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In Cambodia, Culture Shapes Identity, Spurs Economic Growth

February 12, 2014

Last year, the United Nations called for culture to be given top priority in the post-2015 global development agenda, citing its importance to economic growth, social inclusion, equality, and sustainable development. It is difficult to quantify the impact culture has on a nation…

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Supporting Emerging Leaders for Asia’s Future

February 5, 2014

Across Asia, rapid change is presenting extraordinary development challenges. The goal of improving lives, expanding opportunities, and helping societies flourish will require innovative, effective, and coordinated development efforts, public and private sector…

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Afghan Archaeologist Zemaryalai Tarzi to Speak at Asia Foundation

February 5, 2014

On February 26, leading Afghan archaeologist Zemaryalai Tarzi will speak at The Asia Foundation’s headquarters in San Francisco. Formerly the general director of Archaeology and Preservation of the Historical Monuments of Afghanistan, Professor Tarzi directed excavations at the foot of the cliff that once housed the statues of Bamiyan. Through his excavation campaigns he unearthed […]

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Photojournalist Aref Yaqubi Captures Afghanistan’s Historic Ghazni

December 4, 2013

Situated in eastern Afghanistan along the strategic route that links Kabul and Khandahar, Ghazni plays a key role in the historical, economic, agricultural, and political realms of contemporary Afghanistan, and was named the “Capital of Islamic Culture” for 2013…

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Asia Foundation Calls for Applicants for Asia Development Fellowship

October 23, 2013

The Asia Foundation is calling for applicants for its Asia Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future program, a new initiative designed to bring together next-generation Asian leaders interested in the region’s social and economic development challenges. The year-long career advancement program will provide highly qualified, young Asian professionals (under 40 years of age) with […]

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A Conversation with Thai Diplomat & Congressional Fellow Maes Suwantra

August 21, 2013

Last week, Maes Suwantra of Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited The Asia Foundation’s headquarters to share his year-long experience as a 2012-13 Congressional Fellow that included an 8-month affiliation with the office of Representative Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill), in Washington, D.C.

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India’s Young Diplomats Examine U.S. Energy Security Policy

August 7, 2013

As part of a partnership dating back to 2007, India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) annually selects a handful of young Foreign Service officers to participate in an Asia Foundation sponsored observation program in the United States. Managed by the Foundation’s Asian American Exchange unit in coordination with the India country office…

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Mongolia’s Young Women Leaders Inspire Merali Scholars

June 19, 2013

On June 9, the Zorig Foundation held its annual Young Women Leaders Event, which brought together 115 young women recipients of the Shirin Pandju Merali scholarship program. The recipients had a chance to meet one another and to hear the experiences of three successful women who rose to the top in spite of barriers…

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Luce Scholars Program Marks 40 Years

May 29, 2013

Since its launch in 1974, The Asia Foundation has had the honor of administering in Asia the signature program of the Henry R. Luce Foundation, the Luce Scholars program, a major effort to provide an awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society.

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Inaugural LankaCorps Alumni Share Experiences with Sri Lankan Diaspora

March 27, 2013

In July 2012, five strangers – Ann Selvadurai, Sabina Martyn, Seshma Kumararatne, Sahani Chandraratna, and Sivashankar Krishnakumar – boarded a plane to Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, under the auspices of a unique Asia Foundation fellowship program.

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