The Asia Foundation Remembers A.W. Clausen

San Francisco, January 25, 2013 — A.W. “Tom” Clausen, long-time supporter and Trustee Emeritus of The Asia Foundation, passed away on Monday, January 21 at the age of 89. Mr. Clausen joined the Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 1990 at the...

Open Budget Survey Ranks Afghanistan as Second Greatest Improver

The just-released Open Budget Survey 2012 ranks Afghanistan as the second greatest improver out of 100 countries in budget transparency. South Korea leads among Asian countries as having the most transparent budget, followed by India, Indonesia, and Afghanistan. The...

In Conversation with Afghan Museum Director Omara Khan Masoudi

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.

Can Reforms Rid Southern Philippines of Election-Related Violence for Good?

Four months from now, the Philippines will once again be in the spotlight as citizens exercise their right to suffrage in congressional and local elections. It is because of this right that people and the institutions of the government must ensure that an enabling environment is provided for an effective electoral process.