Singapore, October 18, 2011 — On October 18 in Singapore, David D. Arnold spoke at The Economist‘s Banyan Conference, “Ideas for an Asian Century,” to discuss the impact of internal conflicts on Asia’s future, as well as The Asia Foundation’s long-term efforts to address the problems that perpetuate such conflicts. The high-profile event brought together leaders from the worlds of government, multilateral organizations, private sector, and international NGOs to discuss the intellectual dynamism driving the world’s fastest-growing region. The Asia Foundation is the premier nonprofit, non-governmental organization devoted to Asia’s development, including working in conflict-affected and fragile regions of Asia.
“Asia is a significant part of today’s narrative, and it gives me great pride to participate in today’s conference to celebrate the region’s dynamism,” said David D. Arnold, President of The Asia Foundation. “While Asia has seen rapid development, its many turbulent corners are falling further and further behind the rest of the region –- in terms of economic integration and security. Long-running conflicts, many averaging more than 30 years, continue to present some of the most difficult challenges for delivery of aid and significant economic growth.” Read more of Mr. Arnold’s insights about the effects of internal conflicts on Asia’s future on our blog, In Asia.
The Asia Foundation, in its support of key local actors in their efforts to address the problems that perpetuate conflict, is well-suited to engage in this important dialogue. The Foundation has a long history of programs in conflict-affected and fragile regions of Asia, including in Afghanistan, Mindanao (Philippines), Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Aceh (Indonesia), Southern Thailand, and Timor-Leste.
In November, The Asia Foundation will present findings from Afghanistan in 2011: A Survey of the Afghan People–the broadest, most comprehensive public opinion poll in the country, covering all 34 provinces.