Reuters Features Quote from Country Representative Thomas Parks

March 25, 2019 — Reuters quotes the Asia Foundation’s country representative in Thailand, Thomas Parks, in an article analyzing Thailand’s upcoming general elections. The article was also featured in The New York Times and Channel NewsAsia

Addressing inequality should be high on the agenda of the next government, said Thomas Parks, country representative of the Asia Foundation, a non-profit group focusing on development.
“Inequality and regional disparities are one of Thailand’s most fundamental challenges,” he said.
“We expect that any government, regardless of the election outcome, will make this a serious priority.”

Myanmar Times features Asia Foundation’s 2018 City Life Survey

March 15, 2019 — The Myanmar Times analyzes key findings from the Asia Foundation’s 2018 City Life Survey. The first of its kind in Myanmar, the City Life Survey is a multi-year, multi-city public perception survey focused on the experience and well-being of country’s urban residents.

More than 35 percent of Myanmar households are not ready to shell out K200,000 (US$130) for emergency health care, according to Asia Foundation’s City Life Survey 2018. The foundation conducted the survey of 2414 people in 228 wards of Yangon, Mandalay, Monywa, Taunggyi and Mawlamyine cities from September to October 2018.

Asia Foundation’s Afghanistan Office Named Top Think Tank by University of Pennsylvania

February 7, 2019 — In the 13th edition of the 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program names The Asia Foundation’s Afghanistan office as one of the top ten think tanks in Central Asia. Since its inception in 2006, the objective of the report has been to acknowledge and gain a better understanding of the important role think tanks play in governments and civil society. The index report was launched at Brookings Institute in conjunction with the annual “Why Facts and Think Tanks Matter” forum.

Centre for International Policy Studies Analyzes the 2018 Afghan Survey

February 5, 2019 — The Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) at the University of Ottawa examines key findings from The Asia Foundation’s annual Survey of the Afghan People in a two-part blog feature, “A Nation in Transition: Afghan Perspectives on Society, Politics, and Economics, 2004 and 2018.” Comparing the survey results from 2004 and 2018, the article assesses important changes to how Afghan citizens’ view the future of their country.

The survey of the Afghan people, undertaken by the Asia Foundation every year since 2004, is an important barometer, tracking opinions on social, political, economic, and security conditions in their country. The survey findings provide a longitudinal picture of how public perception of issues important to the future of the country evolves from year to year. Afghan opinions, reported in the surveys are, in effect, also reflections of the state of security, governance, the economy, education, the status of women, and the democratization process as symbolized by elections.

CSIS Interviews Trustee Kathleen Stephens in “Living History” Video Series

January 31, 2019 — The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) features Asia Foundation trustee Ambassador Kathleen Stephens in a video interview, “Living History with Ambassador Kathleen Stephens.” In the first of the two-part interview series, Amb. Stephens reflects on her experience as a Peace Corp volunteer and junior diplomatic officer during the formative years of South Korea’s post-war economic and democratic growth.

This Living History features an interview with Ambassador Kathleen Stephens who served as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2008 to 2011. Ambassador Stephens was the first female ambassador and one of the few Korean-speaking senior U.S. diplomats to serve in that position since the opening of the U.S. embassy in Seoul in 1949.

The Wall Street Journal Features Data from 2018 Survey of the Afghan People

January 29, 2019 — The Wall Street Journal features an op-ed written by Afghan politician and women’s rights activist Fawzia Koofi. The article analyzes the government’s peace settlement with the Taliban and cites key findings from the 2018 Survey of the Afghan People

The Taliban knows, after all, that it would have no place in Afghanistan if it competed in an open election. According to the December 2018 Asia Foundation survey, 82% of Afghans have “no sympathy” for the Taliban.

TEDTalk Featuring 2016 Asia Foundation Development Fellow Kotchakorn Voraakhom

January 23, 2019 — Kotchakorn Voraakhom, a 2016 Asia Foundation Development Fellow, presents a TEDTalk on transforming cities into landscapes that fight floods while also reconnecting residents to their natural environment. Voraakhom was part of the TEDWomen 2018 program, an annual three-day event of forward thinkers with bold ideas. Her TEDTalk was also a featured highlight in TEDBlog‘s “Live From TEDWomen” coverage.


At this very moment, 48 major cities across the globe are sinking — cities like New York City, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Bangkok, built on the soft ground alongside their rivers. Landscape architect and TED Fellow Kotchakorn Voraakhom comes from Bangkok herself and was displaced, along with millions of others, by the devastating flood that hit Thailand in 2011.

Read the TEDBlog piece here.

Asia Foundation Trustee Daniel Feldman Joins Covington & Burling LLP as Senior Counsel

January 23, 2019 — Asia Foundation trustee Daniel F. Feldman joins Covington & Burling LLP, an international law firm, as a senior counsel in the firm’s Public Policy practice and a member of Global Problem Solving initiative.

His distinguished government career also includes serving as Director of Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs at the National Security Council in the Clinton Administration and as counsel and communications advisor to the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He is affiliated with a number of foreign policy organizations, including serving as a Trustee of The Asia Foundation, an Advisory Board Member of National Security Action, and a non-resident Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress.

Read announcement here.