The Asia Foundation Part of Global Consortium to Deliver Innovative Conflict Resolution Programs

September 10, 2018 — This week, Alistair Burt, the Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, UK, announced Smart Peace, a new four-year program which will deliver innovative conflict resolution programming.

The Smart Peace program combines the expertise of consortium members to address the challenges of building sustainable peace in some of world’s most fragile states. Smart Peace is funded through the Department for International Development’s UK Aid Connect award.

The Smart Peace consortium led by, Conciliation Resources, consists of The Asia Foundation, The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, International Crisis Group, The Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich, Behavioral Insights Team and Chatham House, coordinated by Conciliation Resources.

The consortium’s bespoke blend of experience and networks, enables a combination of analysis, adaptive programming, experimentation and rigorous evaluation – leading to a potential step change in approaches to conflict resolution. Learning what works and adjusting activities to rapidly changing political situations are key features of Smart Peace. The resulting insights will help communities, international NGOs and governments to plan and implement peace strategies with greater confidence.

The need to respond to fragility presents a pressing global challenge—the incidence of violent conflict around the world has spiked dramatically since 2010, with the number of people displaced by violence and conflict reaching 68.5 million by the end of 2017.

Dialogue and mediation are proven to be effective in preventing and resolving conflicts – which are often complex, political and frequently-changing. But there is a gap in understanding of how these approaches can respond quickly to shifting political processes and overcome obstacles that block progress.

This new program will help to fill this knowledge gap by combining different areas of expertise—new conflict resolution techniques, complex conflict analysis, and behavioral change, which uses information from psychology and cognitive science to understand and influence how people make choices.

Jonathan Cohen, Executive Director at Conciliation Resources, comments:

To transform a state from violent conflict to peace and stability requires changes at all levels of society. Dialogue and mediation are fundamental within that process. This funding will enable the consortium to make conflict resolution mechanisms smarter, more strategic and adaptive so we are better placed to help prevent violence and tackle the root causes of conflict in the future.

This announcement comes at a time when a number of conflicts dominate the headlines, and there is an acceptance that more needs to be done to find alternative ways of dealing with the challenges these pose.

News of the award came at a meeting of peacebuilding and policy experts organized by leading UK peacebuilding organizations Conciliation Resources, International Alert, Peace Direct and Saferworld. Discussions at the event focused on positive examples of building peace across the Middle East, and the UK Government’s role in supporting these.

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Now Accepting Applications: 2018 YSEALI Summit Singapore, December 3-5 “The United States and ASEAN: Partners in Growth and Innovation”

San Francisco, September 5, 2018 —

The Asia Foundation is now accepting applications for the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Summit, a program of the U.S. Department of State. This summit will take place December 3-5, 2018 in Singapore at the Carlton Hotel, bringing together 150 participants from ASEAN countries and the United States. Applications will be accepted through the online application form until October 5, 2018.

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Background

Launched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is the U.S. Department of State’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Through a variety of programs and engagements, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture an ASEAN community of leaders who work across borders to solve common issues.

The 2018 YSEALI Summit, which marks YSEALI’s fifth anniversary, will gather participants around the theme “The United States and ASEAN: Partners in Growth and Innovation.” The summit will showcase innovative approaches to economic cooperation and growth by U.S. companies, organizations, and institutions present in ASEAN and allow young innovators and entrepreneurs from both the United States and ASEAN to connect with each other and with participating experts. Throughout the summit, participants will showcase projects, receive mentorship, explore opportunities to expand their work, exchange ideas on how to foster economic growth in their communities, and find avenues for stronger economic cooperation between the United States and ASEAN. The summit will also explore topics such as: best practices in innovation and partnership; the role of public private partnerships and corporate social responsibility in spurring economic growth; incubators; expanding digital literacy; entrepreneurship as a driver for community development; and healthy start-up ecosystems.

The Innovation Slam competition will be a central activity of the 2018 YSEALI Summit. Throughout the course of the summit, participants will learn the “lean startup methodology” of creating a successful enterprise, and will work on collaborative group projects, developing a minimum viable product showcase that satisfies the above-mentioned criteria, while employing each group members’ skills and expertise. These projects will have social impact; be potentially scalable across ASEAN; have a solid revenue generation model; and have implications for support or partnership with U.S. business, organizations or institutions. Throughout the development of the collaborative projects, teams will be coached by industry experts to enable participants to gain understanding of a variety of skills necessary in developing an enterprise.

The Asia Foundation is implementing the 2018 YSEALI Summit, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy Singapore and the American Chamber of Commerce Singapore. All program and travel costs including flight/transportation, meals, and accommodation will be covered. Please note that only direct flights are eligible; additional costs are the responsibility of participants.

Photo courtesy of YSEALI/US Department of State

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

To qualify as YSEALI Summit participants, YSEALI Alumni from Southeast Asia must:

  • Have a demonstrable record of high achievement, and must show evidence of outstanding potential for professional advancement and significant impact in their chosen field;
  • Have a demonstrable record of experience and accomplishment related to YSEALI’s four pillars economic growth, sustainable development, education, and civic engagement;
  • Be alumni of one of the following YSEALI programs: YSEALI Academic Fellowship, YSEALI Professional Fellowship, YSEALI Generation Regional Workshop, YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grants Competition;
  • Be thoughtful, committed, respected and inspirational leaders within their professional fields and within their larger community;
  • Be between 18 years of age and 35 years of age at the time of the beginning of the Summit, 3 December 2018;
  • Be conversant in English (TOEFL exam results are not required);
  • Be available and able to participate in all three days of the Summit (3-5 December 2018), no exceptions;
  • Be resident in and citizen of an ASEAN country (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam).

To qualify as YSEALI Summit participants, YSEALI Alumni from the United States must:

  • Have a demonstrable record of high achievement, and must show evidence of significant impact in their chosen field;
  • Have a demonstrable record of experience and accomplishment related to YSEALI’s four pillars economic growth, sustainable development, education, and civic engagement;
  • Be alumni of a YSEALI Reverse Exchange;
  • Be thoughtful, committed, respected and inspirational leaders within their professional fields and within their larger community;
  • Be available and able to participate in all three days of the Summit (3-5 December 2018), no exceptions;
  • Be resident national or citizen of the United States of America.

To qualify as YSEALI Summit participants, Young American Entrepreneurs and Innovators must:

  • Have a demonstrable record of high achievement, and must show evidence of significant impact in their chosen field;
  • Have a demonstrable record of experience as an entrepreneur and/or innovator, and record of accomplishment related to YSEALI’s four pillars economic growth, sustainable development, education, and civic engagement;
  • Be thoughtful, committed, respected and inspirational leaders within their professional fields and within their larger community;
  • Be available and able to participate in all three days of the Summit (3-5 December 2018), no exceptions;
  • Be resident national or citizen of the United States of America.

Selection Process

Applications will be evaluated by the Asia Foundation together with U.S. Embassy staff in ASEAN countries. Participants will be chosen without regard to gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic background, marital status, or financial need. All submitted application information will be treated as confidential unless stated otherwise in the application. The identities of nominees will remain confidential throughout the selection process. The Asia Foundation will announce the final selection in late October 2018.

How to Apply
Please read the application instructions to check for eligibility, prepare materials, and submit the final application. Applications will only be accepted through our online application form.

The deadline to submit is Friday, October 5, 2018 at 11:59pm PDT.

Apply here

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Asia Foundation Nurtures Children’s Storybook Creatives in Cambodia, One Editor at a Time

Phnom Penh, September 4, 2018 — The Asia Foundation gathered current and aspiring children’s book editors together on September 1-2 to sharpen their editing abilities to guide Cambodia’s growing pool of writers and illustrators in producing high quality children’s books. The workshop, which took place at The Asia Foundation’s TEK4Good space, was part of the Foundation’s Let’s Read! initiative which nurtures the talent of creatives across Asia to publish enjoyable, relatable stories on the Let’s Read! digital library. Children, families, and educators can access Asia’s free digital library in local languages for free at letsreadasia.org and via the Let’s Read! Android app on Google Play.

During the workshop, editors dissected elements of a good story; for example: why do children love a book so much that they want to read it again and again? Successful children’s books tend to include memorable characters with distinctive personalities, relatable settings and themes, imaginative elements that appeal to a child’s sense of wonder, and much more. But what specific advice can editors give their creative colleagues to overcome problems like ill-defined characters, plots that are too complicated for young readers, or illustrations that lack variety or emotion? Guided exercises and practice with real manuscripts helped participants hone their editing and coaching skills during the two-day practicum.

Photo Credit: Kyle Barker

“Editors act as a bridge between the writers and the readers,” workshop presenter Quynh Le explained. “Having knowledgeable editors who are able to coach aspiring writers is key in making sure their original ideas shine through in the finished story.”

Support for the training was generously provided by YBM, one of Korea’s largest publishing and education companies. YBM supports The Asia Foundation’s goal to help kids across Asia develop the habit of reading (essential to improved education and employment opportunities), starting by addressing the scarcity of reading books in their own language. Over the years, YBM and Chairman Min Sunshik have supported notable projects with The Asia Foundation in Korea, including sponsoring Korean journalists for the prestigious Harvard Nieman Fellowship.

Other elements of Let’s Read! include book creation and professional development workshops with book creators and translators across Asia; marketing the free library directly to families and readers; and collaborating with organizations and educators to make sure Let’s Read! meets their reading promotion needs.

Five of the participants in last weekend’s professional development workshop will participate as editors guiding local writers and illustrators in the next Khmer children’s book creation event sponsored by The Asia Foundation on Sept 22 and 23 at TEK4Good.

Photo Credit: Kyle Barker

“After this workshop, I have a new perspective for my own writing and how to help other writers create strong characters and stories,” said Nguon Sivngim, who will be an editor for the upcoming event. “I’m really happy with this experience and I hope that I can help the next generation of writers at the upcoming book creation event.”

The Let’s Read! initiative draws on The Asia Foundation’s in-country capabilities, local partnerships, and technological expertise to empower communities to create, translate, and share high-quality, richly illustrated children’s books across Asia. Since 1954, The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program has donated print books to thousands of under-resourced educational institutions in 21 Asian countries. While print remains an effective means of delivering information in many parts of the developing world, e-books are quickly becoming a cost-effective, scalable model due to mobile technology’s increasing affordability.

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Asia Foundation, MoneyGram Foundation and Seoul Metropolitan Government Partner to Publish Multilingual Storybooks in Korea

Seoul, August 31, 2018 — The Asia Foundation’s  Let’s Read! initiative is pleased to announce its partnership with the MoneyGram Foundation and the Seoul Metropolitan Government. On August 31, the Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a year-long collaboration on joint project, “Multilingual Book Creation for Migrant Families in Korea” to support cultural and linguistic bridges to aid migrant communities. According to Korean Immigration Service Statistics, in 2016 there were over two million migrants living in Korea, approximately four percent of Korea’s total population.

In order to help fill an existing educational resource gap, children’s books will be written in Korean and translated into an additional ten migrant languages. The goal of this project is to create educational stories that will build inclusion among Korean and foreign-born populations. The storybooks will then be printed and distributed to families in Korea as well as made available via The Asia Foundation’s free  Let’s Read! digital library, currently available in 14 languages at letsreadasia.org and via the Let’s Read! Android app on Google Play.

Photo Credit: Kyle Barker

The Asia Foundation together with Seoul Metropolitan Government will host both a contest and workshop to facilitate the creation, translation, and publication of the new children’s books. Additionally, the project will include a book launch and several other community outreach events in order to reach as many migrant families as possible.

The Let’s Read! initiative draws on The Asia Foundation’s in-country capabilities, local partnerships, and technological expertise to empower communities to create, translate, and share high-quality, richly illustrated children’s books across Asia. Since 1954, The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program donated printed books to thousands of under-resources educational institutions in 21 Asian countries. While print remains an effective means of delivering information in many parts of the developing world, e-books are quickly becoming a cost-effective, scalable model due to mobile technology’s increasing affordability.

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The Asia Foundation Honors Ban Ki-moon in San Francisco

'Leaders On the Frontlines' Honoring Ban Ki-moon, Featuring the 2018 Asia Foundation Development Fellows. San Francisco, 11 September 2018.

San Francisco, August 30, 2018 — On September 11 in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation will present the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon with the Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Leadership Award in recognition of his significant leadership in international development. Award-winning broadcast journalist Sydnie Kohara will serve as the emcee for the evening’s program, “Leaders on the Frontlines: Asia’s Leaders of Today and Tomorrow.” The annual celebration of exceptional leadership – both legacy and rising – will also showcase Asia’s next-generation leaders represented by the 2018 cohort of Asia Foundation Development Fellows. Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation is a leading international NGO committed to helping Asian leaders meet today’s most pressing challenges.

Leaders from the philanthropic, business, and diplomatic sectors are expected to attend the award dinner featuring special remarks by the honoree on emerging leadership in a changing Asia. The Asia Foundation has long been recognized for its ability to convene changemakers—individuals, organizations, and policymakers who are shaping Asia’s future—and to be the catalyst for creative solutions to the most critical challenges facing Asia. The evening will spotlight the Foundation’s signature leadership programs: the Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Fellowship and the Asia Foundation Development Fellows Program: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future.

The Distinguished Leadership Award is awarded to a prominent leader in Asia who best exemplifies Dr. Chang-Lin Tien’s and the Foundation’s commitment to working for an open, peaceful, and prosperous Asia-Pacific region. The prestigious program honors Dr. Tien – the late Chair of The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees and former Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley – who is widely respected for his achievements in science, higher education, and U.S.-Asia dialogue. Building on Dr. Tien’s legacy, the program provides an opportunity for senior Asian leaders to share their knowledge and perspective on issues critical to Asia’s development and growth.

The Development Fellows program reflects The Asia Foundation’s six-decade tradition of investing in the region’s most promising future leaders. Each year, the program brings together  emerging changemakers who are shaping Asia’s future and addressing corruption, ethnic conflicts, environmental challenges, and other urgent challenges.

The Asia Foundation is grateful to Presenting Sponsor Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. Chevron and the Amanda and David K. Chao Family Fund are Fellowship Sponsors. Alibaba Group, H&Q Asia Pacific, and Mastercard are Visionary Sponsors.

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2019 Asia Foundation Development Fellows Accepting Applications Through October 22

San Francisco, August 23, 2018 — The Asia Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2019 Asia Foundation Development Fellows: Emerging Leadership for Asia’s Future program. The 2019 fellowship class will be the sixth cohort of this prestigious program, launched in 2014 to engage and empower a dynamic community of emerging leaders from all over Asia. Applications will be accepted through October 22, 2018, with selection results to be announced in January 2019.

The Development Fellows program reflects The Asia Foundation’s six-decade tradition of investing in the region’s most promising future leaders. Each year, the program brings together an accomplished group of emerging changemakers taking on the critical issues confounding the region such as corruption, ethnic conflicts, environmental challenges and other urgent challenges.

An active and growing leadership community who share and amplify ideas, strategies, and networks across the region, the Development Fellows have included NGO and civil society leaders, government officials and policymakers, social entrepreneurs, journalists, environmentalists, and academics—each to deeply committed to building an inclusive Asia.

“Our Development Fellows are entrepreneurial, creative, and willing to take risks. These are individuals with the unique combination of leadership skills, depth of substantive knowledge, and technical expertise that empowers them to solve problems in their respective societies and across Asia,” said Asia Foundation President David D. Arnold.

To learn more about the application process, read the program FAQ and application guidelines.

The 2019 program will consist of two intensive modules, including two weeks in Asia and another two weeks in the United States, allowing fellows to stay in their current occupations during the fellowship year. The program will commence in April with a Leadership Development Workshop in Korea presented in partnership with the Korea Development Institute and will continue in Indonesia where the fellows will engage with development practitioners to understand the mechanics of change on the ground.

In September, the fellows will visit San Francisco and Washington, DC, for a leadership dialogue and exchange. A flexible professional development award of US $5,000 will also be provided to each Fellow to use throughout the fellowship year.

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.

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The Asia Foundation in Timor-Leste Hosts Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

Nabilan (Ending Violence Against Women) Program Phase 2 Announced

Dili, August 3, 2018 — On July 31, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced Australia’s commitment to fund $10 million ($14.2 million AUD) for Phase 2 of The Foundation’s Nabilan (Ending Violence Against Women) Program. With the committed funding from the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Phase 2 of the program will run from January 2018 to June 2022. The announcement was made at an official launch event in Dili, which was attended by representatives from the Government of Timor-Leste, including the acting minister for Health, vice-minister for Social Solidarity and Inclusion, and secretary of state for Equality and Inclusion.

Bishop recognized the Nabilan Program as the Australian Government’s flagship ending violence against women (EVAW) program. The Nabilan Program has significantly impacted the way violence against women and children is understood and addressed in Timor-Leste and internationally. Rates of violence against women and children in Timor are among the highest in the region. Fifty-nine percent of women have experienced violence from an intimate partner during her life, and three-quarters of children have experienced childhood trauma or abuse. Without breaking the cycle of violence, Timor-Leste will not be able to advance as a modern, liberal, thriving democracy with a healthy population.

As part of the visit, Bishop met with Nabilan partners ALFeLa, JSMP, PRADET, Uma Mahon Salele, FOKUPERS, FMDC, and Casa Vida to discuss their work in supporting women and children victims and changing social norms on gender and violence in Timor-Leste. Over the first four-year phase of the Nabilan Program (2014-2018), local partners provided essential services to over 21,000 women and children clients (medical, legal, counselling, shelter) and ran prevention activities, leading to significant reduction in acceptance of child abuse and men’s use of violence in target areas.

Under the program, The Asia Foundation produced ground-breaking knowledge on violence against women in Timor-Leste through the Nabilan Baseline Study—the first comprehensive prevalence and perpetration study in Timor-Leste using international best practice methodology—which has been used in Timor and internationally to inform EVAW programming.

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.

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YSEALI STEM Education Video Competition: Call for Applications

Phnom Penh, August 2, 2018 — The Asia Foundation in Cambodia is now accepting video applications for the YSEALI STEM Education Video Competition. Applications must be submitted through the online application form by the deadline of September 16, 2018.

Launched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is the U.S. Department of State’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Through a variety of programs and engagements, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture an ASEAN community of leaders who work across borders to solve common issues.

The Asia Foundation in Cambodia previously hosted the YSEALI STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education Regional Workshop 2018 in Phnom Penh from February 28th to March 2nd, 2018. As part of this ongoing program, the Foundation is now inviting potential candidates across YSEALI countries to submit a video entry to the YSEALI STEM Education Video Competition.

Winning Submissions

Three videos will be selected as the winners of the competition and will receive cash prizes: the first prize winner will receive $500 (five hundred USD); the second prize winner will receive $400 (four hundred USD); the third prize winner will receive $300 (three hundred USD) and the most popular video on Facebook prize winner will receive $300 (three hundred USD). [Each video can win only one prize.]

Eligibility Criteria

To apply, please check submission eligibility and review the application guidelines here.

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To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • Between 18-25 years old;
  • A citizen of one of the following countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam;
  • A YSEALI member: join at http://yseali.state.gov;
  • Able to speak and read English;
  • Have a keen interest in STEM education and/or STEM-related pursuits, exhibit leader-ship potential, and an awareness for and interest in engaging in regional educational activities.

To be eligible, a video entry must meet the following criteria:

  • Produced by an individual or a team of not more than four people;
  • Must NOT be produced by professional videographers or photographers;
  • Must be original content, i.e. produced after the 1st of August 2018;
  • Focus on STEM Education in 11 YSEALI countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand Timor-Leste and Vietnam;
  • Must be between 2 minutes and 2 minutes and 30 seconds in length;
  • Videos that feature children under the age of 18 years old must obtain permission from their parent or guardian.

Must answer one or all of the following questions:

  1. What does STEM Education mean to you?
  2. How do you see STEM Education help solve social problems in your community/country?
  3. How do you promote STEM Education among girls and women in Southeast Asia?

Selection Criteria

Video entries will be selected based on:

  • Creativity;
  • Popularity (shortlisted videos will be featured on a Facebook page for public votes. Popularity will be measured by the number of views and shares on Facebook);
  • Ability to tell a story effectively;
  • Clarity of the message;
  • Memorable factor (will one remember your video three months from now?);
  • Video quality (sound, editing skills, clarity of video).

Selection Process

Staff from The Asia Foundation will evaluate each video application thoroughly and shortlist a small number of videos. Final selections will be conducted and announced by the US Embassy Phnom Penh. Participants will be chosen without regard to gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic background, marital status, or financial need.

Please direct any inquiries to Menghun Kaing at menghun.kaing@asiafoundation.org.

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Asia Foundation Presents “Recent Developments on the Korean Peninsula and Prospects for U.S.-Korea Relations” with Dr. Jin Park

San Francisco, August 1, 2018 — On July 30th, The Asia Foundation, in collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Institute of East Asian Studies and Center for Korean Studies, hosted a conversation “Recent Developments on the Korean Peninsula and Prospects for U.S.-Korea Relations” with Dr. Jin Park, president of Korean-American Association and Asia Future Institute. A former member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, and currently a Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Park has decades of experience covering foreign policy and the security issues in the Asia Pacific region.

Dr. Jin Park commentates on the developments in the Korean Peninsula and its impact on the region. Photo: Whitney Legge

After brief introductions from The Asia Foundation President David D. Arnold, and former South Korea country representative Dylan Davis, Park shared his perspectives about the array of challenges facing the region following the developments on the Korean Peninsula. He emphasized the importance of regional cooperation to aid in the denuclearization of North Korea.

As a member of the board of directors of the Friends of The Asia Foundation in Korea, Park advises on Foundation’s programs in Korea. The programs aim to contribute to a peaceful resolution of tensions on the Korean Peninsula, including research and dialogue exchanges on the complex foreign policy issues facing Korea, neighboring countries, and the United States.

More broadly, U.S.- Korea relations are featured in The Asia Foundation signature foreign policy initiative, Asian Views on America’s Role in Asia project (AVARA) and its follow-up assessment of the Trump administration’s policies in Asia thus far. AVARA brings together diverse perspectives from influential Asian thought leaders on U.S. foreign policy priorities in Asia.

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The Asia Foundation Announces Matthew Arnold as Myanmar Country Representative

July 23, 2018 — The Asia Foundation announces the appointment of Matthew Arnold as country representative in Myanmar. In this role, he oversees the Foundation’s development programs in Myanmar, focused on strengthening institutions and practices of democratic governance, supporting the peace process, promoting women’s empowerment and political participation, strengthening initiatives for inclusive local economic development and improving access to information.

Most recently, Arnold served as deputy country representative for The Asia Foundation in Myanmar, where he designed the Foundation’s programs on subnational and urban governance and peace process—issues critical to the country’s challenging democratic transition. Previously, he served as a senior program officer for The Asia Foundation, overseeing results monitoring and research regarding conflict and fragility programming. Arnold was also a senior research fellow at Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University where he conducted research focused on foreign interventionism and post-conflict reconstruction in weak states. In addition, Arnold has several years of experience in field-based monitoring and evaluation and academic research in Myanmar, Timor-Leste, Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Thailand.

Arnold also worked for the UN World Food Programme managing operations in refugee camps in Ethiopia and as a monitoring & evaluation advisor in humanitarian crises ranging from Liberia, Afghanistan and the DR Congo to Sri Lanka, Aceh, and Timor-Leste. He has co-authored two books: Militias and the Challenges of Post-Conflict Peace (Zed Books, 2011) and South Sudan: From revolution to independence (Oxford University Press, 2012). He also has published in leading journals on Asia, security and development, including Asian Survey, International Peacekeeping, and Conflict, Security and Development.

Arnold holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the London School of Economics.

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation.

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