Leadership Development in the Asia-Pacific Region
September 2, 2009
Within a single week, the San Francisco headquarters of The Asia Foundation hosted 16 new Luce Scholars, a Congressional Fellow from Thailand, and two participants in the Young Diplomats Program from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These are recent examples of Asia Foundation programs contributing to leadership development in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly those with an international dimension. These programs build on the efforts of The Asia Foundation since its founding in 1954 to support leadership development in ways that contribute to institutional growth and professional capacities and enhanced understanding of critical issues in the Asia-Pacific region.
The 16 2009-2010 Luce Scholars – young American leaders on their way to Asia for a year in an Asian host organization – join more than 550 others who have benefitted from their year-long exposure to the work and social culture of countries in Northeast and Southeast Asia and who have assumed leadership positions in fields ranging from foreign affairs, health, the arts, women’s empowerment, law, economic development, and the environment. Among our past Luce Scholars, a program that has been implemented by the Foundation since 1974 with support from the Henry Luce Foundation, is Terry Adamson, Vice President of National Geographic and also a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. The current Congressional Fellow is participating in a program organized by the American Political Science Association, through which he will spend a year working in the office of a Senator or Congress member in Washington, D.C. Among the many fellows supported in the past by The Asia Foundation is Surin Pitsuan, Secretary General of ASEAN, and also a member of The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Participants in the Young Diplomats Program – which started in 1980 – earn master’s degrees from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy or Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Many have risen to prominence in China’s diplomatic service, including ministerial positions and ambassadorships.
Upcoming programs include a conference for participants in a six-year series of exchanges for emerging leaders from Southeast Asia and the U.S., to be held in Singapore in late September. The conference will focus on “Current Developments in Southeast Asia – Implications for the U.S. and Southeast Asia.”
The Asia Foundation also supports a number of mid-career fellowships for Asians, which provide an opportunity for broader exposure within the region and strengthening of networking relationships. Asia Foundation – Stanford University Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) Fellow Dennis Arroyo, director of National Planning in the Philippines’ National Economic Development Authority, focused on the political economy of successful reform in Asia. His successor, Sudarno Sumarto, executive director of Indonesia’s SMERU Research Institute, began his fellowship in August and will focus on poverty alleviation. Recipients of the William P. Fuller Fellowship in Conflict Resolution, from numerous countries in Asia, have focused on current conflict issues in their respective countries such as the Banda Aceh peace accord, Maoist insurgency in Nepal, appropriation of land in China, and the Mindanao conflict in the Philippines.
While the Foundation has a long history of supporting leadership development programs involving international exchange and study, the nature of the programs has evolved as Asia itself has changed. In the first decades after the Foundation’s founding, the majority of programs sent Asians to the U.S. for advanced degrees or institutional observation and study tours. In more recent years, the majority of programs are intra-Asia with Asian institutions serving as resources. Notable examples include support for Afghan government officials to visit counterpart institutions in India and Malaysia, and the Muslim religious leaders (or imams) from Bangladesh who visited Indonesia as part of the Bangladesh’s Leaders Outreach Initiative aiming to strengthen national development efforts.
The Asia Foundation’s international leadership development initiatives are complemented by significant support for in-country programs to support leadership development throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Kim Hunter is The Asia Foundation’s Luce Scholars Coordinator. She can be reached at email@example.com.
About our blog, In AsiaIn Asia is a weekly in-depth, in-country resource for readers who want to stay abreast of significant events and issues shaping Asia\’s development, hosted by The Asia Foundation. Drawing on the first-hand insight of over 70 renowned experts in over 20 countries, In Asia delivers concentrated analysis on issues affecting each region of Asia, as well as Foundation-produced reports and polls.
In Asia is posted and distributed every Wednesday evening, Pacific Time and is accessible via email and RSS. If you have any questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ContactFor questions about In Asia, or for our cross-post and re-use policy, please send an email to email@example.com.
The Asia Foundation
465 California St., 9th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
PO Box 193223
San Francisco, CA 94119-3223
HIGHLIGHTS ACROSS ASIA
More than Uncertainty Drives Afghan Migrants to the West
November 15, 2017
Toon Bodyslam: Just What Thailand Needs
November 15, 2017
ABC News: Afghans Slightly More Optimistic Despite Turmoil
November 14, 2017
The Asia Foundation Releases 2017 Survey of the Afghan People
November 14, 2017
Foreign Affairs Reviews China’s Governance Puzzle
November 2, 2017
Washington, DC Public Program: The Asia Foundation’s 2017 Survey of the Afghan People
Tuesday, November 14, 2017