Peacebuilding in Asia

A community police officer from Becora station walks through town talking to school students. In 2015, three out of four victims of crimes ended up at the police for assistance. Photo/Conor Ashleigh 

Reforming Security in Timor-Leste: Can a Plural Justice System Work?

April 13, 2016

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Three and a half years after the withdrawal of the UN peacekeeping mission from Timor-Leste, The Asia Foundation’s new survey on community police perceptions finds that Timorese people are optimistic about the security situation in their country, feelings of insecurity are at their lowest levels in a decade, and there is greater trust in the police… Read more

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Young Advocates Use Art to Promote Peace in Southern Philippines

February 17, 2016

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Late last month, a group of young peace advocates sponsored “Piece of Peace,” or POP, an art contest at a public elementary school in the town of Patikul in Sulu, Southern Philippines. The event attracted young artists from the area who showcased their talents…

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Responding to Conflict in Asia: Why Good Data is Needed

December 16, 2015

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The new set of post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals includes for the first time a target that specifically sets out to promote peaceful and inclusive societies, marking an increase in awareness that peace and security is critical for sustainable development.

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Philippines: Polling the Peace Process

September 9, 2015

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On August 13, the Philippine polling organization Social Weather Stations (SWS) observed its 30th anniversary with the publication of Filipino Public Opinion on the Bangsamoro Basic Law and the Mamasapano Incident. The report is based on the results of nationwide surveys in March and June, and a February survey in Mindanao, supported by The Asia Foundation.

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Registration Symbolizes First Step in Integrating MILF in Philippines Electoral Process

March 11, 2015

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It was an admirable effort. On March 7, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), understaffed with just four commissioners left after the retirement of Chairman Sixto Brillantes, held a symbolic special satellite voter registration of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members and their families….

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Politicking in Nepal: It’s Not Just About the Constitution

January 21, 2015

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January 22 marks the deadline for a new constitution in Nepal, as committed to by all political parties participating in the 2013 Constituent Assembly (CA) elections. But on Tuesday of this week, thousands of police were deployed and schools and shops were shut down in the capital…

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Building A More Solid Evidence Base for Peace and Development in Mindanao

January 14, 2015

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Conflict-affected areas of Mindanao in the southern Philippines form a complex, unpredictable, and highly dynamic environment that makes development programming very challenging against a backdrop of general urgency. Over the last 15 years, The Asia Foundation has been engaged in Mindanao…

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Using Evidence to Improve Development Assistance

December 10, 2014

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Development assistance is founded on countless theories about how foreign taxpayers’ money can be harnessed to instigate and catalyze economic and social development and provide humanitarian benefits abroad. Basic arguments for how positive change can be achieved…

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Modern Conflict is Not What You Think

December 10, 2014

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Research has transformed medicine, agriculture, and sanitation, and has helped lift many millions out of poverty. Most of the extremely poor people in the world now live in states suffering from conflict. Scholars have studied wars for millennia, but are usually concentrated on how to win them.

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Academics, Practitioners, and Donors: Whose Evidence Counts and For What?

December 10, 2014

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There is a difficult tension in the evidence-seeking agenda: on the one hand, donors seek short-term, project-related outcomes to support claims about their impact on a grand scale in a society; on the other hand, society-level impact does not seem measurable…

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A Conversation with World Learning CEO, Development Expert, & Trustee Donald Steinberg

September 10, 2014

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In Asia editor Alma Freeman sat down last month with The Asia Foundation’s new trustee, Donald Steinberg, president and CEO of World Learning, and former deputy administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development, White House Deputy Press Secretary, and U.S. ambassador to Angola.

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Implementation of Bangsamoro Holds Lessons for Philippines as a Whole

March 26, 2014

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As we prepare for the long-awaited March 27 signing in Manila between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, one of the striking things of the peace process…

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Community Mediation in Nepal

January 23, 2014

Since 2001, The Asia Foundation has worked intensively in the development and implementation of facilitated, interest-based mediation and is currently a recognized leader in community mediation in Nepal. The Foundation promotes community mediation as a means to improve access to justice at the local level and establish a culture of conflict resolut… Read more

 

Shifting from Negotiating Mindanao Peace Deal to Monitoring its Implementation

July 10, 2013

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As the focus of building peace in Mindanao shifts from negotiating details to the actual implementation of agreements between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), The Asia Foundation has been asked by both parties to join the five-person Third Party Monitoring Team (TPMT).

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The Right Kind of Development: Building Peace in Thailand and Beyond

June 12, 2013

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The Asia Foundation’s new study, “The Contested Corners of Asia,” highlights the growing importance of conflicts that occur within rather than between countries. In recent years, subnational conflicts between national governments and local rebel groups…

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Lessons from Aceh: Early Focus on Institutions Critical to Cementing Peace

June 12, 2013

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Aceh – Indonesia’s western-most province which endured three decades of a secessionist civil war that left at least 15,000 dead – is frequently cited as the best recent example in Asia of a successful peace process. However, eight years after the Helsinki accord brought an end to the conflict, new forms of localized violence are now emerging.

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The Future of Armed Conflict

June 5, 2013

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The Asia Foundation just launched a major new study on development and subnational conflict in Asia. “The Contested Corners of Asia” argues that subnational conflict is the most widespread, deadly, and enduring form of conflict in Asia, and that increasing development and expanding state capacity do not make these conflicts any easier to resolve. A product of a three-year research effort, the study involved nearly 100 researchers, leading subnational conflict experts…

 

Muslim Mindanao’s Cadre of New Leaders and Managers

May 1, 2013

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When we hear about the current slow pace of negotiations between the government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, we can lose sight of the many concrete achievements made over the years. As peacemakers on both sides of the negotiating table try to learn lessons from past peace efforts…

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Civil Society More Ready Than Ever to Play Role in Forging Peace in Mindanao

February 20, 2013

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In a study I wrote a number of years ago, I quoted a peace activist in Mindanao lamenting the lack of success in ending the war between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). He was speaking in the wake of President Estrada’s 2000 “all-out war” offensive that overran fixed positions of the MILF.

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In Conversation with Afghan Museum Director Omara Khan Masoudi

January 23, 2013

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One of the world’s most prominent experts in Afghan art, Mr. Omara Khan Masoudi, director of the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul, was in San Francisco recently on a two-week exchange at the Asian Art Museum as an Asia Foundation Brayton Wilbur, Jr. Fellow in Asian Art.

 

Visualizing Afghanistan: Peace and Security Beyond the Transition

January 23, 2013

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Karl Eikenberry, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and Asia Foundation trustee, wrote in an op-ed in the Financial Times that, “Afghanistan’s future is of course uncertain. Lower levels of international support will inevitably place stress on its security forces, depress the economy…

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Woman to Chair Philippine Government Peace Panel

December 12, 2012

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Mindanao dominates the headlines in the Philippines this week for several reasons. There is the horrific aftermath of Typhoon Pablo (known internationally as Bopha), which slammed into an area of the island that typically does not get hit by storms. On a lighter note, but one that also riveted the nation, hometown boxer Manny Pacquiao (from General Santos City in Mindanao) was knocked out this past weekend in a surprise, convincing defeat – leading to speculation about whether his sterling career is on the wane.

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With Framework Agreement Signed, Women Walk Road to Peace in Southern Philippines

October 31, 2012

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On October 19, The Asia Foundation held the Manila launch of the book, Dynamics of Gender and Conflict in Mindanao, written by conflict experts Rufa Guiam and Leslie Dwyer.

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Internationals, Malaysia, and Negotiations for Peace in the Philippines

October 17, 2012

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It has been an exciting and emotional 10 days for the peace process between the Philippine government and the country’s largest rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which looks to end 40 years of conflict that has left a reported 150,000 dead and devastated the economy.

 

Pivots Toward Peace in Mindanao

July 25, 2012

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A fortnight ago I blogged about the energy for peace I found at two very different events in Mindanao. We might now ask: what is the origin of that energy, and of the general surge toward a peace agreement? At first glance, this may seem to have an obvious answer, since it is clear from citizen surveys…

 

Philippines Conflict Provides Lessons for Achieving Future Peace in Complex Settings

June 20, 2012

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For the first time in my life, I am visiting London. Everybody tells me how unusual is the glorious weather we’re enjoying, and that my infatuation with the city might not be as strong if the weather were more normal – gloomy and wet – but I plan to take these first impressions as fixed.

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A Pathway to Peace for Thailand’s Restive South?

June 13, 2012

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In March 2012, a few weeks before Thai New Year which is celebrated every April, a series of explosions rocked a district of Thailand’s Songkla province popular with tourists, and a business district in Yala province.

 

Calling for Peace in Southern Thailand

June 13, 2012

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Nearly 1,500 participants from local communities, government agencies, and the armed forces gathered in late May 2012 for a Peace Festival in Thailand’s conflict-affected Deep South. The Peace Festival is the culmination…

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Calling for Peace in Southern Thailand

June 13, 2012

Nearly 1,500 participants from local communities, government agencies, and the armed forces gathered in late May 2012 for a Peace Festival in Thailand’s conflict-affected Deep South. The Peace Festival is the culmination of a 2-year dialogue initiative launched by The Asia Foundation and local Thai partners. They gathered in the seaside community o… Read more

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How Can International Assistance to Burma Avoid Mistakes of the Past?

May 9, 2012

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Burma (also known as Myanmar) may be on the verge of a dramatic expansion of international assistance. After last month’s parliamentary by-elections, there is likely to be more support for easing sanctions and increasing foreign assistance to the country to support the changes underway.

 

After North Korea’s Rocket Launch: Picking Up the Pieces

April 18, 2012

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North Korea’s failed rocket launch accomplished the rarest of feats. The regime managed to simultaneously outrage the world and embarrass itself at the same time. Unfortunately, this increases the likelihood that Pyongyang will undertake a nuclear test…

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Elections to Test Timor-Leste’s Stability

March 14, 2012

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With presidential elections set for March 17, followed by parliamentary elections in June, Timor-Leste is now in full political campaign mode. Some prominent figures in the country will compete for the post in Saturday’s presidential election, including incumbent president Jose Ramos Horta; the just-resigned commander of the armed forces, Taur Matan Ruak; Vice Prime Minister Jose Luis Guterres; the sitting president of the National Parliament, Fernando Lasama; and Lu Olo, the president of the main opposition party FRETLIN.

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Filipino Citizens Still Optimistic About Chances for Peace in Mindanao

February 22, 2012

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Peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Kuala Lumpur last week featured chocolates on Valentine’s Day. It was a light moment in talks characterized by the Malaysian facilitator as “sincere but tough.” As the next scheduled meeting in March approaches…

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Helping Sri Lanka’s Banks to Trust Small Businesses

February 1, 2012

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Since Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war ended in 2009, we’re now witnessing the beginning of reconstruction in the country’s battered North and East. The government is rapidly investing in roads, rail, ports, and telecommunications that help connect marginalized communities with the vibrant, growing capital of Colombo.

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2011 Survey of the Afghan People: Growing Fear in Afghanistan

November 16, 2011

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Just yesterday, on November 15 in Kabul and Washington, D.C., The Asia Foundation released the results of its 2011 Survey of the Afghan People. The annual Survey of the Afghan People is the most comprehensive and credible nationwide poll of public opinion on topics related to national mood, governance, security, and development in Afghanistan. In 2011, the survey polled over 6,300 respondents from all 34 provinces of Afghanistan.

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Q&A: Survey Findings Reveal Ongoing Challenges for Afghan Women

November 16, 2011

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In Asia’s editor, Alma Freeman, interviewed 2011 Survey of the Afghan People co-author and former Asia Foundation program director for Law, Human Rights, and Women’s Empowerment in Kabul, Najla Ayubi, for her reaction to the findings of The Asia Foundation’s 2011 Survey and what they might mean for women’s rights, peace talks, and more. Ayubi is currently the Afghanistan country director for the Open Society Foundation.

 

Afghanistan’s Religious Institutions among Most Trusted

November 16, 2011

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Religious leaders received the highest vote of confidence and optimism of the Afghan people among local governance institutions, according to The Asia Foundation’s 2011 Survey of the Afghan People. Seventy percent of respondents say that there should be regular consultation with religious leaders about problems in their area, while 74 percent rank religious leaders…

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Q&A: Will Agreement Over Fate of Former Maoist Combatants Advance Nepal’s Peace?

November 9, 2011

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Last week, Nepal’s political parties reached agreement on the future of 19,602 Maoist ex-combatants, breaking years of political log jam. In Asia spoke with Asia Foundation Nepal country representative, George Varughese…

 

Basilan Clash Reveals Danger of Stalled Progress in Peace Talks in Southern Philippines

November 2, 2011

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Over the past 90 days, the peace process between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has been through the best of times and the worst of times. At the beginning of August, President Noynoy Aquino met…

 

Regional Peace Consultations in Afghanistan Reveal Top Recommendations from Communities, Civil Society

October 19, 2011

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On September 20, former president and head of Afghanistan’s peace process, Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, received an urgent call while in Dubai: Taliban leaders were ready to talk peace, he was told, and he rushed back to his home in Kabul.

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Gender and Conflict in Mindanao

August 4, 2011

The Asia Foundation commissioned a study in August 2010 to examine the dynamics of gender and conflict in Mindanao. Leslie Dwyer and Rufa Guiam conducted field-based research and a literature review to identify challenges and opportunities for women and men in community and national peacebuilding. Their report argues that programming is more effect… Read more

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Gender and Conflict in Mindanao (11x17 version)

August 4, 2011

The Asia Foundation commissioned a study in August 2010 to examine the dynamics of gender and conflict in Mindanao. Leslie Dwyer and Rufa Guiam conducted field-based research and a literature review to identify challenges and opportunities for women and men in community and national peacebuilding. Their report argues that programming is more effect… Read more

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Indian PM’s Bangladesh Visit to Usher in New Momentum

July 27, 2011

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s controversial off-the-cuff remarks made earlier this month on the influence of conservative Islamic groups on the Bangladesh polity, led the Indian government to announce immediately – quite contrary to diplomatic practice – his much-awaited visit to Dhaka on September 6-7.

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Comparative Review of Community-Based Development in Conflict-Affected Areas in the Philippines

July 20, 2011

A brief description of the comparative review study, a one year grant from the World Bank’s State and Peace-building Fund. The study will examine the possible impact of community based development projects in conflict affected areas in the Philippines, particularly on peace-building and conflict.

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Is Thailand’s Political Turmoil a Sign of Positive Societal Transformation?

July 13, 2011

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Thailand’s political landscape throughout much of the 20th century was populated by numerous regional or personality-based parties, and characterized by weak coalition governments. Alliances and coalitions were made and broken easily, as parties sought the best deal for their constituents and members.

 

Thailand’s Deep South: A Political Labyrinth

July 13, 2011

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Contrary to the predictions made by the plethora of political pundits watching Thailand’s elections that the Democrats would have difficulty holding their five current seats in Thailand’s Deep South, the Democrats instead ran away with nine out of 11 constituent seats.

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Thai Citizens Vigilant Observers During Election, But Upholding Democracy Doesn’t Stop There

July 13, 2011

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At a polling station in Chiang Mai province, election officials were busy counting votes just moments after the polls closed for Thailand’s July 3 general election. As counting continued, each ballot was placed aside in a pile, visible to the large crowd observing.

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Dark Reality to Vote Buying in Thailand

July 13, 2011

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Having served as a short-term international observer for the general election in Thailand earlier this month on July 3, I unfortunately became somewhat of an expert in the dark arts of vote buying. As one of 60 observers from the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) deployed around the country…

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Are Maoists Changing Tune Ahead of Nepal’s May 28 Constitutional Deadline?

May 11, 2011

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On May 28, 2011, Nepal’s Constituent Assembly (CA) will end its tenure, for the second time, without having completed even a first draft of the constitution. In the lead-up to the deadline, a strike by ethnic and indigenous groups nearly shut down the nation’s capital Kathmandu late last month…

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The Arab Awakening: Governance Lessons for Asia and Beyond

May 4, 2011

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Over the last months, the world has watched as uprisings and revolutions have spread across the streets and squares of the Arab world. In Egypt, entire families – mothers, wives, daughters, grandmothers, showed remarkable courage in standing shoulder-to-shoulder with their brothers, sons, and fathers…

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Development Realism: Why the World Bank’s World Development Report Should Lead to Changes in Aid to Fragile States

April 27, 2011

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Earlier this month, the World Bank released its 2011 World Bank Development Report, “Conflict, Security and Development.” This highly ambitious report intends to challenge conventional wisdom and propose a new strategy for the international community to help countries emerge from war, long-running violent conflict, entrenched criminality, and fragility. In my view, the report has accomplished this goal, and in so doing, may change the way we work with fragile states and conflict-affected regions.

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Survey Findings Challenge Notion of a Divided Thailand

March 30, 2011

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Since Thailand’s color politics began pitting the People’s Alliance for Democracy’s (PAD) “Yellow-Shirt” movement against the National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship’s (UDD) “Red-Shirt” movement, political watchers have insisted that the Thai people are bitterly divided in their loyalties to rival political factions. The view holds that an old-guard elite preference for guided democracy has collided with a populist call from marginalized farmers and wage earners to return Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to power.

 

A ‘Colorless’ Thailand?

March 30, 2011

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In 1947, Winston Churchill said “democracy is the worst form of government, except for all others that have been tried.” When Churchill made this remark, Thailand was in the throes of developing a strong dictatorial state headed by the military. But after six decades of impressive economic advancement and social mobility…

 

Q&A: Nepal Elects New Prime Minister

February 9, 2011

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After nearly eight months without leadership, Nepal’s parliament has elected Jhala Nath Khanal prime minister. In Asia interviewed Asia Foundation Deputy Country Representative in Kathmandu Sagar Prasai about what this news means for the peace process and what lies ahead. Read the interview.

 

Can the UN Mission’s Exit Do Some Good for Nepal?

January 19, 2011

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A general nervousness around the exit last week of the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), which monitored Nepal’s struggling peace process since 2007, was evident in political commentaries as early as last November. Perhaps because political pundits expect more from politicians than most of us do, most commentators were hoping that Nepal’s political parties would defy their history of brinkmanship…

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Local Mediation: A Transformative Approach to Conflict in Nepal

June 25, 2010

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Often, when the prospect of peace is moving forward at the national level, citizens continue to experience the impacts of conflict, particularly at the local level. This is very much the case in Nepal today – emerging from nearly a decade-long open civil war – as the Constituent Assembly struggles toward a peace process at the national level. These… Read more

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Can Afghanistan’s Traditional Jirgas Bring Hope for Peace?

June 23, 2010

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During last year’s presidential election, Hamid Karzai promised to call a jirga to promote peace and reconciliation for Afghanistan’s future. After two postponements, the peace jirga finally took place in early June with 1,700 delegates gathering in Kabul. Some in the Afghan and international press have criticized the results, but the primary goal… Read more

 

National Parliament of Timor-Leste Launches Local Chapter of International Anti-Corruption Organization

Dili, June 15, 2010

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The National Parliament of Timor-Leste officially launches a chapter of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians against Corruption (GOPAC). The establishment of a GOPAC chapter in Timor-Leste, arose in part due to a resolution from the anti-corruption conference held on April 21-22, 2010. The conference brought together members of parliament, a… Read more

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Nepal Averts Constitutional Crisis: Hope for Democratic Future Kept Alive

June 2, 2010

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Around midnight on May 28, 2010, Nepali lawmakers took a stunning last-minute emergency action that served to keep hopes for a democratic constitutional republic and a stable nation alive in Nepal: by an overwhelming majority the Eighth Amendment Bill to the interim constitution to extend the Constituent Assembly’s tenure by one year was passed. Of… Read more

 

Nepal’s Constituent Assembly Gets New Lease, But Politics Go Back to Square One

June 2, 2010

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On May 28, 2010, three major political parties of Nepal, including the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), signed a three-point agreement pushing the deadline for promulgating a new constitution to May 28, 2011. Without that amendment, the Assembly’s constitutional tenure would have ended without having produced even a first draft of the new constit… Read more

 

Jakarta Globe Features Aceh Documentary Screening Event

May 25, 2010

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The Jakarta Globe features an article about a documentary premiere on the state of Aceh, which served as the centerpiece of a night of discussions about the province and its efforts to rebuild. The Asia Foundation’s Senior Director for Indonesia Programs Sandra Hamid was mentioned for attending the event. Read the full article: “Aceh’s Uneasy Peace… Read more

 

Jakarta Post Highlights Book on Indonesia Democracy

May 19, 2010

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A news brief in The Jakarta Post about Indonesia’s democratic progress features coverage of a book launch for Problems of Democratization in Indonesia: Elections, Institutions and Society, co-written by The Asia Foundation’s Director for Gender and Women’s Participation in Indonesia Hana Satriyo. Read the full article: “Expert praises democratic pr… Read more

 

Despite Machine Glitches, Citizens Struggle to Keep Philippines Election ‘Hotspot’ Peaceful

May 12, 2010

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On election day in the Philippines, The Commission on Elections declared a poll failure in several towns in Lanao del Sur, among them the municipality of Bayang, where a peace covenant signing among local candidates took place in February 2010 to pledge support for the conduct of honest and peaceful elections in the area. While the peace convention… Read more

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Philippines Elections: From Rido Resolution to Peaceful Elections

May 12, 2010

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Among the most prominent rido (clan conflict) reconciliations facilitated by The Asia Foundation’s partners in the Philippines is the celebrated resolution to the feud between the Imam and the Macapeges clans. In the small municipality of Matanog in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the former mayor (Macapeges) and his political riva… Read more

 

AFP quotes Scott Snyder On South Korea Warship Sinking Investigation

May 11, 2010

Media Coverage

In an Agence France-Presse wire story discussing further investigations in the sinking of South Korea’s warship, which confirms the presence of traces of high explosives found on the wreckage, The Asia Foundation’s Center for U.S.-Korea Policy Director Scott Snyder is quoted. Read the full article: “S.Korea: high explosive traces on ship wreckage.”

 

Tara Bandu Ceremony Cements Community-Police Cooperation in Bidau-Santana, Timor-Leste

Dili, May 7, 2010

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Twenty members of the National Police and over 500 citizens of Bidau-Santana sucos (village) in Dili, Timor-Leste took part in an ancient ceremony, called Tara Bandu, to establish a community-wide agreement for security. The ceremony was presided over by the President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Jose Ramos Horta, General Commander of… Read more

 

Philippine Elections and Rido: Before Maguindanao, Murder in Sulu

May 5, 2010

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On Nov. 23, 2009, the incident now widely known as the “Maguindanao Massacre,” left 57 unarmed civilians dead. The enormous media attention to this gruesome incident and the resulting local and international public outrage ensured swift action from authorities to arrest and put to trial the suspects in the killing. Amid fears of a looming rido (cla… Read more

 

Skepticism Mounts as Philippine Elections Approach: Can Independent Poll Watch Groups Help?

May 5, 2010

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The May 2010 national and local elections will claim many firsts: the first nationwide automated elections in the Philippines and in Asia, and also the most expensive election in the country’s electoral history. Strange bedfellows share the same stage in campaign sorties (Leftist leaders who were detained by former President Marcos share the same S… Read more

 

Los Angeles Times Quotes Scott Snyder on Kim Jong Il’s China Visit

May 3, 2010

Media Coverage

In a Los Angeles Times article about North Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s trip to China, reportedly in search of funding support, The Asia Foundation’s Center for U.S.-Korea Policy Director Scott Snyder is quoted on the possible motive behind the visit. Read the full article: “North Korean leader in China seeking cash, clout.”

 

World Politics Review: Scott Snyder on South Korea Naval Ship Sinking Investigations

April 29, 2010

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Following preliminary evidence from investigations suggesting that a North Korean torpedo caused the sinking of South Korea’s naval ship, World Politics Review interviews The Asia Foundation’s Center for U.S.-Korea Policy Director Scott Snyder on the potential significance for both South and North Korea. Read the full article: “News Spotlight: Sout… Read more

 

Philippines: Asia Foundation and Ateneo Human Rights Center Sponsor Quick Reaction Team Program

April 29, 2010

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In a Philippine Information Agency article about the launch of a Quick Reaction Team related to extra-legal killings and enforced disappearances in Palo, Philippines, The Asia Foundation is credited with sponsoring the program along with the Ateneo Human Rights Center. Read the full article: “Palo hosts launching of Leyte team vs extra-legal killin… Read more

 

Clan Conflict (Rido): A Threat to Stability in Southern Philippines

April 28, 2010

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Below is an excerpt from Mr. Torres’ chapter “Letting A Thousand Flowers Bloom: Clan Conflicts and their Management” in the newly-published Challenges to Human Security in Complex Situations: The Case of Conflict in the Southern Philippines. Life with rido is being a prisoner in your house. A person without rido can go anywhere. A person with rido… Read more

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Sri Lanka: Post-Civil War Police Reform and Public Security

April 28, 2010

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Special to In Asia A constable, his uniform freshly pressed, sits elbow to elbow with more than a dozen local residents in a loud, airless office in Pussellawa, a high-altitude hamlet nestled among the tea plantations of central Sri Lanka’s diverse Kandy district. “We’re limited,” he says. “The area we have to cover is big. We don’t have enough veh… Read more

 

The Diplomat Quotes Scott Snyder on South Korea’s Military Role

April 28, 2010

Media Coverage

In an article on The Diplomat about South Korea’s rise as a military power and its presence in Afghanistan, The Asia Foundation’s Center for U.S.-Korea Policy Director Scott Snyder is quoted on sensitivities surrounding South Korea’s deployment of troops to Afghanistan. Read the full article: “South Korea’s Secret War.”

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Sri Lanka: Post-Civil War Police Reform and Public Security

April 28, 2010

The bloody, 25-year armed conflict in Sri Lanka is over, but in small, hardscrabble towns like Pussellawa – a high-altitude hamlet in central Sri Lanka – a legacy of rigid, aggressive, inherited policing tactics is preventing police and residents from collaborating to fight a surge in crime. Read more about this in our blog. The Asia Foundation is… Read more

 

Huffington Post piece Recommends Afghan Ministers Connect with Asia Foundation

April 23, 2010

Media Coverage

In a Huffington Post blog piece about Afghan President Karzai’s May visit to Washington, D.C., and the influential role Afghan ministers play in decision making, The Asia Foundation is recommended as an organization that the State Department should connect the ministers with during their visit in order to raise their visibility with the American pu… Read more

 

MILF pessimistic on Peace Talks, Asia Foundation’s ICG role cited

April 21, 2010

Media Coverage

In a Sun Star (Philippines) article about the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s pessimism that a breakthrough could be achieved during the latest rounds of peace talks with the Philippine government in Kuala Lumpur, The Asia Foundation’s role as an International Contact Group member is mentioned. Read the full article: “MILF sees no breakthrough in t… Read more

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Asia Foundation and Australian Agency for International Development Enter Strategic Partnership to Address Challenges in Conflict-Affected and Fragile Regions

San Francisco and Canberra, April 12, 2010

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As the international community searches for new ways to deliver aid and assistance in places affected by conflict and state fragility, the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and The Asia Foundation have formed a strategic partnership to enhance current approaches and explore new methods for supporting development, building pea… Read more

 

Asia Foundation Begins Repairs at Severely Damaged Girls’ School in Afghanistan

San Francisco, April 6, 2010

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The Asia Foundation announced today it will begin repairs on the Lama-e-Shaheed Girls’ School in Kabul—a school with an enrollment of over 4,500 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. With funding from the Janet Ketcham Foundation, The Asia Foundation will make critical improvements on the school building, which was severely damaged during… Read more

 

Huffington Post Piece Cites Asia Foundation’s Afghan Poll Findings

April 6, 2010

Media Coverage

In a Huffington Post blog post about what would happen to Afghanistan and its citizens if troops were pulled out of the country, The Asia Foundation’s Afghan poll findings about cell phone usage are cited. Read the full article: “Afghanistan: Fallen Soldier’s Mother Asks the Right Question.”

 

Economist Article on Thailand Unrest Cites Asia Foundation’s Thailand Poll

March 18, 2010

Media Coverage

In a feature in The Economist detailing the current unrest in Thailand, as well as fears surrounding the royal succession, The Asia Foundation’s 2009 Thailand survey findings are cited. Read the full article: “Thailand’s succession: As father fades, his children fight.”

 

Malaysian News Agency quotes Steven Rood on peace talks in Philippines

March 4, 2010

Media Coverage

In a Bernama (Malaysia) article about the ongoing peace talks between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in the Philippines Steven Rood is quoted. Read the full article: “Good Sign For Mindanao Peace.”

 

Radio Australia: Steven Rood on Setback for Philippine peace talks

February 22, 2010

Media Coverage

Radio Australia interviews The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in the Philippines Steven Rood on the latest setback in peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front with MILF’s rejection of a power sharing proposal put forward by the government. Listen to the interview or read the full transcript: “Philippines ce… Read more

 

Foreign Affairs: Asia Foundation’s role in Philippines peace process

February 4, 2010

Media Coverage

Foreign Affairs featured an online article about the status of the renewed peace talks between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The Asia Foundation’s role on the International Contact Group is mentioned. Read the full article: “Letter From Manila: How to Talk to a MILF.”

 

Steven Rood interviewed on peace negotiations in Philippines

February 1, 2010

Media Coverage

Radio Australia interviews The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in the Philippines Steven Rood on the ongoing peace talks between the Philippine government and MILF held at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur. Listen to the interview: “Philippines talks with separatists.”

 

Financial Times: Asia Foundation’s Robin Bush on terrorism in Indonesia

December 28, 2009

Media Coverage

The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Indonesia Robin Bush is quoted in a Financial Times article about Indonesia’s strategy for tackling terrorism and Islamic radicalism. Read the full article: “Indonesia’s tactical change pays off.”

 

KQED’s The Forum: Steve Rood on Mindanao massacre

November 30, 2009

Media Coverage

On a program on KQED’s The Forum with Michael Krasny about the massacre in Mindanao, The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in the Philippines Steve Rood was a guest. Listen to the program: “Philippines Massacre.”

 

NYT: Asia Foundation’s Steve Rood on violence in southern Philippines

November 23, 2009

Media Coverage

In a New York Times article about the kidnapping on Monday by armed men of a group of 40 people in Mindanao that resulted in at least 21 killed, The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in the Philippines Steve Rood is quoted on the violence. Read the full article: “21 Filipinos Are Reported Dead in Election Violence.”

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Peacebuilding in Asia

November 17, 2009

An overview of The Asia Foundation’s Peacebuilding programs addressing violent conflict and strengthening state institutions in conflict-affected countries.

 

The Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Select The Asia Foundation for International Contact Group

Manila, November 13, 2009

News

The Asia Foundation’s office in the Philippines announced it has accepted an invitation from the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to join the newly-formed International Contact Group (ICG). The ICG, agreed upon September 15, is tasked with supporting the next stage of peace negotiation… Read more

 

PBS’ Worldfocus features In Asia post on Pakistan’s refugee crisis

June 19, 2009

Media Coverage

PBS’ Worldfocus features excerpts from the June 17 In Asia post “In Pakistan: Homeless in their Homeland” by The Asia Foundation’s Senior Program Officer in Pakistan Nadia Tariq Ali. Read the blog post: “Pakistan offensive nears end; refugee crisis just beginning.”

 

New York Times: Asia Foundation’s Nilan Fernando Quoted on War’s End in Sri Lanka

May 20, 2009

Media Coverage

In a New York Times article about the Sri Lankan government’s defeat of the Tamil Tigers that ended the over 25 year-long civil war there, The Asia Foundation’s country representative in Sri Lanka Nilan Fernando is quoted. Read the full article: “War’s End in Sri Lanka: Bloody Family Triumph.”

 

Voice of America: Tim Meisburger on Thailand Protests

April 27, 2009

Media Coverage

In a Voice of America article about the recent protests in Thailand, Tim Meisburger, The Asia Foundation’s Regional Director for Elections and Political Processes, talks about the increased political participation leading to strengthened democracy in Thailand. Read the full article, “Thailand’s Protesters Highlight Rifts, Political Participation.”

 

Channel News Asia: John Brandon on impact of violence in Thailand

April 14, 2009

Media Coverage

In response to the situation in Thailand, John Brandon, The Asia Foundation’s Director, International Relations and Associate Director, Washington, D.C., was quoted in a Channel News Asia article about the U.S.’s response to the unrest in Thailand. Read the full article, “US joins other nations in condemning violence in Thailand.”

 

PBS: Asia Foundation Expert Quoted on Unrest in Thailand

April 14, 2009

Media Coverage

Tim Meisburger’s April 8 In Asia post “Whither Democracy in Thailand?” is excerpted by PBS’s Worldfocus website in a long feature about the situation in Thailand. Meisburger is The Asia Foundation’s Regional Director for Elections and Political Processes. Read the full Worldfocus story, “Escalating political violence in Thailand shuts down summit.”

 

New York Times: Karl Inderfurth offers “Ultimate Exit Strategy” for Afghanistan

March 27, 2009

Media Coverage

Karl Inderfurth, a member of The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees, was published in the New York Times in an op-ed offering a strategy for Afghanistan to become a permanently neutral state via a multilateral process. Read the full op-ed “Ultimate Exit Strategy”.

 

Christian Science Monitor Quotes Asia Foundation’s James Klein on Situation in Bangkok

December 1, 2008

Media Coverage

James Klein, The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Thailand, has been quoted in the Christian Science Monitor on the protests shutting down Bangkok’s airports. Read the full story “Airport clash grounds Thailand.”

 

Singapore: International Workshop on Autonomy and Armed Separatism in South and Southeast Asia

Singapore, June 26-27, 2008

Events

The Asia Foundation is supporting next week’s “International Workshop on Autonomy and Armed Separatism in South and Southeast Asia” to be held in Singapore. The Foundation’s Steven Rood, Country Representative, Philippines and Pacific Island Nations Regional Advisor for Local Governance, and Thomas Parks, Regional Director for Conflict and Governan… Read more

 

Two Warring Families Sign Peace Accord in Mindanao

Davao City, Mindanao, January 30, 2008

News

The Asia Foundation Announces Settlement of Imam-Macapeges RidoFor over six years, the families of Kahir Macapeges and Nasser Imam have engaged in a notoriously bloody war that has left nine relatives and two bystanders dead and 13 wounded. In the small municipality of Matanog in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the former mayor and… Read more

 

McConnell Foundation and The Asia Foundation Renew Commitment to Community Mediation in Nepal

Kathmandu, November 26, 2007

News

The Asia Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to Asia’s development since 1954, and The McConnell Foundation are entering a new phase of a program to provide community mediation services across 12 districts in Nepal, a country coming out of a decade of insurgent rebellion. The absence of effective courts and the breakdown of traditional me… Read more

 

The Asia Foundation Publishes Definitive Reference on Clan Feuding In Mindanao

Manila, October 24, 2007

News

Book Will Enhance Dialogue and Understanding between Communities and Government Mindanao, home to a majority of the country’s Muslims, is a region suffering from poor infrastructure, high poverty, and violence that has claimed the lives of more than 120,000 in the last three decades. At a ceremony held today at the Intercontinental Hotel Manila, Th… Read more

 

The Asia Foundation Launches Study on America’s Role in Sri Lanka’s Peace Process

Colombo, May 11, 2007

News

 Report Written by Former United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Jeffrey Lunstead Today, The Asia Foundation launched The United States’ Role in Sri Lanka’s Peace Process, a study that analyzes the United States’ involvement in Sri Lanka’s peace process from 2002-2006. The report, released amidst renewed fighting in Sri Lanka’s civil conflict, was… Read more

 

Empowering All Nepali Citizens to Contribute to the Creation of a New Constitution

San Francisco, January 17, 2007

News

The Asia Foundation to Manage the Coalition for Constituent Assembly Support in Nepal The Asia Foundation, the premier non-profit international organization devoted to peace and development in Asia since 1954, announced today its assistance to a groundbreaking, 18-month program to ensure that all Nepali citizens are informed and equipped to partici… Read more

 

Aid, Conflict, and Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka Report Launched in Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC, May 17, 2006

News

Study Designed to Advance International Community’s Impact in Sri Lanka during Critical Time Yesterday in Washington, The Asia Foundation and the World Bank convened Sri Lankan senior policy makers, conflict experts and members of the diplomatic community to introduce the study, Aid, Conflict and Peacebuilding in Sri Lanka, which analyzes the confl… Read more