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ADB’s Stephen P. Groff Examines Rise of Inequality in Middle Income Asia

May 7, 2014

On the heels of the launch of the Asian Development Bank’s latest Asian Development Outlook 2014 report, ADB Vice President Stephen P. Groff visited Asia Foundation headquarters in San Francisco last week to discuss key findings and how the ADB is realigning its operations to emphasize inclusiveness…

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Obama’s Trip to the Philippines: A Touchy Last Stop

April 30, 2014

The last stop of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to four Asian countries this week is perhaps the most controversial. His visit comes at a time of heightened tensions between the Philippines and China, which in recent months have demonstrated their commitment to defend their competing claims…

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What to Look for Ahead of Election Runoff in Afghanistan

April 30, 2014

Over the weekend, a clearer picture of the results of Afghanistan’s April 5 presidential election emerged, with preliminary results showing Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah as the front-runner. With 45 percent of the vote, this will not be enough to avoid a runoff…

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A Conversation with Former South Korean Foreign Minister and Amb. to the U.S. Han Sung-Joo

April 30, 2014

The Asia Foundation’s director of Regional Cooperation Programs, John J. Brandon, recently spoke with former Foundation grantee, Dr. Han Sung-joo, former ambassador to the United HanSungjooStates and Korean foreign minister.

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Human Rights Protection in Modern Cambodia: Building on Unstable Grounds

April 23, 2014

On January 3, ongoing street protests by garment workers in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, turned violent. Government troops opened fire into a crowd of civilians, killing four and leaving one person missing. A total of 23 civilians were arrested and 21 are still detained without bail.

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Obama’s Asia Trip to Test Rebalancing Policy

April 23, 2014

This week President Obama travels to four Asian countries – Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, and Malaysia. In many respects, the president’s visit is to make up for his absence last October in Brunei and Indonesia to attend the East Asia Summit (EAS) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders meeting because of the U.S. government shutdown.

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Impartiality Critical to Ensuring Afghanistan’s Election Credibility

April 16, 2014

Election day in Afghanistan exceeded even the most optimistic expectations, with long queues of men and women turning out to vote for a new president in what many are declaring a sign of increased political maturity and belief in democratic systems among Afghans today. Estimates show a turnout of over 50 percent – 37 percent of whom were women – all the more significant in an environment where fear of violence was on high in the lead-up to the election and threatened to impact voter turnout. Instead, Afghans defied threats and attacks by insurgent groups and came out in large numbers to cast their vote. On Sunday, Afghans heard the first official report of partial results, with two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, appearing to take the lead with a run-off likely.

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Jokowi’s Party Takes Lead in Indonesia’s Elections, But Steep Road Ahead

April 9, 2014

Out of Indonesia’s 186 million eligible voters, an estimated 139 million cast their ballots on Wednesday to elect 235,637 legislative candidates in competition for nearly 19,699 positions across the country. It will take up to a month for official results to be released, but early “quick counts” released by CSIS and Cyrus Network barely four hours after polling stations closed suggest a relatively high voter turnout of 75 percent. As has been the case since 1999 when Indonesians turned out for the first post-Suharto democratic election, Indonesians have once again shown their eagerness and determination to take part in deciding the course of their country, the third-largest democracy in the world.

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Inaugural Asia Foundation Development Fellows Kick off Year in Singapore, Philippines

April 9, 2014

This week, The Asia Foundation is hosting the inaugural class of The Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future program in Singapore and the Philippines…

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Foundation’s Najla Ayubi Joins Experts at USIP to Discuss Afghan Election

April 9, 2014

Najla Ayubi, The Asia Foundation’s deputy country representative in Afghanistan, joined other discussants from Kabul via videolink and in Washington at the U.S. Institute of Peace today for one of the earliest looks at Afghanistan’s April 5 historical elections. The experts offered insight into the political lay of the land for the country’s first democratic […]

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