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Weekly Insights and Analysis

Going Green: Urban Farming in Hanoi

In the past twenty years, Asian countries have experienced massive and unprecedented urban growth, and with it a host of new challenges, as swelling urban populations have increased pressure on resources such as land, food, and water. As in other major cities in Asia,...

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Next-Gen Diplomats

Seasoned diplomats are more than the sum of their personal gifts. Effective diplomacy requires serious study, cultural immersion, and practiced collaboration. And so, a young diplomat named Bolor-Erdene Yura found herself in Washington, DC, this June, far from her...

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A Long Road: Access to Justice in Laos

When her father died suddenly last year, the family of Mrs. Somleuthai (her name has been changed for privacy) started to break apart. Her father, a small farmer, had left an inheritance, 2.5 hectares of land in the rural district of Xayabouly. Her mother and each of...

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Small Screen, Big Ideas: Debating Timor-Leste’s Economy on TV

Almost 90 percent of Timor-Leste’s annual budget comes from oil and gas, making economic diversification an urgent priority for the young nation’s development. The government’s 2011–2030 Strategic Development Plan identifies two key industries for the future of the...

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The Women of Kundan and Meenakari

India is known for its rich culture of adornment and fine gold work, yet almost all goldsmiths are male. In a country that rigidly observes traditional gender roles, women are often occupied with domestic work, while the practice of jewelry making belongs almost...

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