October 18, 2017
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
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
October 13, 2017
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
Washington, DC, Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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, Thursday, October 12, 2017
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
April 19, 2017
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
August 23, 2016
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
April 27, 2016
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
Washington, DC, March 3, 2016
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
January 20, 2016
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…
January 13, 2016
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.”
December 16, 2015
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.
August 12, 2015
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.
July 29, 2015
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.
February 25, 2015
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…
February 19, 2015
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.”
January 14, 2015
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.
Singapore, September 12, 2014
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
August 13, 2014
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.
August 11, 2014
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?”
August 6, 2014
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…
June 12, 2013
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.