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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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Asia Foundation Experts Present Findings on Development in Post-Conflict Contexts

March 2, 2016

On March 3, Asia Foundation experts: George Varughese from Nepal, Steven Rood from the Philippines, and Patrick Barron from Thailand will present findings at a panel in Washington, D.C., from the Foundation’s new report, “Beyond the Toolkit: Supporting Peace Processes in Asia,” on new approaches to supporting peace in post-conflict contexts, what’s working and what’s […]

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Myanmar Elections Usher in Unprecedented Number of Women Parliamentarians

March 2, 2016

Women in Myanmar were granted constitutional rights to equal political participation and the right to vote in 1932, quite early in comparison with other countries in Asia. Japan did not do so until 1945, China in 1949, and India in 1950. Yet the reality of women’s political participation in Myanmar…

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For Women Living Alone in Delhi, Security Concerns Heightened

March 2, 2016

On Monday, Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma called on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss pressing issues concerning law and order in the city. With eight out of 10 women in Delhi fearing for their safety, it is encouraging that the new commissioner views strengthening women’s security as a priority.

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Advancing Women’s Rights in Afghanistan: A Conversation with Lael Mohib

February 24, 2016

On Tuesday, February 23, Lael Mohib, founder of the Enabled Children Initiative, spouse of Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United States, and former chief of staff at the American University of Afghanistan, appeared in conversation with Clare Lockhart…

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Personalities and Issues Emerge Ahead of Philippines General Elections

February 17, 2016

Formal campaigning officially began last week for the May 9 general elections in the Philippines, with much flurry of advertisements and activities as candidates scrambled for last-minute publicity before campaign spending limits took effect. The informal campaign had already been going on for months with the list of five formal candidates…

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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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Sunnylands Summit Needs More Than Symbolism

February 10, 2016

When President Obama meets with the 10 Southeast Asian leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) next week in California, it will be an opportunity to expand and deepen U.S.-ASEAN relations. At the third ASEAN-U.S. Summit held in Kuala Lumpur last November, the U.S. and ASEAN elevated their relationship to a “strategic partnership.”

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Is It Time for a Peacekeeping Force for ASEAN?

February 3, 2016

This decade marks a radical shift in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states’ attitudes toward its role in the region. The idea of an ASEAN regional peacekeeping cooperation was first raised in 1994, but never gained traction among member states.

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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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