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Cambodia’s Smartphone Revolution: Think Promise Not Peril

December 3, 2014

From the Arab Spring to the current demonstrations in Hong Kong, much has been said about the power of youth movements and the impact of social media on political development in countries like Cambodia where freedom of speech, assembly, and association is often restricted.

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Notes from the Field

Global Trends in Social Media: An Interview with Blogger Beth Kanter

April 10, 2013

In Asia editor Alma Freeman recently caught up with author and social media expert Beth Kanter after a talk held at The Asia Foundation’s headquarters, organized by the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. Named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company

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Q&A with Ellen Laipson on the Arab Spring, Women’s Status, and Models for Change

April 4, 2012

Last week, Asia Foundation trustee and Stimson Center president Ellen Laipson joined veteran journalist Robin Wright in a discussion moderated by new Asia Foundation executive vice president, Suzanne Siskel, on “After the Arab Spring: Prospects for Change.” The panel was part of the World Affairs Council’s annual 2-day conference in San Francisco.

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After the Arab Spring: Prospects for Change

March 28, 2012

On March 30, Asia Foundation trustee and Stimson Center president Ellen Laipson will join veteran journalist Robin Wright in a discussion moderated by new Asia Foundation EVP, Suzanne Siskel, on “After the Arab Spring: Prospects for Change.” The panel is part of the World Affairs Council’s annual 2-day conference in San Francisco, and will examine […]

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As in Asia, Reform in Arab World Depends on Distinct Cultural Settings

May 25, 2011

President Obama’s May 19 speech about change in the Middle East raises some important and enduring conundrums about politics and identity that apply to Asia as well as the Middle East. The U.S. wants to be on the right side of history, and has newly embraced the demand for reform…

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The Arab Awakening: Governance Lessons for Asia and Beyond

May 4, 2011

Over the last months, the world has watched as uprisings and revolutions have spread across the streets and squares of the Arab world. In Egypt, entire families – mothers, wives, daughters, grandmothers, showed remarkable courage in standing shoulder-to-shoulder with their brothers, sons, and fathers…

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China: Political Stability Amid Jasmine Revolutions?

May 4, 2011

Many observers both inside and outside China have come to perceive the country’s political system as remarkably resilient. Sustained economic growth, greater political responsiveness, and considerable public satisfaction with the status quo have seemingly created a high degree of political stability.

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Worlds at Stake in Arab Reform

May 4, 2011

“Bin Laden Dead: Muslim World Reacts,” announced ABC-TV. An Afghan rickshaw driver likened him to “a hero in the Muslim world” Far from a hero, said a Pakistani professor, “he was a problem for the whole Muslim world.” “For the Muslim world,” his death was like the lifting of a curse, wrote the Islamic Society of North America.

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Lessons from Indonesia’s Democratic Transition

May 4, 2011

Much has already been said about the parallels between Indonesia’s transition to democracy in the late 1990s, and protests in Egypt that led to the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in February. Both are large, Muslim-majority countries, ruled for approximately three decades by authoritarian leaders…

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Springtimes of Political Reform: Looking to East Asia for Clues to Democratic Consolidation

May 4, 2011

Journalist David Ignatius recently wrote on Foreign Policy‘s website that the “Arab Spring” may be part of a “global political awakening,” a concept he borrows from former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski.

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