2013 Matsui Lecture: Can the World Feed 9 Billion People?

A Global Agricultural Development Initiative 4:00pm to 5:30pm Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall UC Berkeley Free and open to the public Reception to follow Please register here. During his 26 years in Congress and subsequent service as President of The Asia...

Thailand Adopts Nationwide Minimum Wage Policy Amid Controversy

From January 1 of this year, Thailand’s employers must pay all employees at least 300 baht (about $10) a day. If they don’t, they will face six months in jail and/or a 100,000 baht fine for not complying. The 300-baht minimum daily wage policy, the fulfillment of a 2011 election campaign pledge by the ruling Pheu Thai Party, has been piloted in seven provinces since May 1, 2012 (including Bangkok), with much debate and division among employers, labor unions, government ministries, and academics about the actual and perceived impact of the policy on the economy, productivity, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and inequality.

U.S.-ASEAN Relations Mature, but Pitfalls Abound

For Southeast Asia, 2012 brought both challenges and opportunities to the region – from Cambodia’s chairmanship of ASEAN and further political opening in Burma (also known as Myanmar) to tensions in the South China Sea and the adoption of the ASEAN Declaration of Human Rights (ADHR).

Asia Foundation Accepting Applications for LankaCorps

The Asia Foundation is now accepting applications for LankaCorps, a unique fellowship opportunity for young leaders of Sri Lankan heritage to professionally engage in development activities in Sri Lanka. Those who are selected will be placed across the country with...

Asia’s Rise and the Future of the U.S. as a Pacific Power

Hosted by the Asia Society, Northern California Center 5:30—6:00 p.m. Registration 6:00—7:30 p.m. Panel Discussion / Audience Q&A 7:30—8:00 p.m. Reception Asia Society, Bechtel Conference Room 500 Washington St., San Francisco As a guest of The Asia Foundation,...