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The Asia Foundation Launches New Web Log: ‘In Asia’

San Francisco, March 7, 2007 —  Inaugural issue examines North Korea, Pakistan, Thailand, and violence against women in Asia

The Asia Foundation, the premier non-profit organization devoted to Asia’s development since 1954, today announced the launch of In Asia, a weekly, in-depth, in-country resource blog for readers who want to stay abreast of significant events shaping Asia. The inaugural issue, now posted to the Foundation’s web page at www.asiafoundation.org/in-asia, features pieces on the U.S.-North Korea nuclear talks, the legal fate of former Prime Minister Thaksin in Thailand, Pakistani public opinion towards the United States, and ongoing violence against women.

Drawing on the first-hand insight of over 55 renowned experts in over 20 countries, In Asia will deliver concentrated insight and analysis on issues affecting South, Southeast, and Northeast Asia, as well as Foundation-produced reports and public opinion polls in news-making countries like Afghanistan and Nepal.

In Asia’s weekly content includes “In the News,” an ongoing series of in-country perspectives of events and “Notes from the Field,” feature stories on inroads made in governance, women’s empowerment, economic reform, and international relations throughout Asia.

In the inaugural issue, posted moments ago on the eve on International Women’s Day, Carol Yost, director of The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program, explores the urgent global human rights issue of violence against women. Scott Snyder, a leading expert on U.S.-Korea relations and Northeast Asian security, analyzes this week’s U.S.-North Korea talks; James Klein, the Foundation’s Thailand Country Representative, discusses the legal hurdles in pressing charges against Thaksin Shinawatra; and Hamid Sharif, the Foundation’s Pakistan Country Representatives, writes about the Pakistani public’s reaction to Vice President Cheney’s recent visit to the country.

In Asia is posted each Wednesday evening at www.asiafoundation.org/in-asia, and is accessible via an RSS feed or through weekly e-mails. Questions and comments about In Asia can be sent to in-asia@asiafound.org.

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