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Notes from the Field

Reforming Security in Timor-Leste: Can a Plural Justice System Work?

April 13, 2016

Three and a half years after the withdrawal of the UN peacekeeping mission from Timor-Leste, The Asia Foundation’s new survey on community police perceptions finds that Timorese people are optimistic about the security situation in their country, feelings of insecurity are at their lowest levels in a decade, and there is greater trust in the police institution with increased reporting of crimes to the police. While more people are accessing the police, the survey also reveals that fewer people are continuing on through the formal justice system. This may in fact be a good thing.

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In The News

Q&A: An Evolving Paradigm of South-South Cooperation

April 6, 2016

In March, The Asia Foundation’s director of International Development Cooperation program, Anthea Mulakala, joined more than 500 renowned scholars and experts from around the world for an international conference on South-South Cooperation (SSC) in New Delhi.

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In The News

The Curious Case of Thai-Chinese Relations: Best Friends Forever?

March 30, 2016

Thailand has a long tradition of balancing its relations with major powers and, since the 2014 coup, it has been shifting toward China. However, with the two countries now involved in a complicated collaboration on high speed rail, the Thai public has started to question…

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Conflict Experts Agree New Approaches Needed to Move Peacebuilding Forward

March 9, 2016

Last week, Asia Foundation country representatives George Varughese from Nepal, Steven Rood from the Philippines, and Patrick Barron, regional director of conflict and development, based in Thailand, spoke on a new report…

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Thinking and Working Politically: A Way Forward on SDG 16

February 17, 2016

SDG 16 recognizes that peace, justice, and accountable institutions are critical to sustainable, transformative, and inclusive development. It sets out ambitious targets on a range of issues from reducing violence and corruption, to combatting trafficking and organized crime…

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In The News

New Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank Breaks Ground: What You Need to Know

January 27, 2016

The newly created Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB) officially opened at a ceremony in Beijing on January 16. In Asia editor Alma Freeman spoke with The Asia Foundation’s International Development Cooperation program director, Anthea Mulakala, to find out what makes the bank unique, implications for development approaches, and how the bank could address Asia’s infrastructure deficit.

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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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Conversation with Economist Namet Ilahi on Pakistan’s Biggest Challenges, Opportunities

January 27, 2016

The Asia Foundation’s deputy country representative in Pakistan, Ameena Ilahi, recently spoke with veteran development practitioner and economist, Namet Ilahi, who began his career in the early 1970s as Pakistan’s joint secretary in the Planning Commission, and since worked as a lead consultant in over a dozen countries…

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2016 Australasian Aid Conference Convenes Leading Researchers on Global Development

January 27, 2016

It’s not often that Canberra can be described as an international crossroads. But on February 10-11 it will be a hotbed of discussion when researchers and practitioners from across Asia, the Pacific, and beyond converge on The Australian National University…

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How Behavioral Insights Can Nudge Voter Turnout in Bangladesh

January 20, 2016

On Dec. 30, 2015, Bangladesh held its first-ever local-level elections in which political parties were able to nominate and field their own candidates for mayoral positions. Amid sporadic irregularities, millions lined up to vote in 234 municipalities across the country. While the election commission has yet to release official results…

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