

Against the background of Mongolia’s famous blue sky, around 1,215 delegates from 104 countries gathered in Ulaanbaatar to participate in the 7th Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies (CD) from April 27- 29, 2013, organized under Mongolia’s Presidency of the CD, which started in July 2011.

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Building a Technology Future in Burma/Myanmar

April 3, 2013

Driving from the airport down the gridlocked streets of Yangon – with people of all ages going about their business in patterned longyis – it’s hard not to notice the dozens of billboards jutting out at eye level advertising web services and brand name mobile devices. Though mobile and internet penetration rates are still very low (no higher than four and two percent, respectively, of Burma’s 50 million people), senior leadership in the government, NGOs, and the private sector is increasingly focused on improving the country’s existing technology infrastructure. These collective efforts to loosen censorship laws, extend telecommunications licenses to foreign operators, and develop new legal frameworks for eGovernment and information and communications technology (ICT) are likely to not only ramp up mobile penetration rates, but also bring greater access to information for Burma’s citizens.

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Asia Foundation Joins Beyond Access to Empower Libraries

April 3, 2013

Read about The Asia Foundation’s brand-new partnership with Beyond Access, an international coalition of organizations funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that draws attention to libraries that are powering development in their communities, and helps to strengthen their capacity through training and technical assistance. The Foundation recently participated in a Beyond Access needs […]

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Asia Foundation President David Arnold Joins Experts to Discuss Burma’s Development

March 27, 2013

Democratic transition in Burma (also known as Myanmar) has, despite ongoing violent ethnic conflicts, been surprisingly rapid and encouraging. The world is watching in anticipation to see whether these developments will result in greater political participation and economic opportunity for the nation’s people.

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David Arnold to Speak on Burma’s Development at University of California

March 20, 2013

Democratic transition in Burma/Myanmar has so far been peaceful, rapid, and encouraging. The world is watching in anticipation to see whether these developments will result in greater political participation and economic opportunity for the nation’s people. On April 2 at California State University in Sacramento, Asia Foundation President David Arnold joins the University’s distinguished experts, […]

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How Can Burma’s Libraries Catalyze Development?

February 27, 2013

A delegation from The Asia Foundation, Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), and International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) spent time in Burma (also known as Myanmar) last week to hear from citizens and representatives from government, civil society, and libraries…

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Author Kishore Mahbubani Joins Experts to Discuss U.S. ‘Pivot’ to Asia

February 13, 2013

On February 26, leading foreign affairs experts will participate in a panel discussion, co-sponsored by The Asia Foundation along with host Asia Society of Northern California, on the rise of Asia, America’s pivot to Asia, and what this means for the U.S. and countries in the region.

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U.S.-ASEAN Relations Mature, but Pitfalls Abound

January 30, 2013

For Southeast Asia, 2012 brought both challenges and opportunities to the region – from Cambodia’s chairmanship of ASEAN and further political opening in Burma (also known as Myanmar) to tensions in the South China Sea and the adoption of the ASEAN Declaration of Human Rights (ADHR).

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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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Asia Foundation Supports Burmese Women Entrepreneurs to Attend Dhaka Symposium

December 12, 2012

December 8-10, The Asia Foundation supported six highly regarded Burmese women entrepreneurs to attend the South Asia Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium in Dhaka. The symposium, hosted by the U.S. State Department, brought together over 100 women entrepreneurs from across Asia to discuss shared challenges that limit their economic and political opportunities. Read more.

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