Patrick Barron

 

The State of Conflict and Violence in Asia: Five Surprising Takeaways

October 18, 2017

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The Asia Foundation just released The State of Conflict and Violence in Asia, a new book detailing the levels and impacts of violence in 14 Asian countries. In Asia’s editor asked the research team what surprised them most. [Watch the launch presentation of the report in Washington, D.C.] Gender-based violence kills more women than armed confl… Read more

 

The State of Conflict and Violence in Asia – Washington, DC Launch

October 18, 2017

How do conflict and violence affect Asia? What are their roots, and how have they evolved within countries over time? What countries are particularly prone to different forms of conflict and violence? To attempt to answer these questions, The Asia Foundation launched The State of Conflict and Violence in Asia, which contains evidence-based analyses… Read more

 

Thomson Reuters Highlights New Conflict Report

October 13, 2017

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Thomson Reuters Foundation News features The State of Conflict and Violence in Asia report and analysis from Patrick Barron in “More women killed in gender violence than armed conflicts in parts of Asia – expert.” Gender-based violence is emerging as one of the deadliest forms of violence in Asia and it has killed more women than armed conflicts in… Read more

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Assessing Reform in Myanmar: A Discussion of Peace and Policymaking

Washington, DC, Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Photo/Geoffrey Hiller 9:00 am – 12:30 pm As Myanmar struggles to emerge from decades of authoritarianism, ethnic armed conflicts, and entrenched poverty, its government faces continued challenges in achieving political and economic reform. With the NLD’s strong electoral mandate to push for democratic reforms, citizens continue to hold high expecta… Read more

 

Washington, DC Public Program: The State of Conflict and Violence in Asia

Washington, DC, Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Shahidul Alam/Drik Images 9:30 am – 11:00 am How do conflict and violence affect Asia? What are their roots, and how have they evolved within countries over time? What countries are particularly prone to different forms of conflict and violence? To attempt to answer these questions, The Asia Foundation is pleased to launch The State of Conflict and… Read more

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Dalits Left Behind as Nepal Slowly Recovers

April 19, 2017

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Two years ago, Nepal was hit by two devastating earthquakes. As the country still struggles to recover, evidence from research conducted by The Asia Foundation reveals that Dalits, a section of society traditionally deemed as “untouchable,” and other lower caste groups face particular barriers which have made recovery more challenging. Natural disa… Read more

 

The Journal of East Asian Studies: The Ebbs and Flows of Violence in Post-Suharto Indonesia

August 23, 2016

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The Journal of East Asian Studies features a new article co-written by The Asia Foundation’s Regional Director, Conflict and Development Patrick Barron on violence in Post-Suharto Indonesia: The last decade has witnessed an extraordinary spate of scholarship on the ethno-communal violence that swept through Indonesia following the collapse of the S… Read more

 

The Diplomat: Survival in the Disaster Zone: Nepal’s Arduous Recovery

April 27, 2016

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The Diplomat publishes a piece by The Asia Foundation’s Regional Director, Conflict and Development Patrick Barron and Program Officer Sasiwan Chingchit: Anniversaries are a time for reflection and introspection. With a year having passed since a devastating earthquake turned large swathes of Nepal to rubble, Nepalese and aid agencies alike are tak… Read more

 

Asia Foundation Experts Speak at World Bank Fragility Forum

Washington, DC, March 3, 2016

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This week, Asia Foundation experts from Nepal, the Philippines, and Thailand joined over 600 participants for the World Bank Group’s Fragility, Conflict and Violence Forum 2016 in Washington, DC to focus on the sustainable development agenda in a world affected by conflict and violence. The Asia Foundation’s Regional Director of Conflict and Develo… Read more

 

Who Is a Terrorist? Lessons from Thailand and the Philippines

January 20, 2016

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The 2015 Global Terrorism Index was recently launched by the Institute of Economics and Peace. The timing of the report, released just three days after the Paris attacks, was sadly opportune. The main message – that terrorism is on the rise and its reach is widening – chimes with a new assertiveness…

 

The Diplomat Features a Piece by Patrick Barron on Findings from the Global Terrorism Index

January 13, 2016

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The Diplomat publishes an opinion piece by The Asia Foundation’s Regional Director for Conflict and Development Patrick Barron on findings from the recent Global Terrorism Index and the classification of Thailand and the Philippines. Read more: “Who Is a Terrorist?: Lessons from Thailand and the Philippines.”

 

Responding to Conflict in Asia: Why Good Data is Needed

December 16, 2015

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The new set of post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals includes for the first time a target that specifically sets out to promote peaceful and inclusive societies, marking an increase in awareness that peace and security is critical for sustainable development.

 

Infographics Aside, Are Fragility Indices Useful?

August 12, 2015

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Devising quantitative measures of state weakness is big business in the development industry. As awareness of the importance of institutions to growth and peace has spread, development practitioners and policymakers have been served an ever-expanding smorgasbord of state fragility indices (see here, here, and here). Countries receive a numerical score based on a range of indicators deemed to capture the ability of states to serve their people.

 

Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations: Why They Matter, How Aid Can Help

July 29, 2015

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Where governments do not function well, growth and sustainable development are rare, and destructive, violent conflicts are more likely. Working in such fragile and conflict-affected situations (FCASs) – common across Asia and the Pacific – requires development agencies, including ADB, to do business differently.

 

Can Transitional Justice Bring Peace to Thailand’s Deep South?

February 25, 2015

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The conflict in Thailand’s Deep South, which has killed almost 7,000 people since 2004, is currently Southeast Asia’s most deadly. So what role might transitional justice play in nudging the South toward peace? Transitional justice (TJ) is a set of temporary mechanisms, such as prosecutions or tribunals…

 

The Bangkok Post Publishes Piece by Patrick Barron on Transitional Justice in Thailand

February 19, 2015

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The Bangkok Post publishes a piece by The Asia Foundation’s Regional Director for Conflict and Development Patrick Barron on transitional justice and the ongoing conflict in Thailand’s deep South. Read more: “Deep South peace requires justice first.”

 

In Indonesia, Database Tracking Violence Provides Insights on Preventing Conflict

January 14, 2015

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From 1999 to 2008, subnational conflicts (SNCs) killed at least 100,000 people in Asia with half of the countries in South and Southeast Asia affected. Asian SNCs last on average twice as long as the global average and typically reignite after periods of calm.

 

The Asia Foundation’s Patrick Barron Participates in Tony Blair Foundation Discussion

Singapore, September 12, 2014

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The Asia Foundation’s Regional Director for Conflict and Development Programming Patrick Barron participated in a closed roundtable discussion on “Religious Extremism in Southeast Asia: Practical Policy Responses.” The discussion, hosted by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, on behalf of his foundation, The Tony Blair Faith Foundation, broug… Read more

 

Subnational Conflict: New Approaches Needed

August 13, 2014

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In last week’s In Asia, I examined how the rise of Asia in recent decades has been accompanied by a growth in deadly subnational conflicts (SNCs). These conflicts are occurring across the continent, including in middle-income and otherwise stable states. Democratization has not been a cure. Asia’s subnational conflicts last twice as long as those elsewhere in the world.

 

Deutsche Welle Features Interview with Patrick Barron on Subnational Conflicts in Asia

August 11, 2014

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Deutsche Welle features an interview with The Asia Foundation’s Regional Director of Conflict and Development Patrick Barron on subnational conflicts and economic growth in Asia. Read the full interview: “How do conflicts and economic growth go together in Asia?”

 

Subnational Conflict: The Dark Underbelly of a Rising Asia

August 6, 2014

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Asia’s rise has been momentous. Since the early 1960s, Asia has grown richer faster than any other region in the world. In 1990, 56 percent of people in East Asia and 54 percent in South Asia lived on under $1.25 a day (PPP). By 2010, these rates had fallen to 12 percent and 31 percent…

 

Lessons from Aceh: Early Focus on Institutions Critical to Cementing Peace

June 12, 2013

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Aceh – Indonesia’s western-most province which endured three decades of a secessionist civil war that left at least 15,000 dead – is frequently cited as the best recent example in Asia of a successful peace process. However, eight years after the Helsinki accord brought an end to the conflict, new forms of localized violence are now emerging.