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Conversation with Economist Namet Ilahi on Pakistan’s Biggest Challenges, Opportunities

January 27, 2016

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The Asia Foundation’s deputy country representative in Pakistan, Ameena Ilahi, recently spoke with veteran development practitioner and economist, Namet Ilahi, who began his career in the early 1970s as Pakistan’s joint secretary in the Planning Commission, and since worked as a lead consultant in over a dozen countries…

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The United Nations Charter at Seventy

June 24, 2015

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In 1945, as World War II entered its terrible final months, world leaders were working on a new institution they hoped would prevent the next conflagration, a world forum built on international law, where nations could settle their differences with words instead of warfare. That June, delegations from 50 nations made their way to San Francisco, by ship, by train, and sometimes by misadventure, to forge the agreement that would create the United Nations.

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A Conversation with Taiwan Women’s Movement Leader Yenlin Ku

December 17, 2014

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The Asia Foundation’s director of Regional Cooperation Programs, John J. Brandon, and Chen-Dong Tso, the Foundation’s senior advisor in Taiwan, recently spoke with former Asia Foundation grantee, Professor Yenlin Ku, a leading feminist in Taiwan who established Taiwan’s first women’s studies center.

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A Conversation with Pakistani Journalist Wajahat Ali

November 12, 2014

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The Asia Foundation’s deputy country representative in Pakistan, Ameena Ilahi, recently spoke with Pakistani journalist Wajahat Ali, who in 2010 served as an Asia Foundation William P. Fuller Fellow in Conflict Resolution at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. As an accomplished journalist, looking back, what do you consider the highlight or most remarkable moment in your career?

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Former Korea Country Representative David Steinberg Reflects on A Nation in Transition

November 12, 2014

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The Asia Foundation marked its 60th anniversary with a special day-long event and gala on November 6 in Seoul, Korea, hosted by former Foreign Minister Han Sung-Joo…

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Commemorating 60 Years of Addressing Critical Issues in Korea

November 12, 2014

On November 6, The Asia Foundation marked its 60th anniversary with a special day-long event and gala as part of the Foundation’s year-long, global conversation on the critical issues facing Asia today. Hosted by Chairman of the Korean-American Association and former Foreign Minister Han Sung-Joo, Chairman of JoongAng Media Network Hong Seok-hyun,… Read more

 

The Seoul Times Highlights The Asia Foundation’s 60th Anniversary Event

November 11, 2014

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The Seoul Times highlights The Asia Foundation’s 60th Anniversary day-long event and gala dinner in Seoul. Read more: “China to Overtake US as Superpower: Chinese Academic at TAF Roundtable in Seoul.”

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The Asia Foundation Commemorates 60 Years of Addressing Critical Issues in Korea

Seoul, November 11, 2014

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Trustee of The Asia Foundation, and Chairman and CEO, JoongAng Media Network Hong Seok-hyun featured in a special 60th film at the gala. On November 6, The Asia Foundation marked its 60th anniversary with a special day-long event and gala as part of the Foundation’s year-long, global conversation on the critical issues facing Asia today. Hosted by… Read more

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Asia Foundation Marks 60th Anniversary in Korea

November 5, 2014

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On November 6, The Asia Foundation marked its 60th anniversary with a special day-long event and gala in Seoul, Korea, hosted by former South Korean Foreign Minister Han Sung-joo; Chairman, JoongAng Media Network and Former Korean Ambassador to the U.S. Hong Seok-hyun; and Kim Jin-Hyun, Former South Korean Minister of Science and Technology. Speake… Read more

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Critical Issues Facing Asia: Marking 60 Years

October 10, 2014

Much has changed in Asia and the world since the founding of The Asia Foundation in 1954. Guided by a vision for a peaceful, just and thriving Asia, we are marking our 60th anniversary with a year-long global conversation on critical issues facing the region today. As part of the global dialogue, the Foundation has organized a photography exhibitio… Read more

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A Conversation with Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh

October 1, 2014

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The Asia Foundation’s director of Regional Cooperation Programs, John J. Brandon, recently spoke with former Foundation grantee, Tommy Koh, Singapore’s ambassador-at-large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and former ambassador to the United States.

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Six Decades in Asia

September 29, 2014

Over the past six decades, Asia has undergone an unprecedented transformation. Emerging from the devastation of World War II and the end of the colonial era, undertaking post-war reconstruction and adapting to dramatically changing political landscapes, economic upheavals, rural dislocation, urbanization, and the challenges of globalization, the co… Read more

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60th Anniversary Gala

September 19, 2014

The Asia Foundation commemorated six decades of improving lives and expanding opportunities during a gala fundraising dinner. Leaders and philanthropists recognized the Foundation’s creation of a more peaceful, just, and thriving Asia since its founding in 1954 in San Francisco, the gateway to the Asia-Pacific. Hosted by Civic Leader Janet Reilly,… Read more

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The Asia Foundation Commemorates Six Decades of Addressing Asia’s Critical Issues

San Francisco, September 18, 2014

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This evening, The Asia Foundation commemorates six decades of improving lives and expanding opportunities at a gala fundraising dinner—its first in San Francisco. Ambassadors, civic and corporate leaders, and philanthropists shaping social, political, economic, and cultural life in the Bay Area and elsewhere will recognize the Foundation’s creation… Read more

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Desecuritizing Transboundary Water in South Asia

September 17, 2014

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Severe floods in the Kashmir region of Northern India and Pakistan over the past few weeks have taken 450 lives so far, and uprooted thousands of residents on both sides of the highly politicized border. Heavy monsoon rains caused the Chenab and Jhelum rivers (tributaries of the Indus River system) to overflow their banks…

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Financing the Costs of Climate Change in Disaster-Prone Asian Nations

September 17, 2014

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Disaster insurance has quickly risen up the global policy agenda in the last few years, where phrases like “loss and damage mechanisms” and “micro-insurance schemes” are catching fire in climate change discussions about how to finance the costs…

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Emerging Chinese Foundations Expand Role in Disaster Management

September 17, 2014

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Last month, the One Foundation, one of China’s most visible charitable organizations, presented a new strategy to government officials and national researchers that marks a major shift in the approach to disaster mitigation in the country.

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Water Scarcity a Threat to Mongolia’s Sustainable Development

September 17, 2014

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A new report from the Asian Development Bank sent a warning signal to Mongolia that, despite its wealth of natural resources and pristine image, the country faces a severe water scarcity and quality crisis – one that could leave its growing capital…

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Engaging Asia’s Private Sector in Disaster Risk Management

September 17, 2014

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Heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan and India since early September have resulted in some of the worst flooding in decades, requiring immediate relief response, as hundreds of people have already lost their lives and millions more are affected.

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A Conversation with Chinese Fellow, Environmental NGO Leader Lican Liu

September 17, 2014

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In Asia editor Alma Freeman recently interviewed co-founder and Director of Programs and Communications at the Greenovation Hub, a grassroots NGO that focuses on environmental protection and innovation in China.

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Photo Blog: Critical Issue – Climate Change & Water Resource Management

September 17, 2014

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Images of the major rivers of Asia – including the mighty Mekong that snakes through Southeast Asia and the Ganges and other revered rivers that bisect the subcontinent – might seem at odds with the sobering fact that Asia is the world’s driest…

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Asia Foundation Marks 60 Years with Anniversary Dinner

September 17, 2014

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On Sept. 18, The Asia Foundation marked 60 years with an anniversary dinner at the iconic Ferry Building in San Francisco hosted by Gala Chairs Judith Wilbur and Timothy Kochis, and Honorary Chairs Senator Dianne Feinstein and George Shultz. The Foundation hosted a special Forum with the inaugural Asia Foundation Development Fellows. Read an interv… Read more

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Exhibit Opens with International Photographers on Assignment in Nepal, Pakistan, China

September 10, 2014

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September 4 marked opening night for The Asia Foundation’s stunning photography exhibition, Critical Issues Facing Asia: Marking 60 Years at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco. Artists, photographers, journalists, thought leaders, development experts…

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A Conversation with Mongolian Free Press Advocate Naranjargal Khashkhuu

August 13, 2014

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As The Asia Foundation recently marked its 20th anniversary in Mongolia, Country Representative Meloney Lindberg sat down with Naranjargal Khashkhuu, president and CEO of the Globe International Center…

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Photo Exhibit: Asia’s Critical Issues Through the Lens of Award-Winning Photographers

August 13, 2014

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This year, The Asia Foundation marks its 60th anniversary with a year-long global conversation on critical issues facing the region today. As part of this dialogue, the Foundation has organized a photography exhibition, “Critical Issues Facing Asia: Marking 60 Years,”at the World…

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What Do Increasing Attacks Against Soft Targets in Thailand’s South Signal?

August 6, 2014

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Following the first-round meeting in February 2013 between the Thai Government and the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) rebel group that marked the start of surprise peace talks, insurgents have primarily targeted hard targets such as military and police personnel. However, following the breakdown of talks in July 2013…

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Minorities within the Minority: Indigenous Communities in the Bangsamoro

August 6, 2014

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In March this year, a major milestone passed in the 40-year effort to end hostilities in the Philippines between the national government and Muslim separatist fronts. The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a Comprehensive…

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Latest Ethnic Clashes Reveal Fissures in Sri Lanka’s Post-War Society

August 6, 2014

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In June 2014, almost five years after the end of the longstanding civil war in Sri Lanka, violent clashes broke out in several small towns in the south, including Aluthgama, Beruwela, and Dharga Town. The tensions were fueled by reports that a Muslim man had allegedly attacked…

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The Struggle Against Religious Conflict in Pakistan

August 6, 2014

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On the third day of Eid-ul Fitar last week, two Hindu trader brothers from district Umerkot in Sindh Province were murdered in front of their home. An Ahmadi doctor was murdered in Chiniot in May 2014 while a Hazara Shia community in Quetta was attacked and two brothers were murdered by Lashakr-e-Jhangvi on Eid-ul Fitar in July 2014. The killing of Rashid Rehman…

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Subnational Conflict: The Dark Underbelly of a Rising Asia

August 6, 2014

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Asia’s rise has been momentous. Since the early 1960s, Asia has grown richer faster than any other region in the world. In 1990, 56 percent of people in East Asia and 54 percent in South Asia lived on under $1.25 a day (PPP). By 2010, these rates had fallen to 12 percent and 31 percent…

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Q&A with Indonesian Fellow, Women’s Movement Leader Dwi Rubiyanti Kholifah

August 6, 2014

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In Asia editor Alma Freeman recently interviewed Dwi Rubiyanti Kholifah, Indonesia country director for the Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN), which focuses on the role of women in peace building and inter-faith cooperation. Kholifah was selected as one of the 10 inaugural 2014 Asia Foundation Development Fellows.

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Photo Blog: Critical Issue – Ethnic and Religious Conflict

August 6, 2014

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Subnational conflicts are the most deadly, widespread, and enduring violent conflicts in Asia. Recent studies by The Asia Foundation indicate that more people have died in the region’s 26 subnational conflicts than in international conflicts during the past 20 years. In South and Southeast Asia, active conflicts affect regions that are roughly the size of Indonesia…

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Photographer Conor Ashleigh Chronicles Work in Conflict Areas

August 6, 2014

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In this TED talk, Conor Ashleigh, award-winning photographer and visual storyteller, shares stories of chronicling long-running conflicts, climate change hot spots, and communities undergoing transition in places where inequality and poverty remain among the world’s highest. In September, The Asia Foundation will feature Conor’s work on assignment… Read more

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The Asia Foundation Launches SF Photo Exhibit on Asia’s Critical Issues

San Francisco, August 6, 2014

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Monocle Correspondent and New Yorker Contributor Alastair Gee in conversation with photographer Ted Alcorn at September 4 reception Photo: Conor Ashleigh Guided by a mission to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across a dynamic and developing Asia, The Asia Foundation is marking its 60th anniversary with a year-long g… Read more

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Photo Exhibit: Critical Issues Facing Asia

Thursday, September 4, 2014

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Photo: Conor Ashleigh World Affairs Council Auditorium 312 Sutter Street, Suite 200 San Francisco, CA 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Speaker: Ted Alcorn Photographer, journalist, and filmmaker Moderator: Alastair Gee Correspondent, Monocle Much has changed in Asia and the world since the founding of The Asia Foundation in 1954. Guided by a vision for a peaceful… Read more

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A Conversation with Mongolia’s Environment Minister Oyun Sanjasuren

July 23, 2014

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As The Asia Foundation recently marked its 20th anniversary in Mongolia, Country Representative Meloney Lindberg sat down with Oyun Sanjasuren, Minister of Environment and Green Development and former Asia Foundation grantee…

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Bangladesh’s Development Surprise: A Model for Developing Countries

June 25, 2014

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By many metrics, Bangladesh’s development trajectory is a unique success story, especially since the 1990s when democratic rule was reinstated and extensive economic reforms were made. Poverty incidence has fallen from 60 percent to around 30 percent.

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Reexamining Growth and Poverty in Myanmar

June 25, 2014

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International data indicate that Myanmar’s current growth rate is about 7 percent, which by any measure should indicate progress and pride. Macroeconomic reforms have been extensive. The unrealistic legal exchange rate, which at one point was about 150 times…

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Poverty, Inequality, and the Negative Effects of Mongolia’s Economic Downturn

June 25, 2014

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For the last four years, Mongolia has had one of the fastest growing economies in the world, clocking double-digit growth on the back of a mining boom. The effects of this growth are obvious, especially in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, where cranes dominate the skyline…

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Fellow Marcia Czarina Corazon Medina-Guce on Reform in the Philippines

June 25, 2014

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In Asia editor Alma Freeman recently interviewed Philippine local governance leader Marcia Czarina Corazon Medina-Guce on President Aquino’s ambitious reform agenda and progress on poverty reduction and inclusive development.

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Photo Blog: Critical Issue – Poverty and Inequality

June 25, 2014

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Despite the region’s dramatic growth, income inequality across much of Asia is rising, and poverty remains a stubborn issue to overcome. Some 700 million people across the region live on less than $1 a day. In response, governments are taking on urgent policy reforms needed to create jobs and foster inclusive growth…

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Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle Honors Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus and The Estée Lauder Companies and Ms. Nani Zulminarni

New York City, June 18, 2014

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Lotus Leadership Awards Gala Hosted by First U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer The Asia Foundation and the Lotus Circle, a community of individuals and organizations working with The Asia Foundation to empower women and girls in Asia, today honor Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at the fourth annual Lotus Leadership A… Read more

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Watch: Distinguished Documentary Photographer Conor Ashleigh on Assignment

June 4, 2014

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In this video, documentary photographer Conor Ashleigh narrates his recent experiences on assignment with The Asia Foundation where he traveled to Khulna in the Delta region of Bangladesh – one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to climate change.

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A Conversation with Former Korean PM and Amb. to the U.S. Lee Hong-Koo

June 4, 2014

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The Asia Foundation’s country representative in Korea, Peter Beck, recently spoke with Foundation partner, Minister Lee Hong-koo, former prime minister of the Republic of Korea and ambassador to the United States.

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Updates from Washington, DC: May 2014

May 30, 2014

In this Issue: Afghanistan, Conflict and Development, Lotus Leadership Awards, Celebrating 60 Years, Thailand, India, Mongolia, and Bangladesh.

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A Conversation with Veteran Filipino Investigative Journalist Sheila Coronel

May 28, 2014

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Anna Bantug-Herrera, The Asia Foundation’s associate director in Washington, D.C., recently spoke with former Foundation grantee, Sheila Coronel, veteran investigative journalist, new Dean of Academic Affairs of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism…

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Marking 60 Years

May 22, 2014

The Asia Foundation is marking 60 years on the ground in Asia improving lives, expanding opportunities,and helping societies flourish. The region’s leading nonprofit international development organization, webring together local individuals, communities, and governments who are shaping Asia’s future. A longstandingpartner in Asia’… Read more

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A Conversation with Tsagaan Puntsag, Chief of Staff of the President of Mongolia

May 21, 2014

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As The Asia Foundation recently marked its 20th anniversary in Mongolia, Country Representative Meloney Lindberg sat down with Tsagaan Puntsag, chief of staff of the President of Mongolia and former Asia Foundation grantee in the Government Palace…

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Asia Foundation Honors Senator Dianne Feinstein of California

May 21, 2014

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On May 19, The Asia Foundation honored Senator Dianne Feinstein of California with the first-ever Chairman’s Award for her commitment to U.S.-Asia Relations at a special Ambassadors Dinner in Washington. View a slideshow from the event, where ambassadors from across the Asia-Pacific region as well as key foreign policy experts and highly accomplish… Read more

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Asia Foundation Honors Senator Dianne Feinstein of California at 60th Anniversary Dinner in Washington DC

May 20, 2014

On May 19, The Asia Foundation honored Senator Dianne Feinstein of California with the first-ever Chairman’s Award for her commitment to U.S.-Asia Relations at a special Ambassadors Dinner in Washington, DC. Ambassadors from across the Asia-Pacific region and key foreign policy officials gathered to recognize the Foundation’s pioneering work over t… Read more

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Asia Foundation Honors Senator Dianne Feinstein of California at Anniversary Dinner in Washington DC

Washington, DC, May 19, 2014

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Nonprofit Marks 60 Years of Addressing the Critical Issues Facing Asia To mark its 60th anniversary, The Asia Foundation will honor Senator Dianne Feinstein of California with the first-ever Chairman’s Award for her commitment to U.S.-Asia Relations at a special Ambassadors Dinner in Washington, DC this evening, where ambassadors from across the As… Read more

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Asia Foundation Launches 2013 Annual Report

May 14, 2014

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The Asia Foundation just released its new 60th anniversary annual report, with a special focus on the Foundation’s efforts to address the critical issues facing Asia in the 21st century. With images from award-winning photographers throughout, the report also features highlights from the Foundation’s new living, interactive timeline that provides a… Read more

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The Asia Foundation’s 60th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Thursday, September 18, 2014

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The Ferry Building San Francisco Gala Chairs Judith F. Wilbur S. Timothy Kochis Honorary Chairs Senator Dianne Feinstein Honorable George P. Shultz The Asia Foundation improves lives and helps societies flourish. Guided by a vision for a peaceful, just, and thriving Asia, we are marking our 60 years by initiating a year-long, global conversation on… Read more

 

Asia Foundation Launches Interactive Timeline

May 14, 2014

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To mark its 60th anniversary, The Asia Foundation debuted on May 14 a living, interactive timeline of its six decades in Asia, including compelling archival video, audio interviews, oral histories, photographs, documents, and multimedia.

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Asia Foundation Launches Interactive Timeline

San Francisco, May 14, 2014

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To mark its 60th anniversary, The Asia Foundation debuted today a living, interactive timeline of its six decades in Asia, including archival video, audio interviews, oral histories, photographs, documents, and multimedia. The timeline tells a compelling story of international development in Asia from the 1950s to present day while weaving in the F… Read more

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Annual Report – FY2013

May 13, 2014

The Asia Foundation’s Annual Report covering Fiscal Year 2013.

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

April 30, 2014

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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

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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

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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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Access to Justice Constraints Fuel Conflict in Southern Thailand

April 23, 2014

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Access to justice, security, and human rights protection rank among the core issues that fuel the protracted subnational conflict in southern Thailand and are central to the prospect of its future resolution. For the last decade, the southern border provinces of Yala, Narathiwat, and Pattani have faced a resurgence of an indigenous…

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A New Face of Policing in Timor-Leste

April 23, 2014

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On March 27, the national police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) celebrated their 14th anniversary with full pomp and circumstance. For 24 years until 1999, the police in Timor were under the command of the Indonesia military. Now, it seems that memories of countrywide conflict and instability in this small tropical nation are receding.

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Philippines Mobilizes for a Disability-Inclusive 2016 Presidential Election

April 23, 2014

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In his 4th State of the Nation Address in June 2013, Philippine President Aquino praised a 30-year-old Makati resident Nino Aguirre who has no legs, but had laboriously climbed four floors to reach his polling station and cast his vote in the May 2013 midterm elections. While Mr. Aguirre’s feat demonstrated laudable…

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A Conversation with Mongolian NGO Leader Badruun Gardi

April 23, 2014

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Just back from an intensive, nine-day leadership training workshop in Singapore and the Philippines, which kicked off The Asia Foundation’s Development Fellows program, In Asia editor Alma Freeman interviewed one of the 10 inaugural Fellows from Mongolia, Badruun Gardi…

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Photo Blog: Critical Issue – Access to Justice & Human Rights

April 23, 2014

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Weak legal institutions and poorly functioning systems of justice pose challenges to citizens throughout Asia in resolving disputes, enforcing their rights, and accessing benefits to which they are legally entitled. This photo blog examines issues of access to justice and human rights through the lens of three countries

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Asia Foundation Development Fellows in Philippines and Singapore

April 17, 2014

On April 3-13, The Asia Foundation hosted the inaugural class of The Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future program in Singapore and the Philippines. The 10 fellows – an accomplished group of change makers representing nine Asian countries – gathered first in Singapore for a leadership training workshop with the… Read more

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

April 9, 2014

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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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Asia Foundation Development Fellows Connect with Development Innovators and Government Officials in the Philippines

Manila, April 8, 2014

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This week, The Asia Foundation hosts the inaugural class of The Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future program in Singapore and the Philippines.  The 10 Development Fellows — a dynamic and inspirational network of young change makers across Asia — will engage with leading Philippine development innovators and r… Read more

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Updates from Washington, DC: March 2014

March 31, 2014

In this issue: Critical Issues in Asia, Indonesia, Nepal, Myanmar, the Philippines, and 60 in 60.

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A Conversation with Thailand’s Ambassador to the U.S. Vijavat Isarabhakdi

March 26, 2014

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The Asia Foundation’s director of Regional Cooperation Programs, John J. Brandon, speaks with Thailand’s Ambassador to the U.S. Vijavat Isarabhakdi, who served as a Congressional Fellow sponsored by The Asia Foundation.

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Asia Foundation’s 18 Country Reps Convene in D.C. to Discuss Asia’s Critical Issues

March 12, 2014

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This year, The Asia Foundation is commemorating its 60th anniversary. Drawing on the expertise of local partners and our own development experts in the 18 countries where we work, we’re initiating a year-long, global conversation on six critical issues facing Asia.

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Asia Foundation’s Country Representatives to Discuss Critical Issues in D.C.

March 5, 2014

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On March 12 in Washington, D.C., The Asia Foundation will feature all 18 of its country representatives from across Asia, along with other experts, for a day-long discussion on Asia’s critical issues in the 21st century. This event is part of a week of activities in Washington, including in-depth discussions with policy-makers, and serves to mark t… Read more

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The Women Leaders Who Drive Aquino’s Reform Agenda

March 5, 2014

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For a president who was so greatly influenced by his mother and surrounded by sisters, it’s perhaps not that surprising that Simeon Benigno Aquino III has appointed women to some of the highest positions of his administration. A confirmed bachelor…

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Inclusive Growth in Asia is Impossible Without Including Women

March 5, 2014

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A report from Oxfam released in late January put down on paper what many already feared was true: almost almost half of the world’s wealth is now owned by just one percent of the population. This is also the case in Asia, where income and wealth disparity is growing rapidly.

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Securing a Place for Afghan Women in the Workplace

March 5, 2014

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In one month, Afghanistan will hold presidential elections in a critical transition year faced with the drawdown of the remaining international security forces in the country, the growing insurgency, and the impact these events will have on the nation’s economy.

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A Conversation with Nepali Journalist, Women’s Rights Advocate Jaya Luintel

March 5, 2014

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Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, In Asia editor Alma Freeman interviewed Nepali radio journalist and women’s rights advocate, Jaya Luintel, on women’s changing role in politics and society in Nepal, the country’s wide gender gap, and hopes of democratic momentum.

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Photo Blog: Critical Issue – Women’s Participation

March 5, 2014

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While Asian women are increasingly visible in leadership positions, political participation rates of men and women continue to be vastly unequal. In many countries, women are routinely discouraged from entering public office.

 

Asian Perspectives Series: “Addressing Critical Issues in Asia in the 21st Century”

Washington, DC, Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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View the archived video of this event here. 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Registration and light breakfast will begin at 8:15 am Asia’s economic success often obscures the very real challenges affecting the region, including widespread corruption, persistent poverty, gender discrimination, environmental threats, and religious and ethnic conflicts. Left un… Read more

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Supporting Emerging Leaders for Asia’s Future

February 5, 2014

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Across Asia, rapid change is presenting extraordinary development challenges. The goal of improving lives, expanding opportunities, and helping societies flourish will require innovative, effective, and coordinated development efforts, public and private sector…

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The Critical Issues Affecting Asia

January 22, 2014

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More than half of the planet lives in Asia. Six of the 10 largest nations in the world are in the Asia Pacific, and the region is playing an increasingly important role in the global economy, international security, and the world’s collective efforts to advance human development. The dynamism of Asian economies contributed greatly to the global economic recovery, simultaneously lifting more than half a billion people out of poverty. Glittering cities and bustling ports bear testament to the so-called “Asian miracle” that has become the dominant narrative in economic and political analysis of recent years.

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Corruption in India and the Rise of the Aam Aadmi Party

January 22, 2014

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Delhi’s new chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, has publicly declared a war against corruption in India’s government. Within weeks of assuming office, the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), or the Common Man’s Party, set up an anti-corruption helpline…

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Indonesia’s Election Activists Fight to End Money Politics

January 22, 2014

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By the end of President Yudhoyono’s term, for the first time, Indonesians will have witnessed their first 10-year stretch of both democracy and stability. While there is no shortage of criticism of what democracy has yet to achieve, the last 10 years have proven a commitment to what the overwhelming majority of citizens…

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Civic Complacency in Political Accountability Holds Nepal Back

January 22, 2014

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The November 2013 Constituent Assembly (CA) elections in Nepal revealed very strong anti-incumbency sentiments among the voting public. So too did the 2008 CA elections, when Nepali voters turned to the newly above-ground Maoists (CPN-M), rejecting the more “seasoned” parties…

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Corruption in the Philippines: Survey of Business Execs Reveals ‘Mixed’ Findings

January 22, 2014

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On January 15, the results of the latest “SWS Survey of Enterprises on Corruption” were released during an afternoon session of the Good Governance Summit 2014. The previous survey in 2012 showed an impressive record low of 43 percent of business executives who considered corruption to be widespread.

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Photo Blog: Critical Issue -Transparency & Accountability

January 22, 2014

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Corruption is deeply entrenched in many Asian countries and continues to erode public trust in democratic processes and in public institutions. Accountable governance institutions are essential to sustainable growth in Asia…

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Asia Foundation Anniversary Highlights Critical Issues Facing Asia

Colombo, Sri Lanka, January 22, 2014

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poverty, inequality, dysfunctional governance, and violent conflict According to The Asia Foundation, Asia’s economic success obscures the critical issues and challenges affecting the region. These include persistent poverty, growing income inequality, widespread corruption, gender discrimination, environmental threats, and deadly religious and eth… Read more

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Updates from Washington, DC: December, 2013/January, 2014

January 1, 2014

In this issue: Economic Development, 60th Anniversary, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Philippines, India, and Mongolia