At Davos, Will Asia Be Seen as the Solution to or the Victim of Global Economic Crisis?

From January 25-29, the world’s most powerful leaders from the public and private sectors gather in the Swiss town of Davos to try to agree on measures that will eventually impact billions of people across the world. The event is being held against an unprecedentedly gloomy global economic picture. The World Bank

recently reported that the world economy will grow by only 2.5 percent in 2012, far below initial estimates of 3.6 percent. In Europe, leaders have yet to come up with a comprehensive solution to the eurozone crisis.

New Article Explores Electoral Systems in Emerging Democracies

“The choice of an electoral system must not be taken lightly. … Far too often in transitional or developing settings, the choice of a system is the work of a lamentably small group of people who then enshrine their decision in a constitution adopted after a sketchy public debate held in a context where few have a full grasp of the long-term significance of electoral-system…

Luang Prabang Film Festival Inspires and Showcases Lao Filmmakers

DVDs of popular Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Hollywood movies are readily available in Laos, but there are very few Lao films and only a small and nascent Lao filmmaking industry. With only a handful of movie theaters in the entire country, many citizens have never been to the cinema, and filmmaking is generally seen as a foreign industry. Not only are there few films about Laos, but even fewer told from a Lao point of view.

A Changing Indonesia

Indonesia boasts one of the most successful development stories in Asia, with a thriving economy, stable democracy, and a young, technologically sophisticated population. Despite this, Indonesia still faces stubborn development challenges such as poverty, gender inequality, overpopulated prisons, and burdensome regulations that slow down business growth.

U.S-India Relations in 2012

The Economist, in its recent issue “The World in 2012,” gave this thumbnail prediction for India in the New Year: “The Congress-led government is leaking support because of widespread corruption and a patchy economic record… Nevertheless, the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will hold on until the end of its term in 2014 – not least because the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party…

UK Ministry of Defence Cites 2011 Afghan Survey

January 17, 2012 — The UK Ministry of Defence highlights a speech given by NATO’s senior civilian representative in Afghanistan, Ambassador Sir Simon Gass. According to The Asia Foundation’s Afghanistan in 2011: A Survey of the Afghan People, 38% of...