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Social Media: A Game Changer in Philippine Elections

April 27, 2016

Less than two weeks before May 9 presidential elections in the Philippines, it is still anyone’s ballgame and no one knows who will emerge as the frontrunner. With such a tightly contested race, it is bound to be a “last two minutes” kind of game, with each candidate scrambling to make the winning shot. How exactly will the candidates swing the votes in their favor on election day? It will likely be through a number of factors…

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Korea Elections: A Shocking Eruption of Public Dissatisfaction

April 27, 2016

Voting officially closed at 6 p.m. for Korea’s April 13 general elections, but 30 minutes earlier, I received the early exit poll results from a joint poll conducted among three major national networks including my company…

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Advancing the BBIN Agenda to Promote Sub-Regional Trade

April 27, 2016

Over 30 years have passed since the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) held its first summit. Despite efforts to economically integrate the region, including drastically cutting high tariff rates…

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One Year After Nepal Earthquake, a Nation Still Struggling to Recover

April 20, 2016

On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, followed by an even more devastating quake two weeks later resulting in almost 9,000 deaths, 8 million people affected, and vast swaths of the nation in rubble including the capital, Kathmandu.

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Korean Elections: A Model of Best Practice

April 20, 2016

Last week, South Koreans went to the polls to elect new National Assembly representatives, with results showing that the governing party led by President Park Geun-hye has lost its majority in Parliament.

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Civil Society Takes on the Haze Crisis in Indonesia

April 20, 2016

The Indonesian province of Riau declared a state of emergency last month as haze from agricultural fires across Sumatra continued to envelope the region. The fires are the result of an early dry period, which comes all too quickly…

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Can Bangladesh’s Ready-Made Garment Industry Lead in Green Growth?

April 20, 2016

Bangladesh’s economy grew 7.05 percent in the first three quarters of the financial year, averaging over 6 percent a year for the past decade. A major driver of the country’s impressive economic growth is its vibrant ready-made garment…

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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 Photos: Unlocking the Potential of Bangladesh’s Youth

April 13, 2016

The global youth population has reached a remarkable 1.8 billion out of 7.3 billion, and most of them live in developing countries like Bangladesh. According to the UNFPA’s most recent State of the World Population Report, 30 percent of the 161 million people living in Bangladesh are 10-24 years in age.

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Afghanistan’s Electoral Reform: A Distant Reality

April 6, 2016

Last week, Afghanistan’s top election official, Yusuf Nuristani, announced his resignation as head of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), just three months after he announced that the country was slated to hold postponed parliamentary elections in October.

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